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The Compassionate Society
January 11, 2004 5:07 PM
Bush raised $1 million in Florida on Thursday and -- in an amazing departure from previous speeches -- showed an unprecedented level of honesty. He outlined the GOP's vision of a "compassionate society" which, according to the President, comes from owning things and taking responsibility for one's life and one's neighbor:
A compassionate society is a society that promotes opportunity for every citizen [born with a golden spoon], including the independence [debt] and dignity that come from ownership. This administration will constantly strive to promote an ownership society in America. We want more people owning their own home [and going into massive debt, just like I did with this country's budget]. We have a minority homeownership gap in America, and I have put forward a plan to close that gap [because twice as many renters vote Democrat than Republican]. We want people owning and managing their own health care plans [as long as they have a job that provides health care] and their own retirement accounts [with the 2.3% of their income they're saving]. We want more people owning their own small business [because small business's aren't union so they can pay their employees unlivable wages without healthcare], because we understand that when a person owns something [they cannot afford], he or she has a vital stake in the future of America [which I am mortgaging by adding $5 trillion in federal debt in the next ten years].
In a compassionate society, people respect one another [by invading their countries and murdering their children]; they respect their religious beliefs [by putting the ten commandments in government buildings]; they respect their opinions [just like I listen to the international community], and they take responsibility for the decisions they make in life [by giving themselves over to a higher power, like I did in Alcoholics Anonymous]. The culture of this country is changing from one that has said, if it feels good [unprotected sex], just go ahead and do it [without condoms], and if you've got a problem [AIDS], blame somebody else [the homosexuals], to a culture in which each of us understands we're responsible for the decisions we make in life [like drunk driving].
If you're fortunate enough to be a mother or a father [of a child without a substance abuse problem], you're responsible for loving your child with all your heart. If you're worried about the quality of the education in the community in which you live [because I've screwed it up by saddling your kids with unnecessary testing], you're responsible for doing something about it [like throwing me out of office in November]. If you're a CEO in corporate America [thanks for the cash!], you're responsible for telling the truth to your shareholders and your employees [even though your incentive is to misrepresent your company's situation to inflate your stock price]. (Applause.)
In a responsibility society, each of us is responsible for loving our neighbor just like we'd like to be loved ourselves [unless, of course, they look like a terrorist].
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Such honesty would be so refreshing.
I'm getting ready to watch "60 Minutes", so I can hear someone else say what I've always suspected - that Bush doesn't have any real opinions of his own, or much knowledge to base them on. He just listens until he hears an argument that he likes, and he sides with that staffmember.
Sun Jan 11 2004 6:04 PM
I'm getting ready to watch it too. Wish he was in Uncovered!
Sun Jan 11 2004 6:22 PM