"The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse." -- James Madison - (1751-1836)

"We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force. " :
Ayn Rand in "The Nature of Government"

"Throughout history there have been tyrants and murderers. And for a while they seem invincible, but always they fall. Always."-Mahatma Gandhi

Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all -- the apathy of human beings: Helen Keller

The notion that a radical is one who hates his country is naive and usually idiotic. He is , more likely, one who likes his country more than the rest of us, and is thus more disturbed than the rest of us when he sees it debauched. He is not a bad citizen turning to crime ; he is a good citizen driven to despair.--H.L Mencken

"When even one American-who has done nothing wrong-is forced by fear to shut his mind and close his mouth-then all Americans are in peril" Harry S. Truman

"The power of the Executive to cast a man into prison without formulating any charge known to the law, and particularly to deny him the judgment of his peers, is in the highest degree odious and is the foundation of all totalitarian government whether Nazi or Communist."- Winston Churchill, Nov. 21, 1943

"When you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing - when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors - when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don't protect you against them, but protect them against you - when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice - you may know that your society is doomed: Ayn Rand - (1905-1982) Author - Source: Atlas Shrugged, Francisco's "Money Speech"

"Loss of freedom seldom happens overnight. Oppression doesn't stand on the doorstep with toothbrush moustache and swastika armband -- it creeps up insidiously...step by step, and all of a sudden the unfortunate citizen realizes that it is gone." ~ Baron Lane

U.S. Constitution - R.I.P.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

How the Applause Meter Rates Bush’s Pressure on Cuba

There’s no science to gauge how President Bush’s speech on Cuba will play around the world. However, if a large part of diplomacy is theater, audience reaction seems an appropriate first indicator.

“These are just a few of the examples of the terror and trauma that is Cuba today,” Mr. Bush said after introducing the women. “The socialist paradise is a tropical gulag. The quest for justice that once inspired the Cuban people has now become a grab for power. And as with all totalitarian systems, Cuba’s regime no doubt has other horrors still unknown to the rest of the world.”

“Once revealed,” Mr. Bush added, “they will shock the conscience of humanity.”

Imagine this man, with his own gulag full of political prisoners on the very island he is speaking of, spouting this propaganda with a straight face...it must have been quite a sight.

Mr. Bush demanded that the country try a new way, making a daring pitch to the Cuban military.

“When Cubans rise up to demand their liberty, you’ve got to make a choice,” Mr. Bush said. “Will you defend a disgraced and dying order by using force against your own people? Or will you embrace your people’s desire for change?”

I certainly hope our own military will heed this very wise advice given by the Commander in Chief if faced with the same decision at home.

He reiterated his staunch support for the economic embargo that has been the centerpiece of United States policy on Cuba for more than 40 years. He acknowledged that much of the rest of the world disapproves of it, but encouraged other governments to put aside their differences and work together with him to establish a multibillion-dollar fund to help rebuild Cuba’s badly dilapidated infrastructure once a democratic transition is under way.

“We will know there is a new Cuba when opposition parties have the freedom to organize, assemble and speak with equal access to the airwaves,” he said. “We will know there is a new Cuba when a free and independent press has the power to operate without censors. We will know there is a new Cuba when the government removes its stranglehold on private economic activity. Above all, we will know there is a new Cuba when authorities go to the prisons, walk to the cells where people are being held for their beliefs and set them free.”

I bet the prisoners held for years without charge and tortured in Gitmo, Abu Ghraib, and all of those secret CIA gulags around the world would love to see this moronic hypocrite practice what he preaches.

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