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“Anyone who clings to the historically untrue -- and thoroughly immoral -- doctrine that 'violence never solves anything' I would advise to conjure up the ghosts of Napoleon Bonaparte and of the Duke of Wellington and let them debate it. The ghost of Hitler could referee, and the jury might well be the Dodo, the Great Auk, and the Passenger Pigeon. Violence, naked force, has settled more issues in history than has any other factor, and the contrary opinion is wishful thinking at its worst. Breeds that forget this basic truth have always paid for it with their lives and freedoms”     Robert A. Heinlein,    Starship Troopers

April 16, 2008

War Is Peace, Freedom Is Slavery, And We All Love Big Brother

by Doug Mataconis

George W. Bush rewrites the Declaration of Independence:

“We need your message to reject this dictatorship of relativism and embrace a culture of justice and truth,” Bush said in brief remarks welcoming Benedict to the White House. “In a world where some see freedom as simply the right to do as they wish, we need your message that true liberty requires us to live our freedom not just for ourselves, but in a spirit of mutual support.”

Sorry, Mr. President, you don’t get to define how I use my freedom, and neither does a foreign religious leader.

Belated H/T: Publius Endures

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  1. Are we really surprised that Bush says these things anymore??

    And for the Holy Father, he is indeed a “Classical Liberal”, in ever sense of the words.

    Comment by RegularRon — April 16, 2008 @ 2:51 pm
  2. Doug: Did you steal this from my site? Because I talked about this exact same quote, highlighting the exact same words. (Not actually accusing you of stealing, just pointing out that this quote struck me every bit as much as it did you).

    Comment by Mark — April 16, 2008 @ 4:19 pm
  3. I don’t know why you’re shocked…he’s been saying this shit for years. It’s just that many of his critics are so elitist and condescending that they assume everything that comes out of his mouth is gibberish and that he doesn’t really believe the things he says because they believe he’s incapable of expressing himself. I long ago abandoned the idea that Bush doesn’t mean exactly what he says when he makes comments like this. It’s one of many reasons that I hate the fucking guy.

    It’s also the reason that I believe that the problems with the Bush administration really haven’t had that much to do with Cheney, or Rumsfeld, or Gonzales…everything that’s been going on has been happening at Bush’s direction.

    Comment by UCrawford — April 16, 2008 @ 4:32 pm
  4. Mark,

    I did owe you a hat-tip for that one. My mistake.

    Comment by Doug Mataconis — April 17, 2008 @ 6:11 am
  5. No worries whatsoever. I wouldn’t have been surprised if you hadn’t even read what I wrote in the first place. The quote is just that bad.

    Comment by Mark — April 17, 2008 @ 10:14 am

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