Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Has G.W. turned feminist?


"I have a high privilege and distinct honor of my own -- as the first President to begin the State of the Union message with these words: Madam Speaker."
<3 Brings joy to my heart. <3


So watching the State of the Union last night I could help but notice some verbatium feminist catch-phrases being tossed around. I don't know if any one else caught it but either his speech writer has a sense of humor or our President Bush is really a feminist in disguise:

"In all we do, we must remember that the best health care decisions are made not by government and insurance companies, but by patients and their doctors."(18)

DUH!That is the PRECISE reasoning behind Roe v. Wade. Interesting that the day before the State of the Union was the anniversary of Roe v. Wade....

"What every terrorist fears most is human freedom -- societies where men and women make their own choices, answer to their own conscience, and live by their hopes." (40)

A society where women make their own choices to live by their own hope? Choices about sexuality? What about their body? Can women make decisions about pregnancy? What their hope depends on it? What an interesting place if men and women answered to their own conscience and not that of the American Taliban (as my father refers to the religious right).

"And continue to awaken the conscience of the world"(55)

Consciousness awakening...That's straight out of the second wave handbook.

The last bit I just think was a genius way to frame the war in Iraq, since that's what people really wanted to fight about.

"This is not the fight we entered in Iraq, but it is the fight we're in. Every one of us wishes this war were over and won. Yet it would not be like us to leave our promises unkept, our friends abandoned, and our own security at risk. (Applause.) Ladies and gentlemen: On this day, at this hour, it is still within our power to shape the outcome of this battle. Let us find our resolve, and turn events toward victory. (Applause.)"(43)

"I respect you and the arguments you've made. We went into this largely united, in our assumptions and in our convictions. And whatever you voted for, you did not vote for failure...And I ask you to support our troops in the field, and those on their way."(50)

Notice how he combined the support for existing troops with support for the increase that he is now calling for! Everyone had to clap - we all support our troops - even those totally against the increase. That was clever, folks.

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Bruno Ciano said...
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Julie said...

Don't let him fool you Kate.
He is an evil evil man