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Jorge's second inaugural address

For my sins, I finally made myself read it. Afterward, I needed a stiff drink. It is, to my knowledge, the biggest and nastiest piece of shit the asshole has produced -- since last January, anyway.

As a work of rhetoric, it's mawkish, repetitive, verbose, grandiose, tin-eared, muddle-headed, metaphor-mixing, self-contradictory blather: in a word, incompetent. It epitomizes all the idiocy for which I could once forgive him because of the occasional bit of tough, plain speaking. But now Jorge has finally, officially revealed himself to have a Woodrow Wilson-sized case of megalomania.

Getting to the substance of the speech, it's clear now that, in what passes for Jorge's mind, the war is not about 9/11 and America: it's all about "the cause of freedom" and the whole world.

We have seen our vulnerability - and we have seen its deepest source. For as long as whole regions of the world simmer in resentment and tyranny - prone to ideologies that feed hatred and excuse murder - violence will gather, and multiply in destructive power, and cross the most defended borders

Yeah, right -- those same borders Jorge's spent four years not defending. The same borders he wants to make even easier to get across. He sends our men to fight the enemy on the other side of the planet, and simultaneously fights against efforts to keep the enemy from getting into our country.

Setting aside Jorge's open-borders fanaticism, I used to believe that his foreign policy, at least, was motivated by concern for America's national self-interest. If he laid on the exporting-democracy guff a bit thick, well, it's obvious that exporting democracy is in our interest; it's just not so obvious that it should be our top priority and main emphasis.

But Jorge actually doesn't want to export democracy merely because it's in our interest. For him, exporting democracy is the end, and the United States of America is only the means.

Advancing these ideals is the mission that created our Nation.... So it is the policy of the United States to seek and support the growth of democratic movements and institutions in every nation and culture, with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world.... We will encourage reform in other governments by making clear that success in our relations will require the decent treatment of their own people [Jimmy Carter, call your office!].... From the viewpoint of centuries, the questions that come to us are narrowed and few. Did our generation advance the cause of freedom? And did our character bring credit to that cause? ... History has an ebb and flow of justice, but history also has a visible direction, set by liberty and the Author of Liberty.... Renewed in our strength - tested, but not weary - we are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom.

I wonder: in this dispensation, what happens to the US of A once our historic "mission" is complete, and we've gone and spread freedom to every little hellhole around the world? Will our nation be raised up into Heaven, or do we spend the rest of Man's time on Earth playing shuffleboard?

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