SharksWithLasers -- Seth Cooper

A CUTTING-EDGE BLOG FOR THE WORLD OF THE 21st CENTURY, Currently operated by Seth L. Cooper, a 27 year-old attorney in Seattle (sethlcooper at comcast dot net)

Thursday, January 20, 2005

GEORGE W. BUSH'S SECOND INAGURAL. This morning I raced to work in the hopes of catching President Bush's swearing-in and address. Due to some ill-timed traffic lights near Green Lake, I had to settle for hearing the swearing-in over the radio, but I managed to get in and in front of the TV for most of the speech.

As folks such as Hugh Hewitt and David Limbaugh have noted, the President's speech was filled with some very grandiose themes about spreading democratic government to the four corners of the Earth.

For me, some memorable passages include:

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.

This is not primarily the task of arms, though we will defend ourselves and our friends by force of arms when necessary. Freedom, by its nature, must be chosen, and defended by citizens, and sustained by the rule of law and the protection of minorities. And when the soul of a nation finally speaks, the institutions that arise may reflect customs and traditions very different from our own. America will not impose our own style of government on the unwilling. Our goal instead is to help others find their own voice, attain their own freedom, and make their own way.


And:

From all of you, I have asked patience in the hard task of securing America, which you have granted in good measure. Our country has accepted obligations that are difficult to fulfill, and would be dishonorable to abandon. Yet because we have acted in the great liberating tradition of this nation, tens of millions have achieved their freedom. And as hope kindles hope, millions more will find it. By our efforts, we have lit a fire as well - a fire in the minds of men. It warms those who feel its power, it burns those who fight its progress, and one day this untamed fire of freedom will reach the darkest corners of our world.


President Bush has four more years in office, and they begin today. The American people have retained a solid, responsible leader at its helm, and it will be exciting to follow events as they unfold.

(Downtown Seattle, WA)

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