Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Evolution in America

From Bill in Portland on Daily Kos comes this evolution of war thinking in America, from the 18th century to the 21st.

Portraying the 18th century ideals is Ben Franklin, man-about-town and inventor of electricity. For the 21st century we have George W. "I'm a uniter, not a divider" Bush.
Bush: America must not ignore the threat gathering against us. Facing clear evidence of peril, we cannot wait for the final proof, the smoking gun that could come in the form of a mushroom cloud.
Franklin: All wars are follies, very expensive and very mischievous ones. In my opinion, there never was a good war or a bad peace. When will mankind be convinced and agree to settle their difficulties by arbitration?

Bush: The fact that somebody leaked this program [of illegally spying on Americans without a warrant] causes great harm to the United States. There's an enemy out there.
Franklin: Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.
There you have it. Progress marches on.

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