This week, President Bush emerged from the G-20 Summit after meeting with representatives from other countries, and walked to the microphones to deliver some very brief remarks about the meeting.
He stated he had always believed in the free market, free enterprising, capitalistic system, “but” after hearing we may be on the verge of another depression like in the 30s, he mumbled something else, quickly turned and said “goodbye”, and made a fast exit.
He hit and ran after giving us the most important news in his eight years as President of the United States. News that impacts all our lives, and sad news none of us are exempt from.
He made a very brief statement about the meetings and refused any questions from the press. A real hit and run televised news brief.
After hearing the first part of his statement, when I heard him say “but”, the rest became a bit fuzzy because I knew when he said “but” we had been sold out at the meeting. I really couldn’t hear what was said next because of the pounding in my ears of the phrase, “give me control of the money and I care not who makes the laws.” When I recovered from the shock of the “but” I recalled him saying something about other world economies and European markets, and concerns about what is happening every other place on the globe.
After he quickly said “goodbye” and made an exit, I thought about what President Roosevelt said when some one asked his advice on speech making. His reply was, “be brief, be sincere, and be seated.”
If President Bush was trying to tell us foreign countries are now in control of and in charge of the money in this country, I don’t know, but that’s the way I heard it. If that’s not the case, what was he telling us? And if he was trying to convey to the American people, “we’ve lost the farm,” my question is, why has he waited so long? Then for some strange reason, I thought about Nixon’s pronouncement when he said, “I’m not a crook.”
I then recalled President Bush’s speeches and appearances just after the 9/11 attack and how concerned and reassuring he was towards the American people in those first days after that terrible disaster. The collapse of the very fundamentals that made this country great, its people proud, and caused us to be the envy of the world, is the greatest disaster of all. The loss of personal freedom and individual rights for private ownership of property is a time to mourn.
I have loved this country and the freedom it represented, and lo so many years felt a certain pride in having a leader—the President of the United States—as a symbol of one individual, like the Statue of Liberty, representing this country and individual freedom. However, things have changed, and the reality is that those in the seat of power in Washington have sold out and left us like dangling chads with one big “but” and a quick “goodbye.” In one fleeting moment this week, we heard the “coup de grace” and heard the truth right from the “horse’s mouth” so to speak.
Still the lies and spin keep coming as we hear Secretary Paulson talk about the $700 billion dollar bailout. Which, in actuality, is a $700 billion sellout. And to add insult to injury, politicians in Congress get on the airwaves and complain about Paulson’s one man walking and one man talking, holding the money bag, with absolutely no oversight. Who gave him the money with no controls? Obviously, it’s the very elected officials complaining about it, as though some one from Mars did it. The con game, the con game, the con game. “What fools ye mortals be!” Who is the guillotine operator?
What can you do? What do you want to do? Again, I suggest reading my posted article, “Debates and Dear John Letter.” For any one who has the nerve to copy and send to their elected politician, you have permission to do so.
Quote from “Strictly Personal” by Somerset Maugham in 1965, “If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom, and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it values more, it will lose that too.”
Let Freedom Ring!
From “The Freedom Lady.”