Thursday, January 20, 2005

A Celebration of Freedom Fries
The inauguration of the
President of the United States

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Technical difficulties

Though your cybertrix has a torrent of bon mots to offer on this inaugural occasion, she has suffered such daunting technical difficulties while blogging the festivities, that she is giving up until later. Do check in later, though, for some amusing anecdotes.

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The Evil One

Whoa--some benediction, huh? When's the last time you heard a political benediction that asks the Creator for deliverance from the "Evil One"? (Who we talkin' 'bout here? Satan? Osama bin Laden?)


Rev. Kirby John Caldwell also offered an act of confession in an appeal for forgiveness "for being ensnarled in petty partisan politics." Your Webwench suspects that Tom DeLay has purchased an indulgence on that count.



And how comforting to find the eschatological subtext continued in this celebration of freedom with the reverend's reference to the "latter days" of Americans, which he said would be better than our "former days." In the words of Robert Anton Wilson in The Illuminatus Trilogy , let's hope the administration fails in what could be viewed as a plan to "immanentize the eschaton."


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Apocalypse now

Your blogstress is having a hard time discerning which lines in the president's speech were the creepiest: his reference to "a day of fire," which reads like the Book of Revelations, or his invocation of "a new order for the ages," which invokes the Illuminati. (Must be a Skull & Bones thing.)

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Grudging consent

Were the president's second inaugural speech not delivered with a tongue planted firmly in cheek, it might actually be an uplifting speech--at least at this juncture, to quote his dad. But as this administration chips away at the Bill of Rights, what does one make of a line like: "Rights must be more than the grudging consent of dictators."?

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Founding Fathers: Who were those guys, again?

The rector of St. John's Episcopal Church, apparently thinks a 19th Century Christian Socialist named Francis Bellamy was among them. He's the one who wrote the words: "one nation [under God], indivisible, with liberty and justice for all" that the good reverend attributed to the Founding Fathers.


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A heartbeat away

Okay, so Cheney's veep again, having just been sworn in by House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.). Let's make a toast to the president's health.

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Let freedom ring
(outside the cordon, of course)

Well, Lott's address, which seemed to feature the word "freedom" quite a lot, was so forgettable that your Webwench has already forgotten what he said.

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A Celebration of Freedom Fries

Your blogstress is pleased to report that she is yet to see a sniper on her roof, living, as she does, several blocks away from the U.S. Capitol Building. Her television, however, is turned up to the level customary in nursing homes in order to overcome the drone of helicopters overhead.



His Smugness, the president of the United States, has just taken his place in the inaugural viewing stand, awaiting his call to the podium.



Note to readers: Is you cybertrix the only one who finds irony in the fact that the nation's capital is in virtual lockdown for something called "A Celebration of Freedom?"



Lott has just assumed the podium. Let's listen, shall we?

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