Thursday, January 20, 2005

Orwellian, or inspirational?

As the TV blares on about how the "protesters' bark is worse than their bite" and some of us endure to contain our bile, the message of the inauguration speech sinks in. Of course, it could be the moment that Orwellian doublespeak has finally become total. Or perhaps Bush, feeling some inner guilt, is telling us not to lose hope:

"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, and raise a mortal threat. There is only one force of history that can break the reign of hatred and resentment, and expose the pretensions of tyrants, and reward the hopes of the decent and tolerant, and that is the force of human freedom."


"The great objective of ending tyranny is the concentrated work of generations. The difficulty of the task is no excuse for avoiding it."

No? Just wishful thinking? Yup.