Wednesday, January 19

Bush gets his crown

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Inauguration takes place tomorrow. I am curious to see if G can beat his dad in the cost of the whole thing.

I'm also interested in seeing what kind of 'patriotic' tint it will have and how is the military aspect integrated in it.

Vector at Wednesday, January 19, 2005

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21 January, 2005 03:50 Blogger writersblock said...

So, did it meet your expectations?

21 January, 2005 19:47 Blogger Vector said...

Well, the speech was more than I expected. A bit round though, but less on the religious side. I thought he might have more of that...stuff.

Then of course Freedomâ„¢ and Libertyâ„¢ were mentioned quite regularly.

Some parts came out a bit odd, like
'After the shipwreck of communism...' - if e.g. China didn't convert over night, then communism is still up and kicking. It also doesn't appreciate the work of those who were initiating this 'shipwreck of communism' e.g. Reagan and Gorbachev. And what about all the people who were fighting for their Freedomâ„¢ and Libertyâ„¢ at that time? It all is bundled under this expression 'shipwreck of communism'. You have to remember that it didn't come by just like that, it was far from accidental.

'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.' - There is a proverb which says that fire is a good servant, but a bad master.

The cost of the whole thing was probably more than before, don't know that for sure, but I'd think that all the extra measures in security and so on are bound to bump the costs in a new level.

23 January, 2005 13:58 Blogger mightymerk said...

Regarding the cost of the event: Isn't everything a little more/lot more expensive then it was in 1988? I am not sure why there is all this focus on the cost of the event? Security is going to be ramped up, it is to be expected.

Rgarding the "Shipwreck of Communism" quote: I was in Köln watching the speech from my hotel. The Germany media was mostly fair, focusing quite accuarately on just how Bush intended to promote liberty and freedeom for all. Would this be achieved at the barrel of a gun? Increased diplomacy? etc. etc.

What is meant by "Shipwreck" is that the vessel, the proverbial boat if you will, never got off the ground. It was never destined for a better horizon. I do not view it this way just as an American, but as the son of an immigrant whose family was torn apart and battered by the Communist Battleship, I would have to ask you Vector just at what point in history did communism ever 'float', by this I mean work? And for which nation? Through all of the praise and admiration that Karl Marx received, just what was he ever right about?

Yes American and the Western nations helped accelerate the fall of the Communist Empire, by exploting its weaknesses ofinefficiency, lack of economic incentives and lack of economic production. What was trying to be prevented was additional Polands, Hungary's, Romania's from being sucked into the communist vacuum.

Again, I am open to the idea that my American eyes have been fooled, and that there may exist a nation where a great many people' spirits were uplifted and fulfilled through communism, you just have to show me where.

I didn't want to make this overly political, but in interest of the topic I at least had to explain my perspective.

23 January, 2005 15:21 Blogger Vector said...

Costs are inflation corrected, of course. For me it is just a curiosity factor. Not a political etc. thing.

It's a bit early in my opinion to speak of global shipwreck of communism. It may not work and is destined to failure, but as long as there are countries which are functioning with communistic principles, it is not over and done with. USSR was not the only communistic country in the world.

And what comes to floating, I would think that in some point of history there was a moment when some people were thinking that it is working. We just have the luxury of hindsight to prove them wrong. It doesn't make any sense to go start something if you know already that it's going to be a dud.

This could also of course be the case with capitalism, democracy and everything we currently think are things which are working. At the end, maybe they don't, but at the moment most of the people think they do, so that's how we go on.

Your American eyes might have been fooled, but not with this one ;)
I think you have to seach long and hard to find one. But who knows, maybe we both are proven wrong later on - I'm not holding my breath though.

"I didn't want to make this overly political, but in interest of the topic I at least had to explain my perspective."

That's allright, it is nice to hear from you again :)

23 January, 2005 20:23 Blogger mightymerk said...

On another note, though not on my flight from the U.S. to Germany, I did read in the Lufhansa magazine that they are now showing episodes of American Chopper on flights!

I thought it was cool. :)

23 January, 2005 21:02 Blogger Vector said...

It is! Oh, and I did saw the episodes of making the Liberty Bike! Man, that bike was really a huge fabrication to make and pull together, but the end result was just mind-blowing!

Great show :)


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