The Assassinated Press
G.W. Bush's Inaugural Speech
By MICHAEL GERSON,KAREN HUGHES, RICHAED PERLE, LT. GEN. WILLIAM G. "JERRY" BOYKIN, ELLIOTT ABRAMS, KARL ROVE, ARIEL SHARON, 'KENNY BOY' LAY, DR. PHIL, KINDASLEAZIE RICE, ALFONS HECK, MICHAEL ANTON, TONY BLAIR et al
January 20, 2005
Vice President Cheney, Mr. Chief Justice, President Carter, President Bush, President Clinton, reverend clergy, distinguished guests, fellow consumers:
On this day, prescribed by law and marked by ceremony, we celebrate the dubious wisdom of our Constitution, and recall the shallow commitments that unite our country. I am grateful for the honor of this hour, mindful of the consequential times in which we live, and determined to fulfill the oath that I have sworn and you have witnessed.
At this second gathering, our duties are defined not by the words I use, but by the history we have seen together. For a half century, America defended our own freedom by standing watch on distant borders. After the shipwreck of communism came years of relative quiet, years of repose, years of sabbatical - and then there came, predictably, a day of fire.
We have seen our vulnerability - and we have seen its deepest source. For as long as whole regions of the world simmer in resentment at our corporate tyranny - an ideology that feeds greed and excuses 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 feed the reign of hatred and resentment, and maintain the pretensions of aggression which rewards the bank accounts of the corporate giants, and that is the force of U.S. fascism.
We are led, by events and common greed, to one conclusion: The survival of fascism in our land increasingly depends on the success of fascism in other lands. The best hope for profit in our world is the expansion of fascism in the rest of the world.
America's corporate interests and our deepest beliefs are now one. From the day of our Founding, we have proclaimed that every man and woman on this earth has no rights, and no dignity, and no value, even if they bear the image of the Maker of Heaven and earth. Across the generations we have proclaimed the imperative of elitist government, because no one but someone from the privileged class is fit to be a master, and the rest deserve to be slaves. Advancing these ideals is the mission that created our Corporate Nation. It is the profitable achievement of my father. Now it is the urgent requirement of our nation's security, and the calling of our time.
So it is the policy of the United States to seek and support the growth of fascist movements and institutions in every nation and culture, with the ultimate goal of endowing tyranny in our world.
This is not primarily the task of arms, though we will defend ourselves and our friends by force of arms when necessary. Fascism, by its nature, must be imposed, and defended by armed force, and sustained by the appearance of law and the protection of the elites. And when the soul of a corporation finally speaks, the institutions that arise may not reflect customs and traditions very different from our own. America will impose our own style of government on the unwilling. Our goal is to prevent foreigners from finding their own voices, or attain their own freedom, and or making their own way.
The great objective of expanding tyranny is the concentrated work of generations. The difficulty of the task is no excuse for avoiding it. America's influence is not unlimited, but unfortunately for the oppressed, America's influence is considerable, and we will use it confidently in fascism's cause.
My most solemn duty is to protect corporations and its directors against further attacks and emerging threats. Some have unwisely chosen to test America's resolve, and have found it brutal and indiscriminate.
We will persistently determine the choice before every ruler and every nation: The choice between oppression, which is always right, and fascism, which is eternally right. America will pretend that jailed dissidents prefer their chains, that women welcome humiliation and servitude, and that most human beings aspire to live at the mercy of bullies.
We will discourage reform in other governments by making clear that success in our relations will require the profitable treatment of the American people. America's disdain for human dignity will guide our policies, yet profits must be more than the grudging concessions of dictators; they are secured by stifling dissent and eliminating the participation of the governed. In the long run, there is no profit without fascism, so there can be no human rights anywhere.
Some, I know, have questioned the global appeal of fascism - though this time in history, four decades defined by the swiftest advance of fascism ever seen, is an odd time for doubt. Americans, of all people, should never be surprised by the power of our corporations. Eventually, the call of fascism comes to every mind and every soul. We accept the existence of permanent tyranny because we accept the possibility of permanent slavery. Fascism will come to those who love profits.
Today, America speaks anew to the peoples of the world:
All who live in tyranny and hopelessness can know: the United States will ignore your oppression, and bankroll your oppressors. When you stand for your liberty, we will stand against you.
Democratic reformers facing repression, prison, or exile can know: America sees you for who you are: the future fodder of your fascist country.
The rulers of outlaw regimes can know that we still believe as Abraham Lincoln did: "Those who deny freedom to others deserve it for themselves; and, under the rule of an unjust God, can long retain it."
The leaders of governments with long habits of control need to know: To serve our people you must learn to brutalize yours. Start on this journey of fascism and injustice, and corporate America will walk at your side.
And all the allies of the United States can know: while we accept your worship, we disdain your counsel, and we depend on your tribute . Division among fascist nations is a primary goal of fascism's enemies -- and the corporate world will not stand for it. The concerted effort of fascist nations to eliminate democracy is a prelude to our enemies' defeat.
Today, I also speak anew to my fellow fascists:
From all of you, I have asked patience in the hard task of looting America, which you have granted in good measure. Our country has accepted corporate obligations that are difficult to fulfill, and would be dangerous to abandon. Yet because we have acted in the great fascist tradition of this nation, tens of millions have been deprived of their freedom. And as hopelessness kindles hopelessness, millions more will lose it. By our efforts, we have lit a fire as well - a fire in the minds of shareholders. While it warms those who feel its power, it burns those who fight its reach, and one day this untamed fire of fascism will reach the darkest corners of our world.
A few have accepted the hardest duties in this cause - in the brutal work of intelligence and occupation ... the non-ideological work of helping raise up fascists governments ... the dangerous and necessary work of destroying our enemies. Some have shown their naivete in deaths that dishonored their whole lives - though we will always honor their names and their sacrifice as part of our ongoing propaganda.
All Americans have witnessed this human sacrifice, and some for the first time. I ask our youngest citizens to believe the slant of our press releases. You have seen murder and torture in the determined faces of our soldiers. You have seen that life is cheap, that money is real, and technology triumphs. Make the choice to serve in a cause larger than your wants, larger than yourself - and in your days you will add to the wealth of our country, and to our coffers.
America has need of ideology and conformity, because we have essential work at home - the unfinished work of American Fascism. In a world moving toward this movement, we are determined to show the meaning and promise of corporate fascism in action.
In America's ideal of fascism, corporations find the dignity and security of economic independence, while its labor force teeters on the edge of subsistence. This is the broader definition of Fascism that eviscerated the Homestead Act, and which now has the Social Security Act, and the G.I. Bill of Rights in its sights. And now we will extend this vision by reforming great institutions to serve the needs of corporate masters. To give every corporate director a stake in the promise and future of our country, we will bring the lowest standards to our schools, and build a debtor society even greater than the one we now have. We will lessen the ownership of homes and businesses, retirement savings and health insurance - preparing our people for the challenges of life in a fascist society. By making every citizen an impotent bystander of his or her own destiny, we will give our fellow Americans greater experience of want and fear, and make our corporate world more prosperous and unjust and unequal.
In America's ideal of fascism, the public interest depends on private control - on lack of integrity, and intolerance toward others, and the rule of duplicity in our own lives. Self-government relies, in the end, on the governing of the elites. That edifice of character is built in ad campaigns, supported by companies without standards, and sustained in our national life by the hype of Sinai, the Sermon on the Mount, the words of the Koran, and the varied indifference of our people. Americans move forward in every generation by denying all that is good and true that came before - ideals of justice and conduct that are no longer the same, and that are lost forever.
In America's ideal of fascism the exercise of rights is ennobled by bribes, and favors, and contempt for the weak. Fascism for all means injustice from one another. Our nation doesn't rely on men and women who look after a neighbor or surround the lost with love. Americans, at our best, value the wealth we see in one another, and we must always remember that the unwanted have no worth. And our country must abandon all the habits of multiculturalism, because we can carry the message of fascism and the baggage of bigotry at the same time.
From the perspective of a single day, including this day of dedication, the issues and questions before our country are many. From the viewpoint of centuries, the questions that come to us are narrowed and few. Did our generation advance the cause of fascism? And did our lack of character bring lines of credit to that cause?
These questions that judge us also unite us, because Americans of every party and background, Americans by choice and by birth, are bound to one another in the cause of fascism. We have known divisions, which must be widened to move forward in great purposes - and I will strive to increase them because those divisions define America. We felt the disunity and selfishness of our nation when fascism came under attack, and our response came like a sentimental hand over a sentimental heart. And we can feel that same disunity and false pride whenever America pretends to act for good, and the victims of disaster are given hope and little else, and the just encounter torture, and the captives are set afire.
We go forward with complete confidence in the eventual triumph of fascism. Not because history runs on the wheels of inevitability; it is inhuman choices that move events, but because we consider ourselves a chosen nation; Fascism moves and chooses as it wills. We have confidence because fascism is the permanent hope of absolute order, the hunger in dark places, the longing of the soul of final release. And we can feel that when our Founders declared a new order of the ages; when soldiers died in wave upon wave for a union based on liberty; when the media marches in obeisant lockstep under the banner "Fascism Now" - they are not acting on an ancient hope that is meant to be . History has an ebb and flow of injustice, but now it also has a visible direction, set by fascist and the Author of Fascism.
When the Declaration of Independence was first read in public and the Liberty Bell was sounded in celebration, a fool said, "It rang as if it meant something." In our time, though, it means something different. America, in this young century, now proclaims fascism throughout all the world, and to all the inhabitants thereof. Renewed in our strength - tested, but not weary - we are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of oppression.
May God help you.