In One Eye

Saturday, June 14, 2003
 
Lest we forget what today is, President Unelected is ready to remind us. As usual, what he says has a wide divergence from the truth. (Broder gives but one example of this duplicity in his column today.)
President Bush asked Americans to mark Flag Day on Saturday by showing respect to the Stars and Stripes as a thank you to U.S. troops serving in foreign lands.
Troops that, at least in Iraq, are serving for no good or bogus reasons.
In his weekly radio address, Bush commemorated June 14, 1777, when the Continental Congress made the flag the symbol of America.

"It inspires hope in people suffering under tyranny or terror," said Bush, who taped the address in Washington before leaving for a long weekend at his family's seaside compound in Kennebunkport. "It welcomes immigrants from every land searching for a better life. And it rallies our nation in times of conflict and crisis."
Given the restrictions being placed on immigrants these days, it's hard to take this statement seriously. To be sure, immigrants are not being welcomed from every land.
Showing respect for the flag shows reverence for American ideals — a faith affirmed by Marines who planted the flag at Iwo Jima, and by the heroes of Sept. 11, who raised the flag in the rubble of Ground Zero, he said.
And now we come to the crux of the message ...
Americans also can show their respect for the freedom in their nation by volunteering to help fellow citizens, the president said.

"There are so many ways to improve the lives of fellow Americans — by answering the call to feed the hungry, or caring for the elderly, or teaching a child to read, or joining with neighbors to support the police, fire fighters and medics who respond to emergencies," he said.
Social service funds have been eviscerated and he must know it.
"Every action you take will strengthen the bonds of community that unite all Americans, and extend the promise of American life to another citizen."
Bottom line: we plutocrats won't pay for it, so you poor suckers out there will have to volunteer in order to improve the lives of the hungry, the elderly, the illiterate, and other unfortunates.