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"Some, I know, have questioned the global appeal of liberty - though this time in history, four decades defined by the swiftest advance of freedom ever seen, is an odd time for doubt. Americans, of all people, should never be surprised by the power of our ideals. Eventually, the call of freedom comes to every mind and every soul. We do not accept the existence of permanent tyranny because we do not accept the possibility of permanent slavery. Liberty will come to those who love it."--GWB

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Saturday, October 29, 2005

May Justice Be Swift for the Freedomhaters

Yesterday Scooter Libby, chief aide to Vice-president Dick Cheney, was indicted in the investigation about a leak (and its cover up) that threatened the security of freedomlovers across the United States and world. Yes, freedomlovers, we must be vigilant. Beware of those who appear to talk the straight talk of freedom but whose walk toward freedom is crooked. Those who use secrecy to jeopardize our freedom must be smoked out of their holes, as our beloved Freedomlover has said himself:

"Terrorists try to operate in the shadows. They try to hide. But we're going to shine the light of justice on them. We list their names, we publicize their pictures, we rob them of their secrecy. Terrorism has a face, and today we expose it for the world to see." GWB 10/10/2001

"While promising a future of justice and holiness, the terrorists are preparing a future of oppression and misery - banning dissent and books, brutalizing women, and controlling every aspect of life."

Keep up the good work, freedomlovers. Blessed art thou!

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Wednesday, October 26, 2005

A Great Day for Freedom!

Freedom: Hallowed be thy name! Today it has been reported that the number of brave American martyrs for freedom in Iraq and the world has reached 2,000. My freedom contacts in Iraq have notified me that an estimated 1,500 of those martyrs may be noble, American, freedom-loving bearded pigs (that string of adjectives is indeed redundant, but it is important to recall it with the greatest reverence). The great Freedomlover teaches that peace and freedom can not be won without bloodshed. That is the truth, fellow freedomlovers. Did you really think the ownership society could be achieved with the effortlessness of invading Belgium? The price of freedom is eternal vigilance and sacrifice. Blessed art thou, freedomlovers. Your descendants, bearded pigs and their brothers and sisters, shall carry your torch. Your sacrifice has not been in vain. With every martyr the world is a little bit freer.
I salute you.
Captain Freedom

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Sunday, October 23, 2005

me

Captain Freedom sans cape, in his birthday suit.
As you can see, he is a very prosperous American--well-fed, even if a tad unshaven. What's that? Captain Freedom is a bearded pig? Don't be so superficial! Freedom-loving is an intrinsic quality. Besides, he is a totally different pig when gussied up in his red-white-and-blue-spangled bodyglove. God bless you, Captain Freedom. If only we had more people like you.

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Friday, October 21, 2005

Welcometothebloghouse

Hi there, freedomlovers!
Since I love freedom so much, and I want to devote my life to spreading it near and far, I thought I'd spread my word in the blogosphere. This site is for freedomlovers--enemies of freedom are not welcome here, and they are legion.

I will sporadically post my musings on freedom in the world, with particular regard for how it is under assault in my homeland, the USA. It is my wish that all of America and the world may one day hold hands and sing the immortal words of Lee Greenwood (if you don't know them you ain't a freedomlover, ya commie, terrist pig). I am proud to be an American.

I consider freedomlovers everywhere to be more or less American. The price of freedom is eternal vigilance, my friends. Let us be vigilant. You visitors will witness the wonders of my vigilance every so often--at least annually--on this blog.
God Bless you, freedomlovers.
Captain Jay Freedom

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Security After New Orleans

Dearest Freedomlovers:

What do you make of this commentary below? A web acquaintance in a beardedpig freedom love chatroom shared it with me. Can I trust it? It is so difficult these days, even for Captn Freedom, to distinguish between ersatz and pure freedom love. This calls for a movement of freedomlovers committed to examining the statements and actions of those who bear the resemblance to a freedom sheep to distinguish whether they are indeed so or, tragically, counterfeit freedom wolves in sheep's clothing.

Feel free to comment and circulate it.

Security after New Orleans

Poignant images of poor New Orleans residents retreating from the deluge have touched a nation and a world, raising troublesome questions about security and the cyclical issue of poverty in the United States. For some older Americans, these images evoke an earlier security panic—the Great Depression. We are hearing talk about New Deals: both the rediscovery of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s and the promise of George W. Bush’s. Beneath the surface of apparent similarity, however, the two deals and the insecurity they promise to relieve are fundamentally different. Bush’s affinity for the New Deal does not run deep, and this is not the first time that he and his predecessors have used its keywords to support policies that undermine its spirit of securing freedom for all Americans.

Roosevelt’s deal was new by comparison to the security and freedom doctrine that came before him. His predecessor Herbert Hoover responded to a condition of national insecurity with ineffective solutions of rugged individualism and minimalist government. Roosevelt argued for a more activist federal government, not to expand government-for-government’s-sake, but because the Depression had shown that individuals could no longer be held completely responsible for their own security. In a time when small shopkeepers, entrepreneurs and farmers were fast disappearing, Roosevelt identified the primary threat to security as the market free of public interest. He promoted a vision of Abraham Lincoln’s government of, by, and for the people as a citizen’s vehicle for dealing with the inevitable and sometimes catastrophic whims of nature, markets and businesses. He maintained this mature vision of security even in the throes of World War II, emphasizing the equal importance of military and social security. For Roosevelt, the social and economic aspects of security were so critical to American freedom that he went so far as to call for an Economic Bill of Rights to supplement the already existing political Bill of Rights.

At the heart of Roosevelt’s New Deal was his argument that freedom could not be viewed as a natural state individually embraced through work or willingly denied through sloth when 1/3 of the American nation was ill-fed, ill-clothed, and ill-housed. In fact, Roosevelt viewed such poverty as a threat to the nation’s political, social and military security.

The poverty laid bare by Hurricane Katrina demonstrates that obtrusive conditions confronted during the Depression do in fact persist today. Bush’s response to this is far from “new.” Like Hoover, Reagan, and his own father before him, Bush continues to promote self-discipline and private cures, including voluntarism, as solutions to large-scale security problems. In this decades-old argument, the federal government should cut all but verbal support for those living in insecure economic conditions, leaving the relief work to good Samaritans who represent the best of the American spirit. But the private sphere of charities could not deal with the magnitude of the security fallout in New Orleans.

The media unwittingly promoted this voluntarist line, telling the New Orleans story almost exclusively through the melodramatic frames of individual heroism and natural disaster. Largely absent from this coverage was an analysis of how Bush and his predecessors’ attempts to repeal the (old) New Deal directly contributed to the un-natural disaster that was Katrina. Katrina was a necessary cause for New Orleans, but it was not sufficient. By relentlessly trimming the “fat” of FDR’s legacy from the federal budget—including income supports, transportation, and public works such as levee repair—the Bush administration has left behind a skeleton security state unable to withstand any significant threat.

In the wake of the hurricane, Bush has promised support for minority-owned small businesses but has failed to specify how education, public health, and other key resources will be permanently secured for vulnerable citizens. On the contrary, he and some Republicans have argued that reconstruction can be financed by trimming more fat. Additional cuts would only aggravate the insecurity of poor Americans. Besides, why reconstruct if only to abandon citizens to insecurity again?

George W. Bush staked his reputation on security and has said repeatedly that his number one duty is to protect U.S. citizens. The deep floodwaters of New Orleans revealed just how shallow our understanding of security really is.