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Rantings of a Sandmonkey

Be forewarned: The writer of this blog is an extremely cynical, snarky, pro-US, secular, libertarian, disgruntled sandmonkey. If this is your cup of tea, please enjoy your stay here. If not, please sod off

Sunday, January 09, 2005

No party like a Bush party!

You know, I remember in the year 2001 how Bush's first inauguration party was like. I wasn't actually there or anything, i saw it on TV like the majority of people did. The president was met with demonstrations and had his car pelted with eggs and other kinds of food by angry liberals who claim that he stole the election. In essence, the haters ruined Bush's first inauguration day for him and they claimed they had just cause because "the election was stolen". So you know, I guess with Bush's clear victory this time and his re-election, he should have every right to feel vindicated in having one hell of an inauguration party, since his last one was ruined for him. I guess I would also expect- as common decency would dictate- that Blue-staters would just let him enjoy his victory with his supporters this time. But no, we can't possibly have that now, can we? In this special report by the guardian, which by the way calls the $ 40 million inauguration "an unashamed celebration of Red America's victory over Blue America in last November's election", they provide details of the different kinds of parties and festivities that will take place this year to celebrate this occasion. Ohh, and it makes sure to include the objections of the whiney liberals who want to ruin this man's second party: The fighting in Iraq has provoked calls for the celebrations to be toned down, as they were during the two world wars when some were even cancelled. Bush's second inauguration will be the first in wartime since President Richard Nixon took office in 1969 during the Vietnam conflict. That angers many anti-war protesters who say the lavish celebration is inappropriate during conflict. A huge series of demonstrations is now being planned which organizers say will be much larger than the ones that marked Bush's first inauguration after the contested Florida recount in 2000. 'We want our voices to be heard,' said a spokesman for the Answer Coalition, which is co-ordinating the protests. The A.N.S.W.E.R. coalition , which stands for Act Now to Stop War and End Racism, is actually a front for a group of socialists and communist groups. You can click here to see some of the things they demanded and planned, like them planning a million workers march, and demanding that housing and a job at a "living wage" to be a right to every citizen. And they are the ones co-ordinating the protests and wanting their voices to be heard! Interesting. No? What's even more interesting is the fact that Bush's team for financing the inauguration has raised $18 million in private donations, putting it nearly halfway to its goal of at least $40 million as the NYTimes reports here. The people who are providing the money are hardworking Americans, Bush supporters and corporations. Damn those self-sufficient evil capitalist Americans! The liberals will say that it still doesn't matter, and that having this extravagant party when the troops don't have armor in Iraq is just obscene. And for them I only have one question: Would you be raising those same objections, if Kerry had won the election? I mean, can you even imagine how big of a party the democrats would have thrown? Yeah, I rest my case!


At 1/09/2005 07:15:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"And for them I only have one question: Would you be raising those same objections, if Kerry had won the election? I mean, can you even imagine how big of a party the democrats would have thrown?
Yeah, I rest my case!

Unfortunate place to rest your case as it's a fairly weak argument.  The problem, of course, is that Bush supporters would be only too happy to bitch that Kerry had won the election while railing about the lack of body armor and here he was spending money on parties.
They're only too happy to indulge in the same sort of sniping of which they accuse their detractors.
And it just goes round and round…

Lee C.   ―   U.S.A.

At 1/09/2005 12:07:00 PM, Blogger Tina said...

There has never been an inauguration in my lifetime like the last one. Sore losers are really embarrassing. This is all part of the "Everyone wins" type of educating. These folks are actually shocked that they lost, after all, no one should lose. There should be no grades, no blue ribbons for first place, no scorecards, no trophies for winning. Everyone should just play and then go home.

At 1/09/2005 12:34:00 PM, Blogger The Sandmonkey said...

well it's too bad Tina, cause i believe if you win fair and square you have earned your right to a celebration. This past election was tough and draining and whoever would've won it would've deserved to celebrate his victory. If Kerry had won it and conservatives were the ones doing the complaining i would be against them as well.

Not to mention, 2004 sucked till the very end, might as well start 2005 with a big party! ya know?

At 1/10/2005 07:00:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What everyone seems to forget is the boost in the DC economy. The money brought into the city the filling of the hotels and eateries will be appreciated by the local residents.
The money given by people who wanted to have a party should be used for that purpose. And yes Nixon was the last to have a large party during a war, Who? Since 1969 faced the situation. The funny part of this is the money spent for security falls to the government. And you have god knows how many people coming to protest, what good it will do or serve what purpose except to make the President less safe. Note, I said the President and not George Bush, I respect the office and sometimes the man serving, but the President deserves to be treated with respect no matter who that man is.



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