"It [government] covers the surface of society with a network of small complicated rules, minute and uniform, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate, to rise above the crowd. The will of man is not shattered, but softened, bent, guided; men are seldom forced by it to act, but they are constantly restrained from acting: such a power does not destroy, but it prevents existence; it does not tyrannize, but it compresses, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to be nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd." ~ Alexis de Tocqueville
Happy Independence Day, Daddy
[to the tune of "America the Beautiful" in honor of the US "handover" of Iraq--to George's dad's oil buddies!]
Oh beautiful for "sovereignty" Where we pull all the strings Our armies back our chosen spy Just see what freedom brings! America, America Impose its will on thee 'til all concede or else they'll bleed for all eternity
Oh beautiful for interims Where we impose the laws With war crimes pacts and oil contracts Relieved of all their flaws America, America God smite our raghead foe An iron fist to terrorist! And all who dare say no
Oh beautiful revenge on him Who tried to kill your Dad Who sold him those munitions grim And weapons by the scad America, America The Big Lie be your friend With armies' might, pursue your right To Empire without end
Oh beautiful for nations bought Like pearls upon a strand Where liberating army sought Our oil beneath their sand America, America May no one bar thy way Old Glory waves o'er all your knaves On "independence" day!