2009: The Final Insult
Nobody seriously expected the President to own up to everything on his way out the door. And that certainly did not happen. But as we have come to understand, the man never fails to amaze.
The last address — which actually was rehashed during the weekly radio address on Saturday, so call it the next-to-last address — offered nothing memorable or earth-shattering, except for one final demonstration of a lack of self-awareness, of total cognitive dissonance:
America must maintain our moral clarity. I’ve often spoken to you about good and evil, and this has made some uncomfortable. But good and evil are present in this world, and between the two of them there can be no compromise. Murdering the innocent to advance an ideology is wrong every time, everywhere. Freeing people from oppression and despair is eternally right. This nation must continue to speak out for justice and truth. We must always be willing to act in their defense — and to advance the cause of peace.
It is beyond clear. The man, to the last, had no interest in winning hearts and minds, but sought only to preach to the faithful — a rather lonely crowd at the moment. Really: moral clarity, in an age of euphemisms for torture and imprisonment of the unconvicted and uncharged. Speaking of advancing the cause of peace, while in the sixth year of an unnecessary war.
That’s enough. The Bush Adminstration has precisely 24 hours remaining. Let us be done with it.
Open thread, y’all. Send him off in style.