December 2005


The latest news from the White House absolutely requires a post here on Just Powers, although I can’t imagine what I can add to the conversation that you haven’t already heard from the New York Times, CNN, or dailyKos. There is one thing I could use some clarification on however.

I was listening to the President’s “no-no-we-really-DO-need-to-spy-on-you” press conference yesterday and heard him say this:

“…the Iraqi people now enjoy constitutionally protected freedoms, and their leaders now derive their powers from the consent of the governed.”

Well hell, even though he was removed from my holiday card list, I was darn proud of the President for quoting the Declaration of Independence, which is, after all, one of our favorite documents here at Just Powers.

So I sat down today to write a blog post about it, and wanting to make sure I got the words right, I went to the White House website to get an exact quote of what the President said. Imagine my consternation when I saw this:

“…the Iraqi people now enjoy constitutionally protected freedoms, and their leaders now derive their powers from the consent of the government.”

Um. I am no Declaration of Independence scholar, in fact I think I used the Cliff’s notes in AP history in 11th grade, but I am pretty sure that “governed” and “government” are not interchangeable. In fact, I think doing so pretty much makes the sentence mean exactly the opposite, as in “the government is now doing whatever they want regardless of what the governed say”.

Now maybe that kind of hinky treatment of antiquated charter documents works here in the old U.S. of A. Mr. President, but surely not in Iraq. Iraq is a place for DEMOCRACY — it is for the ‘ed’ not the ‘ment’. Please tell me you just misspoke…

UPDATE: Well phew. Dick Cheney has set me straight. Turns out I did actually hear what I thought I heard. Even though he needs to look into hiring some new transcriptionists it seems the President is as big a fan of the Declaration of Independence as I am. The verdict is still out on his feelings about the Constitution.

The new house is awesome. We finally decided to redo the kitchen – kind of a medium size renovation. You can watch the progress here. Can’t wait till it is finished and life gets back to normal. I just hope it happens in time to get a little bit of Christmas cookie baking in…