Originally posted by johnq
With apologies to George Orwell:
Bushspeak means the faculty of stopping short, as though by instinct, at the threshold of any dangerous thought. It includes the power of not grasping analogies, of failing to perceive logical errors, of misunderstanding the simplest arguments if they are inimical to the Administration, and of being bored or repelled by any train of thought which is capable of leading in a heretical direction. Bushspeak, in short, means protective stupidity.
BUSH: "Let me -- I'm not exactly sure what you mean, 'passes the global test,' you take preemptive action if you pass a global test?"
No fucking permission slip needed or sought.
What part of "your countrymen, your people" don't Republicans get? Global doesn't mean the world. It was used as in "universal". If he had said "universal test" would Republicans be mocking him for seeking permission slip from Martians and Andromedans? This coy stupid act of the Bush crowd is insulting.
The Administration is therefore saying fuck what the countrymen, the people think, fuck making America's reputation something for us to be proud of.
We lead the world, not the other way around. But we must lead the world, not trample on it.
This intentional (I'm being generous) stupidity of the Bush crowd is a sleazy way to twist Kerry's words.
I'm going to be nice to you and the others here because English might not be your first language.
There is this thing in English called a conjunction. Kerry's sentence contains the conjunction "but" which is used to combine two sentences with OPPOSITE ideals.
Here are some nice examples.
I was in love with you, but now I am not.
I was going to the store, but I decided to sleep in.
I would vote for John Kerry, but he can't be clear on Iraq.
Now let's take a little look at that John Kerry comment using your new found ability to understand English.
No president, through all of American history, has ever ceded, and nor would I, the right to preempt in any way necessary to protect the United States of America.
But if and when you do it, Jim, you have to do it in a way that passes the test, that passes the global test where your countrymen, your peopleunderstand fully why you're doing what you're doing and you can prove to the world that you did it for legitimate reasons.
If the ideals were the same, he could have simply used the conjunction "and." However Kerry is smart, he set up the ideal, so lapdogs who don't read complete statements could argue on his behalf, and then purposefully spoke to the opposite of it by saying "But.....new criteria that is not the same as the first ideal."
Kerry did propose a global test. He acknowleged that he would not give up the power of preemptive strikes. However when he listed the criteria for use, he clearly gave the world a veto. He also clearly understood that the ideal was the opposite, or at a minimum, very different from from the initial statement.