June 13, 2006
Busch Macht Frei
A sign on the front of the US prison in Guantanamo Bay reads “Honor Bound to Defend Freedom.”
A sign over the gate of the Fort Dix stockade, where war protesters were jailed during the Vietnam days: “Obedience to the law is freedom.”
A sign I saw in 1979 on the Grady County courthouse in Chickasha, Oklahoma: “The Safety of the State is the Highest Law.”
A sign I saw on a billboard in Franco's Spain in 1958: “Sin orden, no hay libertad.” (Without Order, There is No Liberty.)
A sign beside the gate at Auschwitz: “Arbeit Macht Frei.” (Work Makes You Free.)
And so it goes.
Posted by Jerome Doolittle at June 13, 2006 10:45 PM
I think these guys are using a 'buzzword generator' (also called 'bullshit generator'), especially designed for their uses.
How do you think about 'rank-and-file power-struggle', 'western movement', 'collectivist social mobilization' or 'marginalized situation for change', all courtesy of the 'College Republicans at USCS' online-bullshit-generator?
Sounds just great, doesn't it? That's what I call emphatic intellectualism.
Good stuff, but what were you doing in Chickasha, OK?
I worked for the FAA then, and was out there to give a speech at the air traffic controllers academy in Lawton. Hey, thanks for asking!
When I was in the Air Force, there was a sign at the entrance to bases: Peace Is Our Profession.
No irony there, no sir.
I saw that sign in Dr. Strangelove.
Now there was irony.