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Posted on 2005.09.20 at 12:04
Current Mood: confusedconfused
Current Music: Pavement - The Unseen Power of the Picket Fence
This is the oddest story I have seen in a while. And that is saying something. Apparently, the Bush family has long believed in a mythical mystical warrior named Chang who champions conservative principles and will appear to help the Bushes in time of need.
Jeb Bush, governor of Florida, invoked Chang at the swearing in of the Florida House Speaker last week, and then presented the new Speaker with Chang's golden sword. Bush said:

"Chang is a mystical warrior. Chang is somebody who believes in conservative principles, believes in entrepreneurial capitalism, believes in moral values that underpin a free society.
I rely on Chang with great regularity in my public life. He has been by my side and sometimes I let him down. But Chang, this mystical warrior, has never let me down.''

I have no idea how to process this information. Any help would be appreciated.

In case you think I am making this up, or got it from some weirdo news site, here is the info courtesy of The Gainesville Sun.


metalclarinet at 2005-09-21 01:18 (UTC) (Link)

Not a Nancy Reagan Moment

Also from the article "Faced with a stalemate, the governor apparently 'unleashes Chang' as a rhetorical device, signaling it's time to stop arguing and start agreeing."

Um, rhetorical device. This is like when one politician says that another "didn't inhale". It does not mean the other pol has stopped breathing. It means that they are stretching the truth in a very silly way. Who knows, "unleashing Chang" could go back to the Skull and Bones Society or just some cheesy movie. Big deal.

The rhetorical devices that worry me are the aggressive, bullying kind that substitute for thought. Like a foreign policy based on "Bring 'em on."

So the Prez. was asked: "What is your position on Roe vs. Wade?"
Du(m)bya replied "I don't really care how poor people get out of New Orleans."
theservant at 2005-09-21 01:20 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Not a Nancy Reagan Moment

I disagree... when you bring out golden swords, it goes beyond a rhetorical device.
metalclarinet at 2005-09-21 01:35 (UTC) (Link)
Is that any sillier than giving someone the key to the city -- usually some club-like object. Or Ollie North taking the Iranians a cake baked in the shape of a key. (Didn't he take them a Bible, too?)

But let's suppose that the guy had seized the sword and invoked the Samurai belief that a sword does not live until it tastes blood, and then hacked a bystander in half. Then I think the sword ceremony would look really odd.

Of course, my dad always said "Never give a knife as a gift. It cuts the luck." Wisdom from the shtetl.
theservant at 2005-09-21 01:37 (UTC) (Link)
I think that invoking a mythical conservative warrior, especially when you talk about 'letting him down' etc. is MUCH more psychotic than getting the key to the city. Maybe Noel was really scoring that xanax for her dad!
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