"From This Day Forward..."

Bumped. Originally posted Sat, 04/19/2008 - 00:33.

Recognize the title? Perhaps you may, particularly if you are married -- it's a snippet from a marriage vow.

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To Have and to Hold From This Day Forward,
For Better or for Worse,
For Richer, or for Poorer,
In Sickness and in Health,
Forsaking All Others,
To Love and to Cherish,
Until Death Do Us Part.
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Unfortunately, when I came across the phrase and paused long enough to take each line separately, it was not any type of matrimonial bliss that graced my mind, but instead the unholy union that has resulted in the current disaster currently damning our nation at the highest levels. What follows are the random thoughts I found darkly circling each phrase in the vow; tread softly now, that the imprints left do not permanently mar the once-bright promise and potential formerly associated with it...

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To Have and to Hold From This Day Forward,
For Better or for Worse,
For Richer, or for Poorer,
In Sickness and in Health,
Forsaking All Others,
To Love and to Cherish,
Until Death Do Us Part.
__________

Let's break it down, shall we?

To Have and To Hold

How does Guatanamo, secret prisons, rendition, torture and unlawful, unjust, unConstitutional detainment fit into the Bush Administration's view of this?

"To have and to hold," indeed...

For Richer, or for Poorer

As the economy crumbles and energy prices rise, the cost of bringing food to market increases and more people get sick -- some can't afford food, some can't afford energy, some can't afford insurance.

With tax cuts for the rich and many other edicts & actions forcing a bigger divide between the rich and poor, the GOP has certainly given the lie to the implied definition of the fantasy buzz-phrase "compassionate conservatism."

In Sickness and In Health

Water shortages, peak oil, increasing pollution, destablizing economies, endless war...and oh, look!

Helluva legacy, George.

Forsaking All Others

With a weak reference back to an Easter favorite, why has our leadership abandoned us?

Oh, wait -- I remember now. It's OK if you're a Republican. Everyone else can simply jump off a cliff. (Or they'll happily push ya.)

To Love and To Cherish

Social security, healthcare benefits, acting with responsibility and accountability -- those are all topics one would think mattered to "compassionate" people, particularly when dealing with a nation and her people.

Blowing up an inordinate amount of troops? Burning through your military? No problem -- we'll fix 'em up, good as new...and don't worry about the subjugated masses those foreigners we invaded, they'll be fine.

Until Death Do Us Part

Death may be the final journey, but that's no excuse to rush people off to the station to catch the next-earliest train.

In the Christian religion, Jesus died for the sins of humanity. In the twisted version Bush world, people die to enable them to sin more.

Thanks largely to the efforts of the Bush Administration and their Republican blockers, I feel like I'm in the role of an abused and battered spouse, unable to escape the nightmare that we've lived under for 8 years and unable to get the authorities to enforce a restraining order or arrest the abusive pricks who are responsible for the pain of an entire nation. I'll go to bed shortly, and wonder what tomorrow will bring -- is there no end to this nightmare?

Will the abusers escape justice, and the abused simply be told to get over it?

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Hey, tonight is the beginning of Passover.

Let my people go!

carol

Unfortunately, we'll be unable to retain Charlton Heston for the role of Moses, but then again we probably need a different icon for advocating the freedom of our Democracy from the clutches of the Bush Republic; perhaps clones of Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln all done up in long flowing beards and flowing robes...?