by Kathryn Joanne Dixon © 2001
(Anyone can republish this anywhere.)

The following is the text of President George W. Bush's inaugural address, delivered shortly after he was sworn in as 43rd President of the United States on Saturday on January 20, 2001.  President Bush's words are set in regular text.  The skeleton key is set forth in bold.

"This peaceful transfer of authority is rare in history, yet common in our country. With a simple oath, we affirm old traditions, and make new beginnings."

Bush, II, the peaceful transfer of authority is not "rare" in history - thousands of times modern nations have transferred power peacefully in many nations, including the U.S.  The peaceful transfer is, however, not "common" in America.  By the assassination of the President, power was transferred in America from JFK to LBJ and from Lincoln to Andrew Johnson.  By the assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, power was transferred.  The list of names of assassinated individuals is long.  Is Bush II's opening line  a vain hope the people will forget the violent transfers of power in recent American history, and applaud him because there were no guns of November that shot down people, just guns that shot down their votes?   A person without a vote in America is a person with his hands hacked off.  How quaint for Bush to think just a "simple oath" can make "new beginnings." Swearing to God to uphold the law or Constitution is just a couple of words.  Bush's attorney general nominee has sworn to "uphold the law".  The Bush team likes to  make solemn oaths to God to uphold the law, as they pound their hearts. Do they think this actually convinces Americans to wash away the past, wash away reality, and give the Bush team "authority."  The oath is no better than the oath-taker.

"As I begin, I thank President Clinton for his service to our nation. And I thank Vice- President Gore for a contest conducted with spirit, and ended with grace. I am honored and humbled to stand here, where so many of America's leaders have come before me, and so many will follow. We have a place, all of us, in a long story - a story we continue, but whose end we will not see. It is the story of a new world that became a friend and liberator of the old. The story of a slave-holding society that became a servant of freedom. The story of a power that went into the world to protect but not possess, to defend but not to conquer. It is the American story - a story of flawed and fallible people, united across the generations by grand and enduring ideals."

Bush II believes that "we" are in a long story whose end we will not see.  Here, Bush II admits his words and administration are telling us a "story".  Bush begins to identify his story with the "eternal" in that there is an "end we will not see." You bet we can't see the ends to Bush II's means!  What "story" does Bush want "we" to buy?   Bush II says, "It is the story of a new world that became a friend and liberator of the old."  No, Bush II, the United States of America was not a "new world".  The U.S. was and is a country formed by the colonists who rebelled against England in a bloody war.  Bush II, there is a world out there -- a whole lot of people and countries who don't want to live like America, and who have their own laws and customs and families, and many of whom don't like America.  Bush II, why don't you just have the guts to say what you really mean" NEW WORLD ORDER.  Don't cut the word "order" from your catch phrase "New World"!  "We" get it.   

Bush II almost invokes the New World Order in his next line:
"It is the story of a new world that became a friend and liberator of the old."  

Bush II, the United States did not liberate the Old World, if by Old World you mean countries other than the U.S. in existence since 1776.  The U.S. did fight two world wars with its Allies to liberate the world from Germany domination and in World War II, from the Nazis.  Many other wars and coups d'etat the U.S. was involved in may not have been justified, and certainly not wanted by the people who felt the U.S. boot.  These wars and coups were not often even wanted by U.S. soldiers who died or were wounded or by their families.  "We" particularly recall the "liberation" of Kuwait -- an oil soaked kingdom led by  sexist greedy fascists, for whose wealth and safety, 500,000 Americans marched into Iraq.  Hundreds of thousands of these Americans came back with Gulf War Disease.  Everyone remembers  President Bush I and his cronies exported dangerous biological warfare agents to Iraq prior to the war.  What "liberator of the old" world are you talking about here, Bush II? 

In the next line, Bush II explains: "The story of a power that went into the world to protect but not possess, to defend but not to conquer."  

Oh, now "we" get it.  By liberation, you mean Daddy America was just trying to protect and defend those countries, not possess and conquer them. But the facts are that the Bush team's transnational corporations did conquer and possess the economies of Latin America, Africa and parts of Asia and part of the Middle East oil supply.  Remember all those old Bush oil companies all around the world.  Talk about conquering and possessing oil in the bowels of the earth of other countries!  So, is this the "story" your "simple oath" affirms?

Bush II next states: " It is the American story - a story of flawed and fallible people, united across the generations by grand and enduring ideals." 

Bush II insults Americans.  He depicts the American people as "flawed and fallible".  Where did Bush II get this arrogant idea that the American people should be cited as "flawed and fallible".  They are more than that: "courageous and brilliant" are words that come to mind.  But never fear, Bush II will unite even the flawed and fallible with "grand and enduring ideals."  The rest of the inaugural address is about the ideals Bush II loves and they are "grand", but will they endure past the 2004 election. What is the grandest of these ideals? TO BELONG, HAVE A CHANCE and THAT NO INSIGNIFICANT PERSON WAS EVER BORN. 

Bush states: "The grandest of these ideals is an unfolding American promise: that everyone belongs, that everyone deserves a chance, that no insignificant person was ever born. Americans are called to enact this promise in our lives and in our laws. And though our nation has sometimes halted, and sometimes delayed, we must follow no other course."  

Bush II, think again!  What is the source of American ideals? The Constitution and Declaration of Independence.  The Declaration states: All men are created equal.  Bush II apparently doesn't view equal protection as the grandest ideal since he doesn't mention it.  Bush II prefers "belongingness"-- a soft warm fuzzy feeling that you too are one of the members of the Bush team?  The Bill of Rights lists the freedoms American's cherish.  Freedom is the American ideal.  Freedom of speech, religion and assembly are the grandest ideals as is Equal Protection under law.  Yet Bush holds out to "have a chance" as the grandest ideals.  What does having a chance mean if you don't have a fair chance, a chance on an even playing field, a chance that all others equally have under law?  Bush II's "chance" is a cold one hanging alone and twisting and turning in the winds of eternity.  Bush II then asserts "no insignificant person was ever born."  In the eternal story Bush II tells, if you only "belong", even if you are born a flawed and fallible American, then you can have a chance and won't be insignificant and can "protect" and not "possess" as you promote the "NEW WORLD" all over this planet.

In his Inaugural Address,  Bush told the world what Democracy really is:  "DEMOCRATIC FAITH."

Bush II stated. "Through much of the last century, America's faith in freedom and democracy was a rock in a raging sea. Now it is a seed upon the wind, taking root in many nations. Our democratic faith is more than the creed of our country, it is the inborn hope of our humanity - an ideal we carry but do not own, a trust we bear and pass along. And even after nearly 225 years, we have a long way yet to travel.  

Just like Bush I who widely popularized his coined phrase "New World Order, " Bush II has a similar way with words, to wit: "Democratic faith."  Until January 20, 2001, there was no such phrase as "democratic faith."  Bush II is really a genius.  He has rewritten the 1st Amendment of the constitution in his seemingly benign and pleasant inaugural address.  Bush II is not saying "we" are faithful to Democracy, or have faith in Democracy.  No, he is saying the faith of "we" is democratic.  Faith is first.  Whose faith?  The faith the Bush theocracy promotes.  Bush II's Democratic faith, is to him, "the inborn hope of our humanity" -- it is not a democracy sprung from the American Constitution and body of law.  Oddly, Bush II says democratic faith is an "ideal we carry but do not own, a trust we bear and pass along."  How can a person "carry" an ideal, unless he is a slave or beast of burden.  A person loves an ideal and works for it.  Bush would have us "bear" and "pass along" Democratic faith, the New World ideal.  Is Bush II dissociated from reality or is he manipulating reality?  Americans love and own their ideals as set forth in the Constitution and Declaration of independence.  They do not glumly bear them.  They hold them proudly to their hearts.  They carry them personally into battle if necessary to defend their ideals.  Bush II wants very much to uproot the ideals of Americans which have sustained them for 225 years, by replacing them with his new ideals which are carried and borne.  Bush wants the American person to carry and bear, without owning, his "Democratic Faith" as he marches through this planet creating the New World.  Hey, after all the American child  per Bush II, is born a flawed and fallible American, but can still belong and have a chance and won't be insignificant and can "protect" and not "possess" as he promotes the "NEW WORLD" all over this planet.  Don't fear too much, folks, Bush II says -- the story is eternal and the transfer of power to this theocracy was peaceful. 

Next, Bush II describes a certain little glitch in his grand story.

"While many of our citizens prosper, others doubt the promise - even the justice - of our own country. The ambitions of some Americans are limited by failing schools and hidden prejudice, and of circumstances of their birth. And sometimes our differences run so deep, it seems we share a continent, but not a country. We do not accept this, and we will not allow it. Our unity, our union, is the serious work of leaders and citizens in every generation. And this is my solemn pledge: I will work to build a single nation of justice and opportunity.  

Note Bush II does not say that people in America actually are suffering lack of prosperity, he just states they "doubt" the prosperity.  Note who Bush blames for limiting the ambitions of some Americans: "failing schools, hidden prejudice, circumstances of birth."  What country is Bush II inhabiting?  There is lack of prosperity (even basic medical care) for millions of Americans.  And it didn't occur just because the schools failed.  Schools have been failing even before Bush I was President.  The lack of prosperity was caused by certain people raping, pillaging and plundering American resources and the American people, for their own greedy, ruthless corporate interests.  (California's PG&E and Con Ed didn't fail because the local school failed.)  Bush II, prejudice is not just "hidden prejudice."  No, sir, it is overt, out there, hanging out all over the place.  It is the cops stopping the Black people on the way to the polls in Florida.  It is the assassination of brown skinned Orlando Letelier by Bush operatives.  It is minorities frying in the Texas electric chair, as rich people with superb lawyers don't fry.  Prejudice is not hidden, Mr. President.  Soon, if you have you way, prejudice will be women aborting themselves with coat hangers and often dying in back alleys as rich women go to their local Texas doctor who winks at the procedure or fly to another country and take a "vacation." Prejudice is Matthew Shepard crucified and screaming in the Wyoming wind. The only hidden prejudice, Bush II, must be the one you are psychologically projecting from your "Self."   

Having described the little hidden prejudicial glitch in his story of American, Bush II then declares: "I will work to build a single nation of justice and opportunity." 

 There are no better words than "justice" and opportunity", but the word "SINGLE NATION" is full of implications.  Apparently, Bush II believes there are more than one nation in America.  The American Indians believe they have their own nation.  Many individual Americans have a concept of what the American "nation" is or should be.  Political parties have ideas about what the "nation" is or should be.  Unfortunately, one of Webster's definitions of "single" is "undiversified."  Bush II doesn't want everyone in American to feel they are part of the country, he wants everyone to be part of his single nation, guided by the ideals he set forth in his Inaugural address.  No one shall diverge from the Bush II ideal, which is the Bush II ideal.  This is not double speak.  The Bush II ideal is the Bush II ideal - no other.

Bush II then bolsters the legitimacy of his single New World Democratic Faith nation based on his "ideals" by pointing to God above and then by sending the immigrants below a little message.   

Bush II states: I know this is within our reach, because we are guided by a power larger than ourselves, Who creates us equal in His image. And we are confident in principles that unite and lead us onward. America has never been united by blood or birth or soil. We are bound by ideals that move us beyond our backgrounds, lift us above our interests, and teach us what it means to be citizens. Every child must be taught these principles. Every citizen must uphold them. And every immigrant, by embracing these ideals, makes our country more, not less, American. 

Next, Bush II, candy-coats and attempts to make pleasurable, the New World procured by Democratic Faith in his Single Nation:

"Today we affirm a new commitment to live out our nation's promise through civility, courage, compassion and character. America, at its best, matches a commitment to principle with a concern for civility. A civil society demands from each of us goodwill and respect, fair dealing and forgiveness. Some seem to believe that our politics can afford to be petty because, in a time of peace, the stakes of our debates appear small. But the stakes, for America, are never small. If our country does not lead the cause of freedom, it will not be led. If we do not turn the hearts of children toward knowledge and character, we will lose their gifts and undermine their idealism. If we permit our economy to drift and decline, the vulnerable will suffer most. We must live up to the calling we share. Civility is not a tactic or a sentiment. It is the determined choice of trust over cynicism, of community over chaos. And this commitment, if we keep it, is a way to shared accomplishment.

Bush II promotes "civility" which Webster defines as "courtesy and politeness" or a "courteous act or utterance."  Civility is very nice if you are born with the silver spoon in your mouth and carried through an Ivy League education, "safe" military service, obtaining immense wealth, rising to a Governorship, and then the Presidency, by Bush I and his "ex"-CIA pals.  Civility is nice when your family fortune was initially procured by violating the Trading with the Enemy (i.e. the Nazis) Act during WWII, and your family was not sent to jail for it.  In Bush's ONE NATION and ONE WORLD, politeness and courtesy are a central ideal.  Bush wants everyone to say "Yes, George."  "No, George." "Thank you, George."  "Such a lovely day!  Such a sweet "belonging" feeling.  Such a warm DEMOCRATIC FAITH."  Well, Clinton felt your pain.  Bush wants you to be polite about your pain.  

Bush wants a CIVIL SOCIETY: Bush II states: A civil society demands from each of us goodwill and respect, fair dealing and forgiveness." Bush doesn't want anyone out there going unpolite.  Some people don't respect racists and never will.  Some people can't show good will to corporate thieves and never will.  Can one be polite to injustice?  Who can "deal fair" with those who won't "deal fair"?  Forgiveness?  Who can forgive the destruction of American democracy by the Bush team's and five Supreme Court justices' destruction of the principle "one man, one vote."  Only an inanimate object could forgive that. 

Next, Bush tries to connect to some concrete proposals in the midst of his sermonette.  "America, at its best, is also courageous. Our national courage has been clear in times of depression and war, when defeating common dangers defined our common good. Now we must choose if the example of our fathers and mothers will inspire us or condemn us. We must show courage in a time of blessing, by confronting problems instead of passing them on to future generations. Together we will reclaim America's schools, before ignorance and apathy claim more young lives. We will reform Social Security and Medicare, sparing our children from struggles we have the power to prevent. And we will reduce taxes, to recover the momentum of our economy and reward the effort and enterprise of working Americans. We will build our defenses beyond challenge, lest weakness invite challenge. We will confront weapons of mass destruction, so that a new century is spared new horrors. The enemies of liberty and our country should make no mistake. America remains engaged in the world, by history and by choice, shaping a balance of power that favors freedom. We will defend our allies and our interests. We will show purpose without arrogance. We will meet aggression and bad faith with resolve and strength. And to all nations, we will speak for the values that gave our nation birth. 

Having talked about reality, albeit vaguely,  for ten sentences, Bush then reverts back to this theocratic theme. "America, at its best, is compassionate. In the quiet of American conscience, we know that deep, persistent poverty is unworthy of our nation's promise. And whatever our views of its cause, we can agree that children at risk are not at fault.  

Bush II says "children at risk" are not at fault.  The concept of  "at risk" children is loaded with meaning.  During the Bush I administration, the concept of the "at risk" child was developed.  If a child is declared by local authorities, the school or Child Protective Services or the court to be "at risk", the child is immediately REGISTERED as "at risk", thus tracked through the system for life and stigmatized.  Also "at risk" children can obtain government benefits for treatment and sustenance.  The "at risk" child is a creation of the Bush I federal administration.  The "at risk" child is often presumed to be destined for prison, and in reality this often occurs.  Bush talks about "at risk" children, yet doesn't talk about putting food into the mouths of hungry children, giving health care to children who don't have it,  or about supplying children with necessities of life. 

 Bush states: Abandonment and abuse are not acts of God, they are failures of love. And the proliferation of prisons, however necessary, is no substitute for hope and order in our souls."  Wake up, George!  Abandonment and abuse are not just "failures of love" -- they are more than that!  Individual people or groups of people intentionally abandon and abuse children.  They abandon and abuse them when they pollute their environments, fail to feed them, and injure them.  "Love and hope and order in our souls" are cheap unless someone spends the MONEY to feed, house, clothe, shelter and educate.  Bush II connects the "proliferation of prisons" to lack of hope and order in our souls.  Perhaps if  Bush II had spent five or ten years in prison for snorting cocaine like so many other Americans did, he wouldn't talk about souls because he would have had time to search his own.

BUSH then makes sure everyone understand that in his FAITHFUL DEMOCRACY in THE NEW WORLD, the last thing "we" are going to do is make the big transnational corporations pay for "suffering."  No, the individual American must do the paying.  The individual American, per Bush II, will exercise his "compassion" with the guidance of churches, charities, synagogues and mosques.  The individual American must be prepared to pay to help his suffering neighbor because the government will not be there to pay.

For Bush II, in these days of unparalleled American prosperity, when there is no excuse at all for any American do go hungry, go without medical care, or not obtain an education, the WALLET OF AMERICA is SHUT.  The surplus shall be taken up by tax cuts to the wealthy, not the outpouring of money into universal health care or other social programs.  Bush II's compassion is really cruelty. How much can one individual do to help, for example, persons without health care?  Can an individual provide antibiotics?  Can an individual feed one or two hungry children?  How much more can the churches do?  Can St. Anthony's make the food lines even longer?  Can the Salvation Army collect more even more money at Christmas time and give more second hand clothes to the poor?  When there is a massive social problem such as millions of persons without health care, and millions of children in poverty, that is a matter that requires Uncle Sam to open its wallet and pay to solve the problem.  Instead the Bush pals are salivating for the biggest tax break in history, and hanging on to their own wallets.

Bush explains in lovely language, his most often-used word: compassion: "Where there is suffering, there is duty. Americans in need are not strangers, they are citizens; not problems, but priorities; and all of us are diminished when any are hopeless. Government has great responsibilities, for public safety and public health, for civil rights and common schools. Yet compassion is the work of a nation, not just a government. And some needs and hurts are so deep they will only respond to a mentor's touch or a pastor's prayer. Church and charity, synagogue and mosque, lend our communities their humanity, and they will have an honored place in our plans and laws.  Many in our country do not know the pain of poverty. But we can listen to those who do. And I can pledge our nation to a goal: When we see that wounded traveler on the road to Jericho, we will not pass to the other side. America, at its best, is a place where personal responsibility is valued and expected. Encouraging responsibility is not a search for scapegoats, it is a call to conscience. And though it requires sacrifice, it brings a deeper fulfillment. We find the fullness of life, not only in options, but in commitments. And we find that children and community are the commitments that set us free.  Our public interest depends on private character; on civic duty and family bonds and basic fairness; on uncounted, unhonored acts of decency which give direction to our freedom. Sometimes in life we are called to do great things. But as a saint of our times has said, every day we are called to do small things with great love. The most important tasks of a democracy are done by everyone.  

Bush II, you, as President, are called to do BIG THINGS with great love, and you don't get it!  Americans are called to do big things too, with great love, and Americans won't settle for the small things you prefer having them do.  Americans are not a small people, and they don't want a small President.

Finally, Bush II gets off the topic of what Americans should do for each other, and talks about what he will do for America.  Not much. "I will live and lead by these principles: to advance my convictions with civility; to pursue the public interest with courage; to speak for greater justice and compassion; to call for responsibility, and try to live it as well. In all these ways, I will bring the values of our history to the care of our times. 

By these words, Bush II has revealed nothing about what he will do as President.  Bush II again states his favorite buzz words: civility, compassion, responsibility, the ostensible ideals of his FAITHFUL DEMOCRACY and NEW WORLD.  To Bush II, "courage" and "greater justice" are not goals a person fights for, sacrifices for, and marches for.  Instead, "courage" and "greater justice" are obtained by politeness, doing small things with great love and taking "responsibility".  If "responsibility" doesn't save your soul from poverty or from being "at risk",  remember, Bush II told you in his Inaugural address: "Encouraging responsibility is not a search for scapegoats, it is a call to conscience." Why did Bush include this peculiar statement about scapegoats and "responsibility"?  Are they connected, after all? 

Finally, Bush II doesn't think Americans know they are "citizens" of America. 

Bush II stated: What you do is as important as anything government does. I ask you to seek a common good beyond your comfort; to defend needed reforms against easy attacks; to serve your nation, beginning with your neighbor. I ask you to be citizens. Citizens, not spectators. Citizens, not subjects. Responsible citizens, building communities of service and a nation of character. 

Perhaps Bush II has the right to think many Americans may feel they are subjects or spectators, rather than citizens, given that "one man, one vote" is dead, and he was elected by a coup d'etat finally administered by the edict of five Supreme Court justices.  Bush II just wants to buck up Americans here!  Convince them they are not his subjects and spectators!  Polite and compassionate of him to do so!

Bush II, however, can't let the citizens be citizens, unless religion is the motivation.   

Bush II stated: "Americans are generous and strong and decent, not because we believe in ourselves, but because we hold beliefs beyond ourselves. When this spirit of citizenship is missing, no government program can replace it. When this spirit is present, no wrong can stand against it."

To conclude his Inaugural Address, Bush II, invokes the angel who rides the Whirlwind and directs the Storm. 

Bush II stated: "After the Declaration of Independence was signed, Virginia statesman John Page wrote to Thomas Jefferson: "We know the Race is not to the swift nor the Battle to the Strong. Do you not think an Angel rides in the Whirlwind and directs this Storm?" Much time has passed since Jefferson arrived for his inauguration. The years and changes accumulate. But the themes of this day he would know: our nation's grand story of courage, and its simple dream of dignity. We are not this story's Author, Who fills time and eternity with His purpose. Yet His purpose is achieved in our duty; and our duty is fulfilled in service to one another. Never tiring, never yielding, never finishing, we renew that purpose today: to make our country more just and generous; to affirm the dignity of our lives and every life. This work continues. The story goes on. And an angel still rides in the whirlwind and directs this storm. 

Bush II knows his ascension to an illegitimate Presidency has created a whirlwind, and Bush II hopes it won't create a storm.  Who is Bush II's angel?  At the end of his speech, Bush II clearly states that there is an angel, who does not award the race "to the swift or the battle to the strong."  After all the swift and strong man was Al Gore, Jr. and he did not win the race.  Bush smugly notes that when the race doesn't go to the swift and the strong, one might think "an Angel rides in the Whirlwind and directs this Storm?"  Bush II is a frank man -- he admits he had an angel.  Bush II believes that the Angel will have "the story go on."  The story, now backed by no less than an Angel on high, is, of course,  Bush II's story about a SINGLE NATION, of flawed, fallible people who don't realize they are really citizens, not subjects and spectators, and who have DEMOCRATIC FAITH, dedicated to ONE WORLD, built on ideals of politeness and doing small things for neighbors such as helping "at risk" children, without scape-goating those irresponsible people who didn't get a "chance".  But  who really is Bush's angel.   Don't look up!  Look down!  Let's look at the mortal coils!  Let's look past the theocratic doublespeak.  Bush II's High and Mighty Angel was Bush I, the Poppy who made a court plea (or telephone call)  to "save my son" to the Lesser Black Cloaked Seraphim Rhenquist, Scalia, Thomas, O'Connor and Kennedy.  

Bush II, let's call an Angel an Angel and let God out of this.  Maybe God doesn't want to be part of your Single Nation and New World!  The Storm may overcome the Whirlwind, Mr. President.

BUSH II, could have quoted Thomas Jefferson's letter to John Page, but did not. 

"Perfect happiness, I believe, was never intended by the Deity to be the lot of one of his creatures in this world; but that he has very much put in our power the nearness of our approaches to it, is what I as steadfastly believe." --Thomas Jefferson to John Page, 1763. ME 4:10, Papers 1:10

While concluding his Inaugural Address with the time-honored prayer of so many of his predecessors, Bush II must have known that few people would  devise a Skeleton Key to interpret his near-genius manipulation of the American psyche to accept his New World theocracy and to abandon Democracy.

God bless you all, and God bless America.