Norfolk’s Chrysler Museum is closed for 2013 for renovations, but they have exhibits open elsewhere throughout Hampton Roads, including this one in the d’Art Center at the Selden Arcade. I happened to see it when I was walking past just now and stopped to look. I’ve read about this before but it’s pretty interesting. The artist, R. Luke Dubois, makes these eyechart-ish graphics from the words in each U.S. president’s State of the Union speeches (so far only up through George W. Bush). It was interesting to see some of the words that cropped up, and I was especially interested in the most recent one - above.
"[E]ven as Obama said that “a decade of war is now ending” in his inauguration speech, a drone strike killed three suspected Al Qaeda members in Yemen. […]
If George W. Bush were doing this sort of thing, we’d be marching in the streets about it. Why does Obama get a free pass? (And on Bradley Manning? And on Guantanamo?) Anyone in the press want to ask the President about the legality & moral stickiness of drone strikes at his next press conference?"
"No politician is exempt from the rules of ethics, decency, and honesty. Obama can’t palm this off on the disastrous legacy of George W. Bush, either. This is a crow he has to eat, and he has to live with it. It’s appalling to think of anyone giving him a pass for sanctioned murder just because they voted for him."
"Government never of itself furthered any enterprise, but by the alacrity with which it got out of its way. It does not keep the country free. It does not settle the West. It does not educate. The character inherent in the American people has done all that has been accomplished; and it would have done somewhat more, if the government had not sometimes got in its way"
Henry David Thoreau (via libertarianfolkster)
"It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his job depends on not understanding it."
Upton Sinclair (via haereticum)
"To put it succinctly: The goal of libertarianism is freedom, period. No more and no less. Anything less is a betrayal; but anything more is equally a betrayal of liberty, because it implies imposing our own goals on others. To be a libertarian must mean that one upholds liberty as the highest political end not necessarily one’s highest personal end. To confuse the issue, to mix in any sort of vision — technocratic or futuristic or any other — with politics, is to abandon liberty as that highest political goal, and at the very least to destroy the very meaning of a political movement or organisation."
Murray Rothbard (via anarchei)
"The impulse to have government “do something” to protect us in the wake [of] national tragedies is reflexive and often well intentioned. Many Americans believe that if we simply pass the right laws, future horrors like the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting can be prevented. But this impulse ignores the self evident truth that criminals don’t obey laws."
When Bill Clinton was president, he hosted a White House conference on improving public high schools. In a press conference, he said “our children” (they’re always the State’s and not the parents’) must learn to settle their disputes without fighting. Violence, he said, is not the way. During the press conference, he was dropping planeloads of bombs on the Serbians.
In his press conference the other day, Obama said that “we” (the State) must oppose “a culture that all too often glorifies guns and violence.” Damn right. Call the Pentagon and the CIA and order them to stop murdering Muslims. How many millions of innocents has the US killed in its career of aggressive wars? We were even told by Madeline Albright that starving and sickening to death 500,000 Iraqi school children was “worth it.” Obama did not mean his sort of violence, of course, nor the hundreds of guns that surround him and the royal family 24/7. Nor did he mean his funders in the movie and TV business. He meant the peaceful, self-reliant people who do not trust him or any part of government, from local police to federal death squads."
Lew Rockwell (via eltigrechico)