Strengthening Constitutional Self-Government

No Left Turns

Hungary, 1956

President Bush marked National Hungary Day yesterday in a ceremony at the Capitol, by way of noting the 50th anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, as the AP dispatch says, "the first significant move against Soviet dominance in central Europe." Bush: "The Hungarian example is an example of patience, and an example of the fact that freedom exists in everybody’s soul. It’s an example that tyranny can never stamp out the desire to be free. It’s an example that -- of a country that, once becomes free, joins with other freedom-loving countries to keep the peace." About 20,000 Hungarian freedom fighters died in a few weeks; as did 1,500 Soviet troops. Over 200,000 people left the country with a population of 9 million.

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Thanksgiving, 1965

ee cummings

a monstering horror swallows

this unworld me by you

as the god of our fathers’ fathers bows

to a which that walks like a who

but the voice-with-a-smile of democracy

announces night & day

"all poor little peoples that want to be free

just trust in the u s a"

suddenly uprose hungary

and she gave a terrible cry

"no slave’s unlife shall murder me

for i will freely die"

she cried so high thermopylae

heard her and marathon

and all prehuman history

and finally The UN

"be quiet little hungary

and do as you are bid

a good kind bear is angary

we fear for the quo pro quid"

uncle sam shurgs his pretty

pink shoulders you know how

and he twitches a liberal titty

and lisps "i’m busy right now"

so rah-rah-rah democracy

let’s all be as thankful as hell

and bury the statue of liberty

(because it begins to smell)

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