Monday, June 28, 2004

"Let Freedom Reign"??

GMAN - CNN just showed the handwritten note from Condi to Bush saying the Iraq handover took place. Bush wrote, "Let Freedom Reign" which CNN called a "take on 'Let freedom ring'". I don't think so, I think that dumb, stupid ass meant to say "let freedom ring" but he can't quote it accurately. Kinda like someone that gets the lyrics to songs wrong. Jeez, that's annoying.


At 9:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok, some of the Bush-bashing is acceptable & warranted. But this one, come on, are you kidding me??

Reign -- Dominance or widespread influence: the reign of reason.
Reign -- To be predominant or prevalent

Bush could have been using either of those two meanings for the word, and it would make perfect sense. Yes, I have heard "let freedom ring", but I think "let freedom reign" makes just as much sense. If you have a problem with Bush's policies........fine. But if you are just grasping at straws to make fun of him, give me a break. After all, if Bush is so dumb, why are you reaching so much just to make fun of him???

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At 11:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with Keith's comment. I see nothing wrong with Mr. Bush's statements. Seems like a rather low blow to me.

At 11:12 AM, Blogger Luke said...

My opinion: Bush's scribble is gibberish.

It boils down to "Let the condition of being without coercion exercise the coercion necessary to rule."


freedom - the condition of being free; the power to act or speak or think without externally imposed restraints

reign - 1. The period during which a monarch rules.

2. Royal authority; supreme power; sovereignty; rule; dominion.

3. The territory or sphere which is reigned over; kingdom; empire; realm; dominion.

4. The time during which a king, queen, or emperor possesses the supreme authority; as, it happened in the reign of Elizabeth.

5. To possess or exercise sovereign power or authority; to exercise government, as a king or emperor; to hold supreme power; to rule. --Chaucer.

"We will not have this man to reign over us." --Luke xix. 14.

6. To have superior or uncontrolled dominion; to rule.

I felt this issue was interesting enough to be addressed because of the irony of the situation. In many ways, "Freedom" and "Reign" are diametrically opposing words. Poetically, in my humble opinion, they just don't go together.

So to understand why this may have been a slight flub on Bush's part, simply weigh the two options: the obscure saying "let freedom reign" which carries with it all of the negative connotations of the word "reign" (as indicated above) or the more familiar expression "let freedom ring" (ring: To announce, proclaim, or signal). For comparison, "let freedom ring" returns 72,100 results on google for me; "let freedom reign" yields 2,080.

Can you justify the saying? Yes, you can... but Keith, contrary to what you tried to tell me, the song does not go "Let Freedom Reign..."

Here are the lyrics to a couple of songs, each using one of the two competing expressions:

AMERICA (Samuel F. Smith)

My country 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty,
Of thee I sing: Land where my fathers died,
Land of the pilgrim's pride,
From ev'ry mountain side.
Let freedom ring.

Hated and Proud - "Let Freedom Reign"

Spirit of '89
The Stars and Stripes is flying high
and the warriors are coming back
We’re on the forefront of a brand new day,
and today’s bands are leading the pack
We’re tearing down the fence and breaking down the walls
Our goal is unity nationwide
We want no more division we stand in opposition
to the ones who try to divide us

We’re U.S. skinheads one and all
We fly the flag and we never fall
We’re in the right that’s where we’re gonna stay
The spirit of ’89 is alive in 2000 today

Real skinheads in every state,
the youth of America with open eyes
Be silenced no more, return to your roots,
and ignore the leftist lies
Working class pride and tradition
is something they will never understand
We’re here to stay we won’t fade away,
we’re gonna get the respect that we demand... right now!

A rather unique comparison, if I do say so myself. Can Bush be criticized on ten million other things? You bet, but it's also important to note that numerous linguists have pointed out that Bush tends to mix metaphors and get sayings wrong (i.e., "Bushisms"). Although it's certainly not the most important thing in the world, his word usage is a legitimate front to comment on.

Thanks for listening. :-)

Heh heh... I hit the back button too many times. ;-)

At 11:16 AM, Blogger Luke said...


1. You're biased. ;-)

2. A low blow is needlessly attacking a foreign country that posed no threat to us, killing thousands of completely innocent people (U.S. soldiers, Iraqis, and citizens from other countries around the world).

I reserve the right to criticize every f'n stupid thing that asshole does, including the use of contradictory terminology.


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