Saturday :: Dec 24, 2005

Noblesse Oblige

by pessimist

Luke 12:48 says, "From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked."

This concept has become known as noblesse oblige, which is defined here as "The essence of noblesse oblige is that social (possibly legal) pressures compel nobility to act selflessly and for the good of all."

Note how Owwer Leedur mi$undere$timate$ how that idea is applied to him:

I'm no dictator, Bush insists

"To say 'unchecked power' basically is ascribing some kind of dictatorial position to the president, which I strongly reject," he said angrily in a finger-pointing answer.
"I am doing what you expect me to do, and at the same time, safeguarding the civil liberties of the country."

Which country would that be, Yore Hindni$$? Iran? Syria? North Korea? It sure isn't this one!

Want proof? Check out this explanation of noblesse oblige:

In ethical discussion, it is sometimes used to summarize a moral economy wherein privilege must be balanced by duty towards those who lack such privilege or who cannot perform such duty. It has been used recently primarily to refer to public responsibilities of the rich, famous and powerful, notably to provide good examples of behaviour or to exceed minimal standards of decency.

Now check out how it applies to the pRedzident of Vice:

Cheney cozy in 'silver bullet'

Vice President Dick Cheney didn't suffer for lack of comfort on the cavernous cargo plane that he rode into Iraq and Afghanistan this week.

The Air Force loaded the plane with the "silver bullet," a mobile home in the sky strapped down in the middle of the plane's belly. The accommodations included sleeping and working quarters that protected Cheney from the noise and cold of the cargo hold during a more than five-hour flight into Baghdad.

The rest of his traveling party was not so lucky.

Cheney's senior staff and junior aides were assigned to a cramped three rows of seats in front of the bullet, while reporters and Secret Service agents had to sit in jump seats along the side with a view of Cheney's stainless-steel exterior walls.

Conservative Unka Dickie now demonstrates the meaning of the word 'compa$$ionate':

Despite the noise and seating conditions, Cheney's staff eventually was able to nod off after days of exhausting travel. Cheney emerged at one point to pose for a picture standing in front of several rows of his dozing aides.

I can hear it now: "What a bunch of wimps! Can't take a little discomfort, like I can!"

No Ble$$ in your ol' bilge, is there?

Mr. Cheney, may your Xma$ $tocking be filled with ...

Jeff Gannon.

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