One of us here at the Houston Press -- and we won't say who -- must have done something very, very Republican in a previous life.
For the person -- and since we feel the invitation is really to all of us here, we're going with the editorial "we" -- has/have been extended a Very Special Invitation to support the George W. Bush Presidential Center at SMU.
How? By joining its Freedom Registry. Sure, it requires a tax-deductible donation, but just gaze in awe at the privilege we will receive in return:
And when President and Mrs. Bush themselves visit the Bush Center, they will see your name listed among this elite group of supporters -- and they will know that you have helped make possible the many exhibits and events that the Bush Center will host, and the ideas we will share.
What, no half-price on American flag lapel pins?
The library is going to be great, by the way, if this letter is any indication.
It begins with a history lesson of sorts. Bush's "vision of American greatness," we're told, "was a vision tested by history on September 11th, by partisan politics here at home, and by evil tyrants and heartless terrorists abroad."
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Hey, nothing like lumping in critics with "evil tyrants" and "heartless terrorists."
Anyway, the center is due to open in 2013, and it will be worth fighting all the crowds.
-- We'll show how President Bush kept America safe after the horror of 9/11
-- We'll study how he and First Lady Laura Bush led the cause of freedom in it many forms -- from taking on tyrants and terrorists, to empowering people here at home by lowering taxes and improving schools through the No Child Left Behind Act
-- We'll make clear how President Bush worked to encourage personal responsibility, and how he understood that compassion was an ideal best practiced by individuals, in their communities -- not by government programs
Kids, forget about Disneyland that year!!