You had to know that the Bush Administration was pulling out the history books when Bush said, two days after the WTC catastrophe, "They have roused a mighty giant." This was a twist on General Yamamoto's statement at the commencement of the bombing of Pearl Harbor: "We have awakened a sleeping giant. God help us."
There is an irony here, and it isn't the Bush-Yamamoto connection. It's Ari Fleischer's statement about Social Security during a White House press briefing, "After all, Social Security was instituted during the height of the communist movement in America."¹
I don't see any communists now, and Mother Russia (formerly the Soviet Union) is one of our allies against terrorism, and has cautioned the Bush Administration to be very careful when it comes to Afghanistan. Russia's own incursion into that country was one of the pivotal factors leading to the downfall of the U.S.S.R. in 1991. Afghanistan's brief Marxist regime, supported by the U.S.S.R. (and subsequent lead into terrorism and the Islamic Jihad) are subjects for another article. So, too, the USA's cold war connection to the aforementioned.
That WWII's defining moment for the USA ( Pearl Harbor), has become the metaphor for 9/11/01 should come as no surprise to astrologers. The two events do resonate, and FDR's natal chart shows eye-opening correspondences to the WTC catastrophe and to the "new" George W. Bush.
When FDR rushed to Congress on December 8, 1941 to deliver his "Pearl Harbor" speech, he had no choice but to ride in Al Capone's limosine. The limosine had been confiscated from Capone who was residing in a not-so-comfy federal prison. Always the wit, FDR said when he entered the vehicle, "I hope he doesn't mind."
Roosevelts's Mars at 27 Gemini conjoins WTC impact Moon at 28 Gemini. Both Moons trine the USA's natal Moon and FDR's Mercury at 27 Aquarius. The Moon and the sign Aquarius are associated with the public; the masses; the common people; the working people of a nation. FDR's Mercury in the 6th house of working people squares Pluto in Taurus (the sign associated with Big Money) in his 9th house of the judiciary -- a struggle to revise the laws to uplift the people.
Venus, dispositor of Pluto, is at 6 Aquarius, thus linking FDR with the unemployed working masses who were crippled as a result of the 1929 stock market crash, as well. The political and social crises which brought Roosevelt into office (1933) demanded radical (Uranus/Aquarius) solutions. Hence, The New Deal, the WPA and Social Security. Roosevelt's Mercury Pluto square has obvious connections to Pearl Harbor: Mercury in the aviation sign of Aquarius in square to Pluto in 9th house Taurus, the house of foreign governments. Roosevelt's Uranus at 17 Virgo is conjoined to his Ascendant. Thus, Roosevelt was a man well-adapted to sudden, eruptive changes. Because of this, he was skilled (Virgo) at navigating the world crisis. [This should spark pride in our "Pluto conjunct Uranus in Virgo" friends born in the 1960's. This generation is already making an impact in U.S. politics. Their skill and discipline are enviable.] Uranus's link to aviation and those who died at Pearl Harbor is found in Roosvelt's 9th house as well: Chiron, the wounder and the wounded, is quincunx Uranus in Virgo.
Roosevelt's Ascendant, 14 Virgo, is George W. Bush's Progressed Ascendant. Transiting Pluto and Saturn (in opposition) square the aforementioned Ascendants. George Bush's Progressed Nodes (North 17 Gemini and South 17 Sagittarius) are squared by Roosevelt's first house Uranus at 17 Virgo. Thus, Bush meets what Roosevelt met: a sudden attack upon the United States by aircraft. Bush's Solar Arc directed Pallas Athena (the strategist and dispenser of justice) is at 27 Aquarius conjoined to Roosevelt's Mercury. Bush's domestic strategy, now irrevocably altered by the WTC catastrophe, could indicate that Bush will upset right wing conservative forces (see Washington Post article sidebar) through the implementation of a "Roosevelt iconoclasm." This represents a direct departure from the Bush Administration's original agenda.
Presently critics of Bush are doing a lot of bitching about his swagger, high blown rhetoric, secretiveness, and unilateralism: "You're either with us or against us." A look at Roosevelt's chart reveals a Saturn, Neptune, Jupiter conjunction in fixed Taurus (disposited by Venus in Aquarius). This martini drinking, chain-smoking president engaged in more spin, rhetoric (see text of Pearl Harbor speech below), secret deals, and strong-arming of his administration than Dubya ever dreamed of. And Roosevelt won the war.² Roosevelt knew how to play the game on the earth plane (Saturn in earthy Taurus). He intrinsically understood that the world belongs to Saturn, not to Neptune. Regardless of the pain (Chiron in Taurus conjunct Jupiter), Roosevelt remained optimistic and hoped for a better world. Roosevelt's Saturn-Neptune conjunction forced him to earth (Saturn) his vision (Neptune). Dubya's waltz with "The New Deal," should it hold, is awe-inspiring even in light of the Machievellian choices that lie ahead. Tony Blair, British PM, is Dubya's Churchill. The past enfolds the present, and Pearl Harbor reckons with her Chiron Return (50 years).
¹ My father, Knute F. Dobkins (b. 1921), is a child of the FDR Democratic realignment. He endured the depression as one of those who really did go to school without any shoes. He is a WWII veteran who eventually retired from the Naval Reserve in peace time as a Commander, and served two terms as Chairman of the Democratic Party for the State of Indiana. Mr. Dobkins, and many of the WWII vets I've had occasion to speak with, were appalled by Fleischer's remark. Fleischer not only pretends to know nothing of history, but slaps the face of the generation that made it possible for him to enjoy his First Amendment right to insult our intelligence us with his self-serving idiocy.
² Roosevelt died in office before he could see victory. That honor was handed to Vice President Harry S. Truman who succeeded Roosevelt as president the day of his death.
FDR Signs Social Security Into Law
FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT'S PEARL HARBOR SPEECH
(December 8, 1941)
To the Congress of the United States:
Yesterday, Dec. 7, 1941 - a date which will live in infamy - the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately
attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.
The United States was at peace with that nation and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with the government
and its emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific.
Indeed, one hour after Japanese air squadrons had commenced bombing in Oahu, the Japanese ambassador to the United
States and his colleagues delivered to the Secretary of State a formal reply to a recent American message. While this reply
stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or armed
It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days
or even weeks ago. During the intervening time, the Japanese government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States
by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.
The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian islands has caused severe damage to American naval and military forces. Very many
American lives have been lost. In addition, American ships have been reported torpedoed on the high seas between San
Francisco and Honolulu.
Yesterday, the Japanese government also launched an attack against Malaya.
Last night, Japanese forces attacked Hong Kong.
Last night, Japanese forces attacked Guam.
Last night, Japanese forces attacked the Philippine Islands.
Last night, the Japanese attacked Wake Island.
This morning, the Japanese attacked Midway Island.
Japan has, therefore, undertaken a surprise offensive extending throughout the Pacific area. The facts of yesterday speak for
themselves. The people of the United States have already formed their opinions and well understand the implications to the very
life and safety of our nation.
As commander in chief of the Army and Navy, I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense.
Always will we remember the character of the onslaught against us.
No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will
win through to absolute victory.
I believe I interpret the will of the Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the
uttermost, but will make very certain that this form of treachery shall never endanger us again.
Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that that our people, our territory and our interests are in grave danger.
With confidence in our armed forces - with the unbounding determination of our people - we will gain the inevitable triumph -
so help us God.
I ask that the Congress declare that since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on Sunday, Dec. 7, a state of war has
existed between the United States and the Japanese empire.
GEORGE W. BUSH'S ADDRESS: JOINT SESSION OF CONGRESS
September 20, 2001, 9:00 P.M. EDT
THE PRESIDENT: Mr. Speaker, Mr.
President Pro Tempore, members of
Congress, and fellow Americans:
In the normal course of events,
Presidents come to this chamber to
report on the state of the
Union. Tonight, no such report is
needed. It has already been
delivered by the American people.
We have seen it in the courage of passengers, who rushed terrorists to
save others on the ground -- passengers like an exceptional man named
Todd Beamer. And would you please help me to welcome his wife, Lisa
Beamer, here tonight.
We have seen the state of our Union in the endurance of rescuers,
working past exhaustion. We have seen the unfurling of flags, the lighting
of candles, the giving of blood, the saying of prayers -- in English, Hebrew,
and Arabic. We have seen the decency of a loving and giving people who
have made the grief of strangers their own.
My fellow citizens, for the last nine days, the entire world has seen for
itself the state of our Union -- and it is strong.
Tonight we are a country awakened to danger and called to defend
freedom. Our grief has turned to anger, and anger to resolution. Whether
we bring our enemies to justice, or bring justice to our enemies, justice will
I thank the Congress for its leadership at such an important time. All of
America was touched on the evening of the tragedy to see Republicans
and Democrats joined together on the steps of this Capitol, singing "God
Bless America." And you did more than sing; you acted, by delivering $40
billion to rebuild our communities and meet the needs of our military.
Speaker Hastert, Minority Leader Gephardt, Majority Leader Daschle and
Senator Lott, I thank you for your friendship, for your leadership and for
your service to our country.
And on behalf of the American people, I thank the world for its outpouring
of support. America will never forget the sounds of our National Anthem
playing at Buckingham Palace, on the streets of Paris, and at Berlin's
We will not forget South Korean children gathering to pray outside our
embassy in Seoul, or the prayers of sympathy offered at a mosque in
Cairo. We will not forget moments of silence and days of mourning in
Australia and Africa and Latin America.
Nor will we forget the citizens of 80
other nations who died with our
own: dozens of Pakistanis; more
than 130 Israelis; more than 250
citizens of India; men and women
from El Salvador, Iran, Mexico and
Japan; and hundreds of British
citizens. America has no truer
friend than Great
we are joined together in a great cause -- so honored the British Prime
Minister has crossed an ocean to show his unity of purpose with
America. Thank you for coming, friend.
On September the 11th, enemies of freedom committed an act of war
against our country. Americans have known wars -- but for the past 136
years, they have been wars on foreign soil, except for one Sunday in
1941. Americans have known the casualties of war -- but not at the
center of a great city on a peaceful morning. Americans have known
surprise attacks -- but never before on thousands of civilians. All of this
was brought upon us in a single day -- and night fell on a different world,
a world where freedom itself is under attack.
Americans have many questions tonight. Americans are asking: Who
attacked our country? The evidence we have gathered all points to a
collection of loosely affiliated terrorist organizations known as al
Qaeda. They are the same murderers indicted for bombing American
embassies in Tanzania and Kenya, and responsible for bombing the USS
Al Qaeda is to terror what the mafia is to crime. But its goal is not making
money; its goal is remaking the world -- and imposing its radical beliefs on
The terrorists practice a fringe form of Islamic extremism that has been
rejected by Muslim scholars and the vast majority of Muslim clerics -- a
fringe movement that perverts the peaceful teachings of Islam. The
terrorists' directive commands them to kill Christians and Jews, to kill all
Americans, and make no distinction among military and civilians, including
women and children.
This group and its leader -- a person named Osama bin Laden -- are linked
to many other organizations in different countries, including the Egyptian
Islamic Jihad and the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan. There are
thousands of these terrorists in more than 60 countries. They are
recruited from their own nations and neighborhoods and brought to camps
in places like Afghanistan, where they are trained in the tactics of
terror. They are sent back to their homes or sent to hide in countries
around the world to plot evil and destruction.
The leadership of al Qaeda has great influence in Afghanistan and supports
the Taliban regime in controlling most of that country. In Afghanistan, we
see al Qaeda's vision for the world.
Afghanistan's people have been brutalized -- many are starving and many
have fled. Women are not allowed to attend school. You can be jailed for
owning a television. Religion can be practiced only as their leaders
dictate. A man can be jailed in Afghanistan if his beard is not long
The United States respects the people of Afghanistan -- after all, we are
currently its largest source of humanitarian aid -- but we condemn the
Taliban regime. (Applause.) It is not only repressing its own people, it is
threatening people everywhere by sponsoring and sheltering and supplying
terrorists. By aiding and abetting murder, the Taliban regime is committing
And tonight, the United States of America makes the following demands on
the Taliban: Deliver to United States authorities all the leaders of al
Qaeda who hide in your land. (Applause.) Release all foreign nationals,
including American citizens, you have unjustly imprisoned. Protect foreign
journalists, diplomats and aid workers in your country. Close immediately
and permanently every terrorist training camp in Afghanistan, and hand
over every terrorist, and every person in their support structure, to
appropriate authorities. (Applause.) Give the United States full access to
terrorist training camps, so we can make sure they are no longer
These demands are not open to negotiation or
discussion. The Taliban must act, and act immediately. They
will hand over the terrorists, or they will share in their fate.
I also want to speak tonight directly to Muslims throughout the world. We
respect your faith. It's practiced freely by many millions of Americans, and
by millions more in countries that America counts as friends. Its teachings
are good and peaceful, and those who commit evil in the name of Allah
blaspheme the name of Allah. The terrorists are traitors to
their own faith, trying, in effect, to hijack Islam itself. The enemy of
America is not our many Muslim friends; it is not our many Arab
friends. Our enemy is a radical network of terrorists, and every
government that supports them.
Our war on terror begins with al Qaeda, but it does not end there. It will
not end until every terrorist group of global reach has been found, stopped
Americans are asking, why do they hate us? They hate what we see right
here in this chamber -- a democratically elected government. Their
leaders are self-appointed. They hate our freedoms -- our freedom of
religion, our freedom of speech, our freedom to vote and assemble and
disagree with each other.
They want to overthrow existing governments in many Muslim countries,
such as Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan. They want to drive Israel out of
the Middle East. They want to drive Christians and Jews out of vast
regions of Asia and Africa.
These terrorists kill not merely to end lives, but to disrupt and end a way
of life. With every atrocity, they hope that America grows fearful,
retreating from the world and forsaking our friends. They stand against
us, because we stand in their way.
We are not deceived by their pretenses to piety. We have seen their kind
before. They are the heirs of all the murderous ideologies of the 20th
century. By sacrificing human life to serve their radical visions -- by
abandoning every value except the will to power -- they follow in the path
of fascism, and Nazism, and totalitarianism. And they will follow that path
all the way, to where it ends: in history's unmarked grave of discarded
Americans are asking: How will we fight and win this war? We will direct
every resource at our command -- every means of diplomacy, every tool
of intelligence, every instrument of law enforcement, every financial
influence, and every necessary weapon of war -- to the disruption and to
the defeat of the global terror network.
This war will not be like the war against Iraq a decade ago, with a decisive
liberation of territory and a swift conclusion. It will not look like the air
war above Kosovo two years ago, where no ground troops were used and
not a single American was lost in combat.
Our response involves far more than instant retaliation and isolated
strikes. Americans should not expect one battle, but a lengthy campaign,
unlike any other we have ever seen. It may include dramatic strikes,
visible on TV, and covert operations, secret even in success. We will
starve terrorists of funding, turn them one against another, drive them
from place to place, until there is no refuge or no rest. And we will pursue
nations that provide aid or safe haven to terrorism. Every nation, in every
region, now has a decision to make. Either you are with us, or you are with
From this day forward, any nation that
continues to harbor or support terrorism will be regarded by the United
States as a hostile regime.
Our nation has been put on notice: We are not immune from attack. We
will take defensive measures against terrorism to protect
Americans. Today, dozens of federal departments and agencies, as well
as state and local governments, have responsibilities affecting homeland
security. These efforts must be coordinated at the highest level. So
tonight I announce the creation of a Cabinet-level position reporting
directly to me -- the Office of Homeland Security.
And tonight I also announce a distinguished American to lead this effort, to
strengthen American security: a military veteran, an effective governor, a
true patriot, a trusted friend -- Pennsylvania's Tom Ridge. (Applause.) He
will lead, oversee and coordinate a comprehensive national strategy to
safeguard our country against terrorism, and respond to any attacks that
These measures are essential. But the only way to defeat terrorism as a
threat to our way of life is to stop it, eliminate it, and destroy it where it
Many will be involved in this effort, from FBI agents to intelligence
operatives to the reservists we have called to active duty. All deserve our
thanks, and all have our prayers. And tonight, a few miles from the
damaged Pentagon, I have a message for our military: Be ready. I've
called the Armed Forces to alert, and there is a reason. The hour is
coming when America will act, and you will make us proud.
This is not, however, just America's fight. And what is at stake is not just
America's freedom. This is the world's fight. This is civilization's
fight. This is the fight of all who believe in progress and pluralism,
tolerance and freedom.
We ask every nation to join us. We will ask, and we will need, the help of
police forces, intelligence services, and banking systems around the
world. The United States is grateful that many nations and many
international organizations have already responded -- with sympathy and
with support. Nations from Latin America, to Asia, to Africa, to Europe, to
the Islamic world. Perhaps the NATO Charter reflects best the attitude of
the world: An attack on one is an attack on all.
The civilized world is rallying to America's side. They understand that if
this terror goes unpunished, their own cities, their own citizens may be
next. Terror, unanswered, can not only bring down buildings, it can
threaten the stability of legitimate governments. And you know what --
we're not going to allow it.
Americans are asking: What is expected of us? I ask you to live your
lives, and hug your children. I know many citizens have fears tonight, and
I ask you to be calm and resolute, even in the face of a continuing threat.
I ask you to uphold the values of America, and remember why so many
have come here. We are in a fight for our principles, and our first
responsibility is to live by them. No one should be singled out for unfair
treatment or unkind words because of their ethnic background or religious
I ask you to continue to support the victims of this tragedy with your
contributions. Those who want to give can go to a central source of
information, libertyunites.org, to find the names of groups providing direct
help in New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.
The thousands of FBI agents who are now at work in this investigation
may need your cooperation, and I ask you to give it.
I ask for your patience, with the delays and inconveniences that may
accompany tighter security; and for your patience in what will be a long
I ask your continued participation and confidence in the American
economy. Terrorists attacked a symbol of American prosperity. They did
not touch its source. America is successful because of the hard work, and
creativity, and enterprise of our people. These were the true strengths of
our economy before September 11th, and they are our strengths today.
And, finally, please continue praying for the victims of terror and their
families, for those in uniform, and for our great country. Prayer has
comforted us in sorrow, and will help strengthen us for the journey ahead.
Tonight I thank my fellow Americans for what you have already done and
for what you will do. And ladies and gentlemen of the Congress, I thank
you, their representatives, for what you have already done and for what
we will do together.
Tonight, we face new and sudden national challenges. We will come
together to improve air safety, to dramatically expand the number of air
marshals on domestic flights, and take new measures to prevent
hijacking. We will come together to promote stability and keep our airlines
flying, with direct assistance during this emergency.
We will come together to give law enforcement the additional tools it
needs to track down terror here at home. We will come
together to strengthen our intelligence capabilities to know the plans of
terrorists before they act, and find them before they strike.
We will come together to take active steps that strengthen America's
economy, and put our people back to work.
Tonight we welcome two leaders who embody the extraordinary spirit of all
New Yorkers: Governor George Pataki, and Mayor Rudolph
Giuliani. (Applause.) As a symbol of America's resolve, my administration
will work with Congress, and these two leaders, to show the world that we
will rebuild New York City.
After all that has just passed -- all the lives taken, and all the possibilities
and hopes that died with them -- it is natural to wonder if America's future
is one of fear. Some speak of an age of terror. I know there are struggles
ahead, and dangers to face. But this country will define our times, not be
defined by them. As long as the United States of America is determined
and strong, this will not be an age of terror; this will be an age of liberty,
here and across the world.
Great harm has been done to us. We have suffered great loss. And in our
grief and anger we have found our mission and our moment. Freedom and
fear are at war. The advance of human freedom -- the great achievement
of our time, and the great hope of every time -- now depends on us. Our
nation -- this generation -- will lift a dark threat of violence from our
people and our future. We will rally the world to this cause by our efforts,
by our courage. We will not tire, we will not falter, and we will not
It is my hope that in the months and years ahead, life will return almost to
normal. We'll go back to our lives and routines, and that is good. Even
grief recedes with time and grace. But our resolve must not pass. Each
of us will remember what happened that day, and to whom it
happened. We'll remember the moment the news came -- where we were
and what we were doing. Some will remember an image of a fire, or a
story of rescue. Some will carry memories of a face and a voice gone
And I will carry this: It is the police shield of a man named George
Howard, who died at the World Trade Center trying to save others. It was
given to me by his mom, Arlene, as a proud memorial to her son. This is
my reminder of lives that ended, and a task that does not
I will not forget this wound to our country or those who inflicted it. I will
not yield; I will not rest; I will not relent in waging this struggle for
freedom and security for the American people.
The course of this conflict is not known, yet its outcome is
certain. Freedom and fear, justice and cruelty, have always been at war,
and we know that God is not neutral between them.
Fellow citizens, we'll meet violence with patient justice -- assured of the
rightness of our cause, and confident of the victories to come. In all that
lies before us, may God grant us wisdom, and may He watch over the
United States of America. Thank you.
END 9:41 P.M. EDT
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A revised George Bush seems more like FDR after the WTC catastrophe than a right wing conservative. Astrology shows us why.