Bush Blusters, Democrats Dither
Where do you begin to take apart
the evasions, half-truths and outright lies that merrily
danced from the lips of the President of the United
States in his
State of the Union address this week?
One place to begin is to listen to
the inanities uttered by his Democratic rivals in
Interviewed by NBC News just after
Mr. Bush`s speech, Sen. John Kerry started off his
critique with the insight that there just aren`t
enough firefighters in the country.
With high statecraft like that from
the president`s opponents, you`d be wise to put your
money on the Republican ticket this fall.
There were many things wrong with
what Mr. Bush had to say, but as of now he seems certain
to win re-election by a large margin, and not just
because of the money he`s raised. If Mr. Bush proved
nothing else this week, he showed that he has managed to
capture the rhetoric of patriotism and the posture of
Champion of Good against Evil.
That means anyone who challenges
him will have to prove he is not
against patriotism and not in
favor of evil, and for the
Democratic Party today, that`s a very tall
order—even tougher than taking on the
national firefighter crisis.
But it doesn`t mean Mr. Bush was
telling the truth. Among other whoppers, he claimed
yet again that "I oppose amnesty, because it
would encourage further
illegal immigration, and unfairly reward those who
break our laws," even though virtually everyone,
supporter and critic alike, who has discussed his
recent immigration proposal has acknowledged that it is
in fact amnesty and does reward lawbreakers.
Today, after two weeks of intense
public discussion, he has no excuse. He lied.
He also told less than the truth
about the vaunted "weapons of mass destruction."
Mr. Bush insisted that "the
Kay Report identified dozens of weapons of mass
destruction-related program activities and significant
amounts of equipment that Iraq concealed from the United
Nations." That`s a bit different from his
unqualified assertions last year that Iraq possessed the
weapons themselves and was getting ready—any minute—to
use them against us. Now it turns out Iraq had only WMD-"related
program activities," and there was no imminent
Last year maybe the president was
misled by advisers who lied. This year the president
Then there is the high and noble
mission of spreading democracy everywhere. "I
believe," he piously intoned, "that God has
planted in every human heart the desire to live in
freedom," that "we also hear doubts that
democracy is a realistic goal in the Middle East, where
freedom is rare," but "it is mistaken, and
condescending, to assume that whole cultures and great
religions are incompatible with liberty and
While not exactly lies (Mr. Bush
probably really believes it all), none of the above is
There is no reason to think God has
planted the desire for freedom in human beings, since
there is virtually no movement toward what we regard as
freedom throughout most of human history, and especially
in history outside Europe and America. Nor is it true
that it is "condescending" to think some systems
of government, unique to the West, cannot be
stuck on to the cultures and societies of
Is it "condescending" to the
West to think that
implanting Islamic law and institutions in
America is "incompatible" with Western
culture and religion? Today, they are being exported to
the West because the
West is too decadent to resist the mass immigration
that brings them.
What is "condescending" is
Mr. Bush`s conceit that the American "democracy"
his administration wants to impose on Iraq and elsewhere
is the only institutional means of establishing liberty
and self-government, that our form of government
represents what God wants, and that we should
bluster all over the world imposing it by force of
arms, which is exactly what Mr. Bush acknowledges we are
doing in Iraq and will do in other countries.
"Condescending" is not quite
the word for this arrogance. The history of Europe and
America is awash in the blood of men and women who have
died fighting to destroy the kind of aggression and
conquest Mr. Bush now proposes for this country.
Mr. Bush`s policies are failures
and disasters, and he ought not to be running for office
at all, much less actually occupying the highest one in
the country and the most powerful in the world.
But, since the only practical
alternative is incapable of offering any improvement or
even uttering any meaningful challenge, don`t expect the
office to change hands soon.
CREATORS SYNDICATE, INC.
[Sam Francis [email
him] is a nationally syndicated columnist. A selection
of his columns,
America Extinguished: Mass Immigration And The
Disintegration Of American Culture, is now available
Americans For Immigration Control.
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Ethnopolitics: Immigration, Race, and the American
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