Skip to comments.The Torch of Freedom Has Passed To Conservatives
Posted on 01/24/2005 3:25:46 AM PST by kattracks
The President sounded a clarion call for freedom in his second inaugural address. Its sentiments were based on an assessment of the world we live in that should be obvious. Modern technologies of destruction are accessible to all governments and exclusively to governments (because they are so expensive and require sophisticated capabilities to produce). Modern terrorism requires a base for ambitious operations that only nation-states can provide. Hence, an impoverished wasteland like Afghanistan can wreak incalculable devastation on the United States. Hence, "the best hope for peace in our world, is the expansion of freedom in all the world," which is the line from the President's speech the White House is highlighting above all others.
Consider if Al Gore had been President on 9/11 and not George Bush. Suppose Gore had adopted the response of the Clinton administration to terrorists attacks, had not declared war, and had not invaded Afghanistan in a pre-emptive strike? Suppose Osama bin Laden had been able to mount a second and third major terrorist attack in the months following 9/11. Instead of the $600 billion that was taken out of the American economy, the figure might have been many times that. Confidence might have been so shattered that a full scale economic collapse would have followed, taking down the global economy along with it. It is not too fanciful to imagine civil wars and coup d'etats following in the wake of such an economic disaster. It is not far-fetched to think that a nuclear power like Pakistan might fall into radical Islamist hands. Two paths define our future: chaos, tyranny and terror, or expanding freedom and prosperity based on free markets and free men.
It will probably not be one or the other. There is no steady path to progress, and there will never be a world without tyranny and conflict. But our course must be to strengthen the one and combat the other. Thus encouraging the Muslim world, and particularly the Arab Muslim world, which is the heart of the global terrorist threat -- to adopt democratic ways and to shine the light of liberty into its culture of medieval darkness is a pragmatic necessity for the future security of the civilized world. That is the reality behind the President's address. Only people in serious denial can be blind to this fact. Only liberals.
The president sounded a clarion call for freedom and liberals carped. That was their virtually universal response to an inaugural that ranks among the most inspirational speeches ever devlivered by an American president.
The totatitarian Left -- the Left that calls itself progressive and identifies its totalitarian goals with the seductive phrase "social justice" -- hated the speech (naturally), along the man who gave it. "The worst president ever" was one of the milder slogans on a sign in the crowd that gathered along Pennsylvania Avenue to trumpet their hate towards the inaugural parade. But there was hardly a liberal organ in the nation -- from the New York Times to the Washington Post -- that did not find something to wring its hands about in the president's speech. It was a Rohrshach moment. This was a self-revelation, a testament to the reactionary force that liberalism has become. The torch of freedom has passed, as President Kennedy said in his own summons to his countrymen to stand up for what is right. But it has passed not to a nation united, as Kennedy fervently wished, but to the conservative vanguard that still takes the Founding spirit of the nation seriously, still rings its Liberty Bell, and is prepared to stay the course of the mission that inspired its birth.
Here in so many words, is this truth of Inaugural Day 2004 encapsulated in a report by the unsympathetic Los Angeles Times: "On Thursday, Bush proclaimed in his inaugural address that the central purpose of his second term would be the promotion of democracy 'in every nation and culture, with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world' -- a quintessential neoconservative goal." The defense of freedom, the advance of liberty -- this is the agenda of "neo-conservatism." Who then are the conservatives? Who are the reactionaries who would preserve the status quo of tyrannies and repressive regimes like those of the Taliban and Saddam Hussein? Who in America stands opposed to the vision of freedom the President voiced? The answer lies in the response to the President's words, which merely echo their cumulative response to the President's deeds. Today's reactionaries are those who call themselves liberals and progressives, and who fill the ranks of the anti-Bush Left.
David Horowitz is the author of numerous books including an autobiography, Radical Son, which has been described as the first great autobiography of his generation, and which chronicles his odyssey from radical activism to the current positions he holds. Among his other books are The Politics of Bad Faith and The Art of Political War. The Art of Political War was described by White House political strategist Karl Rove as the perfect guide to winning on the political battlefield. Horowitzs latest book, Uncivil Wars, was published in January this year, and chronicles his crusade against intolerance and racial McCarthyism on college campuses last spring. Click here to read more about David
We would still be looking for "those responsible" to bring them to justice.
We are the true progressives and trailblazers of the future. On the other side, they are the true reactionaries and nostalgic graybeards living off the reflected glory off a vanished past.
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Liberals have joined the left as a powerful reactionary force against human progress.
The left was born of a reaction to the growth of democracy and the fall of European Aristocracy. They have successfully kept Aristocracy alive in Europe with their establishment of a new class of Socialist Bureaucrat Masters running the continent, and thus have successfully thwarted Europe's long march toward individual liberty.
Here in America, the Liberals have joined with the left in an attempt to create an all-powerful Socialist Bureaucracy and to take the side of nearly every foreign dictator and tyrant on planet earth against the aspirations of people yearning to be free.
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