America Through the Looking Glass
Vol: 28 Issue: 21 Wednesday, January 21, 2004
The President gave his annual State of the Union address (his last, if the Democrats have their way) to a Congress that interrupted the speech 72 times with applause and standing ovations.
It was fun to watch Teddy Kennedy sitting, arms crossed, face pursed into a frown, looking for all the world like a man in desperate need of Milk of Magnesia. It didn’t matter what the topic of the moment was, T4ddy was against it. Even when the topic was the education bill that he co-authored with President Bush.
I had a few issues with the President’s address; I am less enamored of the Patriot Act than he is. I found a certain inconsistency in creating a new ‘jobs program’ at the same time that he proposes letting illegal aliens take the jobs already here. Especially on the grounds that they pay so low that no Americans will take them.
If there were no illegal aliens to fill them, they’d still need to be filled — common sense says that the wages would have to go up until Americans WOULD take them. That’s how the free enterprise system works.
That said, I have to admit that most of what President Bush outlined made sense, and was good for America in general.
While not everything the president said was satisfactory to me, not ANYTHING the Democrats said in rebuttal was even based in reality. It reminded me of Lewis Carrol’s classic “Through the Looking Glass” story about Alice in Wonderland.
It is one thing to criticize the President based on policy disagreements, it is another to criticize the President based on falsehoods. Nancy Pelosi opened her ‘rebuttal’ by rewriting history, and, warming to her version of what she thinks should have been, decided to throw the history books right out the window and make up stuff as she want along.
“Democrats have an unwavering commitment to ensure that America’s armed forces remain the best trained, best led, best equipped force for peace the world has ever known.”
The US military was GUTTED during the Clinton administration. Indeed, our military was so understrength by the time Bush was sworn in that most of the troops now serving in combat are National Guard Reserves.
Payrolls were cut, cost of living allowances reduced, bases were closed, military strength cut in half, and defense contracts cancelled. That isn’t political hyperbole, it is historical fact.
But that just begins Pelosi’s trip through the looking glass.
“The president led us into the Iraq war on the basis of unproven assertions without evidence; he embraced a radical doctrine of pre-emptive war unprecedented in our history; and he failed to build a true international coalition.”
“Unproven assertions” – 18 UN resolutions. “Without evidence” — CIA and British Intelligence reports. “A radical doctrine of pre-emptive war unprecedented in our history” — it was Congress who passed the Iraq Liberation Act in 1998 and Bill Clinton who made ‘regime change’ official US policy.
And what was the war against Yugoslavia? There was no UN support, no threat to US interests, and since it was only six years ago, it was hardly ‘unprecedented in our history’.
And Nancy Pelosi and Tom Daschle both supported that war, since it was their guy who started it.
“Failed to build a true international coalition” Pelosi says. Poland, Spain, Great Britain, Australia — all have LOST troops in battle. In all, there were fifty nations in the 2003 coalition. There were only thirty-two members of the 1991 coalition.
History meant nothing to Pelosi. When JFK’s actual speech didn’t fit her rhetoric, she rewrote it: “I heard President Kennedy issue this challenge in his inaugural address: “My fellow citizens of the world,” he said, “ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.”
(Kennedy’s actual words, were, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country” — but quoting it correctly would have made the opposite point — so she made up a new quote).
Pelosi railed against the liberation of Iraq, the high-handed way in which America removed Saddam, then closed her speech by calling for a restoration “our rightful role of leadership in the world, working with others for ‘the freedom of man.'”
Is it just me, or did we NOT, ‘working with others’, just free Iraq from the most brutal dictatorship since Stalin or Hitler? So what’s her problem?
Tom Daschle continued with the theme of ‘Who are you gonna believe? Me, or your lying eyes?’ saying, “Our first challenge is to strengthen the economy, the right way,” by claiming the tax cuts were the wrong way.
The ‘right way’ according to Daschle, is to stop “rewarding the accumulation of wealth over the dignity of work.”
This is so openly Leninist as to take one’s breath away. I can almost hear Lenin making this same argument in fomenting the Russian revolution. Take from the rich, and give to the working poor. In other words, class warfare; the bourgeois vs. the proletariat — is Daschle kidding?
“The working class has received a momentous lesson in civil war; the revolutionary education of the proletariat made more progress in one day than it could have made in months and years of drab, humdrum, wretched existence.” (Vladimir Ilyanovich Lenin, January 9, 1918)
It didn’t work in Russia, either.
If companies aren’t allowed to make money, who are the poor gonna work for? If the company you work for isn’t making money, what will it do?
Correct. It will lay you off, cut wages and benefits, or go out of business. Unless the state takes over the economy.
Daschle complains that tax cuts to everybody are unfair. ‘Fair tax cuts’ are those that go only to a certain segment of taxpayers. In Daschle’s world, ‘fair’ is evidently a call in baseball.
The Democrat’s rebuttal to tax cuts is to give the money back to them because they know how to spend it on your behalf better than you do.
Lewis Carrol would have been proud.