Now that another year of the Bush administration ends, what is the record? You hear the inquiry are we any
safer from the Dean candidacy, but that’s not the best question. What each of us should ask: are we any better.
Better means more than improved or feeling good. It means whether we as a country are any closer to the purpose of why we
are a nation. If you define the query in simply political terms, the essential elements that make life worth living would
evade the list.
Judge for yourselves. The march towards a multicultural society keeps its beat. The secular culture gears
up to remove any remnants of spiritual expression. The consumer economy promulgates its buy now, pay later outlook. Good will
towards men is preached in media broadcasts, while greetings to your neighbors go unheard.
Now you might say, what does that have to do with the President. Surely, the course of a society is not the
outcome of a single leader. But what about those areas that directly fall under his influence?
A President sets the tone of the national debate. What is on his agenda often shapes the way the political
dialogue proceeds. His wish list, becomes the front line for the loyal opposition. Most Americans believe there is a natural
dichotomy in politics that opposes each other’s goals and aspirations. No doubt that each seek the power that office
affords. But what about the policies that they are publicly committed to when you sift through their rhetoric?
We are told that George Bush is a conservative. If this really was the case, how do you explain his record
of unprecedented explosion in federal spending? What is the rational for the expansion of central government cradle to grave
dependency? And how about the efforts to ship the few remaining living wage jobs off to a third world multinational paradise?
The undisputed fact that Bush supporters are unable to face is that his brand of conservatism is directed
to enhance the global interdependency that has replaced American independence. This is the holiday season, so let’s
be honest. (that’s directed to you) What remains of limited government, state’s rights, freedom of association,
civil liberties, right to private property, integrity of our borders, sound money, local control of key public services and
freedom of the individual?
Many followers of Bush only reply that all has changed since 911. Since they relish in that excuse, they work
overtime to prove that those changes require the elimination of the very purpose of the founding of our nation. Empire is
their preference to cordial foreign relations. Military dominance for global compliance is their dream. And exporting that
perfected democracy model is their prized foreign policy.
Now do you consider this record progress? It certainly doesn’t resemble any components that qualify
as a conservative platform. But what do words mean in a world that routinely substitutes images for reality. Substance loses
to semblance, when you abandon common sense. The rules are made by those who deceive the most. In this era of universal deceit
the biggest liar moves up the ladder at the fastest pace. So let’s ask again. Are we better off under the son of the
The public relies upon the peer pressures of a designer cultural, more than the rational judgment of a sensible
citizen. The chief ingredient that is injected into the society is the drug that accepts whatever is dished out. The demise
of outrage is the leading gift that political leaders send to their constituents. They have one chief fancy, to dumb down
the people to such a level that the thought of dissent will be expunged from the public arena. Their fantasy becomes a death
wish for their followers.
With political approval rising in the polls, it becomes the measure of the mental deterioration in the country.
Endorsement of politicians is the nectar for tyranny. As long as the public believes that government is the essential Santa,
the consolidation of despotism goes uninterrupted. Elevating Bush into a St Nick, in order to get more presents from the State
is childish. Little kids love toys, but adults prefer liberty. Americans don’t need to be consumed about being safe
from foreign foes, there are ample domestic antagonists sitting in the seats of public office.
So are we better off, after another year of illusory benevolence? Replacing Bush with any of the elves in
the party of proclaimed socialists is equally as frightful as re-upping the phony conservative to another hitch. Our wish
list is simple. Withhold your consent from any Republican or Democrat. Resist any and all attempts to alter and destroy the
last remaining vestiges of a Republic and discredit the impaired devotion to a central government. Restore a system of laws
that adhere to basic constitutional interpretation that conforms to the original language, intent and design of our Founding
Fathers. Withdraw from policies that forge a foreign empire and return to the task of rebuilding our own domestic economy.
And put God back into Christmas, before it becomes a hate crime to celebrate the meaning of the season.
If you use the standard - are we any better - reflect upon your role and failure to stop the juggernaut
of an all powerful government master. As long as you serve an injurious State, your loyalty is ill placed. The debts you owe
are not merely financial, they have a lineage. That legacy owes homage to past forbearers and to future generations. As another
year ends, the prospects for a brighter new day dims once again. A nation that abandons liberty willingly, doesn’t deserve
freedom. Christmas commemorates the birth of hope. How many Americans will hear, heed and hold on to that message?
SARTRE - December 19, 2003