Sunday, November 20, 2005

The Leaders We Deserve

This article will not simply be about politics. It will try to talk about some root causes.

People get the politicians they deserve. And we do not deserve better than George W. Bush. He is at once a reflection of all that is liberal and conservative about America and exemplifies brilliantly (albeit unknowingly) not only the futility of our nation's struggle but its major flaw in its founding.

Let's put a couple things on the record. I voted for Bush in 2000. I was not at that time (nor am now, nor will probably ever be) a member of the Republican Party but I had not yet become active in 3rd parties - and I consistently voted for the candidate whom I thought was best for the job and passed my litmus tests of abortion and fiscal responsibility. Respecting life and respecting property are the two things we should expect every politician in America to do.

I did not vote for Bush in 2004 because he failed my litmus test on abortion by federally funding stem cell research (a mode of murder that masquerades as scientific research) - something even Bill Clinton didn't do - and he failed my litmus test on fiscal responsibility by allowing and encouraging things like CAFTA and the FTAA, never vetoing a single spending bill, and allowing America's panic to cloud his minding of spending.

I voted for a 3rd party candidate in 2004 who matched my values, and though it was after a 3rd defeat in presidential bids that Henry Clay said "I would rather be right than be president" there is a resonance in his words that made me instantly regret my vote for Arnold in the California Recall Election. I bought the Republican lie that our votes meant change. I knew Tom McClintock was committed to my values, and instead I threw my support behind someone who I thought would stand up to the leftist legislature. I was dead wrong.

Republicans own all 3 branches of government and still we see no change delivered. 7 out of 9 Supreme Court Justices were nominated by Republicans and yet the vilest ruling in the history of our country stands as so-called "law." The House and Senate are run by the Grand Old Party and the Home of Lincoln is occupied by a Republican President.

The botched Harriet Miers nomination was simply another sign that the days of Reagan (which were a step in the right direction) are long dead in the Republican Party. They show the split between "Republican" and "Conservative." This split was first seen at the Republican National Convention in 2004, when people like John McCain (a supporter of the end of 1st amendment rights regarding political speech through his authorship of McCain-Feingold), Rudy Giuliani (a fervent pro-gay-rights and pro-affirmative-action supporter), and Arnold Schwarzenegger (weak in leadership and immigration) gave speeches. Needless to say all of these men are supporters of Roe.

President Bush, while leading an attack on a few of America's most obvious enemies in the absence of clarity, has left the home front to villains. Our borders are overrun, jobs are shipped overseas at a frightening rate, our dependence on foreign drilled oil waxes dangerously, and our national character is denigrated by rampant multiculturalism (in which all cultures are leveled) and its wealthy benefactor, the ACLU.

I believe that Capitalism is a deeply flawed system and I think that we think that our notion of the "invisible hand" (a very plausible idea) at work in the free market somehow works in the political sphere as well. Mankind has not changed since Cicero said "nothing of man is foreign to me" and Burke said "the only thing necessary for evil men to triumph is for good men to do nothing." The reason we have a weak leader like George Bush is because we're decadent, lazy, and weak of spirit.

Any examination of a schoolyard inhabited by boys will show you that leading men into fights is not an uncommon virtue among men, but stating unpleasant truths is. Realizing that the Emperor has no clothes is one thing, saying it is another. Saying Islam is a religion of peace when it has proved quite patently through its virile 1300 years of existence that it is not peaceful, but rather militant, in character and quality, is not only a departure from history, but from reality as well. Saying that we should always "err on the side of life" while allowing stem cell research on defenseless embryos abandoned by parents who don't want them is a departure from the protection of our most vulnerable citizens (and more importantly, our fellow human beings) - the unborn. Saying that "amnesty is not an option" while doing nothing to stem the tide of illegal immigrants, who unflaggingly change our economy, is just plain disingenuous. And saying we're waging a "war on terror" instead of a war to protect American dominance and values is simply foolish. This is a war on Islam (too tardy and too weak in its prosectution, I fear). Islam, which threatens the fabric of Western civilization of which America is but the last young adopted bastard guardian. Terror will not be vanquished with weapons and words. Terror is older than this president, this country, and this world. It was what gripped Lucifer, when even in the blossoms of his pride he screamed "Non serviam!"

These inconsistencies are everything that is wrong about Liberals and Conservatives in America today. The liberals play a blame game - it's organized religion's fault for "inventing guilt." It's big business's fault for pollution. It's the fault of weapons that people die. It's God's fault for not only creating us but daring without our permission to redeem us. Conservatives try to stem the tide instead of attacking the problems at their roots.

The deep flaw in the American experiment is the idea of separating Church and State. By "not recognizing the establishment of religion" America blithely ignored that religion had long been established, and would long endure after countries had died. The true problem is that in fighting for Voltaire's maxim (I may not believe what you say but I will fight to the death for your right to say it) we defend both truth and error with equal might and force. How can a country that promotes itself as the largest beacon of "freedom" in the world prosecute error? If we say that it is freedom of speech to call America the great Satan, to burn the flag, and to burn effigies of political figures and that they are constitutionally protected rights, is it not the logical conclusion that suicide bombers are the most vehement and true social protestors of all time? And further, are we so removed from the era of brave men like Joseph McCarthy and the evil of communism that we believe the only evils that can be inflicted in this world are of the spiritual order, and involve not men's hearts and minds?

Blindness and ignorance will continue because Americans have no souls. They have been robbed from us by a slow decay. They have been robbed from us by Founding Fathers who knew better than to explicitly involve God in men’s lives. To have physical strength is not just to talk about exercise, but to do it. The way to have spiritual strength is not to talk about it at all, but rather - since recognizing the existence of men's souls admits that something beyond blood and water animates our actions - the way to have spiritual strength is to stand against inconsistency, fight against error, and never compromise First Principles.

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