Being Unreasonably Reasonable

Orson Scott Card recently opined in The Campaign of Hate and Fear in a way that snapped me back to reality. He pointed out, in plain language, things that I and others knew, but wouldn’t say in plain language in order to avoid seeming “unreasonable.” I was wrong in dancing around it. Reason is not polite. Reason is.

Watching the primary campaigns among this year’s pathetic crop of Democratic candidates, I can’t help but think that their campaigns would be vastly improved if they would only rise to the level of “Death to the Republicans.”

Instead, their platforms range from Howard Dean’s “Bush is the devil” to everybody else’s “I’ll make you rich and Bush is quite similar to the devil.”

Since Bush is quite plainly not the devil, one wonders why anyone in the Democratic Party thinks this ploy will play with the general public.

There are Democrats, like me, who think it will not play, and should not play, and who are waiting in the wings until after the coming electoral debacle in order to try to remake the party into something more resembling America.

There is nothing reasonable about the campaigns being run by the Democrats right now. They are all based 100% on emotion and dogma, and have nothing to do with logic and the real world.

But then I watch the steady campaign of the national news media to try to win this for the Democrats, and I wonder. Could this insane, self-destructive, extremist-dominated party actually win the presidency?

They might — because the national news media are trying as hard as they can to pound home the message that the Bush presidency is a failure.

Even though by every rational measure it is not.

And the most vile part of this campaign against Bush is that the Terrorist War is being used as a tool to try to defeat him — which means that if Bush does not win, we will certainly lose the war.

Indeed, the anti-Bush campaign threatens to undermine our war effort, give encouragement to our enemies, and cost American lives during the long year of campaigning that lies ahead of us.

There is a word for what they are doing — treason. “Adhering to thier enemies, giving them aid and comfort.” That isn’t a charge that I levy lightly. I don’t direct it at every opponent to the war. I levy it at those who oppose the war simply because Bush is the man waging it. There are many principled men who oppose the war for reasons of isolationism and pacifism. Dean, et al are not those men. These are the same men who voted to begin this war, who voted for similar actions in Somalia and Bosnia and Serbia, and now oppose this action. The only difference is the man in the White House, and that is a morally bankrupt reason to change your stance.

Our national media are covering this war as if we were “losing the peace” — even though we are not at peace and we are not losing.

Why are they doing this?

Because they are desperate to spin the world situation in such a way as to bring down President Bush.

It’s not just the war, of course. Notice that even though our recent recession began under President Clinton, the media invariably refer to it as if Bush had caused it; and even though by every measure, the recession is over, they still cover it as if the American economy were in desperate shape.

This is the same trick they played on President Bush, Sr., for his recession was also over before the election — but the media worked very hard to conceal it from the American public.

They did it as they’re doing it now, with yes-but coverage: Yes, the economy is growing again, but there aren’t any new jobs. Yes, there are new jobs now, but they’re not good jobs.

And that’s how they’re covering the war. Yes, the Taliban was toppled, but there are still guerrillas fighting against us in various regions of Afghanistan. (As if anyone ever expected anything else.) Yes, Saddam was driven out of power incredibly quickly and with scant loss of life on either side, but our forces were not adequately prepared to do all the nonmilitary jobs that devolved on them as an occupying army.

Ultimately, the outcome of this war is going to depend more on the American people than anything that happens on the battlefield.

Are we going to be suckered again the way we were in 1992, when we allowed ourselves to be deceived about our own recent history and current events?

We are being lied to and “spun,” and not in a trivial way. The kind of dishonest vitriolic hate campaign that in 2000 was conducted only before African-American audiences is now being played on the national stage; and the national media, instead of holding the liars’ and haters’ feet to the fire (as they do when the liars and haters are Republicans or conservatives), are cooperating in building up a false image of a failing economy and a lost war, when the truth is more nearly the exact opposite.

This is a man who has thought long and hard about the reasons why one should and shouldn’t lie in a war. Remember that.

I can think of many, many reasons why the Republicans should not control both houses of Congress and the White House.

But right now, if the alternative is the Democratic Party as led in Congress and as exemplified by the current candidates for the Democratic nomination, then I can’t be the only Democrat who will, with great reluctance, vote not just for George W. Bush, but also for every other candidate of the only party that seems committed to fighting abroad to destroy the enemies that seek to kill us and our friends at home.

And if we elect a government that subverts or weakens or ends our war against terrorism, we can count on this: We will soon face enemies that will make 9/11 look like stubbing our toe, and they will attack us with the confidence and determination that come from knowing that we don’t have the will to sustain a war all the way to the end.

This is why you are seeing people like Michael Totten coming over into the Bush camp. And the more the Democrats push this agenda, the more that will happen.

One Comment

  1. trevor taylor says:

    Governments all over the world for the past 30 years ignored the evolution of terrorism. They ignored what caused it-themselves-and what has fed it to become the monster it is today. Now you’re telling us that we should support an administration which basically holds the same policy views as the Nixon-Kissinger administration thirty years ago and follows a similar military power-foreign policy strategy. Give me a break.