Like millions of Americans and other people around the world, I listened to President George W. Bush's second inaugural address last week. I listened with anticipation, knowing that as a wartime president, in a very turbulent time, the President's speech would be an insight into his legacy and hopefully the future of the world.
I was not disappointed. His speech emphasized bringing peace and security to the United States by ending tyranny in corrupt countries around the world. President Bush plans to protect the borders of the United States by spreading freedom and democracy around the world.
In his speech the President put world leaders on notice: Either protect your people and provide them with democratic freedom and basic human rights or be prepared to answer to the United States. This notice applies to all countries, even our oil producing allies like Saudi Arabia. Oil is not an excuse for tyranny.
As predicted, liberals and Bush haters began accusing President Bush of being reckless and abusing his power, instead of giving him the credit and praise he deserves. Just once I would like to see liberals help the President in a noble cause, but I guess this will never happen. Liberals would rather try to make Bush look bad rather than help the oppressed, even though they claim to be the defenders of human rights.
I think liberals are afraid of taking an aggressive stand on world problems. They are more comfortable with Bill Clinton’s foreign policy of letting thugs drag dead Americans through the streets of Somalia than a foreign policy of strength. A plan for peace is outside their realm of thinking, unless appeasement and surrender is involved. They just cannot imagine winning a lasting peace by taking the fight to the enemy. No wonder John Kerry was loved by the French.
Liberals fail to admit the genius behind President Bush’s visionary and futuristic ideas. They do not understand how bringing freedom to the oppressed around the world will protect our shores. The sad thing is that liberals would hail the President's doctrine as the greatest idea since Woodrow Wilson’' League of Nations, Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal or Monica Lewinsky's cigar, if the idea had come from Ted Kennedy or Barbara Boxer.
Twenty years from now when historians reflect on President Bush's inaugural address and his plan to bring freedom to the world he will be placed on the same level of greatness as Martin Luther King, Mahatma Gandhi and other civil rights leaders.
I know liberals cannot stand making the comparison between President Bush and Martin Luther King. But save the hateful emails. I already know what you are going to say. My guess it will be something like this, “hey man you can’t compare that evil dictator Bush to King or Gandhi. Bush is a man of war. His plan will never work. He is evil.”
Sorry, you are wrong. President Bush’s doctrine will give everyone the opportunity of living in peace, if provided the opportunity of freedom by his or her government. If not, the outlaw regime must face the consequences of their “in-action” with economical or possible military action by the United States.
The choice is easy and completely in the hands of the leaders of corrupt regimes to make. I think they will choose the road to peace and democracy instead of risking the same fate as Saddam Hussein.
Because of this I feel Bush will be praised by historians for starting the revolution of world democracy and human freedom.
Martin Luther King had a dream that, “…one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.”
George W. Bush also has a dream. In his inauguration speech he said, “There is only one force of history that can break the reign of hatred and resentment and expose the pretensions of tyrants and reward the hopes of the decent and tolerant. And that is the force of human freedom.”
I believe the times in which we now live demand an American president with compassion for the oppressed around the world, servitude for his or her own people and the ability to strike an iron fist at any threat to our freedom, anywhere in the world.
President George W. Bush has proven that he has these qualities in the past and his inaugural speech proves that these qualities will continue in the future.
I think he will be remembered as one of our greatest presidents.
Steve Darnell is a syndicated columnist and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org