It is time for President Bush to stop the cheer-leading
and speak the truth.
He said last Thursday, "This great nation will
never be intimidated. . . . Life in America is going forward."
Who is he trying to kid? Last Friday at Los Angeles
airport I saw people trying to check their baggage – standing in
a line that was at least 200 yards long. I stood in five separate
lines to identify myself and my carryon luggage. The soldiers in
fatigues with submachine guns reminded me of a Third World country.
The politicians live in their own unreal world, with
no idea of what's happening in America. How many times has Air Force
One been late taking off? How many security lines have Donald Rumsfeld,
Tom Ridge, and Dick Cheney stood in?
They care little about the traveling businessman who
now must cut his work short at lunchtime in order to catch a 5pm
flight. Or the individual who must get up at 4am to catch a morning
Has the President noticed the hundreds of billions of
dollars being added to federal, state, and local government budgets
– spending piled on top of previous budgets, spending that's causing
huge deficits and tax increases, spending that's coming out of the
hide of American taxpayers?
When will he say straight out: "America rules the
world by force, and the price of that is for you to pay high taxes
and live in a nation that looks more and more like a police state."
President Bush says, "You're either with us or against
Does that mean he'll bomb neutral Switzerland – the
island of freedom, privacy, and security in the midst of socialist
Europe – if it doesn't confiscate private bank accounts and otherwise
act on every whim of our President?
Why doesn't he simply tell the truth: "America
rules the world and I rule America. You will do as I say or I'll
kill your people."
The President keeps telling us that the world supports
the American war against Afghanistan. But the truth is that he has
bought the support of foreign leaders with your money – while public
opinion polls show people in foreign countries are overwhelmingly
opposed to American military attacks.
Why doesn't he just tell the truth: "We are destroying
the last vestiges of love for America around the world – but that's
the price we must pay for me to become powerful and popular at home
beyond my wildest dreams."
for the Truth
When you know some of what politicians tell you are lies,
you have to wonder how many of their other statements are lies as
What I want is the truth. I'd like to think I'm mature
enough to handle whatever that may be. And I could prepare for the
future much better if someone told me the truth – instead of all
this rah-rah stuff.
America isn't leading the world. Leaders lead by example.
And America is providing no example of individual liberty, personal
responsibility, small government, or peace.
America rules the world. Rulers rule by force. They may succeed
temporarily, but at an awful cost.
It is long past time for the truth – the truth that
many more Americans will have to die to satisfy the politicians'
lust for power.