After listening to his inaugural speech, anyone who
thinks President Bush and his handlers are sane needs to visit a psychiatrist.
The hubris-filled megalomaniac in the Oval Office has promised the world war without
Bush's crazy talk has even upset rah-rah Republicans. One Republican called
Bush's speech "God-drenched."
It has begun to dawn on the formerly Grand Old Party that a bloodless coup has
occurred and Republicans have lost their party to Jacobins, who cloak themselves
under the term "neoconservatives."
What is a Jacobin? Jacobins ushered in the French Revolution and the Reign
of Terror. The Jacobins saw themselves as virtuous champions of universalist
principles that required them to impose "liberty, equality, fraternity"
not merely on France by a reign of terror, but also on the rest of Europe by
force of arms.
Unlike America's Founding Fathers, who exhorted their countrymen to cultivate
their own garden, Jacobins were not content with revolutionizing France. They
were driven to revolutionize the world
President Bush's second inaugural speech is Jacobin to the core. It stands
outside the American tradition. Declaring American values to be universalist
principles, Bush promised to use American power to spread democracy and to end
tyranny everywhere on earth. As one of Bush's neocon puppetmasters, Robert Kagan,
wrote in the Washington Post on Jan. 23, "The goal of American
foreign policy is now to spread democracy, for its own sake, for reasons that
transcend specific threats. In short, Bush has unmoored his foreign policy from
the war on terrorism."
Michael Gerson, the Jacobin White House speechwriter who wrote Bush's
infamous "God-drenched speech," defensively insists that Bush's
wars will only last "a generation." We can take comfort in that. According
to the dictionary, a generation is "about 30 years," so it is only
our children and grandchildren who will have to be sacrificed for "Bush's
historic mission." Along about 2035 things should be calming down. Whoever
remains can begin to attack the $50 trillion national war debt.
Kagan calls America's moral crusade against the world "the higher
realism that Bush now proclaims." Gerson declares that Bush's "methods
are deeply realistic."
What is realistic about declaring weapons of mass destruction to exist where
they do not exist?
What is realistic about assigning blame for Sept. 11 where it does not belong?
What is realistic about destroying a secular state and creating a vast breeding
ground for terrorists?
What is realistic about making Osama bin Laden an Islamic hero and shaking
the foundations of America's reigning puppets in the Middle East?
What is realistic about declaring a world crusade in the face of evidence that
the U.S. cannot successfully occupy Baghdad, a city of only 6 million people,
much less Iraq, a country of only 25 million people?
There is nothing realistic about Bush or any of his advisers. The world has
not seen such delusion since the Children's Crusade led by a visionary
French peasant, Stephen of Cloyes, marched off to free the Holy Land from the
Muslims in the year 1212. The children were captured and sold into slavery.
Bush and the Republican Party have morphed into a Jacobin Party. They sincerely
believe that they have a monopoly on virtue and the obligation to impose U.S.
virtue on the rest of the world. This Jacobin program requires the supremacy
of executive power and is dependent on an unwarranted belief in the efficacy
There is nothing American or democratic about this program. Bush speaks as
Robespierre when he invokes "a fire in the minds of men" that "warms
those who feel its power." Bush possesses Robespierre's "pure conscience"
as he destroys Iraq's infrastructure and the lives of tens of thousands of Iraqi
civilians, levels cities, and practices torture. American
casualties (dead and wounded) have reached 10 percent of the U.S. occupation
force and are but the "realistic methods" Bush uses to achieve his
"deeply idealistic" goals.
At home, the casualties are the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. Republicans
explode in anger when a liberal judge creates a constitutional right. But they
sit in silence when the U.S. Department of Justice (sic) creates the right for
Bush to decide who has constitutional protections and who does not.
Like Robespierre, Bush justifies the state of terror that he has brought to
Iraq by his noble aspirations. The effect is to destroy idealism with hypocrisy
about violence. When the neoconservatives succeed in draining idealism of its
power, will they then declare violence alone to be their goal?
Led by Bush, the Republican Party now stands for detainment without trial and
war without end. It is a party destructive of all virtue and a great threat
to life and liberty on earth.