August 04, 2005

Bolton and Roberts
The Bush appointment of John Bolton to U.N. Ambassador demonstrates our president’s arrogance once again. Mr. Bush knows that he can fool, cajole, browbeat and bully the people of our nation into accepting almost anything. He also knows that for some reason we do not seem to care that we are being used as a people to serve this president's very personal agenda.

As to the appointment of the other John to the Supreme Court, I’m almost certain that Mr. Bush will once again get his way. I fear that Roe v. Wade will fall before this president leaves office.

Why do I fear that?

I’ve spoken to women relatives of the Republican persuasion (my daughter Ruth, for instance) who are pro-choice, and they do not seem to have made the connection between this president’s ideological Supreme Court nominee and the very real possibility that they will lose control over their own bodies. Also, Republican friends here at THE BIG NEEDLE have told me on a number of occasions that they “do not agree with everything that Mr. Bush is doing, but that his administration at least has a plan that makes them feel safe in the face of the terrorists.”

I answer, “Adolph Hitler had a plan for world domination. Did that make the world safe for democracy?”

I am told that my comparison is specious.

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Anonymous Marshall said...

There is nothing in the least bit specious about comparing the foreign policies of 21st-century America with those of the Third Reich. Where do your critics think Rommel was heading, when Montgomery stopped him at El Alamein? The oil fields of Iraq and Saudi Arabia.

The German people were also told they were liberating oppressed peoples and nobly defending vital security interests of "the greatest nation on earth" when they invaded countries that had done absolutely nothing to threaten the German homeland. Their generals invented the tactic of rapid massed armor advances into regions first weakened by comprehensive aerial bombing campaigns. Unilateral preemptive occupations following unanswerable ultimatums thinly justified by tissues of transparent lies, sham coalitions of token "allies" under the undisputed dominance of the leading partner, arrogant contempt for international institutions and world public opinion: what's not to compare between these two eras in world history?

Well, at least we don't have concentration camps and genocide here in America. We do have over 2 million people in prisons, for some reason, though. We are the globe's most incarcerating nation per capita, holding 22% of all the world's prisoners and spending more every year on prison construction than the building of universities and colleges. The Land of the Free. The Home of the Brave. Number One. The Greatest Nation on Earth. On a Holy Mission from God.

Set the trumpet to thy mouth. He shall come as an eagle against the house of the LORD, because they have transgressed my covenant, and trespassed against my law. Israel shall cry unto me, My God, we know thee. Israel hath cast off the thing that is good: the enemy shall pursue him. They have set up kings, but not by me: they have made princes, and I knew it not: of their silver and their gold have they made them idols, that they may be cut off.
For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind: it hath no stalk; the bud shall yield no meal: if so be it yield, the strangers shall swallow it up.
For they are gone up to Assyria, a wild ass alone by himself: Ephraim hath hired lovers. Yea, though they have hired among the nations, now will I gather them, and they shall sorrow a little for the burden of the king of princes.
For Israel hath forgotten his Maker, and buildeth temples; and Judah hath multiplied fenced cities: but I will send a fire upon his cities, and it shall devour the palaces thereof.

Hosea 8:1-4,7,9-10,14.

10:21 AM  
Anonymous Kira Zalan said...

“Let us be realistic about the U.N. It has served our purposes from time to time; and it is worth keeping alive for future service. But it is not worth the sacrifice of American troops, American freedom of action, or American national interests.”
– John Bolton, from the 1997 Cato Institute Tract Delusions of Grandeur.

8:26 PM  
Blogger Isaac said...

Thanks for the support Marshall - and what marvelous support it is! I must apologize. I've lost your e-mail address. Please forgive a forgetful old man.

1:07 AM  

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