QUOTE OF THE DAY … spotted at Instapundit.
…[A] cautionary word for critics: “President Bush’s opponents on the Angry Left often succumbed to a blind hatred for the man and ended up mocking America’s ideals because they loathed the man who was speaking up for them. The Angry Right is susceptible to the same error now. An inauguration is a good opportunity to remember that those ideals belong to all of us, and that they endure regardless of party and personnel.”
First, the very notion of the existence of such a thing as The Angry Right is a fiction of The Delusional Left. Projection, as it were.
Anyone who listened to That One’s inaugural address and wasn’t sputtering mad halfway through is probably too ignorant to vote.
So far as I can garner from listening to the whole live and bits and pieces here and there, and from reading a transcript, which always sucks all the life out of a speech, there was one line in the speech that shouldn’t have caused any patriotic and aware American’s head to spin around and spew split pea soup. That line is:
We will not apologize for our way of life, nor will we waver in its defense, and for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that our spirit is sronger and cannot be broken; you cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you.
But it was embedded in so much empty rhetoric, so much statist demagoguery, as to be labeled variously tripe or hate speech in this land of the free and home of the brave.
Go ahead and read it for yourself. Even those sentences which seemed designed to appeal to lovers of liberty seem pretty and empty, with no heft or bite. But there are too many which chill for the ill wind they ride to buffet the American body politic.
Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age.
The greed and irresponsibility may have been there. But the statement is meant to point a finger at the business world when the fault lies in Congress. And the cure so far proposed is more of the same. Fighting fire with gasoline. And, from all I’ve heard on the subject, the hard choices have been explicitly taken off the table as politically unpalatable — never mind that the topic is one the Federal government is neither competent nor authorized to rule on.
On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics.
Translation: We’ve won. Now shut up, bitches. Sorry. Homey don’t play dat. Your party is the party of petty grievances and false promises, recriminations and worn out dogma, and has strangled not just our politics, but the entire country. That we are the strongest, most prosperous nation in the history of mankind has not come as a result of government policies, but despite them.
We remain a young nation…
I would remind the President that the United States is the oldest extant democracy or republic on the planet. And, no, England doesn’t count, as she has had several fundamental constitutional paradigm shifts since our Constitution was ratified. The Europhiles on the Left need to get over their worship of countries which, after all, our ancestors came here to get shut of.
There are some who question the scale of our ambitions…
We don’t question the scale, we question the sign. Your ambitions are not progressive, they are retrograde.
Whether or not government works is not a relevant question. The relevant questions are whether nor not what government does is good for the people, and whether or not the government is permitted to do what it proposes. On these scores, government has always failed, is failing abysmally now, and will always fail in the future, because it is in the fundamental nature of government that it cannot succeed. Therefore, government must be limited to serve only those necessities which cannot be met otherwise.
The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works – whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified. Where the answer is yes, we intend to move forward. Where the answer is no, programs will end.
You’ve got way too many luxury options on your wish list, young man. You need first and foremost to cut back. If you honestly assess government today, the answer is, “No.”
In the words of Ronaldus Magnus, government is not the solution; government is the problem. This is not cynical. This is realistic. This is also compassionate, because only in a state of true liberty, untrammeled by government coercion, out of reach of the greedy hand of the tax collector can a free people truly pursue — and find — happiness.
(Cross-posted at Eternity Road.)