Pat Buchanan hits a home-run in his new book Day of Reckoning. It highlights why this administration is having problems getting its messages out and across to its constituents. Part of the problem, obviously, is that Bush sounds like a dolt when speaking publicly. Another issue is that the White House isn't very comfortable "communicating" its messages to the world. How many times did it "go dark" right after we invaded Afghanistan? Where were the press conferences updating us on progress in Iraq?
Few and far between.
|Ideology is substitute religion, a belief system based on ideas that are often contradicted by history and common sense. Yet men will adhere to ideologies with a zealotry that borders on fanaticism.|
Marxism, fascism and socialism were/are ideologies, gods that failed. So, too, is democratism, the Gospel of George W. Bush.
Democratism is a belief that all men are equally endowed with a desire for freedom and an aptitude for democracy. All can be uplifted, and all brought to see that democracy is the one true path to peace in our world. In democracy lies our salvation.
This conviction lay behind the invasion of Iraq, Bush's crusade to democratize the Middle East and his "global democratic revolution" to "end tyranny in our world." And, as Woodrow Wilson's crusade "to make the world safe for democracy" gave us Lenin, Stalin and Hitler, Bush's crusade for democracy is leaving us with ashes in our mouths.
As I said in a previous post, this says alot for why we are where we are in regards to the Middle East. Sadly I see little hope in making a foundation for "democracy" in that region. The people there only seem to recognize leaders who display strict authoritarian styles - dictators and the like.
An anology would be like trying to use Oxen to pull your sleds across the frozen wastelands of Antarctica. They aren't built, nor bred, for that type of environment. The same holds true for the Middle East. They won't embrace Democracy because they can't get their heads around the whole concept. Their core beliefs, founded in strict accordance to the Quoran, is of submission and obedience. It's not the type of place to engender freedom, creativity nor - civilization.