Sunday, February 11, 2007

Let Us Review

The New York Times and the MSM in general simply do not get it. I don't recall electing them to be the watchdog of our government and I cannot find anywhere in our Constitution a single sentence empowering them to that position.

Maybe it's just me. I'm not a legal scholar so unfortunately I have to interpret the Constitution and its amendments in the language used to compose and sell it to the common man. I also realize that for every right assured to the People there is also an implicit responsibility. For instance, the First Amendment gives us the right to freely practice our religion and the right to speak, write and publish. Lastly it gives us the right to assemble, in a peaceful manner, for common cause against the government.

Nowhere does it place 'The Press' as the arbiter of those rights for the People. That is the job of the courts. The New York Times is a commercial entity in the private sector. It has no statutory function as the guardian of Truth, Justice and The American way but in exercising the right to speak, write and publish it is bound by statutory obligations just like the rest of 'We The People'. In the past it has earned by commercial acclamation and reasonable temperance the role of 'the paper of record'. Currently they have declined so that they no longer make that claim.

Because it finds itself in a position of power and influence it should not construe that it has a blessing to be a little more equal than any of the rest of us. The decline of their circulation ought to be interpreted as a good indicator of the level of disconnect with reality they are experiencing.

I can no longer take seriously any claim they have of objectivity. The mission is to get Bush whatever the cost. Because if it turns out that Bush has been right all along then it necessarily follows that they and their entire world view have been wrong, for decades. Their worldview will be the true miserable failure.

I believe history will prove just that. As each brick crumbles in the deluded world they have created for themselves they will spin and spin furiously for self-preservation but all the edifices they need to anchor to: the confidence of the American people, the courage to actually admit love of one's country, that "WE" are not the world, that George Bush is not the enemy, that irrational religious zealots won't stop attacking us until we conform to their de-evolved views by submission or death, that nation comes before party; those things most Americans have no problem understanding, then the editorial philosophy of the New York Times is directly responsible for its downfall and will be deemed nothing more than the premiere mouthpiece for the DNC.

But they don't get it...

2002 State of the Union Address

The Bush Manifesto:

Our nation will continue to be steadfast and patient and persistent in the pursuit of two great objectives. First, we will shut down terrorist camps, disrupt terrorist plans, and bring terrorists to justice. And, second, we must prevent the terrorists and regimes who seek chemical, biological or nuclear weapons from threatening the United States and the world. (Applause.)

Our military has put the terror training camps of Afghanistan out of business, yet camps still exist in at least a dozen countries. A terrorist underworld -- including groups like Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad, Jaish-i-Mohammed -- operates in remote jungles and deserts, and hides in the centers of large cities.

While the most visible military action is in Afghanistan, America is acting elsewhere. We now have troops in the Philippines, helping to train that country's armed forces to go after terrorist cells that have executed an American, and still hold hostages. Our soldiers, working with the Bosnian government, seized terrorists who were plotting to bomb our embassy. Our Navy is patrolling the coast of Africa to block the shipment of weapons and the establishment of terrorist camps in Somalia.

My hope is that all nations will heed our call, and eliminate the terrorist parasites who threaten their countries and our own. Many nations are acting forcefully. Pakistan is now cracking down on terror, and I admire the strong leadership of President Musharraf. (Applause.)

But some governments will be timid in the face of terror. And make no mistake about it: If they do not act, America will. (Applause.)

Our second goal is to prevent regimes that sponsor terror from threatening America or our friends and allies with weapons of mass destruction. Some of these regimes have been pretty quiet since September the 11th. But we know their true nature. North Korea is a regime arming with missiles and weapons of mass destruction, while starving its citizens.

Iran aggressively pursues these weapons and exports terror, while an unelected few repress the Iranian people's hope for freedom.

Iraq continues to flaunt its hostility toward America and to support terror. The Iraqi regime has plotted to develop anthrax, and nerve gas, and nuclear weapons for over a decade. This is a regime that has already used poison gas to murder thousands of its own citizens -- leaving the bodies of mothers huddled over their dead children. This is a regime that agreed to international inspections -- then kicked out the inspectors. This is a regime that has something to hide from the civilized world.

States like these, and their terrorist allies, constitute an axis of evil, arming to threaten the peace of the world. By seeking weapons of mass destruction, these regimes pose a grave and growing danger. They could provide these arms to terrorists, giving them the means to match their hatred. They could attack our allies or attempt to blackmail the United States. In any of these cases, the price of indifference would be catastrophic.

We will work closely with our coalition to deny terrorists and their state sponsors the materials, technology, and expertise to make and deliver weapons of mass destruction. We will develop and deploy effective missile defenses to protect America and our allies from sudden attack. (Applause.) And all nations should know: America will do what is necessary to ensure our nation's security.

We'll be deliberate, yet time is not on our side. I will not wait on events, while dangers gather. I will not stand by, as peril draws closer and closer. The United States of America will not permit the world's most dangerous regimes to threaten us with the world's most destructive weapons. (Applause.)

Our war on terror is well begun, but it is only begun. This campaign may not be finished on our watch -- yet it must be and it will be waged on our watch.

We can't stop short. If we stop now -- leaving terror camps intact and terror states unchecked -- our sense of security would be false and temporary. History has called America and our allies to action, and it is both our responsibility and our privilege to fight freedom's fight. (Applause.)

Michele McNally: "Right there with the Mahdi army. Incredible courage."

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