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Friday, January 21, 2005 Inaugeral Speech
Peggy Noonan summed up my feelings about the speech perfectly.
I did not oppose the sentiments so much as the emphasis which was unrelieved about freeing the world.
There was some fine rhetoric in the speech, though.
And yet such promising moments were followed by this, the ending of the speech. "Renewed in our strength--tested, but not weary--we are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom."
I thought the over-emphasis on freedom for the world was over reaching as Ms. Noonan did. We're not here to save the world. We do better when we focus on saving America from its enemies, and just so happen to improve other people's lives as a result.
Utopian missions are not such good ideas and I thought the speech smacked too much of that. A little would have been fine in keeping with the results of our traditions on the world, but devoting the entire speech to making everyone free was too much.
Still, it won't come to that, of course, and wiser heads will prevail. Iraq has proven a tough nut to crack in that the Media and the Democrats make it near impossible to even work at keeping ourselves free and safe. The enemy within has had much success in blunting our self-defense. Imagine what they might accomplish were we to act in Syria or Iran. posted by Mark Butterworth | 1:27 AM |