When a paragraph about American efforts for freedom drives his critics STARK RAVING MAD.
The biggest complaint seems to be that Bush said
From the day of our founding, we have proclaimed that every man and woman on this earth has rights, and dignity, and matchless value, because they bear the image of the maker of heaven and earth. Across the generations we have proclaimed the imperative of self-government, because no one is fit to be a master, and no one deserves to be a slave.
Well, no wonder the Left is outraged. I mean, he’s trying to champion freedom, for pity’s sake. Freedom! And he comes right out and says it. In public!
I first noted this paragraph on MO a couple of days ago. It brought what I considered to be a curious reaction from a fellow blogger. The discussion on that site continued, though not very productively. I’m still trying to nail down exactly what the problem is.
Bush was called “a fool or an idiot” for uttering those dreadful words. Read the whole comments section on that post if you’ve got nothing better to do, but I think I’ve narrowed the problem down to:
1) Bush was wrong because America hasn’t “always followed” the ideals he brought up, or
2) Bush was wrong because the Founding Fathers “proclaimed” those ideals, or
3) Bush was wrong because “lauded” the proclamation of those ideals, or
4) Bush was wrong because he didn’t use the word “equal” when he said “rights”.
Now, I’m not trying to be obtuse (well, okay, I am–but only a little bit) but I’m just plain mystified by this.
Ivins also writes
Nor is democracy necessarily the cure for terrorism. As a British journalist pointed out, if Britain had been following the Bush plan, it would have nuked us years ago for being the largest single source of money for the Irish Republican Army. Reality is so often much more complicated than George W. Bush thinks it is.
And sometimes reality is often much more simple than Ms. Ivins thinks it is, I guess. Or did I miss the news when the Bush plan nuked terrorism supporters? What’s she talking about?
And she writes:
It is extremely difficult to convince people that you are killing them (and torturing them) for their own good. How would you feel? The British medical magazine Lancet estimates Americans have now killed over 100,000 Iraqis. We don’t know for sure, because America has several policies that prevent anyone from keeping an accurate count.
As for the “how would you feel?”, see my post from this afternoon.
The number in the Lancet study is weird. Yes, I know all about the thoroughly discredited study released last fall. First, I’m mystified that she’d use it when trying to make a point, as everyone knows it’s total bunk. But even more mystifying is the fact that my newspaper (The Grand Rapids Press), Democrats.us, MyrtleBeachOnline, The Buffalo News (the top three hits on Google for the article), and the Creators Syndicate site all say
Americans have now killed about 20,000 Iraqis
Americans have now killed over 100,000 Iraqis
An error in judgment soon changed but not changed before Working For Change posted it? Or a change by someone else down the line? Weird.
Why does the paragraph about the ideal of freedom drive Bush’s opponents so nuts? And why can’t they seem to explain the effect?