Monday, November 6, 2006

The Election to End "Hubris"

Tomorrow, as most people know, the US has congressional elections. The smart people with the computers, and our betters in the chattering classes, who, believe you me, study hard, and are supremely qualified to tell the rest of us how to live – know what you’re going to do. The egghead consensus is that you’re going to give both the House and the Senate to the Democratic Party, perhaps by large majorities.

Maybe not, polling over the last twenty-four hours has gotten a little more optimistic from the point of view of sanity – that is, from that of people who don’t want “Speaker Pelosi” or who don’t think that Teddy Kennedy having serious input on Iraq policy is such a good idea. But the Left is busy lining up the drink order, and warming up the band, because their pundits are thinking that we’re bought and sold.

Here's a link to a column that appears in today's online edition of the Boston Globe, by Mr. James Carroll. This column needs to be read by as many people as possible, as it shows, with complete honesty, what the Left in this country thinks about the present war; what it will do with political power when it gets it; and, that the Left really thinks that the only kind of slip Senator Kerry made awhile back was of a Freudian nature.

As Mr. Carroll rightly says, the “…war in Iraq has emerged as a key issue in tomorrow’s election.” Do tell, Mr. Carroll ? The hour may have struck at last for enemies of "American imperialism" (my quotes, not Mr. Carroll's) as it did in 1972. But in 1972, we Americans just didn't face up to the horror of our moral position, and accept defeat:
The goal of "peace with honor" assumes that the nation's honor has not already been squandered. During Vietnam, for all the widespread opposition to the war, the American public was never ready to face the full truth of what had been done in its name, and so the martial band played on. . .The war ended not with a bang, but with a whimper, with the United States whining that somehow it had been the victim. . .
Anyway, Mr. Carroll and friends know what they want you to do; what they expect that you will do; and, what they think will happen if “Speaker Pelosi” really comes to pass. We have a chance to get defeat right, this time. The "money" quote:

. . .If the Democrats take power with the elections tomorrow, congressional hearings will have a lot of such questions to consider. But what about the moral question ? For all of the anguish felt over the loss of American lives, can we acknowledge that there is something proper in the way that hubristic American power has been thwarted ? Can we admit that the loss of honor will not come with how the war ends, because we lost our honor when we began it ? This time, can we accept defeat ?

(emphasis supplied)

Mr. Carroll, to his credit, is not obfuscating here: he’s saying that the defeat of our war effort in Iraq will be a GOOD thing. Gotta get rid of that “hubristic American power.”

Read the whole thing. I hope you'll consider this when you vote tomorrow. Pass the link many people as possible need to know what Mr. Carroll thinks.

1 comment:

Candidly Caroline said...

I'm actually a little nervous ... or, anticipatory, maybe. Fingers crossed!
Vote, everybody!!