When a dictatorship controls the political life of a country, responsible opposition cannot develop, and dissent is driven underground and toward the extreme. And to draw attention away from their social and economic failures, dictators place blame on other countries and other races, and stir the hatred that leads to violence.
By now it should be clear that authoritarian rule is not the
wave of the future; it is the last gasp of a discredited past. It
should be clear that free nations escape stagnation, and grow stronger
with time, because they encourage the creativity and enterprise of
It should be clear that economic progress requires
political modernization, including honest representative government and
the rule of law.
And it should be clear that no society can advance
with only half of its talent and energy -- and that demands the full
participation of women.
Freedom has determined enemies, who show no mercy for the innocent, and
no respect for the rules
. . . when the
regime of fear is broken, and the people find their courage and find
their voice, democracy is their goal, and tyrants, themselves, have
reason to fear.
The trumpet of freedom has been sounded, and that trumpet never calls
GENERATIONS HENCE MAY SAY WE LIVE NOW IN THE AGE WHEN IRONY DIED. The words above were spoken by President of the United States George W. Bush yesterday March 8, 2005.
"Press passes cannot be that hard to come by if the White House allows
that old Arab Helen Thomas to sit within yards of the president."
Tell it like it really is, James.
"Arabs of course are
fair game on talk radio and the trash punditry, of which Ann Coulter is
stringbean queen. Presumably Helen Thomas's very ancestry, about which
I know nothing, makes her an incipient terrorist threat, though
presumably commando call boy Jeff Gannon would have been coiled to
pounce into action if the octegenarian made any sudden violent moves.
Coulter's typically crass wisecrack is the cartoonish version of the
hostile profiling of Arabs and Muslims being conducted all over the
neoconservative right, as typified by Michelle Malkin's pioneer work to
excuse the Japanese internment in order to justify the preemptive
incarceration of Muslims and other suspicious elements."