Nursing Home for Tired Nations

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    The Nursing Home for Tired Nations
    By Wesley Pruden, Editor-in-Chief, The Washington Times
    March 18, 2005

    George W. Bush's message to our European friends is strong and consistent: You didn't like the choice America made in November, but you have to get over it. The farmer and the cowboy should be friends, but the cowboy ain't going anywhere.

    The nomination of Paul Wolfowitz to be president of the World Bank, following the choice of John Bolton as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, is more proof that George W. is determined to govern as if he were a tough-guy Democrat. He's confident that he knows what he's doing and how to do it.

    Modern Republican presidents, governors and senators have usually governed with a wary eye cast backward, over their shoulders to see if anyone is applauding, and, if so, always eager to reassure critics that "Republicans aren't really as bad as you think we are." Ronald Reagan was entitled to his caution because he presided over a fragile moment in the American resurgence, but sometimes it was difficult to tell whether Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon and even George H.W. Bush really wanted to put the match to a revolution.

    George W., on the other hand, understands that if history hangs him for stealing a goat, he might as well take a sheep. Backlash from Democrats, timid Republicans and frightened Europeans does not deter him from pressing on with his campaign to export democracy -- "egalité, fraternité and liberté," as a lot of dead Frenchmen called it.

    For full article:
    http://www.washingtontimes.com/national/pruden.htm
     
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    Last paragraph is just charming....
    Priceless.
     
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    What an interesting attitude. I rather like it in this scenario.
     
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    ???
     
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    I actually don't get that phrase either.
     
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    This reminds me of a Pink Floyd song....

    "The Fletcher Memorial Home"
    Some of the lyrics.


    Take all your overgrown infants away, somewhere,
    And build them a home, a little place of their own.
    The Fletcher Memorial Home for Incurable Tyrants and Kings
    And they can appear to themselves everyday
    On closed circuit T.V. to make sure they're still real
    It's the only connection they feel...
     
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    Well, there's some kind of translation error with the text, but it's "Equality, Fraternity, Liberty" which was one of the more popular slogans of the French Revolution and was written into the constitution.
     
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    There is quite a difference in the way Bush JR governs than the way Bush SR did. Very much like the the article suggests. Bush Jr is more of a visionary and Bush Sr was more of a statesman, caring more what others thought and allowing that to influence his agenda.
     
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    Good insight into the two Bush presidencies, Bonnie.
     

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