Vindication of George W Bush, and perhaps John Adams?

By jreighley - Last updated: Wednesday, February 16, 2011 - Save & Share - One Comment

Quite an interesting piece in Der Speigel.  George W. Bush’s Liberal Legacy

Painful as it may be to admit, it was the despised former US President George W. Bush who believed in the democratization of the Muslim world and incurred the scorn and mockery of the Left for his conviction.

Everyone was sure — without knowing any Muslims — that the Western model of democracy could not be applied in a backward society like Iraq. Everyone knew that the neo-conservative belief in the universal desire for freedom and progress was naïve nonsense.

It is becoming quickly evident that Bush was at least half right.  What we are seeing now is beginning to  look like the domino chain that we saw in the late 80’s when the eastern block fell.

I would argue that the critical oversight in the Neocon vision was not it’s optimism for the prospects of democracy in the middle east, but an overestimation of  the virtue of democracy in the first place.

As John Adams said “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

Democracy, without a healthy and deeply entrenched respect for human life and human rights is nothing more than mob rule.   We now see the media cheering the victory of mobs of thugs over tyrants.  We see those same mobs beating and raping reporters in the streets.  It does seem like a pretty hollow victory compared to the dancing on the streets of Berlin we saw some 20 years ago or so.

John Adams again  “That the desires of the majority of the people are often for injustice and inhumanity against the minority, is demonstrated by every page of the history of the whole world”

Democracy only a tool.   True freedom comes from a moral foundation, not a political structure. This world needs a moral revival before any political revival will ever deliver any real liberty.  We can topple one tyrant only to deliver people into the hands of another tyrant.   Not all tyrants are men name Hussein, Mubarak, Castro, or Stalin.  Many of them are liberties themselves  –  addictions, lusts, intelligence, wealth, status, or fame.   We can be enslaved to whatever dream we have been delivered over to.

So moving from a tyrant who worked hard to preserve peace and stability to a new democratic tyranny bent on driving their neighbors into the sea, may not be as liberating as it seems.  Chances are good that minorities are going to be hurt no matter who is in charge, and what kind of label you put on the government.

Oddly,  the people who are the most free are actually the ones who are enslaved to the most just master.

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  • Matt Harmless

    Great article.