• Stop Bush Now

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    The
    current administration occupying the White House is perhaps the
    worst since Lyndon Baines Johnson strengthened the power of the
    bloated welfare/warfare state in the 1960s. With LBJ we got the
    worst of all possible worlds from a libertarian perspective – a quantum
    leap in social engineering that went way beyond the excesses of
    FDR's New Deal, and an extended military debacle in Vietnam that
    nearly bankrupted an already fragile economy. Bush the Younger now
    threatens to make liberal Democrats look like pikers. Spending under
    the Bush Republicans has risen to a level that makes the Clinton
    administration a very model of frugality by comparison, and President
    Bush's invasion of Iraq is more than a costly misadventure; it borders
    on criminality if it does not actually cross the line.

    Would
    Al Gore have been any worse?

    As
    a libertarian who voted for Bush in 2000, I'm sad to say that it
    will have to go down as the worst vote I have ever cast for any
    candidate in my lifetime. I didn't expect much from Bush the Younger,
    but I did think he would be marginally better than Gore on gun control,
    taxation, privatization of social security and health care benefits.
    I did not expect Bush to embark on a pre-emptive war of staggering
    dimensions, a war that is likely to result in the deaths of thousands
    of U.S. troops and Iraqi civilians, a war that threatens to completely
    bankrupt our weak economy and run up staggering budget deficits
    for years, if not decades, to come. It is too easy to call Bush
    an imbecile who has been manipulated down this dead-end path by
    a claque of his father's aging cronies. Bush the Younger was all
    too willing to follow the path laid down by his mentors, and he
    has proven himself to be a master manipulator of public sentiment.

    Bush's
    war against the people of Iraq is nothing less than a continuation
    of the imperialistic, colonialistic policies that have characterized
    European countries over the centuries, and U.S. foreign policy since
    the age of Teddy Roosevelt. The danger for the world at large is
    greater now than ever before because the weapons in use today are
    the most devastating in history. It is not surprising that the war-mongering
    conservatives at National Review and the Weekly Standard are the
    primary architects of Bush's march to war; they have long dreamed
    of turning the globe into a Judeo-Christian empire as a prelude
    to their visions of Armegeddon. What is surprising, however, is
    the number of libertarians who have jumped on the Bush war wagon
    on the grounds that Saddam is evil, he hates us and will eventually
    attack us, so let's get rid of him and his cronies first. I'm old
    enough to remember the war mongers of the 1960s who believed that
    we should launch a pre-emptive strike on Red China before it developed
    its own nuclear capabilities, since it was only a matter of time
    before it launched a few missiles in our direction. Fortunately,
    we did not strike China then, and we seem to experiencing some sort
    of uneasy alliance with that nation now as it makes an effort to
    free up its own society from totalitarian control.

    Nothing
    changes that much over time. These are the same arguments we have
    always heard, updated for current events. The war against Iraq is
    unconscionable, unless we can establish a link between Saddam and
    the tragedy of September 11, 2001, something the government has
    not been able to do. Meanwhile, the dream of a low-tax, limited-government
    society, which conservatives used to talk about as well as libertarians,
    is fading further into the distance. The U.S. republic is quickly
    going the way of Republican Rome, and the age of the U.S. Caesars
    is fast upon us. Thirty years from now, Bush the Younger may well
    be remembered as the first in a long line of American Regents, who
    used the trappings of a democratic republic to pave the way for
    a quasi-dictatorial, theocratic police state.

    Unless
    he can be stopped soon! The damage he can accomplish in eight years
    in office may be irreversible.

    March
    27, 2003

    Jerome
    Tuccille [send him
    mail]
    is the author of 21 books, including Alan
    Shrugged
    , It
    Usually Begins With Ayn Rand
    , It
    Still Begins With Ayn Rand
    , biographies of Donald
    Trump
    , Rupert
    Murdoch
    , and the Hunts
    of Texas
    , and several novels.


         

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