Alive and Kicking

With a hectic schedule all but banishing me from the blogosphere for over a week (and let’s face it a week is an eternity in blogland), I have been anxious to get back into the political loop. As it turns out I have missed very little…

The Bush Administration continues to attract scandals. Not necessarily genuine scandals, I might add. Rather, stormy scandals that have been concocted out of a small teacup. Unfortunately, they have been blown out of all proportion by the Democrats and the mainstream media. I am referring to the firing of the 8 US attorneys. Any US President is entitled to do this and it is generally accepted that such moves might be made for political reasons. Once again, however, Team Bush has underestimated the potential controversy in an issue that is left undefended (Wake up America succinctly covers this point) and allowed the Democrats to dominate the issue in the MSM. Alberto Gonzales, the Attorney General, gave a very wishy-washy performance as the story broke and gave rise to suspicions of wrong-doing owing to his changing view of the facts.

The Bush Administration continues to make this mistake with the war on terror, too, and, more specifically, the war in Iraq. There have been far too many interviews with members of the Bush Administration (like Rumsfeld) where the person has been questioned as to why the Bush message is not being communicated in the MSM. Their response has generally been an airy-fairy one at best, along the lines of “we cannot make the media show what we want them to… (the successes in Iraq, for example).” Rumsfeld’s main fault, in my opinion, was his failure to communicate clearly his intentions, the successes of the troops and a solid defence of the war on terror in the MSM – he might argue that he should not need to defend the decision to go to war or to criticise the media for ignoring the daily triumphs of the Coalition forces. In bygone days, this view might have been fine but in today’s world of highspeed media communications, his lack of response to the anti-Bush (anti-American) propaganda in the MSM only served to create more of a void which the leftists then swarmed to fill.

The Bush Administration seems to be willing to hand over control of almost every breaking news story to the Democrats/anti-Bush brigade. It is not simply a matter of media bias, although that is undeniable. It is also a matter of failing to grasp the notion that there is a constant need for the Administration to make its case on the issues at all times.

The war on terror is the prime example of this. Many members of the public seem to have forgotten 9/11, or, at least, the implications of that attack have slipped to the back of their minds. Bush was back on message this week as the fourth anniversary of the start of current military action in Iraq was noted. This is a prime example of the need to remind Americans (the growing number who want to retreat and wait until the next attack) and the rest of the world what we (the Coalition) are fighting for.

Freedom, freedom of speech, freedom from oppression, freedom to live in peace and without fear. Failure to win the war on terror (and surrendering in Iraq, as many Democrats seem to want) will lead to the free countries around the world losing the freedom we cherish so highly. The message from Bush on the war on terror has to be a repetitive drumbeat. If the public continues to fall into the trap of thinking there is no threat, we are lost (unless, of course, our politicians have the backbone to ignore public opinion and make the decisions that will safeguard our way of life).

One man who does have the backbone for that fight is John McCain. Once again, Fox News continues to run articles suggesting his campaign is in trouble. Although, at last, they add the caveat that it is still very early on in the campaign. Given that the main source of information in this text seems to have been James Carville (who so skilfully advised John Kerry towards the end of his campaign in 2004), this opinion piece, once again, highlights the Fox effort to besmirch McCain’s good name.

McCain is far from dead in the water. Fox will have to back one of the moderate Republican candidates eventually – whether it’s going to be McCain or Giuliani is not as clear as the opinon polls seem to suggest. The McCain campaign is alive and well and may yet force the Fox pundits to eat their words.

One high point of the week I caught in the news was the talk of Senator Joe Lieberman potentially switching to the Republican Party. The Democrats certainly do not deserve him. Surely Lieberman has a role to play in a future McCain Administration, even if, unfortunately, the old dream-team of Lieberman as McCain’s VP would literally be too old a package now to consider seriously. Or would it?

Overall, somewhat of a ramble.

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One Response to “Alive and Kicking”

  1. mpinkeyes Says:

    Very well put. I think the biggest issue the Bush administration has had is the communication issue. He hasn’t been out there defending himself from the constant attacks from the left, and they have taken their toll. Hopefully the Republican can recover from this in time for the next elections.

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