Carter: Dark Prince of Evil?
March 28, 2002
William J. Bennett, that beloved poster boy for conservative
family values and the self-avowed moral cop for all Americans
is at it again.
He has created his very own think tank, a veritable gulag
of ideas; extolling and promoting the wholly American virutes
of freedom, liberty, equality and a whole bunch of other good
stuff that those creepy terrorists would just love to plunder.
Americans for Victory Over Terrorism. (catchy isn't it?)
Well, just visit the web-site, sit back and let the patriotism
wash over you.
The fundamental purpose of this organization is to take to
task those who "misunderstand" the nature of the war that
we are facing. Misunderstand? Who exactly is he talking about?
Me? Sometimes I don't exactly understand the nature of the
war. (I'm so in the dark, I didn't even know Congress had
Bill Bennett evokes with glee the intellectual firepower
that was so vital over the course of the forty years we spent
fighting the cold-war to bring about the demise of the Soviet
Union and the ruination of Communist ideologies - death to
pesky socialist college professors and commie sympathizers!
He has positioned himself as our intellectual Messiah, a morality
wielding savior who will indeed single handedly rescue us
all from the sin of liberal ignorance. Thank God for heroes
like Bill Bennett.
The absolute necessity for an organization such as Mr. Bennett's
is made evident as he deconstructs our current conflict. It
breaks down like this: the U.S. is essentially facing threats
on two fronts - external and internal. The external threat
is derived from those whacky fundamentalist Islamic jihaddists
who've made a hobby out of killing lots of people and usually
themselves in the process, all under the philosophical guise
of religious righteousness.
Not to be outdone, the internal threat is waging their war
within our cherished country's classrooms and newspapapers
through, "...idealogues who are attmepting to use this opportunity
to promulgate their agenda of blame America first." Mr. Bennett
goes on to warn that both threats stem from a hatred for the
American ideals of freedom and equality or at least a gross
misunderstanding of those ideals.
So, euphemisms aside, who are these people that are promulgating
their agenda of blaming America first? Well, as it turns out,
they are the ones who are questioning the priorities and motives
of our government and it's role in the conflict. Those dummies!
They must be just a bunch of junked up, flag-burning college
campus hippies. Screw them - I say, "Love it or leave it you
bastards, you don't deserve the First Amendment!" Oh wait
- what about Tom Daschle? Is he one of these idealogues who
misunderstands the nature of this war? Is he a hater of the
American ideals of freedom and equality?
Why, indeed he is! The Senate Majority Leader, who just happends
to be a decorated and well respected war veteran, doesn't
understand anything about this conflict - and in fact, by
asking about an exit strategy regarding the war on terror
he denegrates our national resolve. He is hell-bent on helping
What about Jimmy Carter, that dark prince of evil? He started
mouthing off at some lame humanitarian lucheon blurting out
that the slogan "Axis of Evil" was oversimplified and counter-productive
because citizens of those countries tend to feel insulted
and then they hate us even more. Bill Bennett's AVOT "took
him to task" and rightfully named him public enemy #1. What
does Jimmy Carter know anyway? That dope took the million-dollar
education they gave him at the Naval Academy in Annapolis
and now he builds houses for poor people. Loooser!
In all seriousness folks, Mr. Bennett equates anyone who
pokes their nose where it doesn't belong when it comes to
the important decisions this government is making - all with
your homeland security in mind - is in fact aiding and abedding
the terrorists. His philosophy implies that, if you don't
goose-step along in perfect synchronization with the jingoistic
leaders in this administration, if you dare to upset the apple-cart
of public support George Bush is riding in, you might as well
just start handing out grenades at the airport, because you,
my friend, are helping the terrorists. It gives new meaning
to the catch phrase: "You're either with us or you're against
In truth, it is Bill Bennet himself who needs a lesson in
American democratic ideals. Our nation was constructed with
public dissent in mind. Blind allegiance to government, no
matter how much propaganda Mr. Bennett spreads in its favor,
is inherently anti-American. Freedom of speech and expression
is not just one of our Constitutional Amendments, it's the
very first one.
It is our Constitutionally guaranteed right - our duty in
fact - to ask any damn question we want to about our government's
role in virtually anything. As proven by this administration's
particular expertise at being secretive, they may not answer
us, but that's another Oprah show. (Do we really need to know
the central intelligence details of what happened on Sept
11th? No, of course not - thanks a bunch, Senator Lott.)
Let me be clear, Bill Bennett can not advertise all of the
great freedoms and liberties that Americans enjoy as a model
for foreign governments while marginalizing those very rights
and privileges at home. In doing so he creates his own personal
brand tyranny and hypocrisy and that is precisely what the
engineers of our Constitution were trying to avoid.
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