And Now We Scale To New Heights of Ridiculousness

“President Bush has articulated his policy vision more consistently and more eloquently than any President since Lincoln.” — John Hinderaker, Power Line, Nov. 30, 2005


Sandy Smith

December 3, 2005
9:04 pm

Hmmmm, eloquent, eh?
“Before our mission in Iraq is accomplished, there will be tough days ahead. A time of war is a time of sacrifice, and we’ve lost some very fine men and women in this war on terror.” – George W. Bush
“It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” – Abraham Lincoln, dashed off on the back of an envelope on the train from DC to Gettysburg, PA.
OK, let’s see what’s come between those two:
“There were thousands of such soldiers to whom nazism meant no more than a brutal end to a short life. We do not believe in collective guilt. Only God can look into the human heart, and all these men have now met their supreme judge, and they have been judged by Him as we shall all be judged.” – Ronald Reagan
“No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory.” – Franklin Roosevelt
“We dare not forget today that we are the heirs of that first revolution. Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans–born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage–and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this Nation has always been committed, and to which we are committed today at home and around the world.” – John F. Kennedy
I mean, seriously, whatever their opinion of the two Democrats I mention, these so-called conservatives ought to remember that Reagan at his worst was better than Bush at his best.

Jason Lefkowitz

December 3, 2005
11:42 pm

Yup. And you could pick many others too:
“The world must be made safe for democracy. Its peace must be planted upon the tested foundations of political liberty. We have no selfish ends to serve. We desire no conquest, no dominion. We seek no indemnities for ourselves, no material compensation for the sacrifices we shall freely make.” — Woodrow Wilson
“I believe that our Great Maker is preparing the world, in His own good time, to become one nation, speaking one language, and when armies and navies will be no longer required.” — Ulysses S. Grant
“We will not leave the destiny of the loyal millions the islands to the disloyal thousands who are in rebellion against the United States. Order under civil institutions will come as soon as those who now break the peace shall keep it. Force will not be needed or used when those who make war against us shall make it no more.” — William McKinley, remarking in his second inaugural on the insurgency in the Phillippines
“We are caught in war, wanting peace. We are torn by division, wanting unity. We see around us empty lives, wanting fulfillment. We see tasks that need doing, waiting for hands to do them. To a crisis of the spirit, we need an answer of the spirit.” — Richard M. Nixon
Whatever Hinderaker is smoking, I want some.

Sandy Smith

December 4, 2005
11:41 pm

“Whatever Hinderaker is smoking, I want some.”
Hmmm…you may have found the clinching argument against drug use.