Saturday, January 22, 2005

Los Angeles Times Editorial Page Goes Bonkers

I must confess that I was taken aback by President Bush's Second Inaugural. It seemed to me his goal of democracy throughout the world is so all-encompassing that it raises two questions impossible to answer: Where would the U.S. acquire the financial resources to accomplish such a goal, and how big an Army would it take?

So this was one of those rare times I was looking for an eloquent editorial that would take the President on, and raise the questions I had.

But I didn't find it in the Los Angeles Times.

The editorial operation directed by Michael Kinsley can't hit water if it falls out of a boat.

The Friday, Jan. 21 editorial, "No Country Left Behind," compared President Bush at one point to Jimmy Carter and at another point suggested his views were nearly Marxist. These are fanciful comparisons. To be fair, the comparison to Woodrow Wilson, a President who also tried to save the world, was more apt.

The summary of the editorial called Bush's speech "frightening," but finally settled in its conclusion on merely saying the next four years will be "interesting."

This is no way to write a negative editorial. Under Kinsley, the Times' editorial pages have frequently been screeching. In trying this time merely to be cute, Kinsley must have been drinking some of the more polluted waters of Puget Sound in the state where he votes..

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard President Bush's Second Inaugural speech and had a few concerns about it. None of them, however, had anything whatsoever to do with the goal of Democracy throughout the world because I did not take his intents to be all-encompassing. Democracy is not a one-time thing. It takes time, through dedication, desire, and determination. In other words, the persistence of the individual who yearns to be free. All he wants to do, especially in the Middle East region, is to put into place the basics of Democracy and let the native populations go from there. After all, the United States of America has more than two hundred years of experience in the matter, and nothing can be more noble that teaching others how to realize the great thing of all.

But, I know: If Democracy becomes a global reality and people have free will and are no longer dependent on government and they allowed to be productive, successful, and happy what will the news media have to report, given the staples of the news media are sex and death?

As to The Los Angeles Times's editorial charging President Bush is trying to save the world that is nothing but nonsense. He is attempting no such thing. In a Democratic reality it is the individual who saves the world. One step at a time.

Signed,

James C. Hess

1/22/2005 5:45 AM  
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