The Politically Incorrect Show - 15/09/1999
Music - Die Fledermaus
Good afternoon, Kaya Oraaa & welcome to the Politically Incorrect Show on the free speech network, Radio Pacific, for Wednesday September 15, proudly sponsored by Tuariki Tobacco Ltd, the show that says bugger the politicians & bureaucrats & all the other bossyboot busybodies who try to run our lives with our money; that stands tall for free enterprise, achievement, profit, & excellence, against the state-worshippers in our midst; that stands above all for the most sacred thing in the universe, the liberty of the human individual.
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So we've had our first visit from an American President since Lyndon Johnson more than 30 years ago. Johnson the socialist who conscripted the youth of his nation to Vietnam in the name of fighting communism; Johnson the socialist who declared War on Poverty. He lost both wars. The big loser was freedom. Johnson set the scene for an unprecedented expansion of government in America that not even Ronald Reagan, for all his small government rhetoric, was able to reverse. Bill Clinton has declared the era of Big Government to be over, but the federal assault on Amendments 1, 2, 4, 5, & 13 to the Constitution proceeds apace. Mr Clinton is pledged to uphold this Constitution, but he doesn't even know what's in it. On one occasion he quoted Lincoln's Gettysburg address and attributed THAT to the Constitution.
I couldn't help thinking how different it might be. Wouldn't it be wonderful to be hosting a President true to the principles of the Founding Fathers; who kept government out of people's affairs at home didn't bomb the bejesus out of other countries abroad that weren't threatening his; who nonetheless kept his country strong in readiness against aggressive tyranny; who preached the gospel of liberty on our soil, as opposed to the stale, dank, empty bromides of our spin-doctored politicians from whose lips the word "liberty" never issues; whose eyes and heart were aflame with a vehement, proud reverence for "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness"; who represented an America in which, in the words of my esteemed friend from Sul Ross University in Texas, Larry Sechrest, "eccentricity is no longer grounds for incarceration, private vices are no longer mistaken for public crimes, you can work where you want, hire & fire whom you want, read what you want, believe what you want, and buy or sell what you want, an America to which pride has returned, where the self-made man is once again a possibility & a reality, where in every heart burns a fierce light that banishes the shadow of tyranny and blinds the eye of the oppressor"? Now wouldn't THAT be a President worth welcoming?!
The world has changed so much since the dizzying days of the founding of the American republic. Back then men were imbued with limitless optimism, confident in the power of reason, alive with the conviction that progress was unstoppable. Many of them professed religion but eschewed religion's misery and embraced happiness as something to be pursued & enjoyed here on this earth now. From all over the globe people flocked - not for handouts, but for freedom, and the chance to make it on their own. They heard the words, and they came. "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the tempest-tossed to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door."
Alas, poor America, it fell prey to the ghastly European philosophies which it had never quite shaken off, and lost its way. Confidence in the power of reason and the unstoppability of progress has given way to jaded cynicism and the overtly anti-reason, anti-progress mentality of the Green movement, to whom Mr Clinton was bowing & scraping this morning.
Ah well, so be it. I will still close my eyes and think of the man who inspired Mr Clinton's parents to select "Jefferson" as his middle name.
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