Thursday, October 07, 2004
Hindsight and Foresight
"Earlier in this century, George W. Bush's Presidency was on the road to being a weak reiteration of the Reagan years. He had taken some steps toward reapplying Reaganomics, but had succumbed to the desire to work with the opposition in creating more socialistic programs. Under his watch, the Federal government increased Medicare spending to provide prescription drug benefits to the elderly, and Bush pushed the Congress to increase education spending. In the latter, he teamed with Senator Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts in an attempt to heal some of the wounds remaining from the contentious 2000 election.
On September 11, 2001, Bush's focus changed dramatically with the attack by nineteen Islamic terrorists which destroyed New York City's twin World Trade Center towers and the southern face of the Pentagon in Washington, D.C."
So begins an interesting look at history as it may be viewed. BunkerMulligan's piece, "History," is a not so farfetched look into how the future may be look back at our times.
Bunker is not attempting to prognosticate events to come. He is rather cleverly removing the gauze from in front of the lens as events are unfolding now.
There are certain empirical truths that defy time-- and Bunker makes that clear. Irrespective of how the political landscapes and minefields unfold, he is pointing out that the path chosen by the President has been clearly chosen, with a thoughtful and moral rationale. This President has staked out his positions on both the domestic and foreign policy fronts with equal clarity. As Bunker points out, President Bush has not and will not in the future, consider his legacy as a motivating factor in his decision making.
Bunker clearly illustrates the realities of what we are looking at, irrespective of how they are played out.
We may choose to view issues in a certain way, but in the end, it is the 'facts on the ground' that determine the truth. Bunker has provided an unobstructed view of those facts.
As the election draws closer, it is important to remember that our voices will decide the history and future of this nation. Who we select as our leader will be a reflection of the moral conscience and character of the American people.
Read BunkerMulligans piece here- and think about it.