Sunday, January 28, 2007

How John Kerry Is Right

John Kerry’s latest:

"When we walk away from global warming, Kyoto, when we are irresponsibly slow in moving toward AIDS in Africa, when we don’t advance and live up to our own rhetoric and standards, we set a terrible message of duplicity and hypocrisy,” Kerry said.

“So we have a crisis of confidence in the Middle East — in the world, really. I’ve never seen our country as isolated, as much as a sort of international pariah for a number of reasons as it is today.”…

Kerry is arguing that because America has not enchained our economy as the environmentalists would like and has not massively increased our self-sacrifice for the rest of the world, we are hated by the world. The implication is that our foreign policy problems are caused by our lack of altruism.

Republicans might respond that Kerry is just part of the blame America crowd. Let me shock my readers by suggesting that Kerry is right in one respect. The “rhetoric and standards” of the Bush administration are compassionate conservatism. Bush does embraces the idea that America should sacrifice altruistically for the rest of the world. As the President just announced in his State of the Union speech,
To whom much is given, much is required. We hear the call to take on the challenges of hunger, and poverty, and disease — and that is precisely what America is doing.
As long as the American government accepts the morality of the Democrats, then America is hypocritical to the extent that we don’t commit suicide. If we had a president who offered different rhetoric and standards – one who rejected altruism and forthrightly stated that America has a right to exist without sacrificing for the rest of the world – then Kerry could wallow in his loathing of America and capitalism all he wanted, but he could not call us hypocritical.

Bush and the Republicans will never appease the blame America crowd by debasing America before the world and accepting the premise that we have a duty to help other nations. The Democrats will always find their efforts lacking in sacrifice and the Republicans will always be helpless before their arguments from morality. The Republicans help give moral legitimacy to those who would destroy America.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...


I don't know if you follow the NFL, but the United Way had a commercial that captured the essence of altruism perfectly. Roy Williams (Superstar Safety for the Cowboys) is pushing kids on a swing. He pushes one, then moves over to another swing and pushes another one. Well after he has done this for about 5 or 6 kids, he looks and sees and infinite number of kids on swings gooing in all directions. He could push for ages and never even make a dent. The last scene shows Roy shaking his head and saying we got alot of work to do.

This whole episode struck me as the essence of altruism. There will allways be people with unfulfilled needs. People with ambition are supposed to sacrifice their lives for those that can never fully be helped. Its a recope for disaster and terrible resenttment. And yet this is held out as the ideal. What a fucked ethics we are being supjected to. Sometimes I just want to take on every altruistic crusade myself to show them one man can conquer altruism single handedly and with proper spelling. And in the end, I will have achieved the status of great altruism basher. People woulk know fear of the basher. How cool.

Anyway I love your blog Myrhaf. I wish I lieved closer to you because I think you and I would find each oher cool.

I'll catch up with you again my friend. and hopelfully I will be a little bit more sober. Which helps.

May Gault look over you and keep you safe.