by Wayne Lutz
what one might be led to believe from listening to the hyperbole
spewing from the media in the immediate aftermath of the presidential
election, the nation does not need "healing".
liberals have suffered a tremendous loss. This is the first
time since Eisenhower that the democrats have not held the
House, the Senate or the White House. They are understandably
perplexed - liberals are, after all, ordained to hold power.
They simply don't lose, so when they do, "healing"
must be required.
it is, apparently, the sole responsibility of our President-elect
to bring about this healing.
was elected by approximately 48 percent of the voters. Vice-President
Gore also received about 48 percent of the vote. As a result,
we see much wailing, gnashing of teeth and rending of garments
over the "deep divisions" in our country. We read
that Bush has no mandate, that he must not attempt to proceed
with the agenda on which he campaigned. Rather, he must reach
across the isle and build consensus. He must reach out to
Democrats; he must "govern from the middle".
1992, Clinton received about 43 percent of the vote. Fewer
people voted for him than voted for Bush in 2000. And yet,
there was no talk of mandates, or need to heal a country in
which the majority of voters voted against him. There were
no entreaties to Clinton to reach out to Republicans or to
abandon his agenda. To the contrary, one of his first acts
as president was an attempt to nationalize one seventh of
today's newspaper, close your eyes and bring a finger down
at any point. Chances are you will see the same refrain, the
same "demands" from the democrats and media that
Bush somehow show contrition in his win and abandon his principles.
It's there, over and over again, under different by-lines.
Here is an example, from an Associated Press report by Terrence
Hunt, who apparently knows much better than Bush what he must
and must not do. First paragraph only:
a mandate in a disputed election, George W. Bush faces the
extraordinary challenge of healing bitter partisan wounds
and erasing doubts about the legitimacy of his presidency.
His task is to prove that he is, as claimed, a uniter, not
unadulterated hooey. Note the false premises upon which these
profound statements are based:
That there exist "bitter partisan wounds". If so,
then where are the similar calls for the most vocal and partisan
democratic leaders in this performance to "heal the wounds"?
There are none. Why is it that only Bush must "heal the
wounds"? To describe a country divided by ideology as
"wounded" is the worst sort of demagoguery. This
country is all about partisanship. I am a proud partisan.
A country without partisanship is a dictatorship.
That there are "doubts" about the legitimacy of
his presidency. All of the polls show that there are no such
doubts, as much as it pains the media to take those polls.
Last count was around 60 percent of the population accept
the "legitimacy"of Bush's presidency. At the very
least, 50 percent of the public has no doubts, and in this
country that's a whopping big number.
That he is, apparently, lying about being a "uniter,
not a divider", or must prove otherwise. One need only
review his efforts in Texas and compare those to the tactics
of the Democrats; the politics of division, the pitting of
group against group in which they engaged, to see that it
is indeed a true thing.
gloomy headlines continue:
see trouble ahead for the president-elect".
must prove he can unite the country".
fact, Bush must do nothing but carry on with the agenda that
he promised during his campaign. This is exactly what the
democrats don't want.
democrats are falling all over themselves telling us that
the republicans must back off, slow down, reach out, compromise.
Not the democrats, who lost, but the republicans, who won.
In a rational world that would make no sense. However, what
the democrats want is to win back the house and senate in
2002. In order to accomplish that, Bush must fail. That's
what the democrats want, and that's what they will try to
achieve. That's why they must do everything they can to de-legitimatize
Bush, to move him to "the middle".
liberals don't want "healing". They want their power
back. We don't need healing. We need strong, decent, honorable
2003 Tocqevillian Magazine