Posted by The Real Don Johnson on Thursday, February 26, 2009 10:56:26 PM
Partisanship is as old as this nation, and as long as people live in a free society, there will always be partisanship. No matter what the current batch of political candidates tell us.
The good news is that partisanship is fundamentally a good thing, and an attribute that a free society should value and guard. The alternative can easily result in the trampling of liberty. I realize and acknowledge that this position of mine is not iron clad, and there are many instances where we should seek a bi-partisan consensus for the good of society. I would like to offer a suggestion for a bi-partisan speech and action by our new president that would go a lone way in healing our country.
The setting is the White House Oval Office of the President, with a close in shot of the President:
“My fellow Americans, I would like you to join me in a truly historic celebration honoring a fellow American citizen with the nations highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom”
The camera widens to include the recipient, and guests.
“Ladies and Gentlemen, may I present to you my choice for this honor, the former President of the United States, the Honorable George W. Bush.
In reviewing the record of this great American, I can point with gratitude to a record of splendid achievement as follows:
· His steadfast and courageous leadership in the “War against Terror”, which has resulted in victories around the world against Islamic militants that have terrorized innocent nations and people around the world.
· His leadership in heading off economic disaster in the wake of the attacks of 9/11/2001.
· His leadership in cutting taxes across the board, which helped the nation recover from the recession of 2000-2001. This tax cut also helped to head off a deeper economic down turn from the 9/11 attacks. These tax cuts allowed the economy to flourish through the majority of his term of office.
· The dramatic although under reported turn around of a former adversary nation and dictator in the person of Moammar Kadafi. Mr. Kadafi abandoned his terrorist stance, as well as his Weapons of Mass Destruction programs.
· The liberation of the Afghanistan people from the tyranny of the Taliban, as well as avenging the attacks of 9/11 by way of the defeat of Al-Qaeda in their Afghanistan safe havens and training camps.
· When the best intelligence indicated that Saddam Hussein was a gathering threat that most probably had weapons of mass destruction, and may have been close to the production of nuclear weapons, President Bush made the hard but necessary choice of preemption. Had he not done so, and the intelligence proved correct, then it is difficult to ponder the likely catastrophic consequences to the region, and the rest of the world.
· This preemption brought down one of the worlds most ruthless and dangerous dictatorships, and in it’s place left a freely elected republic for the first time in the mid east region, not withstanding the democratic Israel. This new nation is, at the present time, an example to the rest of the region, and to the world, and is an American Ally.
· It is my job, and the foreign policy focus of my administration to recognize and solidify these remarkable gains, and to build on them for present and future peace and stability for that fragile region. We have much hard work remaining, and we must be united as a nation during the struggles ahead.
· All through this difficult war, President Bush has shown great political courage. His ratings were very low, but his vision was high, and his goal was worthy, achievable and right. In the process he liberated tens of millions of people. He was opposed domestically at every turn by a congress and press that was unrelenting in the viciousness of it’s attacks. Regretfully, I was one of those, and I can only ask forgiveness from this very gracious man.
Fellow Americans, join me in celebration as I bestow this great honor on President George W. Bush.
Thank You, and may God bless the United States of America.
The camera pans across the room to the guests which include the former First Lady, President and Mrs. George H.W. Bush, as well as former Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife
Don Johnson 2/15/2009