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Memo to Eugene Robinson: 1933 was not 1941

Thursday, January 26, 2006  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

In today’s Washington Post, Eugene Robinson writes:

Once upon a time we had a great wartime president who told Americans they had nothing to fear but fear itself. Now we have George W. Bush, who uses fear as a tool of executive power and as a political weapon against his opponents.

Franklin D. Roosevelt tried his best to allay his nation’s fears in the midst of an epic struggle against fascism.

Does it matter at all that FDR said, “The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself,” in 1933, not in 1941 as Robinson so clearly believes?

Does it matter that Jonathan Alter hasn’t read key cases, and doesn’t know the origin of the quotes he throws out as dispositive?

“Facts are stubborn things.”
That’s John Adams speaking. The Left doesn’t care about facts. Facts are inconvenient to them, especially in matters of national security and politics.

Kerry/Pelosi/Murtha/Clinton/Reid/Moore/Dean –they’d rather imagine a world in which al Qaeda didn’t exist, and Iran didn’t want nukes. They’d rather imagine a North Korea that wasn’t a treaty-breaker in 1995, than a North Korea in 1995 hell-bent on making nukes-for-sale.

They’d rather imagine a “greatest danger” in the person of George Bush than in the persons of even 1% of the Muslims on the globe who are intent on the destruction of the West.

That’s why the voters have to defeat the Dems in November. The Democrats aren’t serious. They aren’t candid. They aren’t even familiar with the basic facts.

And facts are very stubborn things.

And the country, as a consequence, shouldn’t care about the Left.

And most certainly shouldn’t vote for it or its candidates.

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