I’ve been meaning to get around to this for a while. I do not think Roger Kimball is a stupid man. I have read and enjoyed, some serious objections notwithstanding, his books Experiment’s Against Reality, and The Long March. There is probably no more intelligent conservative critic of the loony left around. (The best from the other side of the spectrum being the always-delightful Camille Paglia.) But this is profoundly stupid: on the day of Obama’s inauguration, Kimball asks us to thank our outgoing president, “one of the most unfairly abused men in American political history”, for keeping us all safe after 9/11.
The reason neither the United States nor its interests abroad has been attacked is not because Islamic radicals haven’t wanted to attack us. It is because, beginning on the afternoon of September 11, 2001, the Bush administration made it increasingly difficult to do so. The also have made sure that there are fewer and fewer terrorists around to carry out the attacks. For that I believe we all owe President Bush a deep and heartfelt thank you.
Yes, just like FDR cured the Great Depression, Reagan single-handedly destroyed the Evil Empire, LBJ cured poverty, and Kennedy and Lincoln immediately ascended to the right and left hands of God upon their martyrdom. I was moved to reflect on what I was grateful for regarding George II, writing:
I think what I am most grateful to Bush for is his thorough severing of the libertarian philosophy, in either rhetoric or practice, and the Republican party, reversing that disastrous association that began with Reagan. Bush brought a Wilsonian foreign policy, greater than LBJ levels of domestic spending, and and expansion upon Clinton’s police-state and concentration of power in the executive branch, and a general disdain for the Constitution. As a libertarian, I am supremely grateful that my principles will no longer be confused with that of the GOP.
By the way, Roger, I find that not only is sucking up to Magnanimous Papa supremely unmanly, but rather bad form for a conservative pundit, who ought to be a curmudgeonly antidote to liberal courtiers and left-wing true believers. Imagine H.L. Mencken paying such homage to Hoover!
I ought to have added: “Screw the American President, each and every one. The greatest president was William Henry Harrison, who died after 32 days in office of a cold, perhaps as a result of delivering, on a cold and wet day, the longest inaugural speech ever. Poetic justice: Sic Semper Tyrannis!”