Sunday, November 21, 2004

A Letter from Herbert Meyer

I kind of like this guy...

Letter from Herbert E. Meyer

Hi. Are you nuts?

Forgive me for being so blunt, but your reaction to our reelection of President Bush has been so outrageous that I'm wondering if you have quite literally lost your minds. One of Britain's largest newspapers ran a headline asking "How Can 59 Million Americans Be So Dumb?", and commentators in France all seemed to use the same word ­ bizarre -- to explain the election's outcome to their readers. In Germany the editors of Die Tageszeitung responded to our vote by writing that ³"ush belongs at a war tribunal ­ not in the White House." And on a London radio talk show last week one Jeremy Hardy described our President and those of us who voted for him as "stupid, crazy, ignorant, bellicose Christian fundamentalists." Of course, you are entitled to whatever views about us that you care to hold. (And lucky for you we Americans aren't like so many of the Muslims on your own continent; as the late Dutch film maker Theo van Gogh just discovered, make one nasty crack about them and you¹re likely to get six bullets pumped into your head and a knife plunged into your chest.)

But before you write us off as just a bunch of sweaty, hairy-chested, Bible-thumping morons who are more likely to break their fast by dipping a Krispy Kreme into a diet cola than a biscotti into an espresso and who inexplicably have won more Nobel prizes than all other countries combined, host 25 or 30 of the world's finest universities and five or six of the world's best symphonies, produce wines that win prizes at your own tasting competitions, have built the world's most vibrant economy, are the world's only military superpower and, so to speak in our spare time, have landed on the moon and sent our robots to Mars ­ may I suggest you stop frothing at the mouth long enough to consider just what are these ideas we hold that you find so silly and repugnant?

We believe that church and state should be separate, but that religion should remain at the center of life. We are a Judeo-Christian culture, which means we consider those ten things on a tablet to be commandments, not suggestions. We believe that individuals are more important than groups, that families are more important than governments, that children should be raised by their parents rather than by the State, and that marriage should take place only between a man and a woman. We believe that rights must be balanced by responsibilities, that personal freedom is a privilege we must be careful not to abuse, and that the rule of law cannot be set aside when it becomes inconvenient. We believe in economic liberty, and in the right of purposeful and industrious entrepreneurs to run their businesses ­ and thus create jobs ­ with a minimum of government interference. We recognize that other people see things differently, and we are tolerant of their views. But we believe that our country is worth defending, and if anyone decides that killing us is an okay thing to do we will go after them with everything we've got. If these beliefs seem strange to you, they shouldn't. For these are precisely the beliefs that powered Western Europe ­ you -- from the Middle Ages into the Renaissance, on to the Enlightenment, and forward into the modern world. They are the beliefs that made Europe itself the glory of Western civilization and ­ not coincidentally ­ ignited the greatest outpouring of art, literature, music and scientific discovery the world has ever known including Michaelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Shakespeare, Bach, Issac Newton and Descartes.

Europe is Dying

It is your abandonment of these beliefs that has created the gap between Europe and the United States. You have ceased to be a Judeo-Christian culture, and have become instead a secular culture. And a secular culture quickly goes from being "un-religious" to anti-religious. Indeed, your hostility to the basic concepts of Judaism and Christianity has literally been written into your new European Union constitution, despite the Pope's heroic efforts to the contrary. Your rate of marriage is at an all-time low, and the number of abortions in Europe is at an all-time high. Indeed, your birth rates are so far below replacement levels that in 30 years or so there will be 70 million fewer Europeans alive than are alive today. Europe is literally dying. And of the children you do manage to produce, all too few will be raised in stable, two-parent households. Your economy is stagnant because your government regulators make it just about impossible for your entrepreneurs to succeed,­ except by fleeing to the United States, where we welcome them and celebrate their success. And your armed forces are a joke. With the notable exception of Great Britain, you no longer have the military strength to defend yourselves. Alas, you no longer have the will to defend yourselves. What worries me even more than all this is your willful blindness. You refuse to see that it is you, not we Americans, who have abandoned Western Civilization. It's worrisome because, to tell you the truth, we need each other. Western Civilization today is under siege, from radical Islam on the outside and from our own selfish hedonism within. It's going to take all of our effort, our talent, our creativity and, above all, our will to pull through. So take a good, hard look at yourselves and see what your own future will be if you don't change course. And please, stop sneering at America long enough to understand it. After all, Western Civilization was your gift to us, and you ought to be proud of what we Americans have made of it.

Herbert E. Meyer served during the Reagan Administration as Special Assistant to the Director of Central Intelligence and Vice Chairman of the CIA's National Intelligence Council.

2 Comments:

Blogger this we'll defend said...

This is why so many intelligent people are upset about the election of the redneck-in-chief. THis is a list of what the Bush team claims they are FOR, suggesting that the Kerry crowd is AGAINST:

We believe that church and state should be separate, but that religion should remain at the center of life.
---well, so do Democrats - but they mean it. They actually want church and state to be separate, meaning no forced school prayer, no govt funding for religious groups, and at the same time no forbidding students to pray on their own, and no govt efforts against religion - any religion. So the brave "we believe this" is true of both parties, but only one party (the Republicans) is ignorant of what the other thinks.

We are a Judeo-Christian culture, which means we consider those ten things on a tablet to be commandments, not suggestions.
---- We are a Judeo-Christian culture, and I am a Christian, but Democrats want the 10 commandments to be religious material, not govt. material. So this guy says "separation of church and state" and the very next paragraph he suggests that the election had something to do with the Ten Commandments. Well, one of those commandments is "Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness." See Swiftboat veterans for how the Republicans honor that one.

We believe that individuals are more important than groups,
---- so do Democrats of course. Who doesn't? But that doesn't mean some individuals (the very rich) should gain at the expense of others (the rest of us, the ones that don't make millions of dollars).

that families are more important than governments,
---- Again, taking a stand that nobody is against. Why not just come out in favor of "Good" and thereby suggest the opposition must be in favor of "evil." My guess is that Democrats, and hey, even Europeans, and hey, EVEN THE FRENCH put family ahead of the state.

that children should be raised by their parents rather than by the State,
---Once again, no duh. But maybe this is code for "And when the parents are too poor or are abusive or are just plain bad parents, we don't care, all we care about is tax cuts." So how about believing that children should be raised to be good citizens, not be abused, not go hungry, and get a good education? I guess Republicans don't believe in that.

and that marriage should take place only between a man and a woman.
--- Interestingly enough, the "states rights" party that believes, as this guy JUST SAID, that "individuals are more important than groups," won't let states decide for themselves about homosexual issues. Family law has always been the purview of the states, which is why the only way the federal govt can forbid states from legalizing gay marriage is through amending our Constitution. But why not believe that marriage is only between a man and a woman in the eyes of God, and leave individuals who believe differently than you alone? If a liberal state like Mass wants to legalize same-sex marriage, and a backwards-ass redneck state like TX wants to forbid it, well, why not let those states have their own way? Like the framers imagined?

We believe that rights must be balanced by responsibilities,
--- again, who doesn't? But the "responsibility" party is the one running a record deficit. THe party that 51% thinks is against responsibility balanced the budget, left a huge surplus for Bush to fritter away by giving it to the rich, and the Democrats are the ones who enacted welfare reform.

that personal freedom is a privilege we must be careful not to abuse,
--- or what, it will be taken away? What is abusive about personal freedom? Why not have your rights end where my nose begins, and vice versa? Because the right only believes in "personal freedom for those who think like us." For instance, does an American have a right to be gay, or is that abusing freedom?

and that the rule of law cannot be set aside when it becomes inconvenient.
---ignoring the decision to change the rules for Tom Delay, an obviously shady character, and ignoring the lies about WMDs, and ignoring the Medicare bill that was knowingly presented to Congress with false estimates of the cost, or no-bid contracts, or ignoring international law when invading a nation that did NOT threaten us, I am sure you do believe that. Except, of course, when that law protects atheists, or protects those foolish enough to burn our flag, or forbids a state (TX) from punishing gays for being gay (Bowers v Hardwick), or especially if it means that non-Christians can pray to their gods in school. And I suppose this guy is suggesting that Europeans don't believe in the rule of law - an obviously wrong idea.

We believe in economic liberty,
---except when it comes to farmers, who need subsidies? Or when it comes to steel tariffs? Or the exploitation of illegal immigrants?

and in the right of purposeful and industrious entrepreneurs to run their businesses ­ and thus create jobs ­ with a minimum of government interference.
---- again, both parties believe this, but we disagree where that minimum interference ends. for instance, Republicans believe in no-bid contracts, cronyism, insider trading, and the right of Kenneth Lay to enjoy "economic liberty" by stealing millions "with a minimum of govt interference."

We recognize that other people see things differently, and we are tolerant of their views.
---- except homos, non-christians, and anybody who doesn't think like us.

But we believe that our country is worth defending,
---me too. Which is why I did it. But I also think our Constitution is worth defending, but Ashcroft assaults it, and our national security is pretty damn important, but Bush harms it by invading Iraq.

and if anyone decides that killing us is an okay thing to do we will go after them with everything we've got.
----except, we really won't. we will pull resources away from hunting those who actually attacked us and focus instead on a country that never attacked us and presented little threat to us. We will then claim we are "defending" ourselves by invading, and we will convince ourselves that Iraq was part of the war on terror and had to be invaded, even though it wasn't, it didn't, and NOW it is just what opponents predicted - a super-charged recruiting tool for terrorists who can kill Americans with ease without even having to travel far.

If these beliefs seem strange to you, they shouldn't.
---they don't seem strange. What is strange is that you (and 51% of other deluded people) think that this election was about these beliefs. It wasn't. this election was about pre-emptive warfare, lying to the American people about WMDs, running up huge deficits that our grandkids will be paying off while giving huge breaks to the very rich, and actually improving national security instead of simply saying over and over again "America is safer" while it clearly is less safe.

For these are precisely the beliefs that powered Western Europe ­ you -- from the Middle Ages into the Renaissance, on to the Enlightenment, and forward into the modern world.
---Except, the Renaissance is anathema to Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, etc.

In short, this election was about whether or not the American people would buy into, as Joseph Goebbels put it, the "big lie." Whether when angered and frightened the American people would rise to the occasion, or sink to the level of those who would exploit them. Sadly, 51% of the people sank, beleiving all the while that they were casting a vote for God and Country and further empowering a man who is doing great damage to our nation and these beliefs.

9:32 PM  
Blogger redleg said...

TWD

get over yourself. The election is over. Bush won, and I believe the best man and team won. You don't. But the way to get a democrat elected next time is 1) run a candidate who actually has a chance of winning vice the laziest, shadiest democrat in Congress 2) come a little more to the center instead of slightly left of Stalinist Russia and 3) stop blaming your loss on the American public for being too stupid to vote for your guy.

You are smarter than that, I know it. A little alienated from the American public I know, but you are are smarter than this. You are, I am afraid and it hurts to say it (Ann Coulter would be proud of you), arguing like a liberal. Bush ran a better, cleaner campaign that connected with the American people. Kerry didn't even with all his media friends rooting for him. No-one who opposed the liberal democrat line was spared from a good smear and Americans still voted for Bush.

We're not all stupid or deluded or too busy going to church to know who the better guy was. Your self delusion as to why you lost this election is going to continue costing you elections until you learn it and bring the democratic party back towards the center and more in line with the electorate. Otherwise you might be the new version of the Whigs. We need a good opposite side of the system to protect the Republican side from excesses. You've had it too good for too long.

Congrats on passing the bar. Though I am afraid that California does not need any more left leaning lawyers, it is certainly an accomplishment. Maybe you can work for Gov Arnold?

5:18 AM  

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