August 14, 2004

like a sunrise...

There's a new Bush ad, Victory. Do take a look. The words:

"In 1972, there were 40 democracies in the world. Today: 120. Freedom is spreading throughout the world like a sunrise. And this Olympics? There will be two more free nations (Afghanistan and Iraq) and two fewer terrorist regimes. With strength, resolve, and courage, democracy will triumph over terror, and hope will defeat hatred." (thanks to Dean)
Jeez, how negative can those nasty Republicans get?

But really, think about those numbers. The world has changed. Anyone who predicted those numbers when I was young would have been considered crazy. Democracy is now normal for countries over a certain per-capita income, maybe around $3—4,000. Countries in that area will be pulled towards democracy, pulled by the powerful examples of success among free nations that are now seen all around the world. And pulled also towards free enterprise and capitalism, likewise because of success stories seen all around us.

One thing this means is that if you want to say that country X can't possibly become free and prosperous, the burden of proof is on you! In particular, the "progressives" who sneer that projects like Iraq or Afghanistan are hopeless, who flippantly dismiss them with a wave of the hand, are not being intellectually honest. That is not a defensible position, unless you provide evidence and logical reasons.

Actually, in one sense it IS a negative ad. It shines a pitiless light on Kerry and his reactionary party. They won't admit it publicly, but their reaction to this is going to be a sneer.

Posted by John Weidner at August 14, 2004 8:25 PM
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