01/30/2005: Chronic Wrongdoing
Apparently, Tom Wolfe (Author) noticed that Bush's inaugural address only "dusted off Monroe's idea and dragged it into the 20th century" about correcting what he calls "Chronic Wrongdoing." Wolfes cites, in an op-ed piece written for the NY Times, The Doctine That Never Died, this gem from Roosevelt's Dec 4, 1904 speech:
"The steady aim of this nation, as of all enlightened nations," said the Echo, "should be to strive to bring ever nearer the day when there shall prevail throughout the world the peace of justice. ...Tyrants and oppressors have many times made a wilderness and called it peace. ...The peace of tyrannous terror, the peace of craven weakness, the peace of injustice, all these should be shunned as we shun unrighteous war. ... The right of freedom and the responsibility for the exercise of that right cannot be divorced."
as proof of Bush's speech writer's were hearkening back to the earlier Monroe doctrine and, in Wolfe's words, "that the doctrine was more buff and boisterous than it has ever been..."
Karen on 01.30.05 @ 09:47 AM CST