Saturday, July 11, 2009

Knee-jerk opposition

This is from a speech the President made in April in France (source is Joshua Muravchik at Commentary):

We spend so much time talking about democracy—and obviously we should be promoting democracy everywhere we can. But democracy, a well-functioning society that promotes liberty and equality and fraternity, does not just depend on going to the ballot box. It also means that you’re not going to be shaken down by police because the police aren’t getting properly paid. It also means that if you want to start a business, you don’t have to pay a bribe. I mean, there are a whole host of other factors that people need . . . to recognize in building a civil society that allows a country to be successful.

This is supposedly an example, as Muravchik says, of Obama "echoing a theme first propounded long ago by Soviet propagandists and later sung in many variations by all manner of Third World dictators, Left to Right."

But if you look at the paragraph Muravchik quotes fairly, there's nothing really sinister there. There's not one word that doesn't make sense. This is simply a Glenn Beckish unfair attack on Obama, with no good argument behind it. Scaremongering. Look! The Obama administration hates democracy (and probably by extension so do all Democrats). I'm sorry, I just don't see the anti-democratic intent behind the speech.

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