words are from President Bush's address to the nation, March
17, 2003. The expanded remarks are the author's.)
it is my
grave duty to inform you that here in the homeland, we find
ourselves in a state of war. The enemies of prosperity, meritocracy,
and freedom have infested our hallowed American institutions
of commerce and government. But there is hope. Armed with the
mighty wartime budget ax, I vow to sever the burden of entitlement
that troubles our nation. In this endeavor you are either with
us or against us. There is no middle ground.
the decades of deceit and cruelty have now reached an end.
Be it the
War on Poverty or the War on Drugs, history has proven that
when we give in to the race-baiters who whine about fairness,
our resolve to prosper and achieve greatness is weakened. We
must no longer spare the rod on the poor and the racial minorities.
In response to this renewed spirit of real equality, our allies
in 26 states have agreed to rebuild our real priority for homeland
security by cutting Medicaid, K-12 and higher education, transportation
services, aid to local governments, and health and human services.
Let's give them bootstraps, not bus passes.
of peace requires all free nations to recognize new and undeniable
It is a
harsh but true reality that every man is not meant to have a
slice of the American pie. Some are destined to clean the plate.
The very existence of affirmative action, desegregation and
Title IX gender access policies rejects the natural order of
humanity. Only through the elevation of hardworking representatives
such as Clarence Thomas, Miguel Estrada, and Viet Dinh can we
restore the colorblind vision of justice that has built this
a peaceful people --- yet we're not a fragile people, and we
will not be intimidated by thugs and killers.
I will bring
to bear the full force of my office to ensure that no harm comes
to any real American citizen. In order to ensure the safety
and security of true Americans, we must detain and deport the
criminal elements that plague our nation. Rest assured the Department
of Justice will hunt down, capture and punish these African,
Latino, East Indian, Asian, and Arab evildoers. Only then will
day of liberation is near.
soon be free of the incessant cries for "racial equality"
and "economic justice." Finally, we will be free to
earn all that the market yields, irrespective of labor concerns.
Free to remove the accent of foreign tongues that offends our
ears. Free to pursue our vision of economic prosperity by overpowering
the misguided rule of other nations. Free to secure the blessings
of liberty and prosperity for those embodied with the preordained
rights of might and wealth. But liberation demands leadership.
The war begins at home.
night, and may God continue to bless America.
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