The Great Pretenders of the USA
September 8, 2000
L. Hirsen, J.D., Ph.D.
contributor to Newsmax.com
Colin Powell recently gave a speech on the subject of military
preparedness. He evoked a phrase that so aptly and succinctly
describes what has been occurring in the Clinton/Gore administration
over the past several years. Many have tried to pinpoint the
administration's secret strategy but Powell has nailed it right
on the head.
General Powell spoke of those current White House reps who
pretend that our military readiness is fine, even the "best
we've ever seen." He points out that the administration
wants to pretend that our aircraft operations are at an acceptable
level, that junior officers are not leaving at an alarming rate,
and that we do not have the highest attrition rate of officers
we've seen in decades.
But what the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
may or may not have realized is that with great clarity he has
summarized not only the administration's attitude toward the
military, but he has managed to identify its entire governing
approach. The Clinton administration has been engaged in a serious,
long-running game of "let's pretend."
Here's how it has worked. The Clinton/Gore administration,
in essence, has said.
- let's pretend that our schools are safe and our kids are
- let's pretend that crime is down, that guns shoot people,
and that violence on T.V. and in movies doesn't really influence
- let's pretend that national security remains a top priority,
that no nuclear missiles are pointed at the U.S., and that the
communist Chinese are our friends.
- let's pretend that a baby is not a baby before it is born.
- let's pretend that the era of big government is over, that
government is responsible for good economic times, and that people
don't mind being overtaxed.
- let's pretend that the most qualified people get cabinet
- let's pretend that volunteers get paid.
- let's pretend that people lie to their diaries, that documents
magically appear after long absences, and that memories are sharp
until questioned under oath.
- let's pretend that no one actually hires aides and no one
really fires entire offices of workers.
- let's pretend that the IRS isn't targeting enemies of the
administration and that the theft of FBI files is just a bureaucratic
- let's pretend that carrying a Bible means you're very religious
and holding hands means you believe in the sanctity of marriage.
- let's pretend that words mean whatever we want them to.
The examples are endless but the truth is that a game of pretense
can be quite dangerous. What toll has this counterfeit contest
had on our sovereignty, our moral identity, our economic stability
or our national security?
Most likely, we will not know the price we have paid until
we are faced with a bona fide crisis. One thing for certain,
the most dangerous game of all is for our nation to continue
to play let's pretend for a few more rounds and convince ourselves
we won't suffer the biggest loss of all. Freedom.
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