- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 31, 2000

As the days of campaign 2000 wind down to a precious few, some observations are clearly appropriate.

First, it is rather remarkable to watch liberal ideologues in the media and elsewhere desperately fleeing from the awful truth that George W. Bush will be the next president of the United States. In the face of a mountain of data which says otherwise, the airways are filled with declarations that “the race is a dead heat … polls are all over the place … voters have never been so undecided … it couldn't be any tighter … it's down to the wire.”

Even as the inevitability of George W. Bush's victory looms larger, those in our society least likely to believe in miracles or divine intervention, are, on this occasion, praying for them. Those prayers will not be answered, and that secular institution, sometimes known as the “mainstream” media, which has served for eight years as the voice of government, faces the dread prospect of years of angst as the voice of the loyal opposition.

It is not too soon to wonder why it is that candidate Algore chose to run on a platform which emphasizes the failures of his own administration. Why would a major political party in power for eight long years run a campaign harping and caterwauling that over 40 million Americans don't have health insurance, seniors have to make a choice between dog food and medical prescriptions, government school buildings are crumbling, children are in crowded, unsafe government classrooms with unqualified teachers, Social Security and Medicare will go bankrupt unless reformed, the military is seriously underfunded, and poor people and their children are falling further and further behind?

It makes one wonder how it is that Algore is judged the smart one. What does this approach do but reveal that Democrats resurrect stock issues such as education, Social Security and Medicare every four years, having kept them alive by blocking reforms? The assumption is that the people are too detached and too dense to catch on to the scam. But they ran the scam one time too many.

Speaking of the intelligence factor, it is now fair to say that until Bush outsmarted him in three straight debates, Algore hadn't been beaten in a face-to-face contest since that other “dumb” guy, Dan Quayle, whipped him handily in the 1992 vice-presidential debate. The lesson Algore didn't learn is this: it is not smart to set yourself up to the possibility of being humiliated by an opponent you have declared “stupid.”

Although Gore flunked out of divinity school, dropped out of law school, and had lower college grades than Bush, when comparisons are made, it is Bush who is routinely underestimated. His humility and his plain talk are viewed by the liberal elite as evidence of mental limitations when in fact they are evidence of a refreshing lack of intellectual snobbery. Underneath Bush's folksy, disarming ways is a degree at Yale University and a masters degree at Harvard. He is a qualified military fighter pilot — and you cannot fake the skills, judgment, and courage required to put a modern military jet through its paces at 600 miles per hour.

We have had the opportunity to see how the candidates think. For example, when Algore learns that many children are skinning their knees on concrete surfaces, his impulse is to develop a government solution to the problem, including mandatory knee pads for children under 12 years of age, bicycle and scooter safety training, free band-aids at school infirmaries, subsidized research on soft materials for sidewalks, and the establishment of a government agency to oversee the various “knee” programs.

This is a paradigm for what is being done to everything else in our society, our schools, our businesses, our property, and our families. Every human frailty, fear, temptation, grievance, need, and exposure is seized upon and exploited to justify government intrusions and takeovers.

And when challenged that these various programs are unconstitutional, Gore says that the Constitution is “a living document … that grows.” This is to say the Constitution has no intrinsic meaning. It means whatever the justices say it means. If left-minded justices are put on the Supreme Court, they would never deny government its nanny duty to do whatever is needed to protect its wards from themselves, from each other, from accountability, from judgment, from fate, and from skinned knees.

Fortunately for America, George W. Bush understands the folly of continuing our unconstitutional journey down a road paved with good intentions. He understands, as did our Founders, that the ultimate government “safety net” is a straitjacket.

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