In Bush’s speech last night, he mentioned “freedom” six times and “liberty” three times. He referred to “advancing liberty across a troubled region.” He mentioned “democracy” or “democratic” six times in relation to Iraq. My question is, in his exporting these fine values from the U.S., are we left with less of them?
What about the democracy, liberty and freedom for Americans? This is a “troubled region” too. We are less free and are under a less democratic government now than we were before Bush started his campaign to liberate and democratize the Middle East. We have lost freedom of privacy in library records, phone calls, mail, money transfers, etc. And democracy has been lessened as the Bush administration has decreased access of the people (the “demos”) and their popularly elected representatives to the actions of the government. Having secret programs known only to a handful of sworn-to-secrecy Congress-people is not democratic. Tony Snow, the White House Press Secretary, said January 9, 2006, “The President will not shape policy according to public opinion.” In other words, “America, here’s your democracy!” followed by a bird flying by.