Swaggering administration? Please note that the president got a U.N. resolution telling Saddam Hussein to disarm or else. Congress passed a resolution supporting the war. The majority of Americans supported the war effort, re-electing George W. Bush. Even now, with the persistence of the so-called "insurgency," the majority of Americans want us to stay the course. Does that make most Americans "swaggerers"?
Moravcsik condemns America for not expanding its welfare state: "Once most foreign systems reach a reasonable level of affluence, they follow the Europeans in treating the provision of adequate social welfare is [sic] a basic right." A reasonable level of affluence?' What is reasonable? Defined by whom? Apparently Professor Moravcsik prefers a command-and-control economy -- maybe the appointment of a wage or benefits czar -- to determine the deserving and the undeserving.
Moravcsik berates American health care: "'Americans have the best medical care in the world,' Bush declared in his Inaugural Address. Yet, the United States is the only developed democracy without a universal guarantee of health care, leaving about 45 million Americans uninsured." But British media consider their country's state-run health care system in "crisis." Their National Health Service (NHS) is heavily in debt, despite huge taxes and a doubling in spending over the last seven years. The U.K.'s press reports that twice as many bureaucrats now join NHS than doctors and nurses, and that 858,000 people were on a waiting list for an operation at the end of 2004, some of them waiting over a year!
For those still in denial about leftist bias in mainstream news, these must be tough times.
Consider the Associated Press story on Janice Rogers Brown, the black conservative California Supreme Court jurist nominated by President Bush to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. The AP wire story began: "Blacks decried Janice Rogers Brown's nomination to a federal appeals court . . . " Blacks? All blacks? Nobody dissented? All 30-plus million blacks held a straw vote, with Brown getting zero votes? About an hour-and-a-half later, a "recast" AP story came over the wire. Same article, only this time the first line read, "Civil rights lawyers here decried Janice Rogers Brown's nomination . . . " Maybe somebody felt guilty.
The Newsweek affair and the AP story serve as a window into how many in mainstream media view our country. They celebrate the welfare state, consider health care a right, while downplaying the worldwide threat posed by extremist Islam. If, as Newsweek's editor note claims, Professor Moravcsik's article simply advances the truth, why not let Americans, the people who stand to benefit the most, read it? After all, it is we Americans who "are living in a dream world." Please, wake us up.