As we approach Christmas I am reminded of Mexican President General Porfirio Diaz's lamentation after the Mexican American War: "Pobre Mexico! Tan lejos de Dios, y tan cerca los Estados Unidos (Poor Mexico! So far from God, and so close to the United States.")
While I am glad President Polk fought and won that war for America's manifest destiny, I can sympathize with President Diaz's regret that the harsh realities of man's politics overwhelm his quest for spiritual peace and truth.
Now, just days before we celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace, I am struck that His promise that the meek shall inherit the Earth is seemingly no closer to realization today than it was 2,000 years ago when the mailed fist and iron sword of the Roman legionnaires harshly enforced Roman rule of the western world.
Today, whether it is the murderous plans and actions of the Islamist terrorists, or merely the unrelenting verbal assaults of Washington politics, there is scant time to pause and bring central to our minds His teachings, by which we aspire to live our lives.
Pity our president, who after a summer and fall of unremitting war, disaster and political strife, surely was looking forward to the strength-renewing solace of a brief Christmas break. By long Washington tradition, these are the weeks when the politicians and media lay down our (figurative) swords, brass knuckles, slings and arrows, sniper rifles and bazookas, and toast each other across the partisan and professional divide over convivial spirits at Christmas parties from one end of K St to the other. In the Middle Ages such a moment was known as the Truce of God.
Only last Thursday, the president and his gracious First Lady opened the White House to the brutes of the press -- offering up groaning tables of delectables and seasonal libations, and a ready smile and photograph with each and every member of that brazen horde (and the line was long with the many takers of that photo opportunity).
But just a week before Christmas, The New York Times, Democratic (and a few Republican) senators and the rest of the ever-willing-to-be-brutal media launched their Christmas bombing of the Bush White House. At least when Richard Nixon ordered the Christmas bombing of Hanoi and Haiphong between Dec. 18 and 30, 1972 by 700 B-52's, he was attacking the enemy.
But in case the Democrats, the media and its flagship, The New York Times, haven't noticed, the president of the United States is not the enemy of the people of the United States. And, whatever the policy differences between Americans may be, both the timing and the ferocity of their Christmas attack on the president is an appalling breach of decency.
Blankley, who had been suffering from stomach cancer, died Saturday night at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, his wife, Lynda Davis, said Sunday.
In his long career as a political operative and pundit, his most visible role was as a spokesman for and adviser to Gingrich from 1990 to 1997. Gingrich became House Speaker when Republicans took control of the U.S. House of Representatives following the 1994 midterm elections.