Just put me down as a sore winner, still aching from the inflictions
of the past eight years.
I was remarkably unmoved by Al Gore’s unremarkable farewell address.
It was revealing to see the tears which welled up in the eyes of various
TV anchors, several of whom remarked that this was, finally, the “real
Al Gore.” They lamented that if he had but shown his true self to the
American people during the campaign, the election results might have
This is nonsense. It is my opinion that Al Gore does not have a true
self. He has played too many roles and feigned too many personas. He
does not know who he is, nor does anyone else know who he is. It may be
that there is no “real” Al Gore, just as if you peel an onion in search
of its core, you will find that at the center, beneath all those layers,
there is nothing at all.
Gore’s exit was too late to be called “graceful.” The words he spoke
do not compensate for over a month of national agony when he attempted
to overthrow a certified election result with rigged manual recounts —
which were declared unconstitutional by a 7-2 majority of the Supreme
Court of the United States.
As Al Gore and Bill Clinton recede from public view, probably and
hopefully forever, the eyelids of those who put them in power should be
propped open with toothpicks forcing them to watch the most exultant
celebration and outpourings of righteous, conservative joy ever seen at
a presidential inauguration in the history of the republic. It is only
just that this be so.
However, the fight is not over. It has barely begun. It will require
sustained strength and effort over a long period of time to bring a halt
to an ever expanding universe of programs, regulations, codes,
bureaucracies, featherbedding, pork and to the confiscatory taxes that
It will require a will of iron, the patience of Job and the heart of
a compassionate conservative to put an end to preferential treatment,
quotas, contract set-asides, infanticide, the sissification of the
military, the trashing of the Constitution, judicial activism and
government sponsored assaults on moral discernment, private property,
and religious freedom.
There is a prevailing view that President George W. Bush will have a
weak administration because of a close election. This view overlooks the
extraordinary powers of the president as commander in chief of the
military and as chief executive officer of the federal government.
While the powers of the Senate and the House of Representatives are
divided, the monumental power of the president is not. He can assure the
enactment of any law that comes to him or strike it down. He has
bargaining power and leverage. He has the awesome power to issue
executive orders or cancel them. And he is the head of the party that
controls both branches of the legislature.
Defeated Democrats sense the truth. We are already hearing the
screams, whines and caterwauls of political partisans and paranoid,
race-baiting demagogues who cannot bear the thought of life without
government largess and special favors. We already hear the mounting
wails of hate and outrage emanating out of liberal enclaves, in fear
that Bush will impose equal treatment and goodness upon them and ruin
These are the sounds of fear — the kind of fear that forms cold
beads of sweat on the skin — the kind of fear that culprits and
hustlers feel when they know the jig is up and their time is short.
Through the din of howling and shallow-throated screeches, you can
hear the warning shrieks, “Head for the hills! Run! Run for your lives!
The conservatives are coming! Take cover! The Christians are coming!”
These crybaby mewlings must be seen for what they are, namely cries
for help. This needful human misery demands attention. Although these
people are liberals and Democrats, they are Americans. They need to be
reassured. They need to understand that the country is now in the hands
And, for those conservatives who fear that Bush will compromise their
values, keep this in mind: This administration will be grounded in the
bedrock conservatism of Dick Cheney, who will restore perspective and
reason when those around him are tempted by the seductive siren calls of
He will remind President Bush that sometimes the enemy is committed
to being the enemy and must be dealt with as such.