A great man once said, "Politics is inherently stupid." That great man was me.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

This is Outstanding

- UPDATE - Maybe the Democrats are just boosting their patriotic credentials. Who knows.

Rep. Charlie Rangel slammed Hugo Chavez at a news conference today (video), saying that Chavez had offended all Americans by viciously insulting President Bush while on American soil.

"...You don't come into my country, you don't come into my congressional district, and you don't condemn my president. If there is any criticism of President Bush, it should be restricted to Americans, whether they voted for him or not. And I just want to make it abundantly clear to Hugo Chavez or any other president, don't come to the United States and think because we have problems with our president that any foreigner can come to our country and not think that Americans do not feel offended when you offend our Chief of State."

Every now and then I see signs of a growing trend in the west, a rejection of the rigid, politically correct view that other cultures are more valuable than our own. The recognition that our culture has value is one that liberal philosophy has tried to bury for years using the shovel of 'western guilt.' After all, it reasons, look what national pride has turned us into in the past!

The argument that we should not be proud of western culture is fundamentally flawed. Contrary to liberal philosophy, other cultures could learn a lot from us. Western culture is wonderful and vibrant. It is full of unique freedoms that are found nowhere else in the world. Our culture values the inclusion of all, respect for the individual and respect for the rule of law. We have a free press (whether we like them or not) and we are free to live life in any way that we choose. We cannot be thrown in jail for our sexuality or for our religion. Our laws are based on the twin principles of fairness and logic. In times of war, what other world governments warn innocent civilians to leave an area before it becomes dangerous for them? What other society demonstrates such care for innocent life?

Certainly not the society of Hugo Chavez, who has clamped down hard on dissent and journalistic freedom. All is not well in Venezuela, despite what he would have us believe.

Chavez demonstrated an unbelievable lack of tact and respect when he brazenly traipsed into the United States to insult its head of state yesterday, and I applaud Charlie Rangel for his response - even though I believe Chavez is in no position to criticize America or Americans period.

It's about time the west grew a backbone and struck back.

H/T to Drudge.

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