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Friday, September 16, 2005

Bush's America

This little piece of personal viewpoint and opinion says it all about the current indifference of society towards those who have nothing. It While the presentation is simple, the message is powerful. Yet, given simplicity of this view and the social implications it holds, no doubt many on this forum will miss its point, opting out for a willed ignorance. What typifies the modern spirit? Ideological partisanship that is tearing at the social fabric and will eventually be the downfall of the great dream that once was America.

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What Katrina Tells Us About Mr. Bush's Philosophy of Government
By Leonard Steinhorn

Mr. Steinhorn teaches politics and media at American University, and is the author of the forthcoming book, The Greater Generation: In Defense of the Baby Boom Legacy, to be published by St. Martin's Press in January 2006. He is a member of the board of directors of HNN.

Years from now, historians will likely see the Bush administration’s initially callous and indifferent response to hurricane Katrina as a parable for the type of conservatism this president and his party currently represent.

Bush conservatism is built on a fundamental cultural narrative that has reemerged since the Reagan Eighties – that success is a sign of virtue, and anything less, particularly poverty, can be explained only through a character flaw.

From the Roosevelt years through the Seventies, we defined the American Dream as a good job, a piece of the rock, and the ability to take care of one’s family. Those who lived paycheck to paycheck earned our respect, because hard work and determination were deemed virtuous. These were the people who built America.
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