NewsWithViews.com [a right wing Christian think tank] says:
An example of
…out of the spoliation of all existing culture and civilization, the new world order must be built...
David С Whitney & Robin Vaughn Whitney, The American Presidents, 9th ed., Nelson Doubleday Inc, Guild America, NY, 2001, pp 433-459, wrote of GHW Bush at the Republican Convention, August, 1988:
He celebrated the nation's complexity with a captivating poetic image, calling it "a brilliant diversity spread like stars, like a thousand points of light in a broad and peaceful sky." He called for a gentler nation and he said the President "must be a shrewd protector of
… but contrasted this appeal to the celestial elements with:
The campaign was criticized by many as being the most negative in recent memory with campaign commercials showing convicted murderers and sewer sludge.
On September 11, 1990 the President addressed a joint session of Congress on live television:
"Out of these troubled times, a new world order can emerge: a new era, freer from the threat of terror, stronger in the pursuit of justice and more secure in the quest for peace. An era in which the nations of the world, east and west, north and south, can prosper and I live in harmony." In poetic language the President said, "a hundred generations have searched for this elusive path to peace, while a thousand wars raged across the span of human endeavor.
Today that new world is struggling to be born. A world quite different from the one we've known. A world where the rule of law supplants the rule of the jungle. A world in which nations recognize the shared responsibility for freedom and justice. A world where the strong respect the rights of the weak."
George back up this last pledge with:
Each day of the war television audiences around the world viewed detailed military film of the destruction and the accuracy and effectiveness of an astounding array of computer- and laser-guided bombs and missiles which had never before been used in any military conflict.
Which was in keeping with his earlier inaugural address:
President Bush called on Americans to "make kinder the face of the nation and gentler the face of the world." He went on to say "A new breeze is blowing, and a world refreshed by freedom seems reborn. The totalitarian era is passing, its old ideas blown away like leaves from an ancient, lifeless tree."
He backed up his "new, refreshed world" pledge when:
He reluctantly attended the [eco] summit, but he refused to sign the biodiversity treaty. He did agree to sign a global warming agreement even though the
George showed his concern for the needs of ordinary Americans in his domestic policy:
Beginning with the threat of war in the
Persian Gulf, the price of petroleum shot up, roiling international markets. With market instability and the approach of possible hostilities, the economy slipped into recession. When the war ended so quickly, with so few casualties for Americans, there was an immediate burst of optimism and the economy slowly began to turn positive in the spring of 1991. U.S.
By summer, however, the huge national debt, the scandalous mismanagement and failure of the Savings and Loans banks, and the still high rates of interest mandated by the Federal Reserve Board brought the enthusiasm to an end.
American business and American consumers had built up historic levels of debt in the 1980s and were using profits and earnings to pay it down. Banks were turning very stringent in their requirements for borrowers, and citizens and businesses alike were curbing new purchases. As a result the economy again began to register negative growth and unemployment rose.
Looking back on his record, Whitney says:
The President had proven himself to be a powerful and convincing international leader. He had, largely through his own personal efforts, conceived, assembled, and effectively led an unprecedented international military coalition against a strong military dictator [… but …] despite all these successes, the American voters insisted on focusing on their own economic insecurities.
This, of course, was rather unfair on GHW, who explained to the General Assembly of the UN., February 1st, 1992 how he was "a shrewd protector of
"... what is at stake is more than one small country. It is a big idea. A
New WorldOrder where diverse nations are drawn together in common cause to achieve the universal aspirations of mankind: peace, and security, freedom, and the rule of law ...
[The war in
is] a rare opportunity to move toward an historic period of cooperation. Out of these troubled times, ... our fifth objective, - a New World Order, can emerge: a new era, freer from the threat of terror, stronger in the pursuit of justice, and more secure in the quest for peace Iraq
... Now we can see a new world coming into view, a world in which there is a very real prospect of a New World Order. ... We are now in sight of a United Nations that performs as envisioned by its founders."
It is the sacred principles enshrined in the United Nations charter to which the American people will henceforth pledge their allegiance.
Tony Blair was clearly inspired by the same inspiration which had inspired GHW's rhetorical "sacred principles" and here was his own effort:
"At the time of the election, there will just be 1,000 days to the new millennium - 1,000 days to prepare for 1,000 years, a moment of destiny for us." [BBC feature, July 20th, 2004]
… and again in the Guardian, October 3rd, 2001:
"This is a moment to seize. The kaleidoscope has been shaken, the pieces are in flux, soon they will settle again; Before they do, let us re-order this world around us."
Forget education, the environment, the economy, the law, medicine and welfare. The most important thing for any leader to focus on, as I'm sure you're all agreed, is 1000 points of light.
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