Monday, January 02, 2006

Democracy and President George W. Bush

On January 20, 2005 in President George W. Bush’s 2nd Inaugural Address, he said:

The survival of liberty in our land increasingly depends on the success of liberty in other lands. The best hope for peace in our world is the expansion of freedom in all the world.

So it is the policy of the United States to seek and support the growth of democratic movements and institutions in every nation and culture, with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world.

Freedom, by its nature, must be chosen, and defended by citizens, and sustained by the rule of law and the protection of minorities. Our goal … is to help others find their own voice, attain their own freedom, and make their own way.

All who live in tyranny and hopelessness can know: the United States will not ignore your oppression, or excuse your oppressors. When you stand for your liberty, we will stand with you.

The concerted effort of free nations to promote democracy is a prelude to our enemies' defeat.

So, how is President Bush doing?
- Egypt – 1st Presidential election with opposition candidates
- Saudi Arabia – February 2005 - the country's first nationwide municipal elections.
- Lebanon – Cedar Revolution - June 12, 2005 Lebanese General Elections were the first elections in thirty years without a Syrian military or intelligence presence in Lebanon.
- Afghanistan - September 18, 2005 Parliamentary Election for the Wolesi Jirga or House of the People were conducted on. This was the first parliamentary election in Afghanistan since 1969. 2707 candidates, including 328 women, competed for 249 seats.
- Iraq – Elections October 15, 2005 referendum approving the constitution, and December 15, 2005 parliamentary election

This was all after:
- Georgia – Rose Revolution - March 28, 2004
- Ukraine - Orange Revolution - December 26, 2004 Presidential runoff election
- Palestine Authority - January 9, 2005 Presidential election

Of course, President Bush should like democracy and elections:
- United Kingdom – May 6, 2005 – Bush ally Tony Blair won a historic third term
- Japan – Bush ally wins big – September 11, 2005, Prime Minister Koizumi Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) increases seats in Parliament from 237 to 296.
- Germany – Bush critic loses September 18, 2005 - Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder is now out of politics

Which followed:
- Australia - October 9, 2004 – Bush ally John Howard wins reelection with increase margins
- United States - November 2, 2004, Bush wins election with 51% of the vote a percentage higher than Harry Truman, John Kennedy, Jimmy Carter, or either election that Bill Clinton won.


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