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Saturday, October 30, 2004
Paul Johnson picks Bush
British historian Paul Johnson, author of many popular books including A History of the American People, A History of the Jews, and A History of Christianity, endorses Bush.

Campaign 2004: High Stakes
Quite simply, Kerry must be stopped; and Bush must win
I don’t recall any occasion, certainly not since the age of FDR, when so much partisan election material has been produced by intellectuals of the Left, not only in the United States but in Europe, especially in Britain, France, and Germany. These intellectuals—many of them with long and lugubrious records of supporting lost left-wing causes, from the Soviet empire to Castro’s aggressive adventures in Africa, and who have in their time backed Mengistu in Ethiopia, Qaddafi in Libya, Pol Pot in Cambodia, and the Sandinistas in Nicaragua—seem to have a personal hatred of Bush that defies rational analysis.

Behind this front line of articulate Bushicides (one left-wing columnist in Britain actually offered a large sum of money to anyone who would assassinate the president) there is the usual cast of Continental suspects, led by Chirac in France and the superbureaucrats of Brussels. As one who regularly reads Le Monde, I find it hard to convey the intensity of the desire of official France to replace Bush with Kerry. Anti- Americanism has seldom been stronger in Continental Europe, and Bush seems to personify in his simple, uncomplicated self all the things these people most hate about America—precisely because he is so American. Anti-Americanism, like anti-Semitism, is not, of course, a rational reflex. It is, rather, a mental disease, and the Continentals are currently suffering from a virulent spasm of the infection, as always happens when America exerts strong and unbending leadership.
Original article from National Review via LGF.
Paul Johnson's presentation of history is shameful. No doubt his works are extremely well researched, and his prose is smooth and readable, but his presentation of facts is entirely one-sided. He utterly fails where a respected historian should excell: the presentation of history with careful attention to remain unbias. Johnson's works are opuses of his own bias and should NOT be confused with legitimate and fair presentation of history. To his credit, he does admit in his preface to "The History of The American People" that he makes no qualms about inserting his opinions. The insertion of opinions itself taints the claim of his books being academic works of history. Unacceptable and misleading is his entire omissions of wrongdoing of his historical heroes, such as Nixon and Bush, even as he obsesseses on the private failings of others.
Read this author with caution - he writes with charisma but he writes of a history viewed through his quite conservative lens.
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