Monday, November 01, 2004

THESE ARE THE "TIMES THAT TRY MEN'S SOULS"

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I am sure I am not the only one chewing my fingernails down to the stubs and having ESS, Election Stress Syndrome!

Paul Johnson, a Brit, is as worried as I am about the disaster a Kerry win would mean for this country and this world. He asks:
"How seriously does the United States take its role as a world leader, and how far will it make sacrifices, and risk unpopularity, to discharge this duty with success and honor? In short, this is an election of the greatest significance, for Americans and all the rest of us. It will redefine what kind of a country the United States is, and how far the rest of the world can rely upon her to preserve the general safety and protect our civilization."
He has it right! He doesn't see Bush in the same light I do, but I can forgive him that since he didn't have the benefit of living under Bush as governor (and in my case of doing considerable research on his initiatives in job with a government watchdog group.) He sees a transformed Bush rather than the strength of character that I saw even when he was governor, long before our homeland was attacked so viciously.
"... he has been absolutely right in estimating the seriousness of the threat international terrorism poses to the entire world and on the need for the United States to meet this threat with all the means at its disposal and for as long as may be necessary. Equally, he has placed these considerations right at the center of his policies and continued to do so with total consistency, adamantine determination, and remarkable courage, despite sneers and jeers, ridicule and venomous opposition, and much unpopularity."
Johnson says "there is something grimly admirable" about the stoicism Bush faces in these hard times. It reminds him of the "dark winter" Washington faced that Thomas Paine described as "a time to try men's souls." Johnson also compares it to the difficulties faced by Lincoln and to the determination displayed by Wellington at Waterloo and obliquely to Winston Churchill.
"There is something grimly admirable about his stoicism in the face of reverses, which reminds me of other moments in history: the dark winter Washington faced in 1777-78, a time to “try men’s souls,” as Thomas Paine put it, and the long succession of military failures Lincoln had to bear and explain before he found a commander who could take the cause to victory. There is nothing glamorous about the Bush presidency and nothing exhilarating. It is all hard pounding, as Wellington said of Waterloo, adding: “Let us see who can pound the hardest.” Mastering terrorism fired by a religious fanaticism straight from the Dark Ages requires hard pounding of the dullest, most repetitious kind, in which spectacular victories are not to be looked for, and all we can expect are “blood, toil, tears, and sweat.”
He emphatically states that Bush "is the president America needs at this difficult time." He says this impression is "abundantly confirmed, indeed made overwhelming" when one looks at the alternative, Kerry. He affirms that all of Kerry's support both abroad and in America comes from an anti-Bush attitude rather than any support of Kerry. He then gives six reasons he believes that a Kerry presidency would be disastrous for America and the world.

ONE: Kerry's lack of convictions and beliefs. He says, rightly that " in a time of crisis, and on an issue involving the security of the world, what is needed is leadership. Kerry is abdicating that duty..."

TWO: Kerry’s personal character or rather... his lack thereof. Kerry changes his stands, his beliefs, and even his heritage (not Irish-Catholic as he has implied but Germanic-Jewish, which there is nothing wrong in that other than his attempts to hide it.) He has no core values or beliefs... everything he says and does is based upon expediency and vote gathering. There is nothing he has not been willing to be dishonest about if it served his purposes.

THREE: Kerry’s long record of contradictions and uncertainties as a senator and his apparent inability to pursue a consistent policy on major issues.

FOUR: His posturing over his military record, highlighted by his embarrassing pseudo-military salute when accepting the nomination (and numerous other times during his stumping.) I might also add Kerry's probable dishonorable discharge which is the most likely reason he refuses to release his military records combined with the known exaggerations and outright lies concerning his history and the pass the MSM has given him both on his military service record and his seditious if not treasonous activities when he returned from his incredibly short tour of duty.

FIVE: Kerry's so out-of-touch with reality lifestyle. Marrying a heiress of $300 million, getting an annulment then marrying a heiress of at least a billion along with the armies of lawyers that keep them from paying as much taxes as the "middle class" even though in MA you can elect to pay a higher income tax rate if you choose... which the Heinz-Kerry's don't choose to do.

SIX: You are known by the company you keep! Kerry chose as his running mate an ambulance chasing lawyer who personally done so much damage to his home state, the first time Senator would not have been re-elected and in general his ilk has done massive damage to this country and to the health care costs, that they try to blame on Bush. Add to that the ones that Kerry has described as the heart and soul of America... the Michael Moores, Whoopi Goldbergs and Cher's and other Hollywood, Rock idiots. Then consider the Billionaires for Kerry... most especially... George Soros... ask yourself WHY he wants Kerry.
"Of Kerry’s backers, maybe the most prominent is George Soros, a man who made his billions through the kind of unscrupulous manipulations that (in Marxist folklore) characterize “finance capitalism.” This is the man who did everything in his power to wreck the currency of Britain, America’s principal ally, during the EU exchange-rate crisis—not out of conviction but simply to make vast sums of money. He has also used his immense resources to interfere in the domestic affairs of half a dozen other countries, some of them small enough for serious meddling to be hard to resist. One has to ask: Why is a man like Soros so eager to see Kerry in the White House? The question is especially pertinent since he is not alone among the superrich wishing to see Bush beaten. There are several other huge fortunes backing Kerry. "
Johnson continues his analysis of why there is so much anti-Bushism going on both here and on the continent with this insight:
"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."
He is saying what I've been shouting... because what I read between the lines is that ... the European countries, and indeed the liberal left here, want and demand a weak American leader. It is the strength and pure Americanism of President Bush that causes such intense hatred.
"Behind this second line of adversaries there is a far more sinister third. All the elements of anarchy and unrest in the Middle East and Muslim Asia and Africa are clamoring and praying for a Kerry victory. The mullahs and the imams, the gunmen and their arms suppliers and paymasters, all those who stand to profit politically, financially, and emotionally—from the total breakdown of order, the eclipse of democracy, and the defeat of the rule of law, want to see Bush replaced."
With the election of Kerry the streets of Europe and the middle east will fill with the cheers and celebration of the caliber that we saw when the Twin Towers fell. Those would that rejoice to see America weakened and defeated will be celebrating. I know, as apparently Paul Johnson knows... that such an event will be disastrous not only for America... but for the world.
"I cannot recall any election when the enemies of America all over the world have been so unanimous in hoping for the victory of one candidate. That is the overwhelming reason that John Kerry must be defeated, heavily and comprehensively."

Why is it that a Brit gets it right, when approximately half this country has it so wrong?

You have a right to your own opinions - You do not have a right to your own facts!