Thursday, October 21, 2004
Thursday, October 21, 2004
Foster's Daily Democrat Editorial
It’s down to push versus shove.
In less than two weeks, the American people will elect a president — someone who will lead them in the direction of peace with honor and the kind of "domestic tranquillity" the framers of the Constitution envisioned.
On Nov. 2, the American people will renew their contract with George W. Bush or they will turn to John Forbes Kerry.
President Bush was elected four years ago by a narrow margin. The president’s election was so bitterly contested it required, on petition, the intervention of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Less than eight months after President Bush took office, the United States suffered one of the most cataclysmic events in what was then its 228-year history of independence. All the forces of evil in this world came together on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001 in an effort to destroy the greatest sustaining republic on Earth. It’s goal was to break the will of the American people and create political chaos, not only in our country, but throughout the free and developed world.
Evil’s goal was thwarted. Strong leadership emerged from the ashes and broken bodies of New York’s World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in western Pennsylvania. The United States, once again proved its mettle as the world’s greatest nation.
It was on that September day and the weeks that followed that George Bush established himself as the leader of a great nation. The president’s leadership drew bipartisan praise in the United States and equally high marks from world leaders. It was not until months later that domestic political ambition and the greed of some foreign countries tried to overcome the interests of the United States and its people.
In the wake of 9-11 difficult decisions were made. The centers of the terror visited on the American people on that fateful day had to be destroyed. It was necessary to neutralize the ability of terrorists to use or obtain weapons of mass destruction. The military actions in Afghanistan and Iraq were necessary ingredients in the war on terror.
The president’s critics are not attacking him for his conduct of the war on terror. They are attacking him from a platform of naked political ambition.
The president’s critics would have us believe they are greater patriots then he. Their tactics lead us to the words of the 18th century critic, poet and conversationalist, Samuel Johnson: "Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel." There are few situations that produce as many scoundrels as a campaign for president.
George Bush has led the United States in a direction that is anathema to the advocates of global intervention in our country’s affairs. The pursuit of the war on terror has been left to the United States. Only leaders of courage — leaders like Tony Blair of the United Kingdom and John Howard of Australia — have joined the president in his effort to defend free nations against the scourge which threatens freedom everywhere in the world.
Freedom comes at a high price and it is sustained at great cost. But failure to achieve it — or its loss — is more costly still. It deprives us of our worth as human beings.
George Bush did not want this war; no American wanted it. It was thrust on him and it was thrust on us. George Bush responded in a way the American people have a right to expect — forcefully and with determination.
The United States wants peace in the world. If the world is at peace, our freedoms are secure. But let’s be clear on at least one thing. It is the right — the duty — of a sovereign state to defend itself. There is no sovereignty — no liberty — in the absence of that right and duty. And it was that path George Bush took in the wake of 9-11.
American sovereignty exists at the insistence of the people and its right — its duty — to defend itself does not require the endorsement of any foreign government or its people.
George Bush understands this and he will
act to ensure the United States remains a free nation — free as much as
possible from the horror of Sept. 11, 2001.
© 2004 Geo. J. Foster
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