Author - Speaker - teacher
October 25, 2004
Funny thing. In 2000 I voted for Pat Buchanan. This happened after I did an on-air analysis of the candidates and found that I had talked myself out of voting for George Bush. Primarily, I disagreed with his No Child Left Behind program that serves to federalize education. On other issues, I had less trouble supporting him.
Along comes 2004. No Child Left Behind has become law – bad law. President Bush's spending is frightening. But I am impressed by the man. And I believe that his re-election is critical to the survival of our freedoms.
John Kerry is the worst candidate the Democrats have ever run, in the sense of policy -- but he is a great candidate, if winning is the only reason to run (he rivals Bill Clinton on this).
I have been in this battle since 1976. And in 1996, as Alan Keyes presidential campaign manager, I learned just how foul politics at that level is; on both sides. I saw that technicians run those campaigns, and they are amoral. It is their nature to stretch the truth and spin it into and out of context for their cause. It is a sorry thing, but in an odd way, gives me comfort to know that the tested words that spew from their mouths do not necessarily reflect whom they are and what they plan to do.
I think Democratic Senator Zell Miller gave us the best reason to vote for President Bush. Miller is a man who knows both men up close and has seen them in action. “I have knocked on the door of this man's soul and found someone home, a God-fearing man with a good heart and a spine of tempered steel.”
My wife noticed that John Kerry has empty eyes; the only thing behind them is winning. His only convictions come from a desire to triumph, not because he believes in anything important. And that, to me, is the most critical of all issues.
A man who is on all sides of an issue cannot be trusted with leadership.
Former Democratic State Senator (turned Republican) Marion “Mike” Menning often told this story of former Vice President Walter Mondale. He and V.P. Mondale were door-knocking in Mike’s district when the Vice President and former U.S. Senator took him aside to give him wise political counsel.
“Do you know what political leadership is?” Mondale asked.
“You put your ear to the ground and listen to where the people are headed, then you jump out ahead and lead them,” Mondale said.
Focus groups. Polls. Advertising. These are the modern-day tests of political leaders. To this add lawsuits and the threat of the same; intimidation of news outlets; forged and fraudulent news stories. Next follows voter fraud, and you have the 2004 election.
But this election is different from past elections. Our nation’s security and sovereignty is at stake. John Kerry promises that we will enter the world community and submit our sovereignty to world leaders (and about this, he has been consistent). George Bush promises that America will do what is best to maintain our sovereignty. So if one believes that the time has come for all of us to be global citizens, then for certain cast your vote for John Kerry; but if you value your own freedom and American sovereignty, you must vote for President Bush.
The future of the U.S. Supreme Court is at stake. If you believe that citizens’ views as expressed through elected representatives should be subjected to the whims and political opinions of the Supreme Court, then for sure vote for John Kerry, for it is Kerry who declared that this is the number one issue of the campaign. If you believe in law, constitutionalism and judicial interpretation based on original meaning, then you vote for George Bush.
Boil it down to this: if you want to continue the practice of legal abortion, vote for Kerry. If you want the court to have the freedom to honestly interpret abortion law, then vote for President Bush.
We cannot afford a mistake. This year there is but one choice, and we can feel good about it. That choice is clearly George Bush.
Quit beating around the Bushes...
John cannot Kerry the load