Friday, October 01, 2004

Bush's Manliness

As I’m writing this, I’ve just watched the first Presidential Debate. Kerry did better than I had expected, and Bush seemed inarticulate at times (though he shone when he spoke about America’s need to win the war on terror).

It’s too bad that Bush isn’t as well spoken as Kerry is, because it makes it harder to see Bush’s worth. You still can hear what makes him a great leader, of course, but you have to stop making fun of him and actually listen.

Bush is a man of conviction. He has never wavered in the face of unpopularity – he resolutely stands his ground because he is doing what he believes is his duty. You could say that he has “firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right.”

When Bush decided to go into Iraq he knew that it could be unpopular. He knew that if we went in and removed Saddam that, weapons or no, we would have to turn Iraq into a democracy. He knew that this was going to take a long time and that it would cost American lives. He also knew that we would bring freedom to a new part of the world – that 30 million people would have the right to vote for the first time.

Bush is proud of America. We are the world’s moral superpower. And while we could sit around and wait for decades while the UN politely asks vicious dictators to behave like nice guys, we would be ignoring our responsibility. America has a history of fighting for right, which has made us so powerful that what was once an option is now our duty. We are the “shining city upon the hill” – the world’s beacon of freedom. We may not be able to give the whole world freedom in a hundred years, but we can certainly give some of the world freedom now. That is what Bush is doing.

Okay, so Bush remembers his duty to the world; does this mean that he forgets his duty to America? No. Bush’s economic plan has been more successful than any Bush-hater would like to admit. The 9/11 attacks made the recession (which started six months before Bush took office) evem worse – so the Democrats complained about the economy. Then our economy began to grow faster than it had for twenty years (since Reagan was President) – so the Democrats complained that our economy might be growing, but we weren’t creating new jobs. As of September 2004, however, the United States has created 1.9 million jobs in the last 13 months. This is more than the number of new jobs in Germany, Japan, Canada, Great Britain, and France combined.

What will the next four years bring? That’s up the American people; but how often do you find a politician whose views are the same no matter what the popularity polls say? Bush says what he believes in. He fights for freedom. As Hillel says in Pirkei Avos 2:6, “In a place where there are no men, try to be a man.” Bush has taken those words to heart – he is a man.


At 10:42 PM, Blogger Warner Family Views said...

Hi Republican Dan:
Nice twist job on the old Churchill quote except he never said that. I think you're using the Karl Rove version. Then again, anyone who thinks the U.S. is "winning" the war on terrorism would twist anything. It's really a war for hearts and minds and you don't "win" that kind of war by trying to bomb people back to the Stone Age. And speaking of "winning," I notice one of your convoys refused to leave the Green Zone the other day because they feared it was a suicide mission. The War in Iraq is sounding more like the war in Vietnam every day. You've got a wonderful country down there in many ways, Republican Dan, but when are you going to learn that you can't impose your culture on the rest of the world? That's called imperialism and imperialists are always ultimately defeated.
Think about it.

At 6:33 AM, Blogger Republican Dan said...

I don't see how people can look at this as Vietnam - especially since we've only been in Iraq for a year and a half so far and we're making great progress. In the Vietnam war, we never had the majority of the country under control the way we do in Iraq; we are not fighting an enemy several-hundred thousand strong.

Even if the Iraqi was is like Vietnam, though (which it is not) we should realize that the mistake we made in Vietnam was not in getting in - but in coming out. We must never again leave a nation that wants to be free before it is free.

At 4:38 PM, Blogger Warner Family Views said...

Hi Republican Dan:
You call a nation "free" that is occupied by 150,000 foreign soldiers who have have killed more than 20,000 of its civilians not to mention thousands of its soldiers, who were only defending themselves against a foreign invader and which destroyed most of its infrastructure, stole its oil (now we're getting close to the real reason for the "War on Terror"), and in the ultimate act of arrogant hubris, says its killing them in the name of democracy and freedom.
I'll tell you who's free Dan. It's Ossama bin Laden, the real enemy of America that George Bush conveniently ignores while his armies plunder Iraq and kills women, children and babies just like you did in Viet Nam. And you know how that one ended. Only the most self-deluded, patriot could think it will end any differently this time. Is that you Dan? A self-deluded, blind patriot? My country, right or wrong? I was tempted to say self-deluded conservative, but where I live the conservatives don't feel they have to impose their conservatism on the rest of the world.
And no, I won't tell you where I live because I'm afraid your misguided president will try to "free" us one of these days. But, with the grace of God, I don't think we'll need to worry about that after Nov. 2. I still have enough respect for America that I think the American people will do the right thing that day. And Dan, if you're really so big on freedom and all, why don't you post my comment on your blog in a place where others can read it? Perhaps we can get a healthy dialogue going.

At 4:51 AM, Blogger djl2431 said...

I just have a few questions and am interested to gain a conservative point of view on this. When there is talk about winning the war on terror I was curious if you beleive this is even possible?? Or is this something that our nation will have to deal with forever??
Is the fact that many people see Bush as a "man of conviction" due to the fact that he will never admit if he has or ever will make a mistake. Is it that no matter what decisions are made the U.S. is correct no matter what route it takes??
When does "firmness in the right" turn into firmness in the wrong?? Does religion have a role in politics??
Finally and the what I consider a very important question. What gives us the right to tell a country it has to become a democracy when throughout their whole history they have never had a democracy?? How is a country like this supposed to accept a democracy when no matter who is elected, a shi'ite (which is the majority of the Muslims in Iraq) or a sunni, will cause either sunni or shi'ite to feel that their views, beliefs and ideas are being neglected. Keep in mind that these two differing beliefs in Islam have be fighting each other since the death of Mohammed over 1,300 years ago. Also keep in mind there is no group or one person that each side, sunni or shi'ite, will be trusting unless that person is a sunni or shi'ite. It is also important not to forget the ethnic Kurds who are wary of both the sunni's, which caused their ethnic cleansing, and the shi'ites, both which dislike them.

Well I am trying to keep this short and will comment on other parts of your blog later, but would very much like to know your point of view on these subjects. I know these are a lot of questions but they are interesting and important questions to ponder. Thank you for your time.

At 10:03 PM, Blogger Warner Family Views said...

Hi Dan: Glad to see you dropped the Churchill "quote."
Don't think anyone should mess around with the greatest fighter against terrorism in the history of the world and the leader, who did more than any other to defeat the most powerful and evil terrorist that ever lived, Adolph Hitler. My understanding of the quote has always been this: "If a young man isn't a communist, he has no heart. If an old man is still a communist he has no brain."
Question: In America, arguably the greatest democracy on the planet, is there no room for a left or a liberal? Reading your blog and listening to many of your nighttime AM radio commentators, I hear a viceral hatred of people of other than conservative views that sounds like the hatred between Sunnis and Shiites in Iraq. Ironic eh. Surely this isn't how a "democracy" is supposed to work? We have the same kind of left/right political and philisophical divide where I live, but not the kind of intolerance and animosity that seems so rampant in the U.S. these days. If you can't practice democracy civilly at home, how are you ever going to bring democracy to the Middle East?
Curious in Canada . . .


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