So Anthony weighs in, he’s a reluctant Bushie! It’s nice to hear your thoughts, I think you are probably right about both of the candidates. It’s sort of weird for me, I’m not sure how to think these days because my political ideology and theology are both on the table.
I believe there is a war going on in the Muslim faith between the moderates who wish to practice their faith ardently and peacefully, and the extremists who wish to practice their faith ardently which to them demands that they fight. I get where they are coming from.
What I think most Americans misunderstand is that these extremists will not stop until the “streets run red with the blood of Americans.” They are not satisfied with 3000 dead on 9.11 – that was a warning shot. They want millions of us dead…millions. This has been an accelerating threat over the past 10 years and the Clinton administration did not deal with it. Clinton did a lot of damage to our credibility in the mid-east – see Somalia. He made 9.11 possible because he gave the extremists every reason to believe that we are a weak people.
The European Socialists may have loved Clinton, but they did us no favors. They would love Kerry in the same way, but we’d deal with the same issue: a fundamental misunderstanding of the threat that faces our country and a Europe who will sacrifice their own well being in order to get rich off UN programs like the Oil for Food program, which lined Kofi Annan’s son with hundreds of millions of dollars.
We had 7 good years under Clinton where we got drunk on the tech boom, then the bottom dropped out, as Clinton knew it would. Then Bush spent his first two years dealing with the hangover from Clinton’s drunken prom night, and trying to fight a war on terror at the same time.
Now the economy is really turned around and growing, the debt is not a threat (give me a break guys, I grew up in the 70’s and 80’s, I know debt), the war on terror has completely changed our situation with regards to terrorist threats. There is only one issue left. Jesus was a peacemaker. Bush took us into a war in Iraq and Kerry tells me he can “win the peace.” They are both ready to fight war. To the no war activist, a vote for Kerry is an exercise in hypocrisy.
This is what Bush can’t tell you. He had to open up a front for the war on terror somewhere. The terrorists wanted it to be in the US, Bush tried to get them to fight in Afghanistan but they would not fight there. So he had to pick another front. He needed an open battle ground to fight the terrorists within the Middle East – a place where the terror organizations would all come out of the woodwork, flood into that country and engage us in a fight. That is why we got into Iraq, that and the fact that Saddam’s middle finger flying in the air in our general direction was a perfect symbol of the new found confidence that middle eastern dictators and terrorists were starting to feel toward the US after Clinton.
I think the peace proponents, basically the elitists on college campuses and in the media and government who think they are smarter than everyone else, fundamentally misunderstand what they are proponents of. This is no longer a world where we can appease those who wish to harm us and hope they go away while we pay them off. It is a global society now, and if someone is looking for a fight, you either fight or get killed. To take a pacifist stance insures our downfall. We live in that kind of world – sorry, but the fall happened. I am not a war hawk, I hate that we are in this situation, but this is not the president’s doing – in fact more blame should go to Clinton. He appeased and bought off countries so we wouldn’t have to fight. He made them bolder and stronger and more resolved to take us down. Bush has had to fight a total uphill battle against enemies abroad and his enemies as home, the intellectual elitists.
The irony is that I think Bush has a better understanding of the world situation that the intellectual elitists, and I believe that he is listening to God. I believe Kerry thinks about what’s best for him in next week’s polls and I think he cares way too much about what the Western European’s think of him. I won’t vote for him. I’m voting for Bush.