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Exactly what I've been trying to say!!!

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by firefighter184, Oct 19, 2004.

  1. firefighter184

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    Exactly what I\'ve been trying to say!!!

    This article was in the Daily Record (Ellensburg, Washington paper) on Wed. Oct. 6, 2004. It was written by Mathew Manweller who is a Central Washington University political science professor. The title of the article was "Election determines fate of nation."

    "In that this will be my last column before the presidential election there will be no sarcasm, no attempts at witty repartee.

    The topic is too serious, and the stakes are too high. This November we will vote in the only election during our lifetime that will truly matter. Because America is at a once-in-a-generation crossroads, more than an election hangs in the balance.

    Down one path lies retreat, abdication and a reign of ambivalence. Down the other lies a nation that is aware of its past and accepts the daunting obligation its future demands. If we choose poorly, the consequences will echo through the next 50 years of history.

    If we, in a spasm of frustration, turn out the current occupant of the White House, the message to the world and ourselves will be twofold. First, we will reject the notion that America can do big things. Once a nation that tamed a frontier, stood down the Nazis and stood upon the moon, we will announce to the world that bringing democracy to the Middle East is too big of a task for us. But more significantly, we will signal to future presidents that as voters, we are unwilling to tackle difficult challenges, preferring caution to boldness, embracing the mediocrity that has characterized other civilizations.

    The defeat of President Bush will send a chilling message to future presidents who may need to make difficult, yet unpopular decisions. America has always been a nation that rises to the demands of history regardless of the costs or appeal. If we turn away from that legacy, we turn away from who we are.
    Second, we inform every terrorist organization on the globe that the lesson of Somalia was well learned. In Somalia we showed terrorists that you don't need to defeat America on the battlefield when you can defeat them in the newsroom. They learned that a wounded America can become a defeated America. Twenty-four-hour news stations and daily tracing polls will do the heavy lifting, turning a cut into a fatal blow. Except that Iraq is Somalia times 10.

    The election of John Kerry will serve notice to every terrorist in every cave that the soft underbelly of American power is the timidity of American voters. Terrorists will know that a steady stream of grizzly photos for CNN is all you need to break the will of the American people. Our own self-doubt will take it from there.

    Bin Laden will recognize that he can topple any American administration without setting foot on the homeland. It is said that America's WW II generation is its 'greatest generation.' But my greatest fear is that it will become known as America's 'last generation'. Born in the bleakness of the Great Depression and hardened in the fire of WW II, they may be the last American generation that understands the meaning of duty, honor and sacrifice. It is difficult to admit, but I know these terms are spoken with only hollow detachment by many (but not all) in my generation. Too many citizens today mistake 'living in America' as 'being an American'. But America has always been more of an idea than a place. When you sign on, you do more than buy real estate. You accept a set of values and responsibilities.

    This November, my generation, which has been absent too long, must grasp the obligation that comes with being an American, or fade into the oblivion they may deserve. I believe that 100 years from now historians will look back at the election of 2004 and see it as the decisive election of our century.

    Depending on the outcome, they will describe it as the moment America joined the ranks of ordinary nations; or they will describe it as the moment the prodigal sons and daughters of the greatest generation accepted their burden as caretakers of the City on the Hill."


    This fellow hit it dead on. THIS IS WHY I'M VOTING GW IN 04!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  2. unclematty

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    Re: Exactly what I\'ve been trying to say!!!

    that is the thing the liberals just don't "get", let backward ass read this he will find some way to make it all seem trivial /forums/images/graemlins/deal.gif /forums/images/graemlins/rolleyes.gif /forums/images/graemlins/usaflag.gif /forums/images/graemlins/usaflag.gif /forums/images/graemlins/usaflag.gif /forums/images/graemlins/usaflag.gif /forums/images/graemlins/usaflag.gif /forums/images/graemlins/usaflag.gif /forums/images/graemlins/usaflag.gif /forums/images/graemlins/usaflag.gif /forums/images/graemlins/usaflag.gif /forums/images/graemlins/usaflag.gif /forums/images/graemlins/usaflag.gif /forums/images/graemlins/usaflag.gif /forums/images/graemlins/usaflag.gif /forums/images/graemlins/usaflag.gif /forums/images/graemlins/usaflag.gif /forums/images/graemlins/usaflag.gif /forums/images/graemlins/usaflag.gif /forums/images/graemlins/usaflag.gif /forums/images/graemlins/usaflag.gif /forums/images/graemlins/usaflag.gif /forums/images/graemlins/usaflag.gif /forums/images/graemlins/usaflag.gif
     
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    Re: Exactly what I\'ve been trying to say!!!

    Even Russian President Vladimir Putin Realises that if Kerry wins. Terror also wins.
    Putin said yesterday in a regional summit.
    "International terrorism has as its goal to prevent the election of President Bush to a second term," he said. "If they achieve that goal, then that will give international terrorism a new impulse and extra power."


    9 out of 10 Terrorists and Tin Pot Dictators agree. Anybody But Bush
     
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    Wow.....

    I gues I now have to take back all the bad things I've said about poli sci professors.
    This guy hit the proverbial "nail" with a fawkin' sledgehammer...
    It's almost scary to realize just how bad a Kerry/Edwards victory would be.



    Dubya ain't the best President, but he's a thousand times better than that f*ckstick Kerry, and he's shown that he's got the sack to make the tough calls that keep America strong.
    GWB for '04!
     
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    while some may make some very valid points why GW is not a "good" president, and i agree with some of the points they make. it does take quite a bit of beans to make some of the decisions he has had to make. some things in our lives may not be exactly the way we want them because of some of the things he has done, but there is one thing that i can see clearly that he has done. we're all still free and can sleep safely at night. i'm voting GW too. /forums/images/graemlins/usaflag.gif /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    Re: Exactly what I\'ve been trying to say!!!

    there are many things I dont agree with Bush on... I dont like his stance on assault weapons... I dont like his stance on the boarders and I dont like his education/medical spending. All of that said, we are smack dab in the middle of WWIV (after hearing Ollie refer to the Cold War as WWIII, Im gonna start using the 4...) and Bush has the balls to do the right thing and to stick with it as long as it takes, supporting our men/women in uniform every step of the way. Churchill was FAR from being a perfect individual either... but the man knew evil when he saw it in the Nazis and he wasn't going to give up until they were stopped in their tracks. Thats what you need in a world war, a decent moral compass, support of the grunts in the field, and dogged determination to grit your teeth and keep going no matter how bad it gets. Putin was right, the terrorists are doing everything they can to get Bush out of office. They know Kerry is a return to Klinton. America got attacked multiple times by terrorists under Klinton and all he did was send the FBI to play CSI: Somolia. Bush gets attacked and he reaches for the direct-line to the Pentagon. Bush has unleashed our air power and special forces, and combined they have killed/captured 75% of Al Queda's leadership. The left calls this "failure"... I call it "progress" and Al Queda calls it "oh [censored], please win Kerry, achmed, aziz and abu are dead and I'm next!!!!" The terrorists aren't stupid, they know if they can just hold on until Kerry wins (with a few timely terrorist attacks to help) that things will be much easier for them just like back in the "good old days" of Klinton, where they attacked the USA without fear.

    we don't need Kerry any more than the English needed Chamberlin. IMO, the only difference between the two is that Chamberlin later realized his error and admited that Churchill was right. Kerry will never admit to that.

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    Amen. I don't see any witty retorts from our resident Dem's here. Very interesting..... /forums/images/graemlins/thinking.gif

    John
     
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    WOW,i wish we could sponsor him to speak publicly. /forums/images/graemlins/k5.gifto /forums/images/graemlins/truck.gif
     

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