"It is the common fate of the indolent to see their rights become a prey to the active. The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime and the punishment of his guilt." -- JP Curran, 1790

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Victory or Death!

During my youth, upon reading the historical accounts of the horrible treatment of our Vietnam veterans at the hands of "peace" activists, and hearing such words like "babykiller," I was both shocked and relieved. Shocked that Americans would go so far from our national heritage, and our rich traditions of self-reliance, and love of God, and pride in our nation that they would turn against the gatekeepers of our very freedoms, the freedoms it takes to be able to spew such hatred; relieved at the thought that these troubled times were so long ago...before I was even born.

As a young Senior Airman stationed at the Pentagon on 9/11, I got a front seat view to pure evil. I was shocked and relieved. Shocked at the death, devastation, and pure hatred coming from a region of the world that we had only sought to help (Afghanistan 1979, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait 1991, Kosovo 1998, etc). I was relieved that we had a courageous leader in President Bush who would stop at nothing to protect us, and allow those of us in uniform the chance to protect the nation. It was impossible to count the sheer number of American flags one would pass on any highway in this country. Patriotism was reborn, and we were as one in our struggle against the terrorists who would seek to destroy us. It is with great regret that I have come to realize that much of our supposed patriotism was due in large part to the fact that 9/11 happened during an odd-numbered year. Had it been an election year, all hell would have broken loose on the airwaves as we watched leaders squabble over who was responsible for the attacks.

President Bush initially did not show any indication of going beyond the Clinton Doctrine of treating terrorism like street crimes, only to be investigated after the fact with televised court trials. Thankfully he was just biding his time, and carefully assembling the facts. In October we struck back, and we've been striking back ever since. Not since that fateful day have we been attacked, and we owe not only a debt of gratitude to the US Military, but to President Bush. He had the courage of conviction to know that he would only be permitted the smallest of retaliatory military strikes by the world opinion polls, and by our own home-grown liberal mainstream media.

Enter Saddam Hussein. It's hardly worth mentioning that we have actually found uranium in Iraq, because liberals are already against President Bush, and therefore John McCain. This dictator won an "election" by 100% of the vote, something not seen since the first polls came out calling for Sen. Obama's victory/coronation. He was a murdering thug dictator who bombed almost every neighbor his country had (Iran, Israel, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia). Reports have shown that he WANTED us to believe that he had WMD, and he thought us cowards and nothing more than "paper tigers" (to use a terrorist term).

He thought wrong. Despite international and domestic pressure opposing crossing borders to go after not only the terrorists but their weapons, President Bush LEAD the nation. Leadership is not about polls, surveys, or news media commentary. It's about doing what's necessary and what's right for the causes of freedom and tranquility.

President Bush dealt with the financial crises, dot-com busts, corporate scandals, major terrorist attacks, and a hostile media hell-bent on Democrats taking control of government. We're safe. Most of us are employed (at a meager 95% of the country, according to media outlets, I might add), and we've weathered some of the stormiest seasons our nation has ever faced. I think it's high time some people quit criticizing the President for a dangling participle or two, and start recognizing the important issues of our time.

It's time Americans wake up and become the warriors that Bush became on 9/12/01. "A nation that can prefer disgrace to danger is prepared for a master...and deserves one." -- Alexander Hamilton.

Drown out the sounds of "Bush lied" with the sounds of "Victory or Death!" It's that serious.

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1 comment:

  1. I have high respect and admiration for President Bush. His term of presidency was perhaps the most eventful one and few presidents would have known how to handle the things he has handled by sacrificing his own popularity.


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