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Election Determines Fate of Nation (A Must Read)
Daily Record - Ellensburg, Washington | 10-06-04 | Matthew Manweller

Posted on 10/16/2004 2:14:09 PM PDT by no dems

Fate of Nation -- Editorial This was written in the Daily Record (Ellensburg, Washington) on Wed. Oct. 6, 2004, by Mathew Manweller, who is a Central Washington University political science professor. This should transcend political affiliations, and is not a matter of Republicans, Democrats or Independents, it is about being an "American". "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."


TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: fate; survival
What I would give if this could be read over every broadcast station in America on election eve.
1 posted on 10/16/2004 2:14:09 PM PDT by no dems
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To: no dems

Bump! The writer is a professor in Washington? There is hope yet!


2 posted on 10/16/2004 2:17:31 PM PDT by Rummyfan
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To: no dems
Pretty much to the point.

This is all about will. We have it or we don't. Too bad that the government skrewels have made the young Americans unable to read this essay.

3 posted on 10/16/2004 2:29:36 PM PDT by Navy Patriot
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To: Rummyfan

Wow .. this is a most awesome article.


4 posted on 10/16/2004 2:33:02 PM PDT by CyberAnt (Election 2004: This election is for the SOUL OF AMERICA)
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To: no dems
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.

Pretty well sums it up.

5 posted on 10/16/2004 2:41:13 PM PDT by KC_for_Freedom (Sailing the highways of America, and loving it.)
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To: no dems
Has it ocurr to anyone else that the news media in this country, with the aid of the DNC, the ACLU and foreign governments and their press, are out to destroy the Untited States of America? The democrats spout lie after lie after lie about the President and his Administration. The ACLU works to tear even the mention of God from our daily lives. Foreign governments work to destroy the President's efforts to stop terrorism at its roots. Foreign press like the press in the US print lies, alter quotes to give a false impression, forge documents, produce proganda and news items. Each of these steps is designed to prevent the US from remaining the dominant power in the world today. Some of these efforts are driven by jealousy. Others by misdirected hatred due to their own failures. The examples could continue for pages, but I won't attempt to list them all now. Its just a point we need to consider. The only way the US can really be defeated is from within and with the aid of foreign governments and their press, the ACLU and the democrats are working to that end. They want a country built not on its strength of character and personal abilities and initiative, but one built on goverment control of our lives. The communist governments of Europe learned that such government control does not move people forward, but on the contray, destroys personal efforts. We must stop this before its too late.
6 posted on 10/16/2004 2:42:36 PM PDT by Trepz
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To: no dems

Bump for a great post! He says it all.

I share your wish that everyone could read or hear this before the election. I'm going to E-mail it to as many as I can.


7 posted on 10/16/2004 2:45:40 PM PDT by Theresawithanh (Kerry says "Vote for me I have a plan" - I'm voting for Bush, 'cause he's da MAN!)
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To: Trepz

Welcome to FR. It has DEFINATELY occurred to us that we are fighting against many forces out to destroy us, many from within, and many from without. I don't know if you have been reading articles before you joined, but we know this.

My concerns are the people who don't search for the truth, who don't see articles such as this, who believe the MSM and the DNC and the ACLU, and who think it's really important that the world "likes" us, and who will vote for Kerry.


8 posted on 10/16/2004 2:51:20 PM PDT by Theresawithanh (Kerry says "Vote for me I have a plan" - I'm voting for Bush, 'cause he's da MAN!)
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To: no dems

Great Article


9 posted on 10/16/2004 3:00:04 PM PDT by Proud Republican 99 (Bush/Cheney 0'4 for a Strong and Proud Nation!! No Left Wing Liberals Allowed!!!)
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To: no dems

BUMP!


10 posted on 10/16/2004 3:00:45 PM PDT by King Prout (yo! sKerry: "Live by the flip, die by the flop." - Frank_Discussion)
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To: Neets; Darksheare; scott0347; timpad; KangarooJacqui; The Scourge of Yazid; Conspiracy Guy; ...

BUMP!


11 posted on 10/16/2004 3:01:35 PM PDT by King Prout (yo! sKerry: "Live by the flip, die by the flop." - Frank_Discussion)
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To: Theresawithanh

I hope everyone sends it to everyone in their e-mail address book.


12 posted on 10/16/2004 3:08:24 PM PDT by no dems (NICE GUYS FINISH LAST !!! GET RADICAL.)
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To: King Prout

BUMPED


13 posted on 10/16/2004 3:08:50 PM PDT by SandyInSeattle (Official RKBA Landscaper and Arborist, Pajama Duchess of Green Leafy Things)
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To: no dems
http://www.kvnews.com/
poll
 
 
Who do you plan to vote for?
George W. Bush (Republican) 53.0%
John Kerry (Democrat) 42.0%
Ralph Nader (Independent) 1.7%
David Cobb (Green Party) 0.2%
Michael J. Badnarik (Libertarian) 1.0%
Michael Peroutka (Constitution) 0.3%
John Parker (Workers World Party) 0.1%
James Harris (Socialist) 0.1%
Bill Van Auken (Socialist) 0.4%
I don't plan to vote 1.3%

This is the online poll results from The Daily Record, Ellensburg, Washington (Kittitas County).

Very interesting results in the state of WA.

14 posted on 10/16/2004 3:20:47 PM PDT by RebelTex (Freedom is Everyone's Right... ...and Everyone's Responsibility!)
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To: no dems; King Prout; EdReform; Happy2BMe; PhilDragoo; devolve
Excellent article!

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.


15 posted on 10/16/2004 3:25:23 PM PDT by MeekOneGOP (There is only one GOOD 'RAT: one that has been voted OUT of POWER !! Straight ticket GOP!)
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To: no dems

Excellent article. Must read bump!


16 posted on 10/16/2004 4:24:12 PM PDT by Ima Lurker
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To: MeekOneGOP

Great article..Bump


17 posted on 10/16/2004 4:31:46 PM PDT by MEG33 (John Kerry has been AWOL on issues of national security for two decades)
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To: Petronski

Bump-Ping TTT for an excellent editorial that truly is a "Must Read"!


18 posted on 10/16/2004 4:36:58 PM PDT by arasina (So there.)
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To: MEG33
Yes! bump back atcha! :^D

And GO, Dubya, Go !!


19 posted on 10/16/2004 4:37:29 PM PDT by MeekOneGOP (There is only one GOOD 'RAT: one that has been voted OUT of POWER !! Straight ticket GOP!)
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To: arasina

Extraordinary. Thanks for the ping.


20 posted on 10/16/2004 4:40:56 PM PDT by Petronski (I'm not always cranky.)
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To: sjeann

ping


21 posted on 10/16/2004 5:06:46 PM PDT by Bellflower (A new day is coming!)
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To: no dems

Everyone should copy this letter with permission and makes thousands of copies of it and go door to door to door and make sure everyone possible reads it.


22 posted on 10/16/2004 5:11:34 PM PDT by Bellflower (A new day is coming!)
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To: MistyCA

ping


23 posted on 10/16/2004 5:14:06 PM PDT by Bellflower (A new day is coming!)
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To: King Prout
on the way!!!
24 posted on 10/16/2004 5:36:01 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist )
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To: Trepz

Yes, we know. We've know for some time that there are organizations dedicated to the destruction of our Republic. Pray. Talk with people and try to give them an understanding of what the MSM and the DNC are doing. Pray some more. God save our Republic.


25 posted on 10/16/2004 5:57:50 PM PDT by pepperdog
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To: CyberCowboy777

ping


26 posted on 10/16/2004 6:49:15 PM PDT by sjeann
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To: sjeann

bttt


27 posted on 10/16/2004 7:22:33 PM PDT by RebelTex (Freedom is Everyone's Right... ...and Everyone's Responsibility!)
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To: Bellflower

Thanks for the ping.


28 posted on 10/17/2004 12:38:18 AM PDT by MistyCA (I think if you were to ask Edward's wife, who is fat, she would tell you she is being who she is...)
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To: Bellflower
Everyone should copy this letter with permission and makes thousands of copies of it and go door to door to door and make sure everyone possible reads it. Sounds good to me.
29 posted on 10/17/2004 11:14:47 PM PDT by no dems (NICE GUYS FINISH LAST !!! GET RADICAL.)
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