Skip to comments.Election Determines Fate of Nation
Posted on 10/19/2004 6:12:25 PM PDT by HighlyOpinionated
"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 two-fold.
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 W.W.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."
"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. "
This is powerful and true.
It is one of those editorials, which really makes people think -- at least those, who are capable of it.
Do we fight the terrorists and prevail, or do we retreat and tremble in front of the terrorists and accept them as our masters.
Good post. I have not been this nervous since I was 20 years old sitting in my apartment with my black and white 10" TV and in utter disbelief watching Jimmy Carter being elected by the American people. I pray we do not have to relive those days again.
It's been posted on this forum about 10 times. Inspiring piece otherwise
Well, I am glad people keep posting it, because this is the first time I have seen it. I am sure there are many others who missed previous postings as well.
Laura Ingraham read this on her show the other night. She said she was hoping to get him on the show later this week.
I believe the American people have the will to re-elect President Bush. The only real question in my mind is whether there will be enough election fraud to swing the results the other way. I pray not. If we can't clean up this electoral process, freedom will surely be lost.
Ecclesiastes 10:2 A wise man's heart is at his right hand; but a fool's heart at his left.
I think it's Sean Hannity who's been saying on his show that all of the anxiety many of us are feeling about this election is a good thing because it will make all of us work that much harder to keep Bush in office. I think he's right. We know how crucial an election this, and fear in this case is probably a great motivating factor.