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Freedomís Commander-in-Chief: Former Foe Explains Why Bush is Man of Year (John McCain)
Human Events ^ | Posted 12/19/1, at 3:30 p.m. | John McCain

Posted on 12/19/2001 5:38:59 PM PST by Jean S

On September 11, America and the world were confronted with the challenge of whether the 21st century would be one of freedom or barbarism.

In the aftermath of this barbaric attack on America, we have witnessed countless acts of heroism and leadership by so many Americans who have well earned the distinction of men and women of the year.

The brave firefighters and police who gave their lives so others might live. The soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines who have gone into harms way to vanquish the terrorist foe. A mayor, Rudy Giuliani, who personally embodied the grit and courage of a city and a nation. The wise counsel and guidance of Powell, Rumsfeld and Rice who have built a coalition and directed a war against evil.

And there’s no doubt that President Bush, who grasped the magnitude of that challenge, has provided the leadership for this moment. He rallied our nation and much of the world, in this righteous cause to defend our values, our liberty and our very lives.

President Bush understood that this is not just a battle to destroy the al Qaeda terrorist network and their Taliban henchmen. It is a war against all terrorists and the states that harbor them, whether they reside in Damascus, Teheran, Baghdad, or the West Bank.

He has led the world in a heroic campaign to vanquish freedom’s foe and issued a warning to all nations that neutrality in this war is not an option. "Either you are either with us, or you are with the terrorists."

The President has shown the determination needed to prevail against this international network of terrorists who hate the values we hold dear, and he has shown compassion for the victims of this abominable hate. He has extended America’s hand of friendship to Muslims who reject the hateful purpose of terrorists.

To see this mission through, President Bush has wisely counseled Americans to be patient as our soldiers, sailors, and airmen bravely fight on foreign soil against these hostile forces. He has helped us realize that this war will be long and hard; it will be waged on tough terrain and in the shadows.

Today, we find ourselves in a new era as Americans respond to these challenges with a display of patriotism and a new spirit of unity. President Bush has sought to capture this uniquely American moment by channeling it into what historian Stephen Ambrose describes as "common-patriotism."

He has issued a call to service, declaring that "our citizens have new responsibilities" and endorsing the creation of new opportunities within AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs for public safety and public health efforts. In recognizing the untapped desire of Americans to contribute to their country during war, he is encouraging a citizen army of individuals who can unite all citizens in service to their nation, in both civilian and military capacities, to win this war.

In 2001, President Bush was summoned to serve as freedom’s Commander-in-Chief. And he understands, as General MacArthur did fifty years ago, "There is no substitute for victory."


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1 posted on 12/19/2001 5:38:59 PM PST by Jean S
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To: JeanS
Yes!
2 posted on 12/19/2001 5:42:04 PM PST by FReethesheeples
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To: JeanS
A very nice gesture on Mr. McCain's part.
3 posted on 12/19/2001 5:42:39 PM PST by glorgau
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To: JeanS
Well I still don't like McCain. this is my Mom's theory, (I agree totally)

McCain will leave the GOP about 2 months before he must register to run in the primaries. he will say in a thundering voice "I leave this party because I belive the republican party does not represent the values for which I STAND!! "
The press will say "what an act of courage my this man" McCain will win the RAT primaries b/c they have no-one. Then he will face Bush later as what he truly is: a RAT.

4 posted on 12/19/2001 5:46:32 PM PST by katherineisgreat
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To: deport
McCain is a late edition to this collection. This wasn't on the site when this series of articles were first published on the 15th.
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/fr/591529/posts?page=16#16
5 posted on 12/19/2001 5:47:18 PM PST by Jean S
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To: JeanS
It's called "trying to get in front of the parade;" McCain and the Clintons are experts at it.
6 posted on 12/19/2001 5:49:07 PM PST by Howlin
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To: Howlin
I think my father used to call it "jumping on the bandwagon." I wonder where that saying came from.
7 posted on 12/19/2001 5:53:57 PM PST by Jean S
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To: JeanS
Sad to say that praise of our beloved President from this man is not something palatable to me. Forgive my cynicism.
8 posted on 12/19/2001 6:04:54 PM PST by OldFriend
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To: JeanS
"I think my father used to call it "jumping on the bandwagon." "
"It's called "trying to get in front of the parade;" "

Maybe. But it also might be that McCain, Buchanan, Bauer, Keyes et al., have actually realized that President Bush is not the baffoon that they originally believed him to be.

I had such a conversion after years of not being able to look at him without seeing his father.

9 posted on 12/19/2001 6:15:30 PM PST by bayourod
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To: bayourod
There are times when I don't understand McCain. I think he's being sincere with his comments. Hopefully he's gotten over the election?
10 posted on 12/19/2001 7:03:28 PM PST by bushfamfan
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To: bushfamfan
I think McCain is a big pile of crap. He sticks his finger up in the air to see which way the wind is blowing. Right now he would look nothing short of a traitor to this country if he didn't support President Bush in this way.

You just have to trust your gut with a man like McCain. He is a man NEVER to be trusted.

11 posted on 12/19/2001 8:01:22 PM PST by SharonLorraine
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To: SharonLorraine; OldFriend; katherineisgreat
There is nothing that this man can say to win even the SLIGHTEST BIT OF PRAISE from you people. If McCain has even a remote criticism of Bush, it is part of some scheme to undermine President Bush, leave the Republican party, win more affection from the media and take over the Presidency himself. When McCain gives Bush a 21 gun salute, it is really a scheme to undermine him, leave the Republican party, win more affection from the media and take over the Presidency himself. The Keating Five scandal was also a scheme to undermine Bush, leave the Republican Party, win more affection from the media and take over the Presidency. Getting captured in Vietnam was a scheme to undermine Bush, leave the...well, you get the idea.

Just give the guy a break already. He makes me mad sometimes, too. But it's important to give credit where credit is due. McCain is being generous to his sometimes-foe because he just knows it's the right thing to do. It'd be nice if you folks could do the same...

12 posted on 12/19/2001 9:43:29 PM PST by sarcastro
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To: sarcastro
I'd have an easier time trusting McCain if he wasn't always praising Bush on TV while trying to shaft him when it comes to legislation.
13 posted on 12/20/2001 5:45:57 AM PST by GenXFreedomFighter
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To: JeanS
......McCain is a late edition to this collection. This wasn't on the site when this series of articles were first published on the 15th. .......

Interesting that the people writing these articles contested each other back in Ames Iowa in the summer/fall of 1999 for the Republican nomination. Bauer, Buchanan, Dole, Forbes, Hatch, Kasich, McCain, Smith..... seems to be only a couple missing... Alexander, Keyes

14 posted on 12/20/2001 6:31:04 AM PST by deport
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To: meandog
A McCain bump for you
15 posted on 12/20/2001 6:31:57 AM PST by deport
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To: deport
No, Lamar Alexander did one too. Only Alan Keyes is missing. Maybe you didn't read his entry...Uncle Sam's Dangerous Drug.
16 posted on 12/20/2001 6:43:57 AM PST by RayBob
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To: JeanS; Howlin
Oh yes, must not leave out Dan Quayle from the list in post 14.... The numbers from the Straw poll conducted on Aug. 12, 1999.... Alexander was the first to bow out.

STRAW VOTE TOTALS
George W. Bush - 7418 (31%)
Steve Forbes - 4921 (21%)
Elizabeth Dole - 3410 (14%)
Gary Bauer - 2114 (9%)
Patrick Buchanan - 1719 (7%)
Lamar Alexander - 1428 (6%)
Alan Keyes - 1101 (5%)
Dan Quayle - 916 (4%)
Orrin Hatch- 558 (2%)

17 posted on 12/20/2001 6:48:32 AM PST by deport
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To: RayBob
Thanks for pointing that out... I did miss Mr. Alexander's article. It was a later addition along with McCain's I guess. Dangerous Drug.... (lol)
18 posted on 12/20/2001 6:55:57 AM PST by deport
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To: JeanS
Sorry, I don't trust this guy at all.

This year, Jim Jeffords gets RINO of the Year.

John McCain: RINO OF THE YEAR 2002!

19 posted on 12/20/2001 7:32:15 AM PST by MeekOneGOP
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To: bayourod
"...it also might be that McCain, Buchanan, Bauer, Keyes et al., have actually realized that President Bush is not the baffoon that they originally believed him to be."

Of course these characters TRIED very hard to paint Bush as a buffoon, but do you really think they BELIEVED their own B.S? Whatever you may think of the respective campaign platforms of these various candidates, not one of them approached the stature and electability of Bush.

Mr. "Straight Talk Express" has amply demonstrated that he is a "man of the moment" who will say and do just about anything to get face time on TV. Before 9/11, he had positioned himself as a permanent thorn in the President's side; a spineless, Jim Jeffords wanna be. Once the bombing started, he got big pub spouting quagmire nonsense for which he surely should have known better.

The only credibility McCain has is that which is assigned to him by sycophants like Don Imus and Chris Matthews.

20 posted on 12/20/2001 7:49:50 AM PST by agave
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To: sarcastro
Sorry, I don't buy it. The man is a self serving, egotistical SLIMEBALL that's not to be trusted. Can you say " R I N O ? "
21 posted on 12/20/2001 9:14:00 AM PST by SharonLorraine
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To: SharonLorraine
I defer to no one in my distaste for McCain. But today he gave a magnificent off-the-cuff speech to the Senate about pork that was spot on.

It was heart felt and sincere. He blasted the defense appropriation bill which they received this morning, just hours before the Senate was to adjourn. Looking like it weighed 3 or 4 pounds, the bill was loaded with lard like the reindeer preservation part, $160 million for the winter olympics, the shibuilding scam in Mississippi, and the plan for the feds to lease Boeing 767s for ten years, turn them into military planes, and then convert them back to commercial planes after 10 years at $30 million a pop.

As McCain pointed out, our war against terrorism is going to be a long one and to waste resources so early in the game is outrageous.

Flame all you want but ask yourself, honestly, is he not on the money?

Behind McCain as he spoke were some senators, Dems natch, who were talking and paying no attention.

22 posted on 12/20/2001 1:47:03 PM PST by yikes
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To: JeanS
I believe most who read this thread can attest to my one-time loyalty to Sen. McCain. I defended him tirelessly against the kind of assaults you see...however, when he came out in favor of what I believe to be a direct assault on the 2nd Amendment two months ago, I jumped ship. Big John is now Pig John!
23 posted on 12/21/2001 9:59:50 AM PST by meandog
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