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A.D.D.s for Kerry 2004
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In the immediate aftermath of the September 11, 2001 act of war by Islamic terrorists, my first thought was that at least half of the American population would forget what had happened within maybe a handful of years, lose their willingness to fight what must of necessity be a protracted and ever-changing military conflict, and go back to fat, dumb and happy complacency. I'm talking about the same kind of complacency that set in after Reagan drained the swamps of Soviet and worldwide socialism; that short-sighted stupidity that thought that since "we have no more enemies," it would "be OK" to once again put an inept Demo-Socialist child in the White House. BillyBob Clinton became a household name, and later, thanks to Bubba's refusal to do anything that would stir up global unrest and upset his re-election applecart, so did Osama bin Laden and something called al-Qaida.

Once again a small period of time has passed since a major, Earth-changing cataclysm. And once again, that historical blip has been sufficient to allow a certain chunk of sitcom-attention-span Americans to believe that it might be OK to once again set irresponsible children (60s flower children, to be specific,) loose in the White House.

Yes, the Bush Administration is at the very best a lesser of two evils, an administration nearly completely devoid of a cohesive, unified philosophy of governance. But at this point in time, we remain in the heat of a brutal war for the very survival not only of America but of Western Civilization as a whole. For all its multitude of faults on countless issues, the Bush Administration, though haltingly and half-heartedly, seems to possess a rudimentary understanding of the gravity of our situation and a resolve to address that threat with the only response that is appropriate to an implacable, vicious and thoroughly irrational foe. That response is: warfare.

The starry-eyed, live-for-today pacifism permeating the ideology of the leftwing Democrat-Socialist Party and its Presidential candidate, is a luxury we the people of the United States of America cannot afford.

Let's remind them.


Please folks, if you read nothing else on the Iraq War, read "The Rage, the Pride and the Doubt: Thoughts on the eve of battle in Iraq", written in March 2003 by Italian journalist Oriana Fallaci, probably the closest equivalent to a Thomas Paine that exists in modern journalism, and

...if you read nothing else on the September 11 atrocity and the Islamic war on Western Civilization, you must read Fallaci's "The Rage And The Pride", which to me only finds adequate comparison alongside Paine's "Common Sense." It's that good. I have read no commentator of any nationality speak with this kind of unbending courage, clarity, and yes, rage. I consider it required reading for anyone who wishes to grasp the enormity of the task we yet face.
- Poor Richard July 2004



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