November 9, 2004
Many of you out there have heard about Britain’s Daily Mirror, and their question. “How can 59,054,087 people be so DUMB?”
I think I’ve got a better question. Why doesn’t the rest of the world understand that we have weighed the evidence, considered our options, and perhaps 59,054,087 intelligent, rational adults decided that reelecting George W. Bush was the best option we had?
In this election, we were faced with one very serious question. All others fell by the wayside. The question: Should we stand up and fight for what we thought was right in this world, or sit back with our “allies” and watch the threat grow? The enemy we are fighting isn’t interested in us leaving them alone. They’re not interested in peaceful coexistence. They’re not interested in diplomacy, in “joining the world community” (except as it suits their interests, i.e. Israel), or in acknowledging free Western culture (except when those freedoms make it easier to attack us). They are interested in nothing less than converting the entire world to fundamental Islam, and by whatever means necessary.
A clear choice. One candidate vowed to do whatever it takes to meet that threat, regardless of what the world thinks. That candidate has a clear conscience, in the thought that he is improving the world. He has a vision of a new world. A world full of countries and people holding the same hope and dreams that we have here in America. He has the understanding that his vision of the world cannot come about under communism, under fundamental Islam, or under any government that values government power over individual freedom. That candidate understood our enemy, and although at times I’ve had problems with his tactics, I can’t begin to fault his vision.
The other candidate truly believed that if he brings a more “sensitive” approach to the war on terror, the terrorists will leave us alone. He sees a world where militant Islam and western idealogy can coexist. He sees nuance where we need clarity. He advocates diplomacy against an enemy that only respects force. He views the American people as the tools to construct his grand vision of utopia; instead of utopia as a collection of free people acting in their own interests. Do I think John Kerry is a bad person? Not at all. Do I think he’s horrifically wrong? Absolutely.
The majority of Americans looked at two people, and two conflicting ideologies. And they made a choice. A clear, real choice. A choice that not only affected presidency, but shifted the balance of power in our House and Senate. Yet we are at a crossroads. We have the mass media proclaiming that Bush won solely on values. We are marginalized by people looking to discredit the election results and take away the President’s mandate. And for those of you who think they are reporting the honest facts, take note. The same people in Britain (and those in America) who think those who voted for Bush are just a bunch of dumb, homophobic, racist, gun-toting uneducated rednecks, will stop at nothing to belittle and neutralize this election. And the reason for that? They refuse to let us believe that we made an sound, informed choice. If they let us think we might actually be right, we might accomplish our agenda over the next four years. And that is something that they can’t accept.
Who voted for Bush? Were we all just led by the Christian Coalition? Are we so hung up on gay marriage making people feel “icky” that we would support a president that we thought would destroy our middle class? Did we think that it would be a good thing to reach out to an international “community” that would like nothing more than sell us out and embarrass us?
I don’t think that it is that simple. 59,054,087 people voted for George W. Bush, and many of them are complex people with complex beliefs. We may have common ground with Bush on some issues, and not always for the same reasons. But each one of those people looked at what Bush stands for, and what Kerry stands for, and made a choice. What type of person voted for Bush? Perhaps deconstructing a Bush voter like me may offer some insight:
I believe life begins at conception, yet my reasons for that belief are completely non-religious.
I believe that one of our highest virtues in life is to do everything in our power to help our fellow man.
I believe that forcing a person, through taxation, to help their fellow man removes all virtue from the act.
I believe that we should try very hard to include and convince the world to share our burdens and our goals.
I believe that if the world doesn’t do so, I am comfortable that America can morally act without their “blessing”.
I believe taxes are too high, and the tax code too complex, because politicians keep trying to buy us off with our own money.
I believe that people who think taxes should be raised should be given the opportunity to give more, if they so choose. If they choose not to, they lose all moral authority to talk about my taxes.
I believe marriage is defined by society and religion, and true meaning to a marriage is held in one person’s heart, not written in our laws or Constitution.
I believe to a government, all “marriages” are actually “civil unions”, because the government can only honor legal contracts, not moral ones.
I believe that all corporate welfare should be ended.
So should all antitrust laws.
I believe we have a Constitution for a reason, and that people keep finding things in there that I can’t see.
My choice at the polls: Vote for someone I agree with halfway, or vote for someone that I disagreed with completely? Bush may not be my ideal candidate, but he’s the best of the bunch.
Who’s a Bush voter? I am.
Does that make me a Dumb American? Probably, so I’ll try not to drool too much next time I’m dining with Jacques Chirac.
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