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Sunday, October 17, 2004
An Open Letter to the Undecided Voter

The polls keep telling us there are still undecided voters out there. It's hard to believe, but I imagine they're the people who don't really pay attention to all the political stuff until they have to -- the way I used to be, in fact. The downside is that with less than a month to go, it's hard for them to get all the information they need, with all the Democrats spinning and spouting talking points like mad, aided by the "mainstream" media. Several times I've been asked why an undecided voter would choose to vote for President Bush. This is my answer. Feel free to pass it on.

First of all, and most importantly, President Bush has precisely the right idea on how to fight terrorism. Not only do we have to fight individual terrorists, but every nation or group that harbors, supplies, trains, or uses terrorists to attack their enemies must stop doing so. Their leaders must renounce the support of terror -- as Libya and Pakistan have done -- or face sanctions and diplomatic pressure -- as Syria does now -- culminating in the use of force if necessary. Al-Qaeda is Arabic for "the base." They're not an isolated group; their aim is to coordinate the activities of all terrorist groups, even non-Islamic ones like the Basque terror group ETA. This war is not about one group -- or one man, though Democrats like to characterise the entire war on terror as a single-minded manhunt for Osama bin Laden. It's far bigger than that. Kerry's idea is to fight al-Qaeda (and what if they change their name?) by negotiation and law enforcement means. You can't stop dictators from employing terror as a weapon by going to the UN, which gives them legitimacy and power. You can't stop them by arresting the foot soldiers of terror after they commit their "crimes." It's the same approach Clinton used, and it never stopped a single terrorist attack. That method doesn't work.

It's ridiculous to say that Iraq was a bad idea, or a diversion from the war on terror. Because Saddam has been removed, we don't have to wonder what he had hidden, or whether he would use it against us. We don't have to worry about his using the threat of WMDs to rule Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Iran. He refused to come clean despite 12 years and 17 UN resolutions, and was too great a threat based on his past behavior to leave alone. He was on the list of terror-sponsoring nations since the list was first created, with ties to several terror groups as well as international terror leaders like Abu Nidal. As a result of the war in Iraq, 25 million Iraqis no longer have to live under his regime of terror, torture and totalitarian brutality. Because we removed Saddam, we've uncovered and stopped the Pakistan nuclear proliferation ring, and Moammar Ghaddafi of Libya has renounced his WMD programs -- which were closer to fruition than we'd ever dreamed -- and his links to global terror. If Saddam had done so, it would have stopped the war. More importantly, perhaps, we've uncovered the extent of the corruption within the UN itself, as Saddam had turned the Oil-for-Food program into his personal cash cow. The Duelfer report revealed that Saddam was only awaiting the end of the sanctions to start brewing WMDs again, which he could have done within weeks. He never gave up his intention to do so, nor to use them to make himself a world power. We would have had to face him down sooner or later, and sooner was better, while he was still relatively weak.

On the subject of foreign relations, you must know that every policy proposal Kerry has put forward has already failed, yet he keeps plugging away. France, Germany and Russia have rejected Kerry's plan for them to send troops to Iraq. Iran has rejected Kerry's plan to give them nuclear fuel to stop them from making nuclear fuel (must be a nuance thing). China and Japan have rejected Kerry's plan to open bilateral talks with North Korea, after they have spent years working with us to get Kim Jong Il to allow six-way multilateral negotiations. Even Kerry's plan to import cheaper Canadian drugs has been rejected by over 30 Canadian drug companies. What does that mean for us, if Kerry gets elected? We will have no actual plans to deal with any of the current problems in the world that anyone -- except Kerry -- agrees with. And with the way he and his advocates have been insulting every country in the world that helped us in Iraq, he won't be able to find any allies among them. His own sister went to Australia, one of our biggest allies in Iraq, to campaign against Prime Minister Howard. She told the Aussies that they were in danger of a terrorist attack because they sent troops to Iraq, which Howard's opponent pledged to withdraw. Good on the Aussies, who re-elected Howard anyway.
 
On the economy, Bush also has the right idea. Cutting taxes gives small businesses the chance to expand and grow, as they have been doing for 11 straight quarters. The job numbers you hear about from the "mainstream" media are only half the story -- the Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes both the Payroll Survey, which covers only large, established corporations, and the Household Survey, which covers small businesses, entrepreneurs, startups and consultants. As National Review Online noted after checking with the BLS: "Real-estate agents, general contractors, and self-employed professionals such as lawyers, accountants, and financial planners just arenít part of [the Payroll] number." The Payroll survey is the only one that ever gets any media attention, but it's not the group which benefits most from the tax cuts. For instance, remember the disappointing August job creation numbers? The media and Democrats were crowing over the low payroll figure of 32,000 (later upgraded to 73,000), while totally ignoring the household figure of 629,000 new jobs created by small businesses! More businesses, more people working means more tax revenue, even at the lower rate. It's like an elementary school math problem: which makes you more money, 5 pies sold at $5 each, or 8 pies sold at $4 each, if it costs you $1 to make each pie? More tax revenue combined with spending controls means the deficit will shrink -- the projections show it'll be cut in half in five years. It also means more people NOT dependent on the government for their income, which means more individual freedom.

The Democrats are running a fear campaign about outsourcing, which has been happening since the Industrial Revolution as technology progresses in some places faster than others. They don't want you to know that insourcing has more than offset outsourcing -- just look up how many factories Hyundai, Samsung, Nissan, Honda and Mercedes have opened in the US. Companies like Turck (Germany), ING (Holland), Nestle (Switzerland) and Gamesa (Spain) among many others employ tens of thousands of Americans right here in America. The Democrats are only telling you one side of the free trade story.
 
One more thing about the economy: how can the Democrats complain that President Bush hasn't given enough money to certain programs while simultaneously complaining about the deficit? Their biggest complaint about No Child Left Behind and Medicare is not that too much money was spent on them, but that not ENOUGH money was spent! First, please remember that Congress holds the purse-strings, not the President. Second, it's just the Democrats' way of complaining, as they have always done, about spending money on the military... which, quite frankly, is the only Constitutionally-mandated legitimate government expense. It was due to Clinton's slashing of the military that we had to send the National Guard to fight a war, when their job is supposed to be guarding the homeland. Now John Kerry is complaining that they didn't have enough ammunition and body armor... which is strange, because he voted not to fund ammunition and body armor for them after they were already in combat. There is no excuse for that.
 
As for the fear of President Bush's religion influencing the decisions he makes... as an agnostic myself, it doesn't scare me. Almost all our Presidents have been very religious men. The majority of Americans are religious people. The fact that he's religious means he has moral values and principles, which our leaders should always have. The fact that he's open about it lets us know what those values are. Don't forget that the President does not act alone; Congress passes and repeals Federal laws (except, of course, when laws are created or struck down by judicial fiat, which needs to be stopped). This country was founded on laws derived from Judeo-Christian principles. English common law was (rather loosely) based on the Ten Commandments, as per William Blackstone's "Commentaries." Our own documents and monuments are full of references that prove the existence of this rather benign relationship. What his religion DOES influence is his compassion for others. I prefer a President who wants to do the right thing, who wants to help others, who has moral values that don't change and principles that don't bend with the wind. I don't think I could respect a President who says that he views abortion as murder (for instance), but doesn't mind if it happens every day. 
 
Oh, one more thing while we're on the subject of principles: the French. They didn't just vote against us in the Security Council, they actively lobbied other countries on the council to vote against us, all on Saddam's behalf. They sold him their vote on the Security Council in return for oil. They sold the brutal dictator weapons and spare parts with which to fight us, right up until the eve of war. They vetoed the proposed 18th resolution on Iraq before Iraq even got a chance to read it! They chose to side with our enemy, as did the Russians and Chinese, who also had oil deals with him. Jacques Chirac chose oil contracts over France's 200 years of cooperation and friendship with America, and over doing what was right to help the Iraqi people. Chirac is no friend of ours, and it's time we stop pretending that he is. For that matter, the United Nations itself is the most corrupt, morally bankrupt collection of international criminals, totalitarian dictators and terrorist supporters ever assembled outside of a Bond film. President Bush will work with them as much as possible, but when work needs to be done and they balk and dither, they're the ones in the wrong. Take the current situation in Sudan as a prime example. Nothing will be done to help the poor people of Darfur until the US decides to do it. When we do, the cries of "imperialist!" and "warmonger!" will echo in the UN building once again, even as we "unilaterally" prevent a second Rwanda. I really don't believe Kerry would act in Darfur if the UN refuses to, do you?
 
Last, but not least, you might also want to consider the character and nature of America. The Democrats' main attacks on President Bush rather closely resemble the top ten attacks on him published by the Communist Party: outsourcing jobs, no "free" health care, no tighter corporate restrictions in the name of the environment, tax cuts "for the rich," false claims of his attacking civil rights, and so on. That should demonstrate to you that the Democrats are a little TOO far to the Left to lead a nation which supposedly values individual achievement, personal freedom coupled with personal responsibility, and all of whose citizens are guaranteed the most energetically defended and expansive rights of any nation on Earth.


Posted at Sunday, October 17, 2004 by CavalierX

None
October 17, 2004   01:14 PM PDT
 
We don't have to wonder wiath Saddam Hussein had hidden. We now know from several sources just what he was hiding-nothing. No stockpiles. Thanks, George.
Ann
October 17, 2004   02:01 PM PDT
 
I think your post was persuasive and on point. However, I don't agree with your aside comment about laws created/struck down by "judicial fiat." You reference the English common law, in discussing its roots in Judeo-Christian Principles, and even toss in a requisite reference to Blackstone, but don't deomonstrate even the slightest understanding of what qualities characterize the common law! The common law is judge-made law!! This quality is exactly what seperates it from other legal systems, especially the civil law system. Consider this: in England, there is no Constitution and very little legislation; the primary source of law is the decesion of judges, and most of the legal concepts and theories within our legal system have evolved over time and were brought over into America during the period of colonization. Please understand that "activist judges" are not a new creation, but have been the tradition of the American legal system from its inception; where would our country be today if there had not been the Marshalls, the Holmes or the Burgers of our judiciary?
JM
October 17, 2004   02:19 PM PDT
 
None: Dead wrong. Read the Kay and Duelfer reports.
JM
October 17, 2004   02:21 PM PDT
 
Ann: read our Constitution. Laws are to be made by the elected representatives of the people. That's what makes our system work, and why it's the best. When judges legislate from the bench, they rob us of our supposedly guaranteed and protected right to make our own laws.
jeffpulice@cashette.com
October 17, 2004   02:37 PM PDT
 
The polls keep telling us there are still undecided voters out there. It's hard to believe, but I imagine they're the people who don't really pay attention to all the political stuff until they have to -- the way I used to be, in fact. The downside is that with less than a month to go, it's hard for them to get all the information they need, with all the Democrats spinning and spouting talking points like mad, aided by the "mainstream" media. Several times I've been asked why an undecided voter would choose to vote for President Bush. This is my answer.

First of all, and most importantly, President Bush has precisely the right idea on how to fight terrorism. Not only do we have to fight individual terrorists, but every nation or group that harbors, supplies, trains, or uses terrorists to attack their enemies must stop doing so.

North Korea actively supports terrorism with the best counterfeit currency ever released, a direct attack on our economy. However, since they have no oil, they get a free pass?

Their leaders must renounce the support of terror -- as Libya and Pakistan have done -- or face sanctions and diplomatic pressure -- as Syria does now -- culminating in the use of force if necessary. Al-Qaeda is Arabic for "the base." They're not an isolated group; their aim is to coordinate the activities of all terrorist groups, even non-Islamic ones like the Basque terror group ETA. This war is not about one group -- or one man, though Democrats like to characterise the entire war on terror as a single-minded manhunt for Osama bin Laden. It's far bigger than that. Kerry's idea is to fight al-Qaeda (and what if they change their name?)

Or what if we figure out they're not in Iraq? But in the mountains of Afghanistand, where CNNwould have a rough time of it, sending back signs that the administration is doing something, ANYTHING to catch Osama?

by negotiation and law enforcement means. You can't stop dictators from employing terror as a weapon by going to the UN, which gives them legitimacy and power. You can't stop them by arresting the foot soldiers of terror after they commit their "crimes." It's the same approach Clinton used, and it never stopped a single terrorist attack. That method doesn't work.

It's ridiculous to say that Iraq was a bad idea, or a diversion from the war on terror. Because Saddam has been removed, we don't have to wonder what he had hidden, or whether he would use it against us.

so, in other words, if we are curious about what someone has, it's okay to attack them? excellent! I call dibs on your garage!

We don't have to worry about his using the threat of WMDs to rule Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Iran. He refused to come clean despite 12 years and 17 UN resolutions, and was too great a threat based on his past behavior to leave alone.

that's becuase he was a dick- what, do we attack people for being idiots who are trying to maintain a facade? cool; I call dibs on Tucker Carlson.

I'd continue, but, hey, gotta make signs. You have a nice day.
Ann
October 17, 2004   02:52 PM PDT
 
JM: read our Constitution. Laws that are made by elected officials are subject to the check/balance of the judiciary. If Congress decided tomorrow to pass a law revoking the freedom of the press (or perhaps creating a system of segretation along racial lines?!), the US Supreme Court would most certainly strike that law down and be well within its Constitutional boundaries. Legislatures do not get a "get out of jail free" card purely by virtue of being elected. They are still bound to the Constitution, as interpreted by the judiciary.
Name
October 17, 2004   05:26 PM PDT
 
Do you happen to have a link to the full Kay and Duelfer reports?
Vote Bush...Flush the Johns!
October 17, 2004   07:06 PM PDT
 
We should ALL know that Saddam himself was a weapon of mass destruction!!!
JM
October 17, 2004   07:27 PM PDT
 
jeffpulice: For your own sake, you need to pay better attention. North Korea is NOT being given a pass, nor have we reduced troop strength in Afghanistan. You just have to stop letting CNN dictate your worldview.
JM
October 17, 2004   07:28 PM PDT
 
>Do you happen to have a link to
>the full Kay and Duelfer reports?

Yes, but links don't work in these comments.

Kay: http://www.cia.gov/cia/public_affairs/speeches/2003/david_kay_10022003.html

Duelfer: http://www.cia.gov/cia/reports/iraq_wmd_2004/index.html
JM
October 17, 2004   10:53 PM PDT
 
Thanks, Jamie... I had to add the rejection of Kerry's Canadian drug importation plan to the growing list of his foreign policy failures.
Ralph
October 19, 2004   10:50 AM PDT
 
One more thing about the economy: how can the Democrats complain that President Bush hasn't given enough money to certain programs while simultaneously complaining about the deficit? Their biggest complaint about No Child Left Behind and Medicare is not that too much money was spent on them, but that not ENOUGH money was spent! First, please remember that Congress holds the purse-strings, not the President
JM
October 19, 2004   04:32 PM PDT
 
That's a nice try, but all you're doing is adding up the MONETARY value of the tax cuts. Of COURSE the "rich" keep more actual money. They would have paid more. Duh.
gitarcarver
October 19, 2004   07:31 PM PDT
 
Ann,

I believe that you are missing the point.

The Constitution provides that the Judiciary rule on whether a law is within the boundaries of the Constitution. It is from that stated position that the idea of "Judicial Review" came into being.

"Judicial Review" is a far cry from what we see from some judges today. A case in point is the 2000 Election in Florida where 8 Democratic and 1 Independent judge on the Florida Supreme Court attempted to usurp the legislative branch and by re-writing and changing the laws of the State of Florida.

That type of judicial activism has no basis in American history, and no support at all within the Constitution.
JM
October 20, 2004   05:17 AM PDT
 
Thanks... I know when I'm outclassed, though. Check out this article:
http://www.ejectejecteject.com/archives/000108.html
Wow.
Jamie
October 20, 2004   09:27 PM PDT
 
That is a great link. I see what you mean about it. But no, I disagree that you are outclassed.

(btw, that last post was little old me... forgetting to put my name in yet again. ).

George W. Bush
October 28, 2004   11:49 AM PDT
 
You're doing a great job! Remember to blog on both internets!

GWB
JM
October 28, 2004   12:16 PM PDT
 
Hey, "GWB":
Need some wood?
 

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