Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Churchill or Chump?

As we are bombarded by the media madness of polls, accusations, attacks, and spin, it’s important to step aside and put this political contest in perspective.

This nation is at war. It was joined on September 11, 2001. The following quotes are from two speeches by President Bush, one at the National Cathedral on September 14, 2001, and at the Joint Session of Congress on September 20, 2001.

Is George W. Bush America’s Churchill, or is he, as John Kerry asserts, our Chump?

Read these quotes and decide:

"The advance of human freedom -- the great achievement of our time, and the great hope of every time -- now depends on us. Our nation -- this generation -- will lift a dark threat of violence from our people and our future."

"But our responsibility to history is already clear: to answer these attacks and
rid the world of evil."

"War has been waged against us by stealth and deceit and murder. This nation is peaceful, but fierce when stirred to anger. This conflict was begun on the timing and terms of others.
It will end in a way, and at an hour, of our choosing."

"Whether we bring our enemies to justice, or bring justice to our enemies, justice will be done."

"Our war on terror begins with al Qaeda, but it does not end there. It will not end until
every terrorist group of global reach has been found, stopped and defeated."

"These terrorists kill not merely to end lives, but to disrupt and end a way of life. With every atrocity, they hope that America grows fearful, retreating from the world and forsaking our friends. They stand against us, because we stand in their way."

"By sacrificing human life to serve their radical visions -- by abandoning every value except the will to power -- they follow in the path of fascism, and Nazism, and totalitarianism. And they will follow that path all the way, to where it ends:
in history's unmarked grave of discarded lies."

"Every nation, in every region, now has a decision to make.
Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists."

"And what is at stake is not just America's freedom. This is the world's fight. This is civilization's fight. This is the fight of all who believe in progress and pluralism, tolerance and freedom."

"This country will define our times, not be defined by them. As long as the United States of America is determined and strong, this will not be an age of terror; this will be an age of liberty, here and across the world."

"We will not tire, we will not falter, and we will not fail."

"But the only way to defeat terrorism as a threat to our way of life is to stop it, eliminate it, and destroy it where it grows."

"I will not yield; I will not rest; I will not relent in waging this struggle for freedom and security for the American people."

"The course of this conflict is not known, yet its outcome is certain. Freedom and fear, justice and cruelty, have always been at war, and we know that God is not neutral between them.

Whether you're a Republican or Democrat, the fact remains we are in history-making times. These quotes make all of the media madness and campaign charges seem trivial, don't you think?

"Victory in spite of all terrors. Victory, however long and hard the road may be, for without victory there is no survival" - you tell me, Churchill or Bush?