Friday, October 29, 2004

Cape Cod Times Endorses Bush

The Cape Cod Times, the only newspaper in the ancestral Massachusetts home of the Kennedy's, has endorsed George W. Bush for re-election:

Sen. John McCain, the well-respected Republican from Arizona, recently described what's at stake for every American in the first presidential election since Sept. 11, 2001:

"So it is, whether we wished it or not, that we have come to the test of our generation, to our rendezvous with destiny. ...

"All of us, despite the differences that enliven our politics, are united in the one big idea that freedom is our birthright and its defense is always our first responsibility. All other responsibilities come second."

If we waver now, McCain said, "we will fail the one mission no American generation has ever failed - to provide to our children a stronger, better country than the one we were blessed to inherit."

For McCain and for millions of other Americans, the global war against terrorism is the defining issue of this election.

In this context, we believe President George W. Bush will best lead a bolder, more proactive, more focused struggle against insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan and rogue governments and groups that shelter, finance or otherwise support terrorists.

In contrast, Sen. John Kerry has said any attack against America will be met with "a swift response," but that pre-emptive strikes must meet "a global test."

In other words, Kerry would play defense, much like previous administrations did after the attacks on the World Trade Center in 1993, the USS Cole, and U.S. embassies abroad.

We can no longer live in a pre-Sept. 11 world. We must remain on the offensive. "The United States can no longer solely rely on a reactive posture as we have in the past," President Bush said. "We cannot let our enemies strike first."

Prior to 9/11, we would have supported the more Kerry-esque posture - address the root causes of terrorism. But Sept. 11 taught us that no matter how much America tries to address cultural inequities and global injustice - and not to diminish the importance of those worthy tasks - the kind of evil that would kill nearly 3,000 innocent citizens continues to threaten the United States today.

And no amount of money, no amount of diplomacy, no amount of American goodwill will prevent those who would attack America again.

It is hard to believe that Americans would actually vote out the man who took the fight to the enemy in favor of a man who will "respond to any attack" after what happened on September 11th. But it is possible because it seems that many Americans do not actually believe that we are engaged in a global war. To them their selfish interests, whether it be the abortion issue or some other social issue still takes precedence. They do not seem to understand that if we lose this war their will be no abortion issue to debate. There will be no debates at all the way we know them now. If we lose this war our very way of life will come to an end. What will it take to convince them? How deadly will the next attack have to be to wake them up? A nuclear holocaust in a city? A biological agent that kills 10 or 20 thousand? Will they then understand the scope of the evil we are fighting? The editors of the Cape Cod Press understand the fight. Let's hope others do as well.

(via LittleGreenFootballs)

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