DATE: 1/07/2004 08:42:00 AM
Wictory Wednesday - Maybe I'm being too harsh on the conservatives who believe they've been betrayed by the Bush administration. I'll admit that some of the words I've used to describe them are strong, but believe strongly in what I've said.
This is an important election, with much at stake. Extremists hiding behind religion want to kill Americans and halt the spread of democracy in the Middle East. President Bush has set the might of America's military against the threat, and has paid a political price for it - he is one of the most hated presidents in the past 20 years. After only ten years of relative peace and prosperity, the Democrats want to hide their heads in the sand and pretend there are no threats, no monsters in the world. None of the Democrat candidates, with perhaps the exception of Joe Lieberman, seem willing to take the threat seriously. This is no time to quibble over pet issues.
George W. Bush faces a hostile media, hateful opponents and well-funded political action groups. He has advanced some of the conservative agenda despite these obstacles. Instead of thanking him for it, and promising to give him support in the next election, too many conservatives are making themselves yet another obstacle for Bush to overcome in his bid for re-election. They shout about budget deficits, gay marriage, immigration. They threaten to stay home on election day and undermine the president's support. They make constant demands on the president, and offer nothing in return. Every time the president gives them something, they devour and ask for more.
This president has earned our trust, and our support. Conservatives should give it to him. Those who do not may as well cast a vote for Howard Dean or John Kerry. We are the only allies the president has - and it's up to us to ensure he remains president. I'm not asking that we follow blindly. We should, however, give President Bush the benefit of the doubt. He will do more for the conservative agenda than any of the Democrat candidates, and will continue to ensure the country's involvement in the defeat of international terrorism.
We're not going to get everything we want. Who does? We cannot base our support on impossible goals, and expect total satisfaction. No one can be all things to all people. We've got a president who's a good man, doing good work.
And he needs your help.
Give it to him. Volunteer. Donate.
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