DATE: 5/11/2004 08:45:00 AM
OSC on Wartime Elections - Orson Scott Card, writing in the Ornery American, has some interesting things to say about elections during a war and slippery slopes. A preview:
And if John Kerry were actually concerned about our troops and about the war on terror, he would make the unequivocal statement in every speech that no matter who wins the election, America will fight the war on terror - including the campaign in Iraq - to the end. "We'll only go home when the terrorism stops," he should say.
Then, instead of gaining encouragement and recruits from America's political process, the terrorists might begin to see the handwriting on the wall.
Of course, Kerry should only say that if it's true. Because in all likelihood, if he's elected he would almost certainly adopt policies that would effectively end the war on terror well short of victory.Keep that in mind next time you read Andrew Sullivan or another wavering conservative try and defend the re-branding theory on the grounds that Kerry would continue the war. What has Kerry done or said that leads one to this conclusion?
Kerry is a member of a party that has given and continues to give the terrorists plenty of encouragement. Everytime Kerry, Biden, Kennedy or Byrd open their mouths, the terrorists see cracks in our resolve that they will exploit with more violence, more terror, more death. Words have consequences, a fact forgotten by those who serve in Congress, where bloviating gets you airtime on C-SPAN and maybe a mention in the New York Times.
The Democrat party has been hurt badly by its "Anybody But Bush" mentality. They have subordinated everything to politics and their desire to beat Bush in the election. No principles, no vision. Just venom and ambition. That's why I don't think they'll win the election. Kennedy's speech (in the link above) was an overstepping of the bounds on this one. Comparing U.S. troops to Saddam's regime will not sit well with the American public.