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Saturday, November 06, 2004

Something is about to happen in Fallujah, Iraq.

Prime Minister Iyad Allawi as quoted by the New York Times:
In Brussels today, Dr. Allawi told leaders of the European Union that "the window is closing'' on the opportunity for a peaceful settlement in Falluja. "We intend to liberate the people,'' he said, according to Reuters. "The insurgents and the terrorists are still operating there. We hope they will come to their senses, otherwise we will have to bring them to face justice.''
"We intend to liberate the people." I can't help but wonder what a typical Kerry voter would say after reading those words. No doubt a stream of invective would be followed by typical leftwing reasoning that "those people don't want democracy and they didn't ask us to free them."

A Sad American posts an "Open Letter to the Democrats."

I don't agree with all of it, but the writer does a brilliant job of explaining to the Democrats why they lost:
So, if you want my vote next time, and the vote of all my close friends, and the millions more like us that you refuse to believe exists, it's pretty simple: take positions and don't waffle on them. Stand up for America, especially with regard to terrorism. Shut up about what Germany and France think. Stop pretending that the only way to become wealthy in America is to cheat, for the sake of those of us who still want to get there. Treat the President with at least as much civility, if not respect, as you would've wanted right-wingers to give a President Kerry. Most importantly, please, please please, please, please, please stop abusing me. No more verbal and psychological and emotional savagery. Treat me like a voter whose vote you would actually appreciate getting, and you will get it.
I want to paste Sad American's explanation about what she means by "stop abusing me."
Lastly, and I hope this doesn't hurt anyone feelings, because my objective is to make you think, not emote: I don't think you really want my vote. I actively sought out your perspective. I tuned in regularly, for months, to your biggest media project, your serious effort to get your message out: Air America Radio. I listened all day on Good Friday as host after host mocked people like me for believing in Jesus's life, death, and resurrection. I listened as Janeane Garofalo, who was one of my favorite comedians for years, expressed hatred and disgust for Bush voters so vile that I ended my live stream feeling assaulted, as if I'd been vomited on. I listened the night that Mike Malloy told a young Republican to hang up the phone and go open a vein. I listened to pure, unadulterated venom that was so intense I sometimes cut the stream and cried. Tonight, your spokespeople on AAR have been calling people like me "snake-handling evangelicals," and that was about the kindest thing I heard. Um…y'all? I've lived in the South my entire life and have never met a single snake-handler. Your attitudes, language, and behavior toward people like me: reasonable, thinking Christians who are quite moderate politically and who are just as well-informed as you are (yes, I've read all the PNAC essays, too, and yes, they scare me, too) is reminiscent of nothing so much as an abusive ex-lover, a crazy and drunken stalker. "I'll make you love me, or you'll regret it, you worthless bitch! Come here and let me beat you over the head and tell you how stupid and worthless you are! Then you'll see it my way!"
A must read.

"Post-Election, Hollywood Seen as Liability to Left"

Ah, you think?

Mark Steyn gives his view as to why the Democrats lost:
The Michael Mooronification of the Democratic Party proved a fatal error. Moore is the chief promoter of what's now the received opinion of Bush among the condescending Left -- Chimpy Bushitler the World's Dumbest Fascist. There are some takers for this view, but not enough. By running a campaign fuelled by Moore's caricature of Bush, the Democrats were doomed to defeat.
I'm so glad Steyn is still writing on politics. I would have missed him.

I keep reading Democratic lamentations on why they lost. One after another, Democratic supporters are giving their views on why the lost yet another election. Of course, none of them sees a trend that has been going on for at least 10 years and appears likely to continue.

It's kind of funny on the one hand, but on the other it's confounding. The Democrats are blaming everyone but themselves. "The youth vote didn't materialize", "the Republicans are evil and we're too nice", and of course that old standard, "It's a conspiracy!"

The reason Democrats lost is because they want to change this country radically and the voters rejected that idea.

The Democrats seem to have some idea that this country WAS something that it isn't now and that we need to somehow return to those days. The plain truth is that this country has never been a liberal country. Democrats seem to suffer from some delusion that the Republicans are the radicals who have changed this country when it's plain to most Americans that the Democrats are the ones with radical ideas and plans to transform this into the European States of America.

When the Democrats begin to understand that they are the ones who have changed and not America, then perhaps they'll start to win elections again. Until they face that they are doomed to keep losing power and elections.

Right now they don't seem to understand why they keep losing.

Finally! I haven't been able to log onto my account for the past several days. At the most important time of the election cycle and I can't log onto my Blogger account. How frustrating.

Oh well, I've missed posting so many things that I wanted. Perhaps I'll take some time and go back and post some of the things I've been reading.

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

President George W. Bush won reelection yesterday and the Republicans in the House of Representatives and the Senate both increased their majorities.

What's going on you may ask? It's hard to say exactly. I can't know the reasons others voted for Bush, but I can say why I voted for Bush. The only issue that mattered to me was the war on terror.

The Democrats have been trying to gut our military and intelligence for the better part of 35 years and I simply don't trust them to defend us. They have been trying during that whole time to make drastic cuts in overall defense spending and to move that money to social welfare programs a la Europe. In other words, they want us to adopt the western European model of the social welfare state. This requires a massive transfer of wealth within the population in general, but it also requires a complete turn around in priorities.

I am so happy that the left was defeated in this election. It was indeed an ideological victory and not a victory won by an charismatic personality. In general, President Bush personifies the right wing ideology while John Kerry personified the leftwing world view. The election was indeed larger than both men. It was a vote for the soul of America and I am deeply relieved that leftism suffered such a serious defeat.

We'll do this again in four years and I won't be too upset or heartbroken if the Republicans lose. In fact, I kind of expect it. The reason I won't be upset is because THIS was the election that really mattered. I shudder to think what would have happened if the left had won the White House at this critical juncture. Thank God we won't find out

Monday, November 01, 2004

Tim Cavanaugh excoriates liberal hawks who have gone wobbly:
Since Iraq hawks are fond of citing analogies from World War II, let me join in the fun. American Marines were slaughtered at Tarawa because the pre-invasion bombardment of the island was woefully deficient. Hundreds of American paratroopers were killed by American anti-aircraft fire during landings in Italy—for that matter the entire campaign up the Italian boot was an obvious waste of time, resources, and lives that prevented the western Allies from getting seriously into the war until the middle of 1944. (If anybody deserved impeachment, it was Winston Churchill, whose imperial obsession with the Mediterranean "underbelly" led to disasters in both world wars.) In late 1944, Allied commanders failed to anticipate that the Germans would attack through Belgium despite their having done so in 1914 and 1940. Abuse and murder of prisoners, targeting of civilians, and indiscriminate bombing all were common. On any given week, World War II offered more fuckups and catastrophes than anything that has been seen in postwar Iraq. Anybody who seriously believes Operation Iraqi Freedom is a worthy national effort must explain Roosevelt's incompetence before denouncing Bush's.
To support this idea I recently posted this:
Someone in the blogosphere recently pointed out that 750 American troops died in a training accident during preparations for D-Day.
Can you imagine if that had happened recently? Can you imagine the outrage from liberal hawks who have gone wobbly? Actually, I'm glad to be rid of them. They are a major disappointment. They were with us when it was easy and the skies were clear and blue. But at the first sign of difficulty they cut and ran. They found any and every reason to fault the president. What would they say if this were 1944 and we just found out that 750 men had died in a D-Day training accident? They would be hysterical. They would be out of control and in serious need of a slap across the face. We don't want or need those handwringing pussies.

I wasn't going to post anything today, but American Digest has a powerful photo essay that I was compelled to link to.

A must see.

Sunday, October 31, 2004

I have to admit that I was wrong about Osama bin Laden being dead. I was one of those people who said that he must be dead since we hadn't seen him. Well, that videotape pretty much proved that I was wrong.

The U.S. election is just two days away now. The stakes went a little bit higher the other day when Mark Steyn announced that if Bush doesn't win he will have to give up his career as a political analyst:
Usually after making wild predictions I confidently toss my job on the line and say, if they don’t pan out, I’m outta here. I’ve done that a couple of times this campaign season — over Wes Clark (remember him?) — but it almost goes without saying in these circumstances. Were America to elect John Kerry president, it would be seen around the world as a repudiation not just of Bush and of Iraq but of the broader war. It would be a declaration by the people of American unexceptionalism — that they are a slightly butcher Belgium; they would be signing on to the wisdom of conventional transnationalism. Having failed to read correctly the mood of my own backyard, I could hardly continue to pass myself off as a plausible interpreter of the great geopolitical forces at play.
Steyn is my favorite writer and this gives me yet another reason to pray for a Bush win.

He's not saying that he will pitch a tantrum if Bush loses. He's saying that he's so confident Bush will win that if he doesn't it means that he is clueless and therefore has no credibility as a political analyst.

Now that's laying it all on the line.