Published in the Daily Record on Oct. 6(Ellensburg WA)
By Mathew Manweller
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In that this will be my last column before the presidential
election, there will be no sarcasm, no attempts at witty repartee.
The topic is too serious, and the stakes are too high.
This November we will vote in the only election during our lifetime
that will truly matter. Because America is at a once-in-a-generation
crossroads, more than an election hangs in the balance. Down one
path lies retreat, abdication and a reign of ambivalence.
Down the other lies a nation that is aware of it's past and accepts
the daunting obligation its future demands. If we choose poorly, the
consequences will echo through the next 50 years of history. If we,
in a spasm of frustration, turn out the current occupant of the
White House, the message to the world and ourselves will be two-
fold. First, we will reject the notion that America can do big
things. Once a nation that tamed a frontier, stood down the Nazis
and stood upon the moon, we will announce to the world that bringing
democracy to the Middle East is too big of a task for us. But more
significantly, we will signal to future presidents that as voters,
we are unwilling to tackle difficult challenges, preferring caution
to boldness, embracing the mediocrity that has characterized other
The defeat of President Bush will send a chilling message to future
presidents who may need to make difficult, yet unpopular decisions.
America has always been a nation that rises to the demands of
history regardless of the costs or appeal. If we turn away from that
legacy, we turn away from whom we are.
Second, we inform every terrorist organization on the globe that the
lesson of Somalia was well-learned. In Somalia we showed terrorists
that you don't need to defeat America on the battlefield when you
can defeat them in the newsroom. They learned that a wounded America
can become a defeated America. Twenty-four-hour news stations and
daily tracing polls will do the heavy lifting, turning a cut into a
fatal blow. Except that Iraq is Somalia times 10. The election of
John Kerry will serve notice to every terrorist in every cave that
the soft underbelly of American power is the timidity of American
voters. Terrorists will know that a steady stream of grisly photos
for CNN is all you need to break the will of the American people.
Our own self-doubt will take it from there. Bin Laden will recognize
that he can topple any American administration without setting foot
on the homeland.
It is said that America's W.W.II generation is its 'greatest
generation'. But my greatest fear is that it will become known as
America's 'last generation.' Born in the bleakness of the Great
depression and hardened in the fire of W.W. II, they may be the last
American generation that understands the meaning of duty, honor and
sacrifice. It is difficult to admit, but I know these terms are
spoken with only hollow detachment by many (but not all) in my
generation. Too many citizens today mistake 'living in America'
as 'being an American.' But America has always been more of an idea
than a place. When you sign on, you do more than buy real estate.
You accept a set of values and responsibilities.
This November, my generation, which has been absent too long, must
grasp the obligation that comes with being an American, or fade into
the oblivion they may deserve. I believe that 100 years from now
historians will look back at the election of 2004 and see it as the
decisive election of our century. Depending on the outcome, they
will describe it as the moment America joined the ranks of ordinary
nations; or they will describe it as the moment the prodigal sons
and daughters of the greatest generation accepted their burden as
caretakers of the City on the Hill."
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10-29-2004, 12:53 PM #1
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10-29-2004, 01:03 PM #2
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The beatings will continue until the morale improves
10-29-2004, 01:17 PM #3
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Total-------TRUTH. Disregard Socilaist-Marxist BS above.
10-29-2004, 05:57 PM #4
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10-29-2004, 06:12 PM #5
I am with the others. Ltmdepas is just disagreeing with the post.
Despite the new tape by Bin Laden, Kerry would be better for the little terrorist dirtbags since he wants to pull out of Iraq. In doing so, he takes the other terrorist dirtbags and allows them to be able to attack us here. Hmmmmmm, can't say that's a good idea, how about we just keep killing them over there?
To a point the article is correct, future Presidents will be reluctant to act on behalf of the country for fear of being voted out of office. Screw 'em. I already made my vote count and I'll be damned if I voted for certain "Decorated War Hero Vietnam Vet.""Too many people spend money they haven't earned, to buy things they don't want, to impress people they don't like." Will Rogers
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11-01-2004, 10:23 PM #6
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This may surprise you, but I was listening to Rush today.
He played excerpts from the latest bin Laden tape. Then played excertps from the speeches of late by Kerry.
If I didn't know better, I would say they had the same speech writer. They were saying pretty much exactly the same thing.
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