Monday, November 06, 2006

Worldview in the balance

Orson Scott Card has some thoughts on tomorrow's election that I think are important...and he's a Democrat.

There is only one issue in this election that will matter five or ten years from now, and that's the War on Terror.

And the success of the War on Terror now teeters on the fulcrum of this election.

If control of the House passes into Democratic hands, there are enough withdraw-on-a-timetable Democrats in positions of prominence that it will not only seem to be a victory for our enemies, it will be one.

Unfortunately, the opposite is not the case -- if the Republican Party remains in control of both houses of Congress there is no guarantee that the outcome of the present war will be favorable for us or anyone else.

But at least there will be a chance.

I say this as a Democrat, for whom the Republican domination of government threatens many values that I hold to be important to America's role as a light among nations.

But there are no values that matter to me that will not be gravely endangered if we lose this war. And since the Democratic Party seems hellbent on losing it -- and in the most damaging possible way -- I have no choice but to advocate that my party be kept from getting its hands on the reins of national power, until it proves itself once again to be capable of recognizing our core national interests instead of its own temporary partisan advantages.

To all intents and purposes, when the Democratic Party jettisoned Joseph Lieberman over the issue of his support of this war, they kicked me out as well. The party of Harry Truman and Daniel Patrick Moynihan -- the party I joined back in the 1970s -- is dead. Of suicide.

Go read the whole thing, and then click the 'read more' for my rant!

I wish my folks only saw things this clearly. I mean, if we lose the GWOT what will the NEA (either of them) matter? Liberals are so concerned over our Rights, but they don't have a plan to protect them other than 'get rid of BushCheneyMcHilterCo'. Don't they understand that if we cave in to the islamofascists that we will CERTAINLY lose our Rights and freedoms?

That's what I just don't get. The Left will say that if we give up our Rights in order to win the war then we still have lost. Okay....what Constitutional rights have we given up so far? Right to life? Guaranteed, unless of course you are a preborn baby. Freedom of Speech? Still got it...oh, wait, unless I'm a conservative trying to speak at a University campus, then it's kind of iffy. Freedom of religion? Yep, I can go to whatever church I want, so long as I don't DARE try and put forward my views on morality in the political arena. Guns? Sure, I can own one (but only certain types) legally, after background checks and a waiting period. Voting? You betcha! Unless of course I'm actually fighting for freedom in the military overseas, and then maybe they'll count my vote, maybe not.

Oh, wait, those aren't the Rights that the Bush administration has tried to abolish. Those are the ones that some Liberals have decided reworking.

So which Rights HAVE the Bush administration done away with? Habeas Corpus? Nope, it's still there (the Military Detainee Act only refers to Alien Illegal Combatants, and only for military tribunals. ALL US citizens are still covered, even those who are suspected of being terrorists!). Protection from unlawful search and seizure? Still there, unless you're talking with terrorists or their sympathizers overseas.

So where's the wide spread denial of Rights? Where's the martial law? Where are there people 'being disappeared'?

Sorry, I see far more abridgment of my Rights with Liberals in powers than I do now!

Which is why I voted early by mail, since we're active duty, and why I voted Republican. At least this way we have a CHANCE!



At November 06, 2006 1:10 PM, Blogger waarthog said...


Well said. I can only hope that some eyes are opened.
I am continually amazed by the so called Progressives in that they are not fully on board with this conflict. I mean lets look at how the enemy treats the core of the Progressive beliefs:

Womens rights? They have none.
Gay Rights? They kill them.
Abortion? Absolutely forbidden in all cases unless the man wants the woman dead in an honor killing.
Freedom of (meaining the absolute absence of) Religion. When you stop laughing keep going.
Support for the arts? Yeah, beheadings and suicide bombings are what passes for performance art.
Education? Only if it is religious in nature.
Environment? Can't say I have seen too many of them at the greenpeace rallies.

To sum, the enemy DEMONSTRATES all of the qualities the left ascribes to Bush and his supporters. On paper from the left perspective that right wing types are fully aligned with the enemy, why is it then, we are the ones trying to FIGHT them?

At November 07, 2006 10:55 PM, Blogger Alicia said...

Orson Scott Card is articulate as always; thanks for the article. I like the distinction he made, that there's nothing essential to lose if the Republicans stay in power, while there could be disastrous consequences if the people advocating some of the pull-out-slowly plans get a chance to carry them out.

One good thing about all these Internet sites is that I think people will have more of a chance to realize what the issues are. You point out that a lot of people don't have a plan beyond getting rid of the Bush administration. Maybe seeing the issues and their ramifications like this will help us all come up with more intelligent plans.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on what the war has accomplished so far and where we stand, if you get the chance or inclination.


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