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WOW! Here's a very interesting editorial written by a LIBERAL professor at a very Liberal Washington University. An amazing piece that gives the usual leanings of the writer and the Institution sponsoring it. But is well worth reading. I feel it addresses the most fundamental issue there is for Americas' future.

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Published in the Daily Record on Oct. 6

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 civilizations.

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."

Mathew Manweller is a Central Washington University political science professor.

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Well which road are we going to choose?
 

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If anybody even tries to argue with that, they are too damn stupid to vote. A guy I work with is voting for Kerry and Spedwards cuz his boy (not in Iraq) is in the Army and thinks Bush is going to get him killed.
My nephew is in Mosul Iraq right now, and I know that having a flip flopping lib as Pres will not help things at all. I can't believe how many people are blind to what Kerry really is. This is a pretty cool site.
www.voteyoursport.org
 

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Youns are right. However, it's beginning to resemble the late sixties, which I'm sure many of us remember. Too many have forgotten 9/11; they have forgotten the threat posed by the terrorists & their allies. Saddam Hussein was not a threat to us? The statement is outrageous. It would be laughable if not for the war that we're fighting.
Consider, however, gentlemen. In church services everywhere pastors are praying for "peace." Heard any prayers for victory? I have yet to hear them. Listen to The Golden Age of Radio if any radio station carries it. Fibber Magee & Mollie shows always had a reference to "our boys fighting" somewhere in the skit. Heard any such references lately on even the best t.v. comedies? Any shows that even mention the war give it a negative spin.
It's an up hill battle. Please, anybody out there considering Kerry. I respectfully ask - I dare say - what good are all the wetlands if only the rich can hunt them? Or no one? & what good are they if our grandchildren are forbidden to eat the meat of slaughtered game? Hint, hint. The stakes are high. Think.
 

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If Kerry is so concerned about American jobs, why has his wife sent 15 of her 17 companies over seas.

Kerry is nothing but a Democratic puppet, undermining the difficult decisions a President must make for the good of the country.

Bush had to remove Saddam because he was in the process of buying off France and Russia, to rebuild his arsenol including Weapons of mass destruction.

Bush could never call these 2 countries on this because it would completely destroy the already weak relations.

Fhttp://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,135369,00.html
 

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maybe kerry and bush should do a little wife trading, ones unemployed and the other is rich, sounds like they married the wrong men. why isn't bush a puppet, did you watch all the documentary's or just the conservative one?? I don't think he made a decision on his own except for iraq, and I don't think a whole lot of people are backing him on it anymore either, but we know we caint leave now, it'd only be worse. if it can get worse.
 

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The only two "conservative documentaries" are "Fahrenhype 9/11" (spelling's correct) which no movie theater will show; & "Stolen Honor" which Kerry & allies are fighting by suing anybody daring to show it (sounds a little Stalinesque). You can only get them by purchsing the DVD's. So, how few would have seen a "conservative documentary"? Consider also that plenty had the opportunity to see "Fahrenheit 9/11" as well as "60 Minutes" & their fabricated story about Bush's Guard records. Who' s getting the most bang for his buck? Kerry has the major media - for free - on his side. Seeing some of the posts tells me they're doing the job for him. Bush has to rely on a handful of talkshow hosts who play to a much smaller audience.
Support for the War on Terror? Runs pretty high, even here in a Democrat stronghold like West Penna. It's not as simple as "blow up bin Laden - worries are over." In World War II we did not fight the Japs & leave the Krauts alone because they "had nothing to do w/ Pearl Harbor" (they didn't, you know).
 

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Thank God we are not speaking Japanese or German today. Hopefully we will not be speaking Arabic.

I don't know about most of you but this ******* waterfowler will not blend in with a city full of ******** who would just as soon see us wiped off the planet!!
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Go Bush!!! :thumbsup:
 
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