Monday, November 01, 2004

Why I'm voting for Bush

I never had a chance to complete this essay, as a follow-up to what I wrote for Hugh Hewitt's symposium question.

So here it is:

George W. Bush is the first president to clearly see the danger presented by Islamofascist terrorists, to recognize that they can never be just a "nuisance", and to do something about it. He's doing the right things: taking the fight to the terrorists, destroying their networks, their training camps, their leadership, and the tyrannical governments who support them. We are safer now. The world is safer. Over 50 million people are free now; we haven't been attacked again (and most people, including myself, thought it was almost a certainty that we would be attacked again after 9/11).

He's also right on the issues of taxes and the economy. He knows that tax cuts end up producing more government revenue, not less, because they stimulate the economy. This economy is thriving, after a devastating attack, the end of the dot-com bubble from the 90's, and a recession that turned out to be quite mild due to the tax cuts. Home ownership is at the highest level, ever. The unemployment rate is lower than the average of the past three decades.

Finally, George W. Bush is right on what is perhaps the most crucial issue of all: the right to life. What is more fundamental than this? We have a clear choice between a President who defends life at all stages, and a challenger who is the most ferociously pro-abortion candidate I can recall. President Bush signed the ban on the barbaric (and never medically necessary) procedure of Partial Birth Abortion. He respects the sanctity of all human life, refusing to allow federal funds to be used to additional destruction of human embryos for research purposes. He's signed numerous pro-life laws, and has been the most pro-life president we've ever had.

Finally, there's one last reason, which is hard to put into words. I believe this man's heart is good. I believe he truly loves God, truly loves people, truly loves this country. If he loses this election, it will be because of hatred, the irrational and unquenchable hatred of the "Anyone But Bush" crowd, which is apparently willing to elect a man horribly unsuited to the Presidency just to satisfy their rage.

It will also be due, at least in part, to a mainstream media that is so antagonistic to the President that they will lie (witness the AP story about the crowd "booing", a minor thing, and Rathergate, about Bush's National Guard record, not such a small thing), and will publish dubious stories timed to do the most damage to his campaign (such as the "looted explosives" story).

If Bush loses, it will be a very sad day for America.

But I don't think that will happen. I believe that most Americans have the good sense to see through the lies, and enough love in their hearts to see through the hatred. I also believe in the power of prayer, and I know how many people are praying for our country right now.

So I will keep praying, and I will vote (once), and the rest is in God's hands.

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