A storm cloud looms over this War on Jihad ... and that storm cloud rolls in on November 3, 2004 when voters will decide whether to select a new commander-in-chief to lead the battle going forward. I saw on www.rasmussenreports.com that Kerry now leads Bush in Florida 48% to 43%. Bush led a month ago, and few weeks ago the two candidates were tied. Now Kerry has tabbed Edwards as his younger, energizing hugging buddy. So, the lifeless Kerry campaign now appears poised to make this a race all the way to the end.
The bottom line: It's going to probably go down to the wire and be another harrowing experience. Given the experience of 2000, here is a modest proposal to decide our referendum on the commander-in-chief: Let's look for a representative sample of America to vote, a smaller yet more reliable sample of people who would vote in the nation's interest.
What would be the criteria for this group? Let's see. We should try to get a good number of "working people", whatever that is. But, let's agree that we look for a group that works hard, first off. And ... we need people who have the country's best interest at heart, people who will do what the country asks/needs, even if they may not be fully on board. Here, we want people who are interested in protecting others' rights, more than demanding their own. Also, let's compromise with the Democrats and find a group that doesn't make a lot of money. Also, they must not have any lobbyists representing them. And ... we should have a mix of people from all over the country, from all races, and even all religions. And ... we should throw in some educated types, you know, desk jockeys. I guess these are what the politicians consider "non-working" people. At any rate, you get the picture. Let's have a mixture of all types, from the mechanic to the shop managers. And ... oh yeah, one more thing ...
Let's pick a group that has more invested personally in winning this War on Jihad than any other. This should be a definite. Let's pick a group that has sacrificed and will continue to do so. And finally, this group has to have a higher percentage of heroes than the population at large.
And our group is, of course: the U.S. military. Yes, our brave troops that are now running the terrorists out of both the streets of Iraq and the caves of Afghanistan. It's happening, as I write this. Just because you don't see a press conference every time a terrorist takes a dirt nap doesn't mean it's not occurring. Some things matter more than PR to our military, like winning. For instance, have you heard about any suicide bombings (an al Queda trademark) lately in Iraq? Reports out of Iraq are that Zarqawi's crew is trying to make for Saudi Arabia. Problem is that the Marines are west of Baghdad, and they have guns, and use them on jihadis. Ooops.
Bottom line: Our troops are making it happen. And ... we have peace and security here in within the USA since 9/11 to prove it.
So ... let's let our military decide the election, straight up. How about it? Who do you think they want to command them without apology, to equip them, to support them, to give them every tool they need to fight and win this war?
The answer lies in remembering which party last election tried to keep the military's absentee ballots (sight unseen) from being counted in Florida. And how, pray tell, did the Democrats know that those ballots would be overwhelmingly pro-Bush? Remember that? The military does.
Bottom line in this election: Our military wants its commander-in-chief to keep his job. In these times, not much more needs to be said.