To Punish Bush is to Punish America
In the fall of 2002, the American Conservative made
the conservative case against invading Iraq. Such a war, we warned, on a country
that did not attack us, did not threaten us and had no role in 9-11, would be "a
tragedy and a disaster."
Invade and we inherit our own West Bank of 23 million Iraqis and incite imams
from Morocco to Malaysia to preach jihad against America.
So we wrote. And everything we predicted has come to pass. Iraq is the worst
strategic blunder in our lifetime. And for it, George W. Bush and the
neoconservatives who planned this war for a decade bear full responsibility.
Should Bush lose the election, it will be because he heeded their siren song –
that the world was pining for American Empire; that "Big Government
Conservatism" is a political philosophy, not a sellout of principle; that
free-trade globalism is the path to prosperity, not the serial killer of U.S.
manufacturing; that amnesty for illegal aliens is compassionate conservatism,
not an abdication of constitutional duty.
Yet in the contest between Bush and Kerry, I am compelled to endorse the
president of the United States.
While both men are wrong on Iraq, Ariel Sharon, NAFTA, the World Trade
Organization, open borders, affirmative action, amnesty, free trade, foreign aid
and Big Government, Bush is right on taxes, judges, sovereignty and values. For
conservatives, Kerry is right on nothing.
The only compelling argument for endorsing Kerry is to punish Bush for Iraq. But
why should Kerry be rewarded? He voted to hand Bush a blank check for war.
Besides, a vote for Kerry is more than just a vote to punish Bush. It is a vote
to punish America.
For Kerry is a man who came home from Vietnam to slime the soldiers, sailors,
Marines and POWs he left behind as war criminals. His conduct was as treasonous
as that of Jane Fonda and disqualifies him from ever being commander in chief.
As senator, he voted to undermine the policy of Ronald Reagan that brought us
victory in the Cold War. Though a Catholic who professes to believe life begins
at conception, he backs abortion on demand. He has opposed the conservative
judges Bush has named to the U.S. appellate courts.
His plans for national health insurance and new spending would bankrupt America.
He would raise taxes. He is a globalist and a multilateralist who would sign us
on to the Kyoto Protocol and International Criminal Court. His stands on Iraq
are about as coherent as a self-portrait by Jackson Pollock.
I cannot endorse the candidate of Michael Moore, George Soros and Barbra
Streisand, no matter how deep our disagreement with the fiscal, foreign,
immigration and trade policies of George W. Bush.
As Barry Goldwater said in 1960, in urging conservatives to set aside their
grievances and unite, the Republican Party is our home. It is our only hope. If
an authentic conservatism rooted in the values of faith, family, community and
country is ever again to become the guiding light of national policy, it will
have to come through a Republican administration.
Moreover, inside the Republican Party, a rebellion is stirring. Rep. Tom
Tancredo of Colorado is leading the battle for defense of our borders. While
only a handful of Republicans stood with us against the war in Iraq, many now
concede that we were right. There is a rumbling of dissent inside the GOP to the
free-trade fanaticism that is denuding the nation of manufacturing and
alienating Reagan Democrats. The celebrants of outsourcing in the White House
have gone into cloister. The Bush amnesty for illegal aliens has been rejected.
Prodigal Republicans now understand that their cohabitation with Big Government
has brought their country to the brink of ruin and bought them nothing. But if
we wish to be involved in the struggle for the soul of the GOP – and we intend
to be there – we cannot be AWOL from the battle where the fate of that party is
There is a final reason I support George W. Bush. A presidential election is a
Hatfield-McCoy thing, a tribal affair. No matter the quarrels inside the family,
when the shooting starts, you come home to your own.
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