I wasn't going to post this again today but after reading some of the threads that some have started today- I couldn't resist it. Some of you people are complete NUTS! Yes, that's right- I'm calling you names! NUTS, NUTS, NUTS!
This was written in the Daily Record (Ellensburg, Washington
> paper) on Wed. Oct. 6, 2004. It was written by Mathew Manweller who is
> a Central Washington University political science professor.
> "Election determines fate of nation."
> "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 its 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 twofold.
> 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 who 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
> grizzly 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 WW 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 WW 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."
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you'll change someone's mind? Where's Michelle? Didn't scare her off did I?
Just like the hemmorhoid that you are, you're always there to chirp like a canary. Typical liberal socialist.
Did it ever occur to you that not everyone who posts here is looking to communicate with you much less sway you? There is more to these forums then Cecil Baird.
Michelle has you outclassed tenfold She recognized in 5 minutes what a waste of her valuable time it was to even try to talk intelligently to you. She probably moved on to a more worthy cause.
She copies and pastes the same thing over and over and over and over with no commments worthwhile. Sure glad she has me outclassed. LMAO
George you're the one with the chronic hemmoroids remember?
Nope I scared Michelle away. Pure and simple.
You keep talking to youself and encouraging yourself as you need it. Dang what a lonely and depressing place Cecilville must be.
And leering at the possibility to challenge someone's child. What a lecher, Cecil. And besides, she learned more in her freshman year of college than you did with your piddly degree from Indianapolis State U. (Hemmorhoid has that extra "h" in there, Cecil. Look it up. OOOOOOH, that's right, you don't have a dictionary. LMAO )
Michelle did not copy and paste a thing. She is not big on plagiarism. That's very important to 'real' journalist! By the way Cecil- we have a huge snow storm here in West Texas. Since Texas is Bush Country it shouldn't have much effect on us- but Western New Mexico voters could have a problem getting to the polls.