I Hope I’m Wrong.
I’ve been dreading this night for weeks now…the night Americans chose Obama. I hope I’m wrong about what I expect Obama’s “change” will mean for our country…for my kids’ sake, and their kids’, and theirs.
I understand how this happened and lay 100% of the blame on George W. Bush and the leadership of the Republican Party. Unlike most of those who voted for Obama though, I believe GW and the GOP created this potential nightmare by abandoning their principles in an effort to win the approval of their political foes. In other words, they weren’t conservative enough.
I agreed with many of Bush’s policies in the beginning and voted for him in both 2000 and 2004. I had been a registered Republican since age 18 and remain a staunch conservative to this day. His tax cuts had the intended effect–tax revenues have increased and the economy grew even after the historic attack on 9/11/2001. Where he failed was refusing to stand firm in demanding spending cuts and to curtail the growth of government.
I supported the Iraq war–not because I thought there were WMD’s (I didn’t know or care if these existed,) but because we needed to show the world that consequences would follow any attack on our country. Most don’t remember now, but Bush could have ordered the invasion of China immediately after 9/11 and the country would have been behind him. We were damned angry and sought revenge. Saddam Hussein was the international bad guy at the time and that made him the natural target for said revenge.
I always believed the WMD’s were simply an excuse used in the hope of getting international support for the war. His goal wasn’t to mislead the American people, he didn’t need to. At the time, Americans would have supported the assault for no other reason than we had been attacked and a response was called for, a response that would make others hesitant to participate in any such attack in the future. His mistake was dragging it out in the futile effort to convince France, China, and Russia to support us. As these efforts dragged on, public support for the attack waned. By the time we finally invaded, the country was divided on whether or not it was necessary. He had lost support before the first American boot set foot on Iraqi soil.
The lightning fast capture of Iraq recaptured some of the lost support, but not all. The apparent victory made the war popular again. All he had to do was sew up the victory and the mission would be accomplished. He screwed up though, again attempting to bring reluctant members of the UN around to support the US occupation. Instead of letting our troops finish the fight, we pulled up and dug in before we’d made sure the job was finished. Instead of flushing the enemy out of hiding, we allowed him time to recuperate and reorganize. When the insurgency began, we tied the hands of our soldiers and Marines rather than let them take the fight to the enemy and destroy him once and for all. After all, we couldn’t take the chance of offending Muslims by damaging a mosque and we couldn’t risk upsetting those who already despised us with collateral damage.
Marines and soldiers came home in chains to face charges for attempting to actually win the war. We were sacrificing our men and women to appease the rest of the world. I watched in disbelief when Marines surrounding Fallujah were forced to wait until the enemy fired before firing on them. The rules of engagement made it impossible to win! Watching news footage of patrols being hit by IED’s, I told my wife exactly what could be done to minimize our casualties but these actions weren’t permitted because of the ROE’s. The result–instead of the world being afraid of pissing us off, we’re once again considered a paper tiger!
Bush came to office claiming to be a “compassionate conservative.” This moniker is evidence he felt the need to move toward the democrats. In fact, he too claimed to seek unity in the country. What he failed to understand was the only unity the liberals sought was total acquiescence to their philosophy. They fought tooth and nail while they labeled him a radical right winger. Instead of taking the fight to them, he and the GOP tried to appease them while they continued to attack through the press and by opposing Republican initiatives. As Bush moved toward the center to counter, liberals in Congress and the press continued to attack him as being too far to the right. His retreat toward the left allowed the front line to shift so that now what’s considered the center is actually well inside the home field of the left!
Tonight’s results are the effects of Bush’s appeasement policies. Had he fought harder and stood firm in his first term, the “radical right” tag would never have stuck to him in the second. Had he allowed our soldiers and Marines to wage a war they could win, the war would still have been popular. If the Republican Party is to recover from this crushing defeat, it must get back to its roots and stop trying to win over the radical left and the biased liberal media.
I’m going to use this blog to document Obama’s “changes” to our country. His remarks and those of his supporters lead me to believe we’re on board a runaway train headed straight for Marxism. I envision irresponsibility being rewarded and responsible persons forced to pay for those rewards. Our way of life hangs in the balance and I fear the scale will be irreversibly tilted in the wrong direction.
I could be wrong though, and I hope that I am. The next four years will tell the tale.
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