November 1st, 2004

Check Six

My Votes - Part III

This is the last of three entries detailing how I plan to vote on Tuesday. For my pick in the race for the Tennessee Senate's 8th Senatorial District, see this entry. You can read my choice in the U.S. House 2nd Congressional District race, see this entry. Today I'll outline my choice for President and Vice President of the United States:

I can say without hesitation or reservation that President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney are the best men for the job. As with all voters, I have a range of issues I consider most important on different levels--important to me personally, to my sense of what's best for the nation, or both. With that in mind, let me outline why I endorse a Bush/Cheney reelection in 2004:

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Finally, I believe in American exceptionalism, a phrase that describes the ideal that the United States and the American people hold a special place in the world. With a solid foundation on our unique balance of public and private interests governed by constitutional ideals that are focused on personal and economic freedom, I believe our nation represents the greatest opportunity and hope for all humanity. Because we owe our existence to a set of ideals rather than a common heritage, ethnicity, or ruler, to be an American is to be inextricably connected with a love of freedom and equal opportunity, and an understanding of the constant vigilance necessary to protect its inherent fragility. As such, we are obligated, both by our moral sense of right and, in my belief, by divine providence, to promote these ideals abroad for the betterment of all mankind.

The President's opponent believes the opposite of what I do. He envisions America as, at most, a first among equals. The Democratic candidate would have the United States be viewed as no better either morally or institutionally than any other state, nor necessarily the best capable to lead the world--entrusting that special distinction to the committees and councils that comprise the corrupt and discredited United Nations.

With this in mind, we stand at the threshold of American history. We are threatened today by men who cannot be negotiated with, who will never sign a surrender, who will never acquiesce to containment, and who will never accept the logic of deterrence. To paraphrase Samuel P. Huntington, I believe we truly face a clash of civilizations, and the winner of which will pen the next thousand years of human history.

Tomorrow, I believe the issue truly in question is the survival of our way of life as the world's only superpower. A vote for President Bush and Vice President Cheney will be a vote to maintain America's special place in the world, to continue to serve as a beacon of hope and opportunity to all, and to safeguard our special sense of both who we are as a people and what our national purpose is against those who would see us all in orange jumpsuits, all cowed on our knees, and all butchered by the sword.

Tomorrow, I will vote to reelect President Bush and Vice President Cheney.

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