Why you should vote for Bush

This year, I’m voting for the re-election of President George W. Bush. -Ed Koch, at the RNC Convention, Monday

Ed Koch has eloquently defined the reason to reelect George W. Bush for four more years. He is campaigning for Bush and he is a democrat.

"I've never before supported a Republican for president," Koch told me last week. "But I'm doing so this time because of the one issue that trumps everything else: international terrorism. In my judgment, the Democratic Party just doesn't have the stomach to stand up to the terrorists. But Bush is a fighter." boston.com

Koch knows his party and he knows Bush will not back down to the terrorists and will stand up to those who will. Negotiation, capitulation, and coordination with some of the current European leadership, when it is not in the best interest of the United States, is not 'going it alone' as much as it is 'doing what is right'.

Koch was surprised and impressed by Bush's resolve after Sept. 11. "He announced the Bush Doctrine -- he said we would go after the terrorists and the countries that harbor them. And he's kept his word." Koch doubts that the leadership of his own party could have mustered the grit to topple the Taliban or drive Saddam Hussein from power, let alone to press on in what is going to be a long and grinding conflict.

"Already, most of the world is caving. If you didn't have Bush standing there, you'd have everybody following Spain and the Philippines" in retreat, he says, trying to appease the terrorists instead of fighting them. boston.com

Kerry has sent mixed signals when it comes to the war on terror and the war in Iraq. He has not laid out a consistant plan nor has he convincingly shown that he can stick to a decision and carry it through when times get tough. Kerry's legacy is mostly an anti-war and internationalist mindset that sees military conflict as something to be avoided at all costs. The criteria Kerry set out for going to war in his convention speech is not at all clear, except that-- if attacked, he would respond.

From Michael Moore's seat of honor next to Jimmy Carter, to the thunderous applause that greeted Howard Dean, to the 9 out of 10 delegates who want to pull the plug on Iraq, the convention exposed the radical antiwar mindset that dominates the Democratic Party leadership.

But hasn't Kerry pledged to stay in Iraq and to go after the terrorists? "That's what he says to appeal to moderates and conservatives during the campaign," Koch replies. But the party activists who nominated him would compel him to back down once he was in office. The people now running the Democratic Party want no part of the war, and "when the chips are down, Kerry will do what they want." boston.com

Posted by Eric Simonson at August 30, 2004 4:03 PM