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September 11 and the nine dwarves

By Charles Bloomer
web posted September 15, 2003

Two seemingly unrelated events occurred last week. I say seemingly because after a few moments reflection it becomes readily obvious that the connection between them is incredibly important.

Last week, we observed the second anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The pain, grief and, in some circles, determination to overcome terrorism are still clearly evident. Remembering and reflecting on the worst attack to ever occur on American soil reinforces our conviction to never forget and to never allow it to happen again.

Also last week, the nine Democrat presidential hopefuls held their second debate. To be honest, I did not watch the debate as I consider them to be useless beauty contests that generate nothing more than sound bites. I prefer to read what the candidates had to say, thereby avoiding the annoying stage acting and posturing.

The link between these two events is not direct nor is it necessarily obvious. The connection struck me as I was thinking about the terrorist attacks of two years ago, the actions the country has taken since then, and the administration that has taken those actions. I also read the news reports about the criticisms the candidates had of President Bush and his foreign policy, and specifically the of the war in Iraq.

Democratic presidential candidates, from left, former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., Rev. Al Sharpton, Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, Rep. Dick Gephardt, D-Mo., former Illinois Sen. Carol Moseley Braun, Sen. Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn. and Sen. Bob Graham, D-Fla. pose after participating in a candidates debateon September 9 at Morgan State University in Baltimore
Democratic presidential candidates, from left, former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., Rev. Al Sharpton, Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, Rep. Dick Gephardt, D-Mo., former Illinois Sen. Carol Moseley Braun, Sen. Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn. and Sen. Bob Graham, D-Fla. pose after participating in a candidates debateon September 9 at Morgan State University in Baltimore

As I looked at the picture of the Democrat line up of candidates, I asked myself these questions: Would our country be safer today if one of these people had been president on September 11, 2001? Which of these candidates would have handled the situation better? Who among this group would I trust with developing and executing policies upon which the very survival of our country depended?

The answers were: No, none, and no one.

The prevailing national defense opinions among the nine dwarves run the gamut of left-wing gibberish, including leaving Saddam Hussein in power in Iraq and turning America's national survival over to the United Nations. None of the opinions leaves me with much confidence in their ability to protect America.

The Democrats know that they cannot beat President Bush in 2004 focusing on national defense issues. They can attack and criticize the administration's policies, complain that we haven't pacified Iraq yet, and make idiotic claims that President Bush's foreign policy has been as disaster. But they know that the American voters are not going to buy it.

Knowing their weakness on foreign policy and national security, the Democrats plan to attack the president on domestic and economic issues. The candidates from the tax and spend party are loudly and arrogantly bemoaning the record federal budget deficit projected for this year. Most, if not all of the candidates have called for higher taxes, carefully characterized as a "rollback" of the Bush tax cuts, in order to fight the war on runaway federal spending.

The Democrats' position leaves us with ludicrous choices – deficit reduction or national survival; rolling back "tax cuts for the wealthy" or rolling back the terrorist threat; free health care or freedom from fanatics; trusting the UN to protect us or protecting ourselves.

At the end of the day, after considering the events of the last two years, after considering the actions the administration has taken, after considering that we are making the terrorists fight on their turf instead of in our cities, I am grateful the George W. Bush is the president. Not one of the nine dwarves measures up.

Charles Bloomer is a senior writer for Enter Stage Right. He can be contacted at clbloomer@enterstageright.com. © 2003 Charles Bloomer

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