George W. Bush respectfully accepted election to another presidential term on Wednesday afternoon, though it was clear to all but John F. Kerry that his victory was in hand late Tuesday evening. President Bush graciously waited for his opponent to concede, though there was little that was gracious about their comments during that interim or in their admission of defeat.
Kerry huddled with his legal hordes for 12 hours, discussing a possible reprise of Albert Gore’s cynical charade of Campaign 2000. (As you’ll recall, Gore was attempting to make good on some advice from Old Joe Stalin: “Those who cast the votes decide nothing. Those who count the votes decide everything.”) But by high noon on Wednesday, Kerry’s klatch determined that with devastating losses in the House and Senate, with nationwide losses in down-ballot races, and with a loss in the popular vote of some 3.5 million, any attempt at reviving Gore’s sham would be rightly seen as beneath contempt.
Both the Kerry-Edwards concession and the President’s subsequent acceptance revealed a great deal about these men and their respective campaigns.
Mr. Edwards’s long-winded comments did more than merely introduce his crestfallen colleague; they kept alive a crusade designed to foment indignation among their constituents and keep the “Two Americas” divided.
Sadder still, while Senator Kerry droned on, it became clear that he would do little to disavow the bitterly defiant rhetoric of his junior colleague. As this column has noted in previous national-election cycles, Democrat campaigns have been, since FDR, fabricated around a primary strategy of “divide and conquer.” [See “The impostures of pretended patriotism…” at https://patriotpost.us/alexander/2000/01/01/on-patriotism/]
For his part, Kerry referred to “the danger of division in our country and the need – the desperate need – for unity, for finding the common ground, coming together” – which seemed about as disingenuous as Bill Clinton’s famous finger-wagging during Zippergate. In truth, John Kerry ran one of the most divisive campaigns in the history of our republic.
Kerry continued: “Today, I hope that we can begin the healing. I pledge to do my part to try to bridge the partisan divide.” (Why didn’t he “begin the healing” six months ago – or twenty years ago for that matter?) Then he buttressed the partisan divide by saying that, despite his defeat, he will continue to fight “to make affordable health care an accessible right for all Americans, not a privilege … to protect the environment, to achieve equality, to push the frontiers of science and discovery, and to restore America’s reputation in the world.” (On that last note, perhaps the President should appoint Kerry Ambassador to France.)
Regarding wounds that won’t heal, Kerry said, “I want to thank my crewmates and my friends from 35 years ago, that great ‘band of brothers’ who crisscrossed this country on my behalf through 2004.” Of course, it was a far more authentic “band of brothers,” the Swiftees and POWs, who exposed Kerry’s spurious “hero” facade.
Kerry proclaimed that he would not continue to use the lives of American Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coasties on the warfront with Jihadi terrorists as political campaign fodder. “Now, more than ever, with our soldiers in harm’s way, we must stand together and succeed in Iraq and win the war on terror.” But that declaration is a bit late.
In fact, there exists a direct correlation between Kerry’s efforts to create dissent (read: division) over U.S. policy on the Iraqi and Afghan warfronts against terrorism – and American and Allied casualties on those very fronts [see “John Kerry: More ‘aid and comfort’…” at https://patriotpost.us/alexander/2004/10/08/john-kerry-more-aid-and-comfort/]. Those forces, including countless Iraqis, have been injured and killed in ever-increasing numbers because of the political discord Kerry and his ilk have provoked. The increase in casualties was an unavoidable consequence of his reckless campaign rhetoric. Thus, the blood of those American Patriots – like the blood of his “brothers” in Vietnam – is on John Kerry’s hands. And there it will remain.
Finally, Kerry said: “I leave this campaign with a prayer that has even greater meaning to me now that I’ve come to know our vast country so much better. ‘God bless America’.”
Indeed, God has blessed America, which brings us to President Bush’s comments.
The difference between the President’s words and those of Senator Kerry is aptly summed up in the first line of their remarks Wednesday. President Bush said, “I’m humbled,” in contrast to Kerry, who said, “I’m gratified.”
It is fair to characterize George Bush’s brief comments as unifying, especially in contrast to Kerry’s words of division. He outlined an agenda with which the vast majority of Americans can agree – “reform our outdated tax code … strengthen Social Security … improve public schools … uphold our deepest values of family and faith … help the emerging democracies of Iraq and Afghanistan … so they can grow in strength and defend their own freedom … and then our servicemen and women will come home with the honor they have earned.”
Notably, in a marked departure from the past, President Bush said nothing conciliatory to Kerry, Kennedy, Clinton, et al., and their Leftist vendors of hate. Instead, in his appeal for unity, President Bush did what Ronald Reagan did in 1981 – he talked right over the heads of the Demo leadership – and directly to their constituents. “I want to speak to every person who voted for my opponent,” he said. “To make this nation stronger and better, I will need your support and I will work to earn it. I will do all I can do to deserve your trust. A new term is a new opportunity to reach out to the whole nation. We have one country, one Constitution, and one future that binds us. And when we come together and work together, there is no limit to the greatness of America.”
Despite insistence from the Left that President Bush must “govern from the center,” it is clear that Bush’s first-term administration efforts to mollify the Left produced only vitriolic rhetoric against his policies. Consequently, it is apparent that such efforts are not going to be a strategic centerpiece of President Bush’s second term (better late than never). The nation has been sharply divided as a result of Albert Gore’s rhetoric in 2000 and Kerry’s rhetoric this past year. In order for President Bush’s conservative mandate to succeed, he will have to make his case with the American people, not Leftists on Capitol Hill.
Though he won re-election with 59.3 million votes, a margin of some 3.6 million votes over Kerry, taken alone, this does not suggest a “mandate” to govern. However, taken in tandem with Republican gains in both houses of Congress – the first case of across-the-board party gains for an incumbent since the Truman presidency – and gains in the states, the word “mandate” does indeed come to mind. It’s also worth noting that President Bush won the first popular-vote majority since 1988 and a higher percentage vote than any Democrat since 1964. [See our “Conservative Index of States” at https://patriotpost.us/reference/election-map-2004-states/]
In the final analysis, the Democrats unloaded their most destructive arsenal on George Bush – pounding him incessantly for six months. Under the management of a pompous inheritance-welfare would-be hero prevaricator and his pretentious Breck Girl sidekick, the salvos included countless millions worth of Leftmedia bias, Hollywood stars and rock-n-rollers, faux academicians and crocumentarians, billionaires and their hate-filled 527s, and a whole cadre of Clintonistas. They even rolled out endorsements from Osama bin Laden, Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi, Saddam Hussein, Kim Jong-Il, Mohammad Khatami, Moammar al-Ghadafi and Hu Jingtao, not to mention Jacques Chirac, Gerhard Schroeder and Kofi Annan.
But a majority of American people rose above it all and got it right nonetheless – and resoundingly so.
Indeed, President Bush is the right man, for the right job, at the right time. And we can now put aside the Kerry campaign’s 13 slogans and focus on the Bush campaign’s single slogan – “Moving America Forward.”
Quote of the week…
“There is an old saying, ‘Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers; pray for powers equal to your tasks.’ In four historic years, America has been given great tasks and faced them with strength and courage. Our people have restored the vigor of this economy and shown resolve and patience in a new kind of war. Our military has brought justice to the enemy and honor to America. Our nation has defended itself and served the freedom of all mankind. I’m proud to lead such an amazing country, and I’m proud to lead it forward.” –President George W. Bush, accepting the job for four more years
PUBLISHER’S NOTE: We have received thousands of inquiries about the “Petition for Investigation and Indictment” of John Kerry. According to our legal scholars, John Kerry’s meetings with enemy agents from Communist North Vietnam on multiple occasions between 1970 and 1972 are not covered under Jimmy Carter’s amnesty as outlined in EO 4483. For that reason, on Monday, 22 October, we delivered (and confirmed delivery) to U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft a “Petition for Investigation and Indictment” calling on the Department of Justice to determine conclusively whether Kerry’s actions, in direct violation of UCMJ (Article 104 part 904), U.S. Code (18 USC Sec. 2381 and 18 USC Sec. 953) and other applicable laws and acts of Congress, constitute treason and disqualify him from any future campaign for any national office. (To read the text of the petitioners’ request, link to – https://patriotpost.us/petition/kerry/)
As of this date, we have not heard anything from the Justice Department concerning this petition request. We plan to pursue this issue, as its endorsers have requested, to its resolution, and we fully expect an answer from AG Ashcroft. In reality, given the political sensitivity of this request, we don’t expect any action before January, 05. However, we are contemplating forming an alliance with other groups like the Swiftees and POWs and moving forward with this legal challenge. We will keep you posted.