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The winning Card

Posted by Mike @ 4:39 PM Saturday, 17 July 2004 • Category: Domestic Disputes

This one from Orson Scott Card really says it all, I think:

George W. Bush is the real thing. Despite unbelievable political hostility, at home and abroad, he has determinedly pursued the war that we had to fight, and still have to pursue until we win.

Reagan caved in on Beirut and on paying off hostage-takers. George W. Bush hasn’t caved in on anything significant concerning this war.

But W isn’t smooth on TV. He has Letterman ridiculing him viciously every night on NBC. He has a lot of liars calling him a liar. The media message is constantly being pounded home: Even though W has successfully governed our country through the first two campaigns of a war that was forced on us; even though he has presided over a recovery from the recession that began during Clinton’s presidency, despite the huge economic setback caused by 9/11; even though he has a track record that would be the envy of any wartime or peacetime president …

In other words, even though he has the job of President and has done it as well as anyone in recent years (and, I believe, better than Reagan by quite some) …

He still might lose the election, because Americans are so dumb we actually believe it when political dimwits like Letterman call Bush stupid …

And because we’re such slow learners we actually believe the Democratic candidate when he pretends to be a Republican. Despite his voting record. Despite the fact that the left wing of his own party doesn’t believe a word of his promises.

We have a war going on. Anybody who’s serious about winning it cannot consider, even for a moment, voting for Kerry. No other issue compares to that one.

We can’t afford to be stupid this year.

And that’s the name of that tune. Card is rapidly becoming North Carolina’s own VDH, and that’s just about the highest praise I can give him short of calling him our Lileks. Be sure to read the rest of it, too.

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  1.  
    7/17/2004 | 6:02 PM
     
    Card has his good moments, but some of his views, such as his reasons for opposing the decriminalization of drugs, are poorly founded and reasoned, emissions of emotional proclivities rather than well-considered thoughts about public policy.
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    Joss
    7/17/2004 | 8:05 PM
     
    Y'all know that Orson Scott Card has a mormon background. . .just like some other people you may know. Ahem. But that would explain some of his views regarding illegal substances and whatnot.

    I've been reading his books since I was ten, and Ender's Game is still an all time fave. Kinda cool to see someone I admire in media on the side of the right.

  3.  
    7/18/2004 | 3:45 AM
     
    Voting for Bush sends the message that lying to America and atacking other countries on trumped up charges is just hunky dory with Americans.

    I'm not sure thats the message I want the rest of the world to see.

    I think we can obtain Pax Americana without having to fight senseless wars that cause American service people to die. Just takes a bit more thinking than this administration might be capable of.

  4.  
    Ken Hahn
    7/18/2004 | 8:09 AM
     
    IXLNXS,
    please give me one example of the lying to which you refer. Thanks
  5.  
    7/18/2004 | 8:59 AM
     
    And by the way, he should make it a new one, not one from six months ago that has now been fully and completely discredited. But that ain't going to be possible, I think. The lies, as per usual, have all been coming from the Left.
  6.  
    7/18/2004 | 9:18 AM
     
    IXLNXS you sure you don't mean the Dems good buddy Moore?
  7.  
    7/18/2004 | 3:21 PM
     
    That's all you need to know...
    Orson Scott Card nails it: ...George W. Bush is the real thing. Despite unbelievable political hostility, at home and abroad, he has determinedly pursued the war that we had to fight, and still have to pursue until we win. Reagan...
  8.  
    praktike
    7/18/2004 | 3:55 PM
     
    Too bad Card misinforms his readers. Luckily, the NBER is far more trustworthy on the subject of when recessions begin and end.
  9.  
    7/18/2004 | 7:14 PM
     
    Card nails it, certainly.

    Which is why the Dems need something like this as the mascot for their convention...

    So useful, in so many ways...

  10.  
    Bloggerhead
    7/18/2004 | 9:03 PM
     
    Hey, shouldn't Card also be on the short list for CIA director? No wait, that's the short bus he appears to have hopped.

    You guys can't seriously believe that Bush "has done [the job of president] as well as anyone in recent years," unless, of course, "recent years" is taken to mean the last three years.

    As for the troika of Lileks, Hanson & Card: "Forgotten writers, for two hundred, Alex." I'm sure that's company Card fancies himself keeping.

  11.  
    7/18/2004 | 11:51 PM
     
    While the Marines did physically withdraw from Beruit, it is NOT correct to say Reagan unilaterally caved in nor halted American milpol efforts to resolve the ME problems and the Arab-Israeli conflict - geopolitically, the anti-Sandinista NICARAGUAN CONTRA venture, et al. WAS JUST AS MUCH A WAR AGAINST TERROR, ESPECIALLY COMMUNIST-SPONSORED TERROR, AS IT WAS AGAINST THE SOVIET UNION AND THE DOMINO THEORY AS PER INTERNATIONAL COMMUNISM/COMMUNIST INSURGENCY! SAY WHAT YOU WILL AGAINST REAGAN, BUT THOSE OF US WHOM WERE THERE KNOW HIS ADMIN STOPPED COLD AND REVERSED THE ADVANCES OF BOTH COMMUNISM, RADICAL TERROR, AND IRANIAN-LED REVOLUTIONARY ISLAM!
  12.  
    Joe
    7/19/2004 | 12:54 PM
     
    praktike, perhaps you should read here before leaving snarky comments on those hard-to-define beginning and end points (of recessions).
  13.  
    Joe
    7/19/2004 | 1:08 PM
     
    That penetrating wit ! Such keen insight ! What devastating arguments he presents ! We must all now do penance for the worship of our false gods, Lileks and Hanson ; for clearly Bloggerhead is the superior writer, and much more deserving of our praise.

    Or, y'know, not.

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