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Who Can You Trust – Bush or Kerry?

Thursday, 19 February 2004 12:00 AM

While left-wing Democrats would rather write in a vote for Fidel Castro than choose George W. Bush, there is a great mass of undecided voters – Democratic moderates, independents and libertarians – who are keeping their minds open in the hope that one prominent issue will influence the lever they pull.

Today, nearly three years after the deadliest attack on America in its history and two years of fighting international terrorism, that issue is: Who can I trust?

This overarching question must be answered by facts, not emotion. In the most literal way, our lives depend on it.

That is why the answer, to me, is clear. While most people change their minds on numerous issues, their decisions – except for their votes – have relatively little effect on the safety or security of our country. But when elected officials change their minds – especially on issues of national security – the consequences could well prove the undoing of our nation.

Sen. Kerry has changed his mind about the most important issues of the modern age. For instance:

He supported the Vietnam War, volunteering for service, but

He has said, as an elected official, that he believed in a strong defense of our country but

He voted three times to exempt terrorists from the death penalty but

He voted for the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform bill, saying he hated soft money but

He says he’s against same-sex “marriages” but, strangely, voted against the Defense of Marriage Act.

He voted for the No Child Left Behind Act but

He voted for (and partially wrote) the 2001 USA PATRIOT Act but

He voted against Desert Storm in 1991 but

He voted for the current war in Iraq but

How can we trust what Kerry now says he believes in? Simply, we can’t! His lengthy public-service record screams with the kind of contradictions that bode ill for a country badly in need of consistent and decisive leadership.

President Bush fits this bill. A man of his word, he promised during his run for office to lower taxes and enact education reform, both of which he delivered on. And after Sept. 11, he promised the nation that he would fight terrorism wherever it existed and “root out the terrorists and bring them to justice.”

Again, he has been good to his word, dismantling the Taliban and al-Qaeda in Afghanistan, liberating Iraq and capturing Saddam Hussein, pursuing diplomatic communication with North Korea, Iran and Syria, enlisting the Saudis to join our anti-terror mission, and inspiring Libya to come clean about its weapons programs.

In addition, he established the Department of Homeland Security, improved communication among intelligence agencies, and put the rest of the world on notice that America – alone or with allies – will never bow or capitulate to those who wish us ill.

By any measure, these accomplishments – in less than three years – are breathtaking in scope. More important, they are actions based on a core philosophy and not on the vagaries of public opinion or unreliable polls. Or, for that matter, on a political “vision,” like Kerry’s, that wants it both ways, all ways, some ways, or no ways, depending on the audience he’s facing.

It’s actually hilarious and immensely self-deluding that Kerry has started calling himself “The Real Deal.” Real about what issue? It’s impossible for anyone who has followed his “on the record” comments and actions over the last several decades to figure that out!

In this crucial time in our history, when every person in America faces the very real threat of being exterminated by a suitcase full of biological toxins or a nuclear device, voting for a man who is famous for changing his mind is folly at best, life-threatening at worst.

It’s not enough to base a candidacy, as Kerry has, solely on hatred of his opponent. While Kerry may speak in stentorian tones, President Bush, without the fancy speech, is all about the only issue that counts: Trust.

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