Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Vox Blogoli IV: Some Highlights

I’ve spent some time this week reading through many of the symposium entries to Hugh Hewitt’s latest, called:

Vox Blogoli IV: Why vote for Bush, and what's wrong with Kerry?

My own entry was submitted the first day. But new entries keep pouring in, and should continue doing so all week.

The sheer volume of the response means most people (my self included) are missing a lot of good stuff among the entries. I thought I’d lend a hand and pull out some good stuff I’ve come across in my own reading. This is in no way intended to be a “best of.” It’s more of a “cool stuff I found,” with the recognition that there’s a lot more good material out there as well.

A couple of notes about the ones I’ve selected. I only went to blogs that were new to me. One of the fun things about Hugh’s symposiums for me is discovering new blogs. Plenty of blogs I read regularly also had great entries (you’ll find many of those blogs in my blogroll).

I also don’t cite any blogs who went above the 250 word limit. Plenty of good entries out there did so (in fact I found perhaps 40% of the entries ignored the word limit entirely). They’re still worth reading. But especially when I was trying to sort through a large number of entries, the 250 and under entries are more suited for surfing around and getting a lot of different perspectives quickly.

And now, on to my "slice-o-the-symposium" highlights so far:

First this excerpt from Carol Platt Liebau states an excellent and perhaps under-emphasized point about John Kerry:

“John Kerry sees an America that is morally compromised and riddled with injustice and division -- a country that is unfit to serve as an exemplar to anyone, no more fit to possess nuclear weapons than Iran.”

Pawnking Pundit offered this line in his analysis of Kerry that seems pretty poignant as well:

“It occurs to me that while conservatives generally think Kerry lies all the time about his positions, liberals hope he is.”

Think Andrew Sullivan truly believes Kerry when he says his position on gay marriage is pretty much identical to that of Bush? Of course not.

As the Top of the World Turns
bases his argument on the fact that we are at war, and notes:

“Bush will look to the heartland, and will fight. Kerry will look to Europe and the world-drunk bicoastals, and will waver.”

Mount Virtus bases his argument on the parallels to the 1864 re-election campaign of Abraham Lincoln, and cites this from Lincoln’s address to Congress at the time:

“During the dark days of America’s Civil War, the future of liberty was at stake. President Abraham Lincoln’s 1862 message to Congress painted the picture: “In giving freedom to the slave, we assure freedom to the free—honorable alike in what we give, and what we preserve. We shall nobly save, or meanly lose, the last best hope of earth.” Committed to saving the Union, Lincoln elevated the meaning of the bloody conflict by issuing the Emancipation Proclamation.”

Indeed, Bush’s appeal to liberty is met with everything from silence to sneers from the political party who considers itself the champion of liberty, as a number of 9-11 Democrats planning to vote for Bush have noted with a sense of bewilderment.

The Spanktuary also focuses on foreign policy, saying:

“President Bush understands that national security and foreign policy aren't a popularity contest. It's all a contest for survival. Kerry believes that if America were nominated Ms. Congeniality, the planet would begin to love us.

Not true. The US has been the central envy of the planet for two seconds longer than it took the first country to resent our success.”

Then he draws an analogy to a school playground that must be read in its entirety. Funny and insightful.

The Proud Duck makes an alarming argument from a unique angle. He points to the deepening bigotry of the left against conservatives, and concludes:

“If Kerry wins, the Democrats won’t question their myths. Left unchecked, they will strengthen and fester. Democracy requires that the side that comes in second has to be willing to accept the verdict of the voters. When you honestly think the other side is fascist, that's impossible. You don't accept government by Nazis, ever, democratically elected or not. Perpetuation of left-liberals’ conceit that theirs is the only respectable opinion is a real threat to republican government – a more fragile thing than I think many left-liberals assume.”

I think he’s right, but it will take a heck of a lot more than one election to clean this up. It’s a good start though.

From the East Side also makes an argument based on the state of the Democratic Party:

“As president, John Kerry could not make a move on his own. The contentious, often clashing groups that make up the Democrats these days would be first on his mind. This isn't a big tent -- it's a free-for-all streetfight where the gang leader in the Oval Office could only pretend to keep control.”

House of the Dog makes a very concise explanation of the choice between the men:

“Amazingly, we actually have an election that is about a difference of opinion. How you vote probably depends on how you characterize the war. If you believe that the war on terror is a widespread war for our way of life, then Bush is the only answer.”

The Paragraph Farmer
bases his argument on trusting the judgment of cops and the military regarding the two men, and notes:

“In this campaign, it’s plain that the president enjoys more support in the rank-and-file military than his challenger, even though the challenger has a gaudier service record.”

Five Smooth Stones draws an analogy to the film Chariots of Fire, and from his own Christian worldview, concluding:

“A vote cast for George Bush will lead to good things for America because George Bush sees service to America as a gift and blessing of God. A vote for John Kerry would simply be casting a vote for John Kerry's ego, and consequently, not for the good of the American people.”

Tribe Jesters cites his main reasons for supporting Bush: the War on Terror, Judicial Appointments, and Pro-Life concerns. I particularly liked his concise characterization regarding Bush and the War or Terror:

“President Bush gets it. He courageously called evil by its name and told everyone in the world to pick a side. President Bush seems more concerned with doing the right thing than with doing the popular thing. He has relentlessly backed up his talk on this issue with consistent action. He has not wavered.”

Please Don’t Eat The Cluster Bombs contrasts Bush and Kerry’s worldviews:

“The two major party candidates in this election offer us fundamentally different worldviews. On the one hand we have a man who believes that bad actors in the world target America because America acts “provocatively”. The other is a man who believes that bad actors in the world target America because we are a free people, and as such, the obvious enemy of all to which they aspire.”

Scott at Lincoln’s Boys offers a valuable perspective, as someone who volunteered for the military after 9/11, and though currently out of uniform, is preparing to re-enter. The whole thing is worth reading. But in a nutshell, he states:

“If Kerry wins, I will feel like the work we have done since Sept. 11th will have been largely wasted. …

When I go back into uniform I want to know that our president will give us the leeway to win this war, not fight to a draw.”

And that's it for this tonight's little highlight reel. Thanks to all of those I visited for your terrific entries. Lots of good bloggers out there. Hugh's symposiums seem to attract high caliber bloggers in general - from tiny new ones to some long-time biggies. Surfing Hugh's symposium posters is one of the least painful random blog surfing experiences ever. Try it out yourself.


Blogger Gerry said...

Thanks! For taking the trouble, and for your great results.

8:55 AM  
Blogger Matt said...

Great work!


11:35 AM  
Blogger Brent said...

Hey Doug,

I looked for an email address where I could send my thanks to you for posting a link to my submission to Hugh's latest symposium that I posted on my site at 5 Smooth Stones. So in the absence of such, I will do it here. I look forward to making more submissions as Hugh opens the mic for us. I like your site and will be coming back.

5:05 PM  

Post a Comment

<< Home