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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

A Conservative Speaks Up for Rudy - What Really Matters? (And Who Can Deal with It?)

I will be submitting this post to the uber blog California Conservative for which I am a contributor.

I want to thank Kip Allen (Desert Rat) for his editing and the marvelous second quote from Churchill.

What Really Matters?
(And Who Can Deal with It?)

Last night while watching the “debate” (really a question and answer period with little time allowed for the answers), I was taken with the fact that many people still do not take the war with jihadists seriously.

If you listened to a number of the questions, particularly from one reporter, one got the impression that the game was still on. Sept. 11 never happened. Politics as usual is still possible.

What made me think that?

Many the questions were of a “gotcha” nature involving important, yet secondary, issues. Did Romney flip-flop on abortion and gay rights? Is Rudy pro-choice (as if we did not already know.)? Did McCain have an ethanol conversion experience on the road to Des Moines (That one was cute but irritating given the seriousness of the issues the nation faces.)? Who is more conservative than thou … Rudy McRomney?

What really matters is that we have more than 100,000 men and women involved in a war in Iraq into which we are pouring billions of dollars. There is an ongoing debate as to whether to pull out or to try to win this war. This debate is grounded in the question of whether winning or losing is relevant; that is, does it matter whether we win or lose?

If there are only 90 minutes available, and there are 10 candidates to question, one would think the wedge issues of the ’80s and ’90s could be set aside for a serious discussion of this life-and-death question.

All the candidates seemed to realize that too much time was being spent on tangential questions. When a secondary issue was raised, most of them would try to turn it to the central concern of our time — the war on jihadism. As Rudy has said repeatedly, “These people are out to kill us.”

All other concerns are dwarfed when there are people out there who want to kill us. A gay’s right to marry is not terribly important if he is dead. Global warming (don’t get me started on that) will be of little concern to those who have been blown to bits.

Three of the candidates forcefully and articulately stated their case for winning and evidenced the ability to do so last night — McCain, Hunter and Rudy. I am sure Romney, Gilmore and Huckabee share similar views, but I did not see the “warrior spirit” in them. Of the three warriors, Rudy stood out as the one with passion to see it through.

There is something Churchillian about Rudy. I almost hear him saying, "We shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end… We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing-grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills. We shall never surrender!" Rudy has the fire in the belly and it shows.

I grew up in the New York City suburbs. Sept. 11 had a profound impact on me. I have not forgotten my shock and rage at the perpetrators of that atrocity. I remember Rudy, America’s mayor, and saw him last night.

As Churchill also said, "You ask what is our aim? I can answer in one word: Victory. Victory at all costs. Victory in spite of all terror. Victory however long and hard the road may be. For without victory there is no survival."

I have points of disagreement with Rudy. Abortion and gun control come to mind. However, when the rubber meets the road, Rudy last night showed the grit and gumption to see this conflict through and never surrender.

Your Co-Conspirator,