SharksWithLasers -- Seth Cooper

A CUTTING-EDGE BLOG FOR THE WORLD OF THE 21st CENTURY, Currently operated by Seth L. Cooper, a 27 year-old attorney in Seattle (sethlcooper at comcast dot net)

Thursday, July 22, 2004

REVIEW OF HUGH HEWITT'S IF ITS NOT CLOSE, THEY CAN'T CHEAT
 
The results of this year’s presidential election boil down to one simple question: does America want to win the war against terrorism?  The choice between the two political parties will determine the answer.  If America votes Republican, it chooses to keep up the fight and America will win.  Should it vote Democrat, America will suffer unspeakable loss of life and liberty because the Democrats won’t take the fight to our terrorist enemies. 
 
Given the high stakes involved, every citizen who cares about the defense of our country should pick up a copy of Hugh Hewitt’s new book If It’s Not Close, They Can’t Cheat: Crushing the Democrats in Every Election and Why Your Life Depends On It.   This reviewer ex-Democrat turned Republican reviewer strongly recommends it.  Consider this book the serious voter’s guide to the 2004 elections. 
 
As Hewitt makes abundantly clear, President George W. Bush is the leader of a Republican Party committed to fighting this war.  President Bush will continue to take it to our terrorist enemies.  In contrast, Sen. John Kerry and his Democratic cohorts have hopelessly descended into the “blame America first” ideology and will not do what it takes to defend our nation.  Hewitt’s chapter about Kerry highlights an abysmal political track record on national security issues.  Kerry frequently opposed the strategic moves by President Ronald Reagan that helped to end the Cold War.  Kerry opposed the first Persian Gulf War.  Kerry supported appeasement of North Korea—now a nuclear threat.  Kerry continues to completely oppose missile defense.  And yes, there’s more…
 
Sadly, Kerry is playing to a Democratic elite that is becoming increasingly unhinged from practical reality.  Hewitt frequently points out that the Democrats do not suffer from a lack of patriotism, but they simply won’t acknowledge the threats we now face.  One chapter highlights the decline of moral clarity among party extremists and the rise of pacifism—which party leaders like Kerry frequently downplay or cover up by invoking the names of Harry S. Truman and John F. Kennedy.  This is a smokescreen, for the latter two leaders are of a party from another time—a time long since passed.  Today’s Democratic activists nearly nominated Howard Dean to be President.  As Hewitt insightfully points out, it was only Dean’s exploding temper—and not Dean’s positions—that cost him the nomination.  Remember: Dean was the man who claimed “the capture of Saddam has not made America safer.”  
 
However, Hewitt’s book is more about BUILDING UP than tearing down.   One chapter lays out President Bush’s strategy for the war against terrorism and describes the President’s moral clarity on this matter: “From the beginning then, President Bush cast the war not as one between interests and nations, but as a conflict between good and evil.”  A democratic republic committed to liberty, the rule of law and free markets requires a government that will protect and defend its people.  The President’s conviction on this matter could not be any more clear, as Hewitt appends the text of five key speeches by President Bush that detail his vision and resolve in carrying out the war. 
 
Hewitt provides insight on how anyone can help the President win re-election.  A key insight: parties and majorities matter!  A delegate to my county convention for President Clinton in 1996, I later became disillusioned by the Democrats but inhabited an independent netherworld because the Republicans didn’t do things the way I wanted them to.  Yet, if you don’t work from within a party to change it for the better, that party won’t likely ever change.  Hewitt points out the selfishness of the my-way-or-the-highway approach held by many one-issue activists the like.  He also stresses the importance of giving money to campaigns—and giving more.  Good insight is also given about how to avoid political pitfalls on many of the contentious domestic issues of our day.   
 
Also significant about this book is Hewitt’s emphasis upon the blogosphere and its increasing importance to public debate on media, political, economic and legal issues.   One chapter and an appendix are devoted to blogs.  Readers of this review will undoubtedly be familiar with the blogosphere, but many readers of the book will receive a much-needed introduction to this highly significant and growing medium of communication. 
 
This review would be incomplete with a mere exhortation to others, and so this reviewer will put his money where his mouth is.  Even though I have already given a hefty sum to the Bush-Cheney campaign, Hewitt’s book motivated me to give even more—and I did so yesterday.  I will continue to give more.  Furthermore, I purchased an extra copy of the book to give to someone else.  And I will do that again.  Finally, since I am a lawyer, I am uniquely able to be of assistance on election night, and I have signed up to help the Bush-Cheney team as a volunteer election law attorney.  Maintaining an electoral process that all sides can agree to and which provides voter confidence is not of interest to DNC Chair Terry McCaulliffe.  No matter.  I believe in insuring the integrity and fairness of the process, and so I will help get the President’s back.  Hopefully, the election won’t even be that close, for as Hewitt points out: a clear victory means that no amount of election trickery will do any good for those who wish to cheat. 
 
We can’t hide from this war.  The terrorists brought it directly to us.  The tragedy and travesty of 9/11 served as the call to arms of our nation’s armed forces.  They have responded courageously and heroically on many fronts.  America is fully engaged in this war and if Kerry and the Democrats take control of the reigns, it won’t simply be a full stop to our efforts—it will be Wagons East.  With the war continuing these three years after 9/11, we are now faced with a choice: one President and his party will accept the continued responsibility and burden of fighting this war; one Senator and his own party will make an active retreat and give nations like France a veto over the life-or-death decisions our nation must make on the international stage.  I choose President Bush.

(Everett, WA)

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