turns for Republican George W. Bush. It is Edward I. Koch, who
served as mayor of New York City from 1978 to 1989.
He faults the Democratic
candidates for the presidency as lacking inspiration. They instead
are panderers of the negative and despondent as well as the
unreasonable and shallow.
On January 8, Mr.
Koch stated in an editorial entitled, "Why I, Koch, Am
bolting For Bush" (World Tribune): "I am a lifelong
Democrat. I was elected to New York’s City Council, Congress
and three terms as mayor of New York City on the Democratic
Party line. . .Nevertheless, I intend to vote in 2004 to reelect
President Bush. . .President Bush has earned my vote because
he has shown the resolve and courage necessary to wage the war
Mr. Koch goes on
to underline his disappointment in the Democratic candidates
for the highest office in America. "The Democratic presidential
contenders, unfortunately, inspire no such confidence. With
the exception of Senator Joseph Lieberman, who has no chance
of winning, the Democrats have decided that in order to get
their party's nomination, they must pander to its radical left
wing. As a result, the Democratic candidates, even those who
voted to authorize the war in Iraq, have attacked the Bush administration
for its successful effort to remove a regime that was a sponsor
of terrorism and a threat to world peace."
Mr. Koch spares
no words for former Vermont governor Howard Dean when he states
that "the Democrat now leading in the race, former governor
Howard Dean, is a disgrace. His willingness to publicly entertain
the slander that President Bush had advance warning of the September
11 attacks and his statement that America is no safer as a result
of the capture of Saddam Hussein should have been sufficient
to end his candidacy. But the radicals who dominate the primaries
love the red meat that is thrown to them, even when it comes
from a mad cow."
Bush, Mr. Koch states that Mr. Bush has "confronted the
terrorist threat head on. Immediately following the September
11 terrorist attacks, the president presented the core principle
of what has become known as the Bush Doctrine. . .The Bush Doctrine,
simply stated by the president, is: ‘We will make no distinction
between the terrorists who committed these acts and those who
Bush has lived up to that credo. . . This record and the Democratic
candidates' irresponsible rhetoric are the reasons why I will
vote for a second term for President Bush."
Joseph Grant Swank, Jr., is
the Pastor of New Hope Church in Windham, ME. He is a a graduate
of an accredited college (BA) and seminary (M Div) with graduate
work at Harvard Divinity School. Pastor Swank has been married
for 41 years and he has 3 adult children. He is the author of
5 books and over 2000 articles in various Protestant and Catholic
magazines, journals and newspapers. He writes a weekly religion
column for PORTLAND PRESS HERALD newspaper, Portland ME. His
columns have appeared on IntellectualConservative.com, MichNews.com,
BushCountry.org, Chalcedon.com, ConservativeTruth.com, TheAbsurdReport.com,
Israel Action Coalition, WoundedShepherds.com, among others.
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