05 March 2004
The President is no longer going to yield the playing field to an opposition
that has employed almost unprecedented nastiness in attacking him for almost
a year. Nor should he.
The recent release
of three commercials on behalf of President Bush resulted in a wave of negative
comments from the media, the Democrats and those who serve their interests.
I rushed to the Bush campaign’s official web site anxious to see what all
the fuss was about, imagining pictures of pain, suffering, planes crashing
into buildings, grieving families. But those images were not there. Instead,
you see a fleeting shell of a building, and an American flag flying. There
are a couple of quick images of officers carrying a coffin draped in the
flag, and of firemen, not suffering, but simply shown as the everyday heroes
The content of the commercials is so subtle and positive that it is remarkable
that anyone is complaining about them. The issue, apparently, is that the
President used a few fleeting shots from the 9/11 tragedy as backdrop, as
if the event did not occur and the president has no right to discuss the
issue or the impact it had on his presidency or the nation.
Again, it is not as if the commercials replay planes crashing into buildings
over and over again, which is what every network in the country did in the
weeks following 9/11. He and his campaign have simply tried to put his presidency
in historical context.
That alone is enough to drive the Democrats into absurd fits of frenzy.
Their hysterical desire to remove Bush from office has reached the point
where rational discourse is impossible. But just for the sake of comparison,
remember that groups supporting the Democrats in 2000 showed a lynched man
being dragged behind a truck, as if George Bush were somehow responsible
or sympathetic to such a hideous act.
I urge those who haven’t seen them to go to the official reelection site
of the President and view the commercials for yourselves. If you can find
a single frame that is offensive or disrespectful, it is likely you will
have somehow stumbled onto the John Kerry for President site by mistake.
The commercials are political, of course, but they are fair and tasteful,
and they are being attacked by Democrats for no other reason than that they
build a case for the President’s leadership.
This is an important election and an intellectual case can be made against
Bush, no doubt. Votes should be cast based on who citizens feel can best
lead the country and it is up to the candidates to make that case.
But the president is no longer going to yield the playing field to an opposition
that has employed almost unprecedented nastiness in attacking him for nearly
a year now. Nor should he.
Shadroui has been published in more than two
dozen newspapers and magazines, including National Review and Frontpagemag.com.
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