Tuesday, August 31, 2004

The convention

Last night was the first night of the RNC convention. Rudy Giuliani and John McCain were the featured speakers.

Let's look at what these John McCain had to say.

It's a fight between a just regard for human dignity and a malevolent force that defiles an honorable religion by disputing God's love for every soul on earth. It's a fight between right and wrong, good and evil.

And my friends, should our enemies acquire for their arsenal the chemical, biological and nuclear weapons they seek, this war will become a much bigger thing.

So it is, whether we wished it or not, that we have come to the test of our generation, to our rendezvous with destiny. And much is expected of us.

The media must be going mad. John McCain just agreed with the President. I have to say, this is the best part of the speech. It was a fantastic speech but this gets to the heart of what is going on in the world.
Only the most deluded of us could doubt the necessity of this war. Like all wars, this one will have its ups and downs. But we must fight. We must.

You hear the democrats, you're deluded. AS I said yesterday we have choices. What choice do you want to make?
The years of keeping Saddam in a box were coming to a close. The international consensus that he be kept isolated and unarmed had eroded to the point that many critics of military action had decided the time had come again to do business with Saddam, despite his near daily attacks on our pilots, and his refusal, until his last day in power, to allow the unrestricted inspection of his arsenal.

Our choice wasn't between a benign status quo and the bloodshed of war. It was between war and a graver threat. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

Not our political opponents. And certainly -- and certainly not a disingenuous filmmaker who would have us believe...

That line was so good, I'll use it again. Certainly not a disingenuous filmmaker who would have us believe, my friends, who would have us believe that Saddam's Iraq was an oasis of peace, when in fact -- when in fact it was a place of indescribable cruelty, torture chambers, mass graves and prisons that destroyed the lives of the small children inside their walls.

Whether or not Saddam possessed the terrible weapons he once had and used, freed from international pressure and the threat of military action, he would have acquired them again.

ZING!!!!!!! The really good part, Michael Moore was in the audience as a columnist for USA Today.

The last sentence is the most important. It doesn't matter if Hussien had the weapons at the time of the invasion. What is important is that he HAD used them in the past and he would get them and use them again.
Keep that faith. Keep your courage. Stick together. Stay strong. Do not yield. Do not flinch. Stand up. Stand up with our president and fight.

We're Americans. We're Americans, and we'll never surrender. They will.

Okay, I lied earlier, THIS is the most important part of this speech. What a wonderful ending to a fantastic speech.

As I said yesterday, you can stand or wilt. I choose to stand.

The complete text of John McCains speech can be found here.