Memo to all you whiners who
either did not bother to vote, or who are still claiming that
you were "intimidated" or "disenfranchised" during last
November's presidential election here in the U.S., simply
because a poll worker dared to suggest that a responsible
voter has to be registered and actually show up at the right
IN THE RECENT
ELECTION IN IRAQ, PEOPLE WERE ACTUALLY MURDERED FOR
EXERCISING THEIR RIGHT TO VOTE!
Iraqis currently living in the
United States traveled hundreds of miles to cast absentee
votes to elect their nation's first-ever legitimate
government. Smiles and thumbs-up were common from these
people as they gladly climbed aboard buses for the privilege
of going to a polling place many hours from their homes.
Having tasted the fruits of the greatest nation on earth, it
is clear they want the same for their war-torn homeland.
But the true inspiration came
from the Iraqi people still living in the nation John Kerry
dismissed as not worth the effort. Remember? Kerry
called it "the wrong war in the wrong place at the wrong
time." (As if there is ever a wrong place or time to oppose
tyranny and promote freedom.) In Iraq, voters young and
old braved threats of death from the murdering terrorists the
cynical American media insist on calling "insurgents".
Dozens of Iraqi patriots were murdered while attempting to
exercise their right to vote.
And still they came, in
percentages that should shame the slackers here in America who
were more interested in "Survivor" and "American
Idol" than in exercising their precious right to vote.
Although it no doubt disrupted
their notion of how things ought to be, even the so-called
mainstream media could not ignore the moving story of a free
election in Iraq and the courageous people who made it happen.
Since they usually revel in reporting on "the quagmire" that
has become "George Bush's Vietnam", it must irk them no end to
have to report that the efforts and sacrifice put forth by
America is greatly appreciated by the brave Iraqis who have
just elected their first government.
Even as blame-America-first
liberals (best personified at the moment by
Barbara Boxer and
John Kerry) do everything in their power to
undermine the Bush Administration and to downplay this
historic election, the people who actually lived under the
tyranny of Saddam Hussein are thrilled at the privilege of
participating in democracy.
Perhaps it is axiomatic that
people will strive for that which is most elusive. This
is especially true of liberty. Offer it to a people for
the very first time and the human spirit will drive that
population to risk life and limb for a taste of freedom.
Offer the opportunity to preserve it to people who have never
known tyranny and the response is tepid. No illustration
of this is starker than the contrast between American
elections and those in the freedom-starved nations of
Afghanistan and Iraq.
There are those on the
America who, while basking in the freedom provided for them by
Americans in uniform, are so blinded by their hatred of George
W. Bush that they would prefer to see chaos instead of peace
in Iraq. They are still so bitter over the president's
re-election that they refuse to rejoice with a liberated
people embracing democracy at a crucial time in their nation's
history. Shame on these cynics for thinking so little of
freedom, and for believing that people half a world away
deserve it less than we do.