JAN 1 - 15, 2004

VOL. 2 ISSUE 1

 

THE MODERATE INDEPENDENT ENDORSEMENT

One Candidate Stands Out As The Clear Best Choice For America

by Thomas J. Bico, editor-in-chief

 

JANUARY 15, 2004 – As moderate independents, our readers are those who will make up their minds individually, based on who they feel represents the best choice for America, without regard to party or other label.  And as the top-rated news source for moderate independents, we embrace and encourage that in our readership.

Yet as the place that moderate independents turn to get news and analysis that cuts through the spin and fills in the whole picture, that focuses solely on truth and what is best for America, it is our duty to our readers to inform them of who we believe is the best choice for America in the upcoming election contest.  And in this election, there is one man who stands up head and shoulders above the rest as the clear best choice for America.

From the beginning, Howard Dean has been a voice of divisiveness.  He is, essentially, a Bush for the left.  A Dean presidency would mean the same partisan division of the past four years, just with the other side angry.  We would sooner endorse Kucinich than Dean, even though his policies are way too far left for our taste.  At least Kucinich is a respectable man.

Lieberman is another candidate we could never support.  Though he likes to try and claim the mantle as the best choice for the independent voter, nothing is clearer than that Joe is no John McCain.  Joe believes he is the best choice because he can appeal to the right, middle and left, but, in fact, he is lost in the same veil of media bias that President Bush has ridden to power.  Joe thinks that because his ultra-right-wing views are mainstream in the media that that somehow makes him mainstream.  It does not and he is not.  On top of it, his viscous nastiness has been embarrassing for what was once a highly moral man.

Of the remaining candidates, four present decent choices.

Gephardt is a solid choice.  Notice how not a single scandal has arisen with his name on it.  But in our view he is not strong enough to be at the top of a ticket and too far left for our tastes.

Edwards has run a nice campaign of substance and positivity, but he just simply isn’t ready for prime time yet – not in the current state of the nation and world.

John Kerry had a lot of potential but has run an abysmal campaign.  He has shown himself not to be a leader but a follower who loudly treads trails others blaze.  And the most problematic trait with John is that his first focus is himself.  He is fascinated with his record and his ideas, not with the people he would represent.  He would make a good, strong, solid choice, but on policy, personality, and leadership, we would not go so far as to endorse him.

In fact, if these were the only candidates in the race, as was the case early on, we would not be endorsing anyone at all.  Even if you believe President Bush should be replaced, that is different  than saying another man is truly a great choice for the nation.  The above candidates are good possible alternatives to President Bush.

General Wesley Clark is a great choice for America.

He does not have to point out his military background, it is a part of him and exudes itself in his words, demeanor, and adept strategizing.  He does not have to proclaim his southern roots, as his southern charm is natural and his roots truly are as much in the whole of America – and the world – as in the south.  And he does not have to claim he is an independent, as he has shown with his actions and choices throughout the years that his first concern is what he considers best for America, not party label.

When General Clark talks, he is clearly talking to his supporters as people – something so many of the other candidates are simply unable to do.  He doesn’t have to claim his humble roots – he is a humble man and lived a humble life which can be felt upon talking to him or his family members. 

He does not have to portray himself as someone espousing “family values” – these values are apparent as you witness him interact with his family.  There is none of the forced or projected nature others have.  They are a close, loving family who really each believe in each other and have shared their lives as real families do.

He does not have to claim to care about Latinos, his daughter-in-law and new grandchild are Latino.  And even so, he is not out on the campaign trail bragging about this ad nauseum.  Like with everything else, Clark wears his stripes naturally.  This is because, in fact, he is the real deal.

He is a man who values family, a southerner, a leader, a military man, a straight talker, and an independent.  And he has the self-knowledge and confidence to know these things speak for themselves.

What America needs right now is someone who will put truth before party, America before personal interest.  General Clark is that man.

Clark related a story recently of how he at last came to the decision to run for President.

“I was driving up the California coast with Gert (his wife) and Wes, Jr. (his son.)  And Gert said, ‘If you run for President, we’ll never be able to just take off and do this again.’  Then, from the backseat, Wes, Jr. said, ‘But the country needs him.’”

Wes’ wife Gert is not a prop, she is a part of his conscience.  His son Wes, Jr. is not a photo op filler, but a voice that cares for his father and that his father respects.  General Wesley Clark was not a politician or a power hungry man who was sitting around thinking how to get his way into power.  He was a family man deciding if he was ready to sacrifice yet again for his country.  After a lifetime of service, he easily could have claimed to have done his due and enjoyed such drives up the coast with his wonderful wife, son, daughter-in-law, and coming grandchild.

America is lucky he is willing to give of himself yet again.

Before Clark’s entry into the race, America was left with a choice between horrible – the current President – and adequate – the possible replacements.  Now, thanks to the unselfish choice on the part of a man who has already given so much to his nation, America has someone who can right the ship.

Wes Clark can heal the partisan divide.  He has voted Republican, voted Democrat, and indeed, his campaign above all others has the participation of people of every creed and party.  One day last week a Clark group in California decided to hold a “conversion” ceremony during which a Republican who supports Wesley would officially change his registration to Democrat so he could vote for Wes.  As it turned out, word got out and others showed up and over a dozen people of all previous walks – from Green to Republican to Independent – were signing on and converting to Wesism.

He can heal the Republican/Democrat divide, and he has shown he can heal the white male vs. females and minorities divide, as he has gotten strong support from the white males that have been so loathe to side with Democrats of late.  He can appeal to the south without making it a divisive issue.  And he can appeal to people of all races, as he has led and served with them in what he calls the most progressively diverse institution in America, the US Military.

America is in great need of a man who truly can bring the nation – and the world – back together as friends and neighbors, all united in support of the nation’s many needs.  America needs a man who knows how to lead in a way that inspires moral rather than ruffling feathers.  And, most of all, America needs a man it can trust, who will put truth and what is best for America above party or anything else.

Wesley Clark can be that man if American chooses.

 

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Editorial

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Media Watch

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Arts/Entertainment

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Elections 2004

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Reassessing The Candidates

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Reassessing The Candidates

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Rating The Dems On The Issues

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Historical

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George Pissed About French Interference With War

The History Of The 1st Amendment

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World

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Awards

Coming Out Of The Closet Award: Country Music's Integrity On Display

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Polls

See Who MI Readers Picked For First Choice For President in 2004

See what your fellow M/I readers had to say about their loyalty or lack of it to the current face of the Republican Party

Rating the War on Terror

Thoughts On Speaking Out During a War

Has President Bush Kept His Promise To Be A Uniter, Not A Divider

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