Article in Politics / Elections / National
An examination of the issues that determined the Nation's choice for leadership.
 
 
 
In the 2004 elections, the republicans prevailed by concentrating on their core value messages and substantive issues such as national security and foreign policy in a time of international conflict. Leadership and competence were emphasized in response to national danger. The imperative of sharing values such as freedom and democracy with oppressed peoples of the world is an issue that obviously resonates with the American people.The sagacity of extending tax relief at the same time that the nation was fighting a war to protect the nation from acts of terrorism on a global scale was much debated. For some the safety and security of the nation and its citizens was a secondary consideration. The perceived illusion of a growing budget deficit and a misrepresented failing economy was also debated. Then president Bush continued the argument that he had made for years that there was a necessity for making his tax cuts permanent to keep the economy expanding. John Kerry continued the tired old canard of tax relief only for some in the middle class while rolling back the tax cut for high income individuals, but most of the nation did not listen to promises that have never been kept by politicians that have never met a tax that they did not like. Senator Kerry’s voting record and his propensity for saying different things to different audiences resulted in too many self contradictions. While his sincerity or veracity was not brought into question, his credibility gap would not allow the nation to be swayed by class warfare and clever distinctions as to who really deserved tax relief. The nation remembered the promises of tax relief that were offset by new taxes upon social security benefits during the Clinton administration. The public was reminded that the Bush, Regan, and Kennedy tax cuts all actually increased Federal revenue.Surrogates tried to make economic issues central. Soft money was banned in 2004 resulting in an increase in political activity by 527 groups primarily funded by George Soros. Changes concomitant to the ban on soft money also increased the activity of interest groups through direct mailing and telephone. The tactics of these 527 groups were to attempt to put President Bush on the defensive about the loss of jobs by endless repetitions of phony statistics, in truth the bounce back from the destruction of the world trade center and stock collapses were less dramatic and harmful than similar occurrences like Black Thursday throughout U.S. history. Also the recovery from the damage to the economy was far more vigorous than the current recovery from the collapse of Fannie Mae and the sub-prime housing loan market. The swift boat veterans for truth were another 527 group attempting to get their own message out. They questioned Kerry’s statements about his service in Viet Nam from the perspective of witness on the scene. Their message raised the question of Kerry’s credibility, leadership and competence.I contend that at a time of war, the substantive issues in the 2004 election were, in point of fact, leadership and competence and that the issues such as the deficit, crime, and poverty were the “feel good” issues that just did not play out. With the threat of international terrorism and the continuing military pacification and occupation of former terror sponsor states, the security of the United States was not only the most substantive, but also the most important. The declension of the recalcitrance of Libya demonstrates this importance.
 

New Book Exposes Darwin's Greatest Secret

In his new book Nullius in Verba: Darwin’s Greatest Secret, Thinker Mike Sutton reveals in compelling and convincing detail that the theory of natural selection was not independently discovered by Charles Darwin.

Sutton’s sharp objective eye of the criminal investigator and academic creates a vivid and authentic depiction of the times, the characters, and the cover-up that endured for over 130 years – until now.

Close
Merle E Ackeret Identity Verified

About the Author 

Merle E Ackeret
B. S. Psy CCU Delta Episilon Tau Gamma of California AGS, AAOT Linn-Benton C. C. Phi Theta Kappa Alpha Tau Upsilon chapter national dean's l

Recent Content by Merle E Ackeret

The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Colossians

The epistle to the Colossians The epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Colossians begins with one of Paul’s standard greetings. This greeting is followed by a prayer of thanksgiving because he had heard from Epaphras whom he had sent to Colossae. He had preached the gospel to the Colossians and had,...

The Epistle of Paul the Apostles to the Ephesians

Paul uses a standard format salutation greeting in this letter. It is not very different from the greetings used in letters to the Galatians, the Philippians, the Colossians, the Thessalonians or even Timothy for that matter. The opening section announces our election, twice, and that God reveals...

Hobbe's Naturalism leads directly to Mill's Utilitarianism part 2

Philosophy by a conscious, rational disciplined process of thought and scrupulous deliberation – or let your subconscious accumulate a junk heap of unwarranted conclusions, false generalizations, undefined wishes, doubts and fears. Thrown together by chance, but integrated by your subconscious into...

The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Ephesians

An analysis and commentary on Paul's letter to the Ephesians

Hobbe's Naturalism leads to Mill's Utilitarianism part 2

A further examination of ethical evolution in prior centuries

The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Colossians

A brief overview of the epistle to the Colossians

 
Latest Ebooks