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9.02.2004

The Man in the Arena

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."

President Teddy Roosevelt (R)
Speech at the Sorbonne
Paris, France
April 23, 1910


The man in the arena, what an image. Knowing what we know of Teddy Roosevelt and his experiences making it on his own in the West I cannot help but think that the image he thought of when making that speech was that of a cowboy in the middle of the rodeo arena in Cheyenne, Wyoming. A man who bravely stood in the face of his fear, his worries, and his challenges and overame them. That is a true American, that is the Spirit of America in flesh and blood.

This is the image that was meant to be evoked, metaphorically, by President Bush's acceptance speech tonight. This is a man who credibly speaks of expanding the frontiers of freedom, liberating millions, and empowering the individual. These are the values of our founders, the values of my grandfather, and the values of America. Strength, individualism, free enterprise, and national sovereignty are part of his creed. This is a man of faith, strength, and great character, who I believe is truly right for our country in this time of great challenge and need.

Now the Democrats, through their own 527's, are leveling charges that the President and his cabinet do not have a plan for health care. Really? Sounds to me like there is a specific plan. Enabling small business' to band together and purchase health insurance at bulk rates, reforming medical liability insurance, tort reform, and the already enacted prescription drug plan. Sounds like a specific plan to me. There are plenty more examples of the plans this man has, and the positive progress he has made. Tax cuts, education reform, the war on terrorism, the list goes on and on.

This is a man who has put together an excellent team, laid out a vision, and executed in the face of terrorism, war, and many other unforeseen challenges. This is a man of results. Don't swallow the propaganda, look into it for yourself, you'll find out who the real man for the job is, and I'm here to tell you that man is from Texas.

Give 'em hell W!

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