Diana West

So much for politesse, or lack thereof -- something to expect in a Kerry administration. Remember Debate Two? Kerry was unguardedly true to his sun-kingly self when justifying a tax hike for Americans, including small-business owners, who earn $200,000 or more. "Looking around here, at this group here," he said, "I suspect there are only three people here who are going to be affected" by his tax increase: himself, the president and ABC's Charles Gibson. In other words, John Kerry scanned that room full of American citizens and decided no one looked his equal. Le top bracket, c'est moi. Yuck.

Was he right? Not about voters' incomes, but, really, about anything? Was John Kerry right to champion the cause of North Vietnam's brutal communist dictators? (They think so: The War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City depicts Kerry as a hero of its victory against the United States.) Was he right to boost the Soviet-supported Sandinista regime in Nicaragua? To knock the liberation of Marxist Grenada as a "bully's show of force"? To embrace the nuclear freeze movement during the height of the Cold War? To vote against the first Gulf War? If Americans elect John Kerry president, they will answer yes, validating a long career of uninterrupted, unshakeable leftism that has opposed, time and again, the expansion of freedom and democracy.

If Kerry had his way, Saddam Hussein would still be in power, and in Kuwait. If Kerry had his way, Ronald Reagan's military expansion, which bloodlessly defeated the Soviet Union, would never have occurred. Indeed, Kerry called the Strategic Defense Initiative, the visionary straw that broke the U.S.S.R.'s back, a "cancer on our nation's defense." If, in a time of war, we elect a man whose idea of protecting American lives is holding summits, canceling such vital weapons programs as "bunker-buster" nukes, and allowing such enemies as Iran to keep its nuclear power plants in exchange for promises, we would not only be repudiating the security-boosting moral interventionism of President Bush. We would also be rejecting the doctrine of peace through strength that Ronald Reagan applied with triumphant result against communism's evil empire.

Of course, John Kerry called the Reagan years a "moral darkness." Was he right? I would hope the answer breaks the tie.

Diana West

Diana West is the author of American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation's Character (St. Martin's Press, 2013), and The Death of the Grown-Up: How America's Arrested Development Is Bringing Down Western Civilization (St. Martin's Press, 2007).