Thankfully, Democrats seeking control of Congress and, in two years, the presidency, have no reservations about telling American voters their plans for fighting the global war against Islamic terrorism. Their plan is to not fight the terrorists at all. The past five years has shown that appeasement toward terrorists and those likely to join their ranks only invites increased terrorist activity. Ceding the reins of the congressional majority to the Democrats will send a message of weakness to our enemies and impose a swift death sentence on American civilians.
The global war on terrorism is not the only issue on which the liberal armchair presidents attempt to confuse American voters and convince them to vote for Democratic candidates. They spin false rhetoric about our steadily growing economy and the tax rate reductions that spurred our historic economic growth. The armchair presidents could find a fly in the soup on Da Vinci's "The Last Supper." Washington Post opinion columnist Sebastain Mallaby wrote on September 4, "Economic growth no longer seems to help the majority of workers; the proceeds flow to the top fifth or so of the workforce, and the top within the top has done especially handsomely."
Mr. Mallaby and others conveniently overlook the fact that more than 50 percent of workers have some level of investment directly impacted by the economy. They also fail to point out that a record low unemployment rate of 4.6 percent is more than half the rate of most European countries. That means approximately six million American workers still have jobs.
Rhetorical distractions over the global war on terrorism and our economy are meant to scare voters from electing Republicans or to discourage them from voting altogether. This election is not a referendum on our feelings about President Bush or even the questionable Republican leadership in Congress. This election is an affirmation of our commitment to winning the global war on terrorism, protecting our national security and ensuring that our nation's economy continues to prosper.
Winning coaches do not let the armchair quarterbacks pick their starters or define their game plan. Smart voters should not let the armchair presidents pick their representatives in Congress.
Herman Cain is the National Chairman of the Media Research Center’s Business & Media Institute. He is the former president and CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, Inc., and currently is CEO and president of T.H.E. New Voice, Inc., a business and leadership consulting company.
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