Last night, the President of the United Sates told the world that he
was a Sentinel of Vigilance, fighting the War on Terrorism to make the
world safer, and that only by standing up to Terrorism would Americans
be safe, and their children safe. He became the
World President of Vigilance, and asked us all to join him.
But not everyone agreed, and some would like us to become the Beast of
Wednesday, April 14,
2004—Ground Zero Plus 945
The World President Of Vigilance Vows To Fight Terrorism For The Children
GROUND ZER0, New York, N.Y.--April 14, 2004 -- Last
night the President of the United States went on national television
and made a Pledge of Vigilance not only to the citizens of the United
States, but to the world at large.
is a true Sentinel of Vigilance
He vowed to make the world a safer place
for the Children's Children's Children, regardless of their race,
color, creed or ethnicity.
He was a true Sentinel of Vigilance.
The President spoke before an audience of news people
intent on blaming him for the Terrorist attacks of Nine Eleven.
The vast majority of questions hurled at him were spears, tipped in
accusations that he personally did something wrong that led to the
deaths of nearly 3,000 Americans on September 11, 2001, when 18
Terrorists hijacked four planes and smashed them into the heartland of
It was a sad day for journalism.
What was sad was that the attempt to crucify the
President to a cross of mistakes and misjudgments only strengthened
his stature as a Sentinel of Vigilance. The attempt to
make President Bush the "Beast of Nine Eleven Terror" backfired, for
only the most rabid of persons could believe that the President
knowingly or unknowingly was the cause of letting thousands of
innocent Americans die in one of the great horrors of our nation's
stood above his critics and addressed the eradication of Terrorism
in the world
However, what he did do was to not
lower himself to the position of defending his actions or intentions.
As all great leaders, he stood above those lapidarians who hurled
jagged insults at his character and intentions and spoke not of
defense of any acts or lack of them, but instead addressed the most
important issue any leader of Freedom and Liberty can target--the
eradication of Terrorism not only in America, but in the world.
The President kept underscoring that the
war in Iraq was a war on Terrorism and a battle to spread freedom and
liberty to lands suffering from oppression and tyranny.
Facing brutally crafted questions designed
to attack his character as a negligent leader and force him to concede
that he had made "mistakes" and that he should "apologize" to the
people of the United States as some of his most vociferous critics
have done in a vain attempt to cast blame on him, President Bush stood
tall and strong. He leaned forward and talked not about what
hadn't been done that led to Nine Eleven, but what was being done now
to destroy the threat of Terrorism both abroad and ultimately here in
the United States.
Bush underscored the safety of America was linked to the safety of
He held up the Shield of Vigilance and
kept underscoring that the safety of America was directly linked to
the safety of the world, and that by fighting the War on Terrorism was
America's insurance as to the safety of its citizens and children.
He globalized his position.
He called on all Americans to not be Intimidated
by Terrorism, to not shirk from the duty of standing up to it and
retreating from the battlegrounds as so many critics are asking.
He reminded us that if America retreats and leaves Iraq to the spoils
of Terrorism then Terrorism, like the bully in the streets who drives
everyone inside their homes to huddle in Fear, will strengthen and
grow more bold.
No longer did oceans separate America from
the rest of the world, he said. Nine Eleven ended that myth.
Americans that Freedom and Liberty are not cheap
But he went a step farther.
He reminded the citizens of America that Freedom and Liberty--the
gifts of American democracy--are not cheap gifts. He said
we owed the world the right to these gifts, and that America could not
afford to jealousy guard the rights of Freedom by abandoning nations
such as Iraq that are trying to get their footing in the rungs of
democracy after more than a quarter century of tyranny and oppression.
He reminded us that the fighting men and
women in Iraq--all volunteers--were willing to give their lives for
the freedom of others, and were willing to sacrifice their blood for
the future safety and security of the Children's Children's Children
of people far distant from them.
He reminded Americans this legacy was not new.
It went back to the roots of America and the willingness to fight and
die in foreign lands for only one ultimate reason--to insure the
freedom and liberty of others. He pointed to Japan
and North Korea, to Europe and Afghanistan, reiterating that America
was not an imperialistic nation, but rather a nation of Liberty and
Freedom fighters, whose gift of Freedom was a human right rather than
some grant from politicians.
Freedom, he stated, belonged to all of us, to everyone
in the world, and was a gift from an Almighty source, not within the
scope of humans to dictate.
Over and over as the questions smashed at his personal
integrity, prying at him to admit fault and flaw in his leadership,
President Bush stood taller with each attack. He reminded
us frequently during his answers to questions that the War on
Terrorism was a war for the safety of America. He
tied the safety and security of the children of America to the safety
and security of the world, and made it abundantly clear that anyone
who wanted to retreat from Iraq was endangering the safety of America.
"We promised the world we would help Iraq
establish a democracy. We will keep our word."
While the President did not take the Vow of
Vigilance as it is written in the Pledge of Vigilance below, the
essence of the words were ripe in all his comments. He spoke of
how Terrorism seeks to imbibe on our Fear, Intimidation and to drive
us into states of Complacency where we abdicate our role as the
protectors of Freedom and Liberty.
He talked about the bully Terrorism was, and how
unless it is stopped now, despite the refusal of many nations to stand
up to it, it would spread like a wildfire, as it has been over these
past few years, signaled most recently by the Madrid bombings of
The President reinforced the Vigilance of America
to use Courage to fight Fear, to employ Conviction to battle
Intimidation, and to employ Right Actions for the Children's
Children's Children to overcome Complacency.
In the end, I was very proud to be a citizen of
I saw a man stand up to his worst critics, the
press, and never once lower himself to their level by trying to defend
his actions, or make excuses for them.
Bush spoke to
the Children's Children's Children...
He was speaking from a much higher plane.
He was talking not to his critics, but to the
Children's Children's Children of the world. He was
telling all the children who worry about who is going to protect them
from the tyranny and oppression that lurks in the dark shadows.
hat at least one man, at least one nation, at least one people, is
willing to die to protect them and spill their blood for proliferation
of their right to enjoy freedom.
American is striving to protect them
He kept his eye on the Children of
the world, delivering his words to them as a pact, a vow to insure
that their safety and security came ahead of politics. He
was not trying to win votes in his answers. Instead, he was
rallying the Sentinels of Vigilance within each American, asking them
to stand up to the responsibility of being a Parent, Grandparent,
Citizen and Loved One of Vigilance.
He was asking people to put politics aside and to
look at the future of the world and ask: "If we let Terrorism
rule as a bully rules, driving out those who do not have the resolve
to stand up to the bully, how long will it take for the bully to come
knocking at our doorstep and take our children from us?"
All Americans know Terrorism threatens us as it does
the people in Iraq or Palestine or Madrid.
drew a clear line between Terrorism and Vigilance
The question the President was asking
Americans was whether they wanted to fight with him or not.
He drew a clear line. You are either fighting for the
elimination of Terrorism by continuing the battle to establish freedom
in Iraq and to hunt down and destroy Terrorism cells worldwide, or,
you are Complacent and neglectful of your duty to protect your
children from future assaults and attacks by extracting America
resources and power from Iraq.
It was a blunt but clear message.
I got it.
He was saying, you are either a Sentinel of
Vigilance or a Beast of Terror Proliferation. Which do you want
It was a great talk.
I am proud to be an American, a Sentinel of
Vigilance American, serving under the World President of Vigilance.