Friday, December 16, 2005
www.tomelliott.com "My dad, Ben Elliott, former director of speech writing in the Reagan administration, has written a piece on the significance of December 15th: December 15th is a day in history that will change the world. December 15th marks a turning point in the Middle East as millions of Iraqi voters literally carried their country across the rubicon to become the first free and democratic Arab nation. December 15th represents a proud milestone for the US military whose men and women sacrificed life and limb first to liberate Iraq, and then to protect the Iraqi people from terrorists’ savagery bent on murdering their infant nation in its crib. December 15th vindicates the proactive vision of President Bush that rejects appeasement, reaction and retreat in order to confront, combat and ultimately, transform countries that have been the world’s leading merchants of terror. December 15th honors the independence of patriots like Senator Joseph Lieberman who have refused to place party over principle and, in the heat of battle, have stood steadfastly beside the U.S. military and their Commander-in-Chief. December 15th rewards the perseverance of every American who has endured an avalanche of anger and attacks from the left in the media, politics, academia and Hollywood, yet still supports the U.S. mission in Iraq, and still believes in the nobility of our cause. Finally, December 15th reaffirms Abraham Lincoln’s deep belief that the promise within the Declaration of Independence of inalienable rights endowed by our Creator would give liberty not alone to the people of this country, but hope to all the world for all future time. As it does, December 15th, illuminates an even higher, more powerful and transcendent truth: that God’s spirit, working through Americans and Iraqis of faith, courage and good will, can not only bring light where there was darkness, but also heal hatred with friendship and trust between Muslims, Christians and Jews. The mission is not yet complete, but December 15th means victory is truly in sight. What better way to say Happy Hannukah and Merry Christmas.