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Our best days?

| Sunday, Aug. 1, 2004

Amid waving banners inside Boston's FleetCenter, Sen. John Kerry assured enthused Democrats that "our best days are still to come" and vowed a litany of changes if he wins the White House in November. President Bush must be no less committed to change.

A change away from appeasement of special interests. A change in fiscal policy that has porked federal spending for almost four years and ballooned a record deficit. But most importantly, a change back to core principles that since January 2001 have fallen by the wayside.

The results: A Medicare prescription drug package that will bankrupt generations of Americans. A plan for illegal alien amnesty that secures legitimacy for the illegitimate while opening the door to our enemies. Intelligence that's still not terribly intelligent. And a postwar Iraq strategy that affords little strategy but, instead, a plan-as-we-go approach.

School choice• Social Security reform• Tort reform• Less government• These and so many other promises for "best days" have fallen by the wayside. Instead, political capital is squandered on such nonstarters as the federal marriage amendment.

If, in fact, the Bush campaign kowtows to moderates and liberals, assuming that core supporters who came out four years ago will do so again, Nov. 2 will be a grim day of reckoning.

If instead, Bevy Bush embraces with conviction a meaningful change from its current ambivalent course, there will be brighter days, the best of days, for all Americans.

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