What I would have said at the GOP Convention

By Hans Zeiger

Thanks to all of you who voted for me in the contest to speak at the Republican National Convention. About 100,000 votes were cast, but I didn’t quite make it.

Folks have asked what I would say before the convention. So I’ve put down some thoughts here in hopes that I might have some miniscule influence on the way people think about the future of America.

The future to which I refer is a bright one – bright like Ronald Reagan saw it.

This year, the first cohort of Americans born during the Reagan era graduated from college. They lead forth a new generation of Americans, radically different from the radicals of the Baby Boom and Generation X. We are, in many ways, rebels against rebellion itself.

We have been raised in prosperity to enjoy nothing less than comfort, in security to know nothing less than peace at home, in liberty to pursue nothing less than our wildest dreams. But none of those blessings can save our souls, and some of us are finding that out. The odor of moral confusion is naturally offensive to the human spirit – we need to cling to some things that are simple, righteous and eternal.

On Sept. 11, 2001, I think some of us finally awoke to know that the world is a desperately sinful place. That didn’t erase our optimism – it taught us that we are entitled to hold stock in the future on the sole condition that we struggle to secure the liberty on which our hope is founded. If the terrorists work harder to destroy our liberty than we do to preserve it, we shall most surely deserve to lose it all.

Who can doubt that the devotion of our young soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan is the same old patriotism that filled the bones of our grandparents as they took the beaches at Normandy and conquered the waves of the Pacific? Who will deny that the indomitable spirit of the American soldier lives on? This is another generation of heroes, not that we have proven ourselves heroes quite fully, but that we must.

For we fight two wars. In a way, they are the same war, for the fruit of their victory is the preservation of civilization, the consequence of their loss is the annihilation of our world.

The first war is against terrorism. The second is against cultural terrorism. Our capacity to soundly defeat the first enemy is contingent on our moral will as a people against the second enemy.

If we are to defeat the Islamic culture of death, we must first renew a Christian culture of life in the United States. A calculator may frighten those of us who are numbed to the impact of legal abortion. Since Jan. 22, 1973, over 44 million abortions have been performed on American soil. That is the equivalent of more than 14,000 September 11ths. Abortion and slavery are the two greatest tragedies of our history as a people.

The Republican Party will be the party of the future insofar as it exerts its energy in the defeat of abortion and the other great threats to our national spirit, as this party once defeated slavery.

This new generation of Americans will be faced with the weight of deciding upon the survival of our nation. It will be in our time that we must choose with finality whether we are to endure or whether we are to be lost.

As for me, I am bought and paid for by the blood of Jesus Christ. This nation, and this party, ought to be His also.

We must be a generation like the generation of the 24th Psalm, with “clean hands and a pure heart, that have not lifted our soul to an idol, nor sworn deceitfully,” that it may be said of us, “This is America, the generation of those who seek Him, who seek Almighty God.”

This year I will cast my first vote in a presidential election for George W. Bush. Our president is a man of character and faith. His is the leadership we need both to continue the war on terrorism, and to be a voice for the preservation of our national spirit.

I call on young Americans to join me in supporting the president this year. Even more importantly, we must work together, each in our own ways as God has given us the ability, to preserve liberty. The challenges are great, and the hopes are of equal greatness. So challenged, let us work, and let us hope.