Yes, evangelical voters will turn out
Much is being made of the role of evangelicals in the upcoming election. As a member of that group, I feel I have a duty to opine, and even to take exception to the so-called leadership in general, and to Mr. Richard Land in particular as quoted in your page one story, “Thompson seeing green light on the right” (April 23 edition). First of all, I have faith that this nation will survive no matter who wins, but certainly the quality of life will depend upon the vision and direction of the next president. One has only to look to Israel to see how important leaders are. Before Ehud Olmert, Israel enjoyed almost a sense of invincibility; under Mr. Olmert, she seems weak and vulnerable. Under Mr. Olmert, Israel lost a war. Under the wrong presidential leadership it could happen in the United States as well.
If, as Mr. Land says, conservative evangelical voters sit out the 2008 election “if none of the candidates shares their values,” the only message they will send is one of pettiness, and that they would prefer a leftist to become president; a president who, through misguided appeasement, might permit the Islamofascists to terrorize and perhaps destroy hundreds of thousands of Americans. Does it make any sense, then, to enable a candidate like Hillary Clinton — who shares none of our values — to become president (and Bill to become co-president) while ignoring a candidate like Rudy Giuliani, for example, who shares most of our values and will passionately defend our freedoms? Alexandra Mark Newport, Rhode Island