Jul. 30th, 2004 @ 09:59 pm
Hey. So, at this moment, who would you vote for--John Kerry or George Bush? I have to say I would definitely vote for Kerry. He's not necessarily the most charismatic or exciting presidential candidate to ever run, but he's got a lot of great qualities and he's not Bush. We're at war right now, and we need a man who has the strength and integrity to win this war and get our troops out of Iraq. Kerry has these qualities and a military background, and doesn't fake the fact that he could figure out a way to win this war and get our troops back home. Bush has no military background, and I believe he has no plan on how to get us out of war. Having "idealistic views" is not enough to get our troops home. Every month we are sending more and more troops to Iraq, and my brother's girlfriend got a draft notice in the mail a month ago. This war is not going to end any time soon at the rate we're going. I believe Kerry could turn this path around. He seems to know what's he doing, and he seems to honestly care about the people who are dying every day for our country. He knows what it's like out there, he's been to war. Kerry saved a man during the war; Bush has never been to war and he almost killed himself by choking on a pretzel. Kerry may not be completely happy with the war, but he realizes that we've gone so far that we can't just turn back and not finish the job. There's a lot at stake here. We can either finish the job or we can turn around and pretend like nothing ever happened. Anyone in their right mind realizes that we have to finish the job at hand, which is to take care of the people in Iraq and make sure that the people in Iraq are taken care of. I believe that John Kerry is the best man for this job.
Hi. You raise an interesting question.
Ya know, for the longest time Kerry had my vote and I had the simple reason that he was a fine alternative from Bush.
But I've been thinking...that voting for somebody should mean you believe in them and commend their ideals and back their policies. Yet, after experienceing the DNC and hearing the various speeches, I got incredibly discouraged. It seems to me that Kerry and Bush are more alike than they are different. Throughout the week all I heard were speeches that sounded like they could have come out of any Republican's mouth. It is beyond obvious that the Kerry/Edwards campaign is spending most of its time trying to appeal to conservatives rather than liberals. Specifically with the issue of the war in Iraq since Kerry's already made it clear that he has no intention of bringing the troops home, but rather sending more in - something that most of the people voting for him are completely against: myself included. To me this war is the issue of this election, if not our time, and there should have been more focus and attention on it at the DNC but the only war they mentioned was Vietnam - a war that undoubtedly was illegitmate and had no basis, and has been paralleled countless times to the Iraq War. Kerry is being praised for being a war hero but how can one say that a war was fought for unjust reasons and yet still want praise for fighting in it?
Now I get it - I know he's using his solider status to say that instead of resisting the draft, he fought for his country when duty called. But what kind of statement is he making? That it's better to go along with something that is unjust and not
question it in the name of defending one's country? I always assumed that Democrats were the party that didn't look down upon dissent but now I'm not so sure. And if Kerry is not bringing the troops home and Bush isn't either - why on earth would I give them my vote? Neither of them deserve it.
you two are very smart people.
I totally agree! :)
I couldn't have said it any better myself. The reasons you listed along with many other reasons, like how Bush has isolated the majority of the rest of the world by carrying on this personal vendetta against Saddam Hussein. Bush has destroyed all of hte international relations that took decades to build up in a matter of months. The guy went against the whole United Nations, blindly led the public in times of distress when he knew they would go along with anything, and now is pouring billions into Iraq while welfare programs at home go down the drain. President Bush? I hope he's the EX President come January. Kerry has my vote all the way.
Re: I totally agree! :)
I totally agree. The reasons I mentioned, and the reasons you added on, as well, are some of the many reasons we need to get Bush out of the White House. We can't keep on leading the American Public down the plank.
To be completely honest, Kerry would not be my first pick, but I would hneslty vote for Satan right now instead of Bush.
I do not agree with Kerry 100% on his politics and I do not think that he stands firm enough on a lot of the more liberal issues. I also am not naive enough to think that anyone could say they are as liberal as I want and still get elected in this country.
I just cannot abide that Bush is taking his own personal religious beliefs and forcing them down our throats while trying to take a way our civil liberties that every man and woman in this country deserves, regardless of age, sex, color, religion or sexuality. I completely respect a person's right to have his or her own morals and religious beliefs, but this country was founded on the principle of seperating those beliefs from our government. What I see people like Bush and Ashcroft doing quite frankly scares me.
And don't even get me started on the war. Its just become a mess. People lied. If Bush really didn't know that it was a lie, and I quite honestly think he did, then he is the kind of man that choses to surround himself with liars and that is just as disturbing.
The DNC actually made me feel more confident about my choice in Kerry as a chioce in him and not just against Bush. I was impressed by his speech. Iwas also impressed by Al Gore's speech and I wish we would have seen that Gore four years ago. I really was impressed by what he said. Am I better off than I was four years ago? Hell no! Do I think that the two choices of canidates are so alike now? God no! I don't think we would be in the state that we are in now if Gore was in office. 9/11 I thin kwas unavoidable, no matter who the president was. The war itself may have been unavoidable to some degree. But the way we handled going into it and alienating the entire world when we did it was and I don't think Gore would have done it.
I feel no guilt knowing that I voted Gore four years ago and I will go into life with a good conscious knowing that I am voting Kerry this year.
I'm so sorry for the amazingly long rant. I just realized how long it is, but once I get started on this stuff, I can't stop.
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