July 16, 2004

damning with faint praise - Bush can make even Libertarians vote for Kerry

When people ask me who I'm voting for -- since I'm obviously politically interested/involved, hence this trip and the blog it spawned -- I'm never sure what to tell them. It seems like not only a personal question, but a loaded one. A shorthand "Are you with us or against us?" phrase. Watching the venom that is consistently hurled against Nader over the "spoiling" of the 2000 election, much less this one gives me the creeps. While I have an easy time saying I'm not voting for Bush, it's much tougher to say I'm voting for Kerry. My pal Jesse over ar Reason Magazine wrote an article that sums up some of my dilemma: Ten Reasons to Fire George W. Bush

Kerry doesn't owe anything to the religious right, and you can't blame him for the torture at Abu Ghraib. Other than that, he's not much of an improvement. Yet I find myself hoping the guy wins. Not because I'm sure he'll be better than the current executive, but because the incumbent so richly deserves to be punished at the polls. Making me root for a sanctimonious statist blowhard like Kerry isn't the worst thing Bush has done to the country. But it's the offense that I take most personally.
Posted by jessamyn at July 16, 2004 10:45 AM

I am a democrat because of Civil Rights,FDR, family leave, Soc.Sec, and on and on. Republicans have never EVER done anything for regular people. They see the wealthy as their natural constituency and the "aspirational" as their cannon fodder. I have voted for Humphrey, McGovern, Carter,Mondale, Dukakis,Clinton and Gore. I may not have supported these candidates in primaries (I worked for McCarthy in '68, Kucinich last spring)..BUT once the demcorats decide I am there. This war, torture, women's rights, gay rights are all at risk...THIS is why people panic at Nader as so much goes away if the republicans win..and they are paying good money to get Nader on ballots...do we want to have another election stolen? On the ENVIRONMENT alone Kerry is worth supporting.

Posted by: Kathleen de la Pena McCook at July 20, 2004 10:37 AM

Earlier today I posted about reasons to suport Kerry and now I'm back with a very good link.
Environment2004 is dedicated to electing leaders who understand the importance of environmental protection. In this critical election year, we are working in key battleground states to inform voters about the impact of President Bush's destructive environmental agenda, and highlighting the benefits of strong and visionary environment and energy policy. Join us and make a stand for environmental leadership in 2004.


Posted by: Kathleen de la Pena McCook at July 20, 2004 04:12 PM

"Kerry doesn't owe anything to the religious right, and you can't blame him for the torture at Abu Ghraib. Other than that, he's not much of an improvement."
He is an improvement... for the rest of the world (and apart from the stuff Kathleen outlined). In Europe, there's much hope that a Kerry election would help bring about a more balanced US foreign policy, especially in the Middle East.
Given the weight of the US in this world, I think we europeans (here, put the name of your continent) should be allowed to actually vote in this election. The Iraqies, specifically, should be able to vote: isn't their place owned by the US? Isn't G.W. Bush "their" president?
So maybe Kerry is not much of an improvement as far as, say, promoting a socialist agenda in the US. But we expect him to be more moderate in the use of military might, and that is surely an improvement.

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I hope to see the bloggers out there (at BOTH conventions) paying attention to the topics that get ignored by the newshandlers and arrangement specialists, out of a pathetic and trembling fear that something unscripted might happen.
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