"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety" - Benjamin Franklin
Saturday, May 22, 2004
Kerry considers postponing acceptance of nomination
I keep telling people that Kerry is much smarter and politically savy than he's been given credit for.
For years people have been saying we need a candidate that will focus on the issues and avoid using 'smear' tactics. Now that we have one, doing exactly that, they want to second guess him by saying he's not agressive enough. I for one am pleased with Kerry's performance thus far. He's shown me he won't just be a great improvement over Bush, but, he'll be a Great President
Friday, May 21, 2004
Who's Wishy-Washy Now?
According to Corrente
, President Bush is going to outline a clear strategy
for Iraq in his press confrence on Monday. I'm a little confused, I thought his clear strategy
was "stay the course"
? So, now he has a new and improved clear strategy
I guess he sees how well that whole wishy-washy
thing is working for Kerry, and he's going to give it a try. Of course
Republicans won't see this as Bush being indecisive, just making necessary adgustments to the current policy.
Funny how that works isn't it? If it's the other guy, it's wishy-washy. If it's your guy, it's being flexible.
By the way, how do you like my new background soundbite?
Thursday, May 20, 2004
Another VP Possibility?
"Kerry Meets With Ralph Nadar"
That's what the headline said on the FOX News website. Down at the bottom where they offer video clips.
I'm still holding out for McCain, or maybe even Edwards, but can you imagine Nadar? One things for sure, it will be the closest he'll ever come to actually getting in the White House.
What do you think?
Wednesday, May 19, 2004
, you are right, I did have the Anybody But Bush logo up. I still feel that anybody would be better than Bush. At least ANY of the Democratic candidates that were running. I took it down, because I don't feel the need for it anymore. I have done my homework and now I feel I can support Kerry on HIS own merits. I agree with him on almost everything. I don't expect to be in 100% agreement. That's not possible.
Maybe that's part of the problem. Too many people are expecting Kerry to be the polar opposite of Bush. He's not. What he is, is a combination of what is good about Bush and what is good about himself. If I am to be honest and make an informed decision, then I have to admit that some of Bush's policies are not completely wrong. I have to believe that the area's where Kerry and Bush are in agreement are areas that we have to be willing to compromise. I think Maccabee
says it best when he says "two people can agree on some principles
, but the different approach each one takes, makes all the difference in the world". I also think Laura
has a excellent point when she says " just because Bush says stay the course
doesn't mean it's necessarily an attribute, especially since he appears to be leading us over a cliff. Kerry on the other hand is accused of flip flopping, which could be demonstrative of his abliity to adjust to changing times, or to the will of the people."
Kerry's humility, and willingness to admit his mistakes, regardless of the personal cost, are strong factors in why I support him. I believe if Kerry chose a plan of action and midway through came to the realization he had made a mistake, that staying the course
would be foolhardy and only serve to compound that mistake, he would be a strong enough man to admit it. To make the necessary changes, irregardless of the political fallout. I believe Kerry would put the will of the people and the betterment of the country above his pride and arrogance. I do not think Kerry would plunge our country into war and risk thousands of lives on a whim. Nor because "his other Father" told him to.
When Bush talks about seeking the council of his other Father
it scares the hell out of me. Not because I am anti-God or anti-Christian, but because this is the same God
that two women from Texas (do I sense a coincidence here) claim told them to murder their own little children. I do not believe God
would instruct someone to kill. It sounds eerily like the same excuse the terrorist are using. Just because someone claims to have an open channel to the big guy, doesn't mean they actually do.
It's not just things like foreign and domestic policy that have determined my choice of Kerry as the better man. It is an over all attitude. Bush is weak in character, exhibited by his inablility to learn from his mistakes or to even admit making them. He's a chest thumping, egomaniac, with an attitude of smug superiority. A head in the sand kind of man. If things are not going well, he not only refuses to deal with that reality he refuses to even acknowledge it. Kerry on the other hand has shown his willingness to step up to the plate and say, I was wrong. This isn't working. We have to try another path. To some that may seem weak, or wishy washy. To me it shows a deep sense of responsiblity, compassion and respect for his fellow man.
Americans need to realize this is not just about "US". The man that leads this country has an effect that touches every corner of the planet. I think Thomas Friedman may have said it best, "The world is too complex and dangerous for the pious simplicities and arrogant unilateralism of George W. Bush."
Monday, May 17, 2004
2,4,6,8, Who Do We Apreciate?
Okay, everybody sit down and listen up. This Southern Belle is putting on her faded old cheerleaders uniform and she's gonna give you all a lesson in 'team support'.
My sophmore and junior years in high school I was a cheerleader. You know what cheerleaders are, right? They're those 8 or 10 little girls down there on the field, cheering the team on. No matter how bad it gets the cheerleaders never give up. Their hearts may be breaking but they will jump,do summersaults, and yell till their throats hurt. Why? Because they have team spirit, they believe in their team. They won't accept defeat untill every player walks off the field.
One of the first rules I learned as a cheerleader is you never put your team down
. You don't trash them, you don't second guess the coaches or the players. They know football/basketball/baseball. You know cheers they know the game
. The players won't tell you how to cheer, you don't try to tell them how to play. Everybody has their part to play. That's all part of the design and beauty of the game
That's just how I feel about everybody bitching about Kerry not doing this and not doing that. Clearly the man knows how to win an election. He is after all a Senator. There is the slim possibility
that he knows more
about politics than we do.
If we sincerely want Bush out of the White House then we need to let Kerry do what he needs to do, in his own way.
Think back to the Democratic primary's. Everybody on the net was sure Dean had this nomination sewed up. He had raised more money, than any candidate ever had, in such a short period of time. The blogosphere was alive with passion and fire. Dean was going to be the next President. Then, we all watched in shock and awe as Dean bearly managed 3rd place in Iowa. Instead, the guy nobody
was paying any attention to, pulled off a win. That quiet guy going around campaigning, doing things the way he'd always done them. He quietly stole the race from Dean, and never looked back. Obviously the man knows what he's doing. He doesn't need us second guessing him.
What he does need is for US
to give him our support, both verbally and financally. It serves no good to go around bitching about what he's not doing. You sure don't hear Bush supporters cutting their candidate down do you? In fact no matter what he does they support him. 100%
. This is how we need to be with Kerry.
The tide is turning. We have strong right wing conservatives
who are already fleeing the Bush administrations sinking ship. Kerry is taking the same stance with Bush that he did with Dean. Aggression is not his style. Instead he lets the other team defeat themselves.
We all need to buck it up, and have a little faith in this man we are supporting for President. Instead of putting him down, questioning his ability or his style, we need to be talking about his good points. If you don't know any then get busy and find out why you chose this man over Bush. If the only reason is because he's NOT
Bush, then please just bite your tounge and say nothing. Don't be writing about his 'failings' as you see them. If you don't have something positive to say, then find something! The last thing we need are boohooers distracting the team, or giving the opposition ammunition.
Chances are you are not a politician and you don't know how to run a campaign or how to win a Presidential race. If your spot on the team is water boy, or cheerleader, do it to the best of your ability. Let the guys on the field play the game
. They know what they are doing.
You won't see this kind of behavior by the other side
and we can't afford it on our side.
Okay, cheerleader practice is over, lets go have a cold one!
I had another post all planned and drafted for today, but after receiving the following email from about a half a dozen people, I decided to postpone my orginal post and instead of forwarding this email, just copy and paste it here.
I for one will be participating!
It is important to note that if everyone goes out and fills up the day before it will offset the message we are trying to send. So not only should we NOT buy gas on May 19th, but, try to get by with as little as possible between now and then as well.
Don't buy gas on May 19th
It has been calculated that if everyone in the United States did not purchase a drop of gasoline for one day and all at the same time, the oil companies would choke on their stockpiles.
At the same time it would hit the entire industry with a net loss of over 4.6 billion dollars, which affects the bottom lines of the oil companies.
Therefore may 19th has been formally declared "stick it up their behind "day and the people of this nation should not buy a single drop of gasoline that day. The only way this can be done is if you forward this e-mail to as many people as you can and as quickly as you can to get the word out.
Waiting on this administration to step in and control the prices is not going to happen. What happened to the reduction and control in prices that the Arab nations promised two weeks ago?
Remember one thing, not only is the price of gasoline going up but at the same time airlines are forced to raise their prices, trucking companies are forced to raise their prices which effects prices on everything that is shipped. Things like food, clothing, building materials, medical supplies etc. Who pays in the end? We do!
We can make a difference. If they don't get the message after one day, we will do it again and again.
So do your part and spread the word. Forward this email to everyone you know. Mark your calendars and make May 19th a day that the citizens of the United States say "enough is enough"