[FoRK] Tonight's Debates --- A Conservative Reports
Stephen D. Williams
sdw at lig.net
Thu Sep 30 21:43:08 PDT 2004
Would you just freaking commit to a position? You flip-flopper! You
can't change now, the job isn't done.
Heh heh... Just kidding. Great rant. You need to pitch that in front
of some DNC VCs and get it on a road show. ;-)
Jeff Bone wrote:
> (Something I sent out on the family mailing list tonight, lightly
> edited --- more than half the family being right-wingers.)
> Before tonight, John Kerry had my vote by default. Not because I
> believed he was necessarily the leader we deserved, but because I
> believed that a sock puppet could and would be barely better than the
> shallow, ignorant, world-class-dumb, transparent, arrogant,
> silver-spoon asshole that stole our democracy and my and my childrens'
> destiny four years ago via the most "activist judge" action of all time.
> Tonight, however, I have changed my opinion. Now, I wholeheartedly
> award my vote, my allegiance, and my unwavering commitment to John
> Kerry on the following basis: his speech has substance, his
> convictions are both considered and consistent, his reasoning sound,
> his character whole, his manner non-defensive, his manner --- in
> contrast --- steady and not shifty, his arguments thoroughly superior,
> his experience obviously vastly deeper, his track record superb and
> --- just in case it wasn't clear --- his whole performance vastly in a
> different and better league than the "Manchurian Candidate" that
> currently (illegitimately) occupies the office of "President" of this
> United States.
> I am so incredibly sick of Dubya's thin rhetoric, his thinly-veiled
> political stunts (sock in flight suit crotch for "Mission
> Accomplished," the totally odious and embarrassing parade of the
> Allawi-puppet-with-script in front of our Congress, etc.) that I feel
> literally ill every time I see that man on TV. And yet...
> I would vote for Reagan over Kerry. I would vote for Bush Sr. over
> Kerry. I would even vote for Dole over Kerry. I would CERTAINLY vote
> for McCain over Kerry (that would've been an invigorating race!) Yet
> --- there is no worse candidate for President than Bush. Ever,
> historically. I would vote for a pine log over Bush.
> And yet --- Kerry comported himself not just adequately, but
> admirably. The reverse-spin has already started, but I must say ---
> as a smart person, indeed a more conservative person than most people
> I know and, indeed, than probably most people in my family (e.g., if
> my Dad was truly a conservative he wouldn't keep mounting hospital tax
> district elections to provide health care for those that can't pay out
> of pocket) --- and as a REAL conservative, I have to vote against
> Bush's spiraling deficits, hist largest-gov't-ever, his deferred tax
> increases thinly disguised as tax cuts, his Big Brother Justice
> Department and its psychotic "mondo-Christian" AG, the
> totally-anti-American PATRIOT act, the total eye-off-the-ball in terms
> of spending on Iraq vs. Afghanistan/ Al Qaeda and / or our own borders
> and ports, etc.
> I'm no lefty. I'm for small-to-no federal taxes, pro-business, a
> strong military, a tough(ER!) stance on terrorism and national
> defense, a safe homeland, a resolute and sovereign nation, racial
> profiling as a pragmatic measure at the borders and airports, a strong
> and consistent national identity, strong borders, minimal gov't,
> maximum privacy, and the CONSTITUTION THAT OUR FOUNDERS PUT IN PLACE.
> On those levels, I CANNOT and WILL NOT be able to vote for Bush ---
> nor, do I believe, will anyone who is a real conservative --- and
> after tonight I believe John Kerry is a worthy successor to those
> ancestors whose faux presidency George W. Bush has embarrassed. No
> REAL CONSERVATIVE can vote for Bush. The Republican party has been
> invaded, overtaken, and besmirched by theocrats, oligarchs,
> propagandists, corporatocrats, and fascists. A vote for Bush '04 is
> like a "vote" for Mussolini. If you don't believe me, check this
> dictionary definition of "fascism" and see how it compares to the
> Bush's America of 2001-2004:
> You have to live with your own conscience, but bear in mind: its
> going to be our children that live with the consequences of that
> decision if "the American People" plunge this country even further
> into fascism.
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