I received an email today from an old friend (to whom I say, "hello! Glad you're checking out the link I sent!") asking everyone to encourage their "Republican friends who probably have only a fraction of an idea where their Bush vote will take them" to reconsider. Here's what I wrote in reply:
I’m a Republican, and contrary to your statement, I do know, as much as is humanly possible, where my vote for Bush will take me. I take that step proudly. I think it’s the best choice I could possibly make not just for myself, but for our country, for my children, for the future.This election is like no other I can ever remember. I've never had so many political discussions with people, from my hairdresser (undecided, leaning Bush), to the Teamsters Union truckdriver who made a delivery here (definitely Bush), to neighbors (mostly Bush), to long-time friends via email (this one, obviously Kerry -- or maybe Nader??) It's an interesting election. Only two weeks to go.
Kerry can’t be trusted on most of the major issues, because he changes his mind so often that who knows what he’d really do, and when he is clear (such as about abortion) he’s on the dead-wrong side of the issue. For example,
He thinks terrorism can be “managed” down to a “nuisance” level, and he clearly doesn’t get the international scope of the war on terror, nor the seriousness of the Islamofascist threat to all civilized countries. Did you happen to see what they did to the schoolchildren in Russia, for example? Or the children in Iraq, getting candy from soldiers? He can’t be trusted on any issue, especially the war on terror, because he has a record of changing his mind according to whichever way the political winds are blowing. He appears to have no inner core of principles guiding his statements and actions, except for “What’s best for John Kerry?” He has a record of little to no accomplishment in the Senate, and when he did bother to show up to vote, he voted the wrong way. He thinks countries like France and Germany, who were in Hussein’s back pocket taking bribe money in the Oil-for-Food scam run by the corrupt U.N., are our allies, but in fact they are now saying they won’t send any troops to Iraq no matter who wins, and it’s pretty clear to any thinking person that those countries can’t be trusted based on their willingness to take bribes from an evil, mass-murdering dictator. He badmouths our true allies like England, Italy, Poland, and over 35 other countries, including the new leader of Iraq, and then has the gall to say he would be better able to get other countries to work with us. He wants to return to the pre-9/11 era, such as in the Clinton years, when the U.S. bent over backwards to be “nice” to Arab countries, tried to give the Palestinians what they wanted, and tried to be “respected” in the world, and lo and behold, the terrorists used those years to plan, finance, and train for the 9/11 attacks, besides carrying out numerous attacks on our bases and embassies around the world. So if we return to those years, why should we think the terrorists won’t use their time in a similar fashion? He thinks it’s morally permissible to pull babies out of the womb feet first, (I apologize in advance for the graphic description to follow, but it’s the truth) stab them in the back of the head, use a suction catheter to suck out their brains, then crush their skulls and pull them out, dead (he voted 6 times to override the ban on this brutal procedure, partial birth abortion). President Bush had the moral integrity to sign the ban. (By the way, OB/GYN doctors have stated publicly that there is NEVER a time when this procedure would save the life of a woman, and that in fact it is potentially dangerous for the woman. The only reason to do this is to kill the baby, period.) He thinks it’s morally permissible to kill embryonic human life for parts (stem cells) in a misguided attempt to find cures for some at the expense of the sanctity of human life (and by the way, the science of this issue shows clearly that it’s much more promising to use adult stem cells, from living donors or from umbilical cords, anyway. But when do you ever hear Kerry/Edwards speak truthfully about the science of stem cell research? They don’t; instead they use demagoguery to promise people if Kerry is elected, people like Chris Reeve will “get up out of their wheelchairs and walk”. Oh, please.) As far as mainstream media “not telling us things”… do you mean like CBS, where Dan Rather used forged documents to try to slam President Bush? Or the AP news service which lied about the crowd “booing” Clinton at a Bush rally? I was at that rally in West Allis, and there were NO boos. None. And when the President said, “President Clinton will be in our prayers”, the crowd applauded as a sign of support. I was there. AP lied. Or by mainstream media, do you mean the media that, according to the editor of Newsweek, “Wants Bush to lose”? Sounds like you might be a “Fahrenheit 911” fan. I suggest, in fact I dare you, go to Blockbuster and get “Fahrenhype 911” to learn the truth about Michael Moore. He fabricated virtually all of the movie, from the so-called “editorial” about the recounts in Florida (fact: Bush won every single recount, by every single news organization that went down there), to the use of people’s words and images in such a way that they appear to be saying things they never said (just watch Fahrenhype to see what those people think of Michael Moore lying about them).
This email may sound harsh, but I feel, as you obviously do, that this election is mighty important. I am passionate about it. I’ve educated myself; I read and view mainstream media as well as more objective sources, I read liberal websites and publications as well as conservative ones, I know all the conspiracy theories and all the hatred spewed about Bush, and after all this, I truly believe he is the best man for this country at this time. If you want a tall guy who speaks smoothly, vote for Kerry. If you want someone who maybe doesn’t speak as clearly but who has the right set of beliefs to lead our country, then vote for Bush.