I sometimes find myself wondering that very question. I'll come back to that in a minute. But a more important question I want to ask is: who should I support for President in 2004?
Although I've been a lifelong Republican, I cannot and will not vote for Bush this time around. Here's why.
Although I'm sure he is a decent and honest man personally, IMO, his administration has been a disaster. Also, it is my opinion that John Ashcroft (a man who lost an election to a corpse) is a very bitter man and has an axe to grind over God knows what.
I also hold the opinion that Don Rumsfeld is suffering from a Napoleon complex, if not outright "little dick" syndrome. I've never seen a man with a bigger chip on his shoulder or a contemptuous view of humanity.
Those two, I want to see thrown out at all costs. Between them, and Bush's creation of the TSA
and Homeland Security agencies, they have absolutely eviscerated and decimated the Constitution and our Civil liberties.
Personally, I don't see what either of those two agencies have done other than create two more bloated and inefficient bureaucracies and create this illusion of "safety". And why is it that every time a new poll comes out that says Bush's approval ratings are down, is a new "terror alert" issued, stating that another Chernobyl type accident or 9/11 catastrophe imminent? Then a few days go by, nothing happens, and it's back to normal.
This coming from the party of "Freedom and Courage" and "smaller government".
Although I am a huge supporter of the Capitalist system, the amount of nepotism, corruption, and cronyism that is being emitted from this Administration is reeking like a beached catfish on an August afternoon.
and don't even get me started on the latest trend of corporations moving jobs over to countries where they don't even have a customer base.
9 million people have lost work since Bush has taken office.
I realize that he is not directly responsible for this mess-I blame greedy and shortsigted and inept Management and stockholders more than anything else, as well as inevitable downturns that are a part of our system-but Bush has done little or nothing about it. His Laissez-Faire approach to the economy while simultaneously creating a
de facto dictatorship, I have a real problem with.
That being said however, I remain vehemently opposed to any kind of Social programs. I don't think that anyone is entitled to anything that they didn't earn.
I have a healthy and frequent sex life with my loving girlfriend, I understand the importance of a healthy sex life and the connection between that and overall mental and physical health, but I still bristle whenever I see a risqué TV
show or magazine picture. I also am not too keen on sex education in schools.
As for abortion, I'll just let the protestors whack each other with their signs and mail their letter bombs back and forth and leave it at that.
As for gay "rights", I am still on the fence. On one hand, I feel that we should "live and let live". Also, given the fact that since the 'traditional' family has decayed to the core in the last generation, gay couples couldn't possibly screw things up worse than we "straights" have. But on the other hand, I do believe in God and, well......we all know how He feels about Gays.
I guess the only issue I have with gays is the fringe view-that is the whole in your face "We're queer and we're here"....."you have to accept us but we don't have to accept you" mentality.
I also firmly believe that hemp should be legalized and the legal drinking age brought down to age 18. Either that, or the Age Of Adulthood moved to 21.
So getting back to the original question of this topic: who can I support next year? Given the fact that the country is split almost perfectly down the middle in terms of political ideology, I have one of two choices: I can vote for Bush, despite the fact that I do not have any support for him due to the fact that the country has gone straight down the commode since he's taken office. So does this mean that I may be at least on some level, a "closet" Liberal?
But on the other hand, I don't want to get mixed up with the Socialized Whatever Is Good, Affirmative Action, Bra Burning, and Tree Hugging crowd, which collectively make up the Other Side either.
I certainly don't want to NOT vote.
But I just don't know what to do.