I'll lay odds that Nader will endorse Kerry in the summer and ask his supporters to vote for Kerry, though he won't drop out entirely. Nader thinks he is a second front to Bush this year and wants bush out as badly as anyone else.
Bush is a flipping idiot, and I don't understand how you guys continue to support him after all he's screwed up these last four years. I mean really, what's your reason? He's "tough on terrorism?"
He would have you believe he's the only one who can fight it! You think John Kerry can't? Even McCain came to the defense of Kerry and said his defense record is not weak.
Do you like bush because he's "not a flip-flopper?"
Oh please. Bush would have you believe Kerry takes both sides of every issue, and in fact, it's working. He has successfully defined Kerry. And it pisses me off that the american sheep buy it without doing their own research. First of all, Kerry is NOT a flip-flopper. Do you realize some of those things he voted against that SEEM contrary to his previous beliefs were actually amendments to a larger bill that he opposed? And the 50 cent gas hike? That was 10 years ago, and kerry regrets the vote. bush has cherrypicked votes over kerry's entire long senate career and tried to paint him as a flip-flopper for having a change of mind on some issues over a 20 year period.
Hello? Have any of you changed your mind on an important issue in the last 4 months alone? Now, can you imagine never changing your mind on anything for 20 years? That's scary. The mere fact that Kerry does change his mind and admit mistakes like anyone else speaks volumes on his character.
But what about Bush? IF
we're going to accuse someone of flip-flopping maybe you outta look at your own candidate. First, he said that gay marriage was just a states issue, not a federal one. Then turned around and backed a consitutional amendment to back it, endorsing a permanent writing of discrimination into the constitution. And if you supported that, then you're a bigot. It is very bigoted and concieted to support the permanent labeling and discrimination against gay couples. Isn't there something in our bill of rights about the "pursuit of happiness"? Where the hell did that go?
What about the Iraq war? First it was about WMD, then when there were no WMD, it was about freeing the iraqis. Bush said that there would be equal bidding on iraq reconstruction, instead, Halliburton got the lion's share and thensome and NOW we're finding out Cheney's company is overcharging the government by millions if not more, of taxpayer money. Bush said our troops would be in iraq only long enough to topple the regime of saddam and stabilize the country. That, has dragged out for a year. Over 600 soldiers killed and the death toll continues to rise. A state of anarchy and civil war is brewing over there and yet cheney and rumsfeld get on TV
and tell us what a wonderful amount of progress has been made. Oh that was beautiful, the other day, when Cheney was speaking about Iraq progress and on the other side of the screen were smoking cars and people hung from bridges and a general state of chaos. Oh, priceless.
What about bush's promises regarding medicare and social security in 2000? Now lying dead on the floor. This new medicare reform bill isn't worth the paper it was printed on, it does NOTHING to help seniors out. Hello, I live with a senior and the cost of drugs and medical care is so high that she's often wondered if it would just be cheaper to die than continue getting the medicine she needs. Now what kind of message is this government sending to its senior citizens?
What about Bush's united world right after 9/11, and even before 9/11 his promises of reaching out to the world to repair strained ties. (which, BTW, weren't anywhere near as strained as they are now). Now look what he's done, after 9/11 we had the support of the world, for the first time the world seemed united. And instead of embracing it, Bush viewed it as a sign of weakness. Bush basically told the world to fuck off, and let america do things our way. "We don't NEED your help" is the unspoken message he sent to the world. And now look, the world probably hates america and what it stands for more now than at any time in recent history. Even Bush Sr. did a much better job at keeping our ties with other nations relatively healthy, even if he himself was only a little bit better than Jr.
Bush is a flip-flopper of the most extreme degree, and people are dying because of it. Dying at home because they can't afford adequate health care, dying in the streets because instead of funding NCLB he left it twisting in the wind, and underperforming students find themselves with gangs rather than in school, and dying overseas because of Bush's misguided war. The people of Iraq don't want us there, they don't want democracy, they want an islamic state. And no matter how long we drag this out, we are doomed to failure. Don't you see that? Do you even care about the dead and the wounded? Of course you dont, because as the numbers get higher and higher, they become arbitrary, faceless. "I wonder how many people died in iraq today" "oh, 10, that's about normal". We've become very apathetic. To wake up you must listen to the accounts of these soldiers overseas, or read a letter that one of them sent home to Mom days before he was killed by an RPG. Suddenly, they're human, and this war is far more costly.
Condoleeza Rice's testimony did nothing to refute any of the charges made by Richard Clarke. None. Because it's truth. Bush was warned about Al Queda planning to attack the US in 2001, and while they suspected hijackings and bombings they didnt expect that airplanes would crash into buildings, right? OOPS! Wrong, that memo also says Al Queda has cells in the USA, and that they may attempt to crash a plane into an embassy. IT
was known before 9/11 that Al Queda was training in flight schools. Granted, we had the severe restriction in that agencies were not allowed to share information. That's one good thing that came out of this mess is that we can share intelligence much better. But the fact is, this government knew something was brewing, and did almost nothing about it. Bush failed this country, and I was one who viewed him as the leader we needed to defeat these terrorists, in the days and even years after 2001. But by early 2003 I was beginning to wake up, and now in 2004 I can see that this country needs nothing greater than the defeat of George Bush.
Look at you gys, you're rallying around a failed president, you're joining the pack in calling dissent unpatriotic, you're believing the crap of "If you criticise the president you are only aiding our enemies".
You know, Hitler's government did that too....denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism, and say that they are aiding the enemy with their comments. Oh, but there we go, I said the "H" word which means some of you will invalidate my post alltogether. Hmm, how about reading my post in the Howard Stern thread about qualities of fascism and then take a good hard look at our country right now. We ARE heading towards a fascist state and the only thing that can save us is electing John Kerry in November. For all that Bush has screwed up, I can't believe that any of you support him as strongly as you do. Just what, exactly, is your reason?