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Sunday, June 20, 2004

Conservative for Kerry
(You might be interested in the following just written by Charley Reese
of the Orlando Sentinel. If you know the writer and his strongly
conservative reputation, you should find it eye opening.)

Vote For A Man, Not A Puppet

Americans should realize that if they vote for President Bush's
re-election, they are really voting for the architects of war Dick
Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz and the rest of that cabal of
neoconservative ideologues and their corporate backers. I have
sadly come to the conclusion that President Bush is merely a front man,
an empty suit, who is manipulated by the people in his administration.
Bush has the most dangerously simplistic view of the world of any
president in my memory.

It's no wonder the president avoids press conferences like the
plague. Take away his cue cards and he can barely talk. Americans
should
be embarrassed that an Arab king (Abdullah of Jordan) spoke more
fluently and articulately in English than our own president at their
joint press conference recently. John Kerry is at least an educated
man,
well-read, who knows how to think and who knows that the world is a
great deal more complex than Bush's comic-book world of American heroes
and foreign evildoers. It's unfortunate that in our poorly educated
country, Kerry's very intelligence and refusal to adopt simplistic
slogans might doom his presidential election efforts. But Thomas
Jefferson said it well, as he did so often, when he observed that
people
who expect to be ignorant and free xpect what never was and never will
be.

People who think of themselves as conservatives will really
display their stupidity, as I did in the last election, by voting for
Bush. Bush is as far from being a conservative as you can get. Well, he
fooled me once, but he won't fool me twice. It is not at all
conservative to balloon government spending, to vastly increase the
power of government, to show contempt for the Constitution and the rule
of law, or to tell people that foreign outsourcing of American jobs is
good for them, that giant fiscal and trade deficits don't matter, and
that people should not know what their government is doing.

Bush is the most prone-to-classify, the most secretive president in the
20th century. His administration leans dangerously toward the
authoritarian. It's no wonder that the Justice Department has convicted
a few Arab-Americans of
supporting terrorism. What would you do if you found yourself arrested
and a federal prosecutor whispers in your ear that either you can
plea-bargain this or the president will designate you an enemy
combatant and you'll be held incommunicado for the duration?

This election really is important, not only for domestic
reasons, but because Bush's foreign policy has been a dangerous
disaster. He's almost restarted the Cold War with Russia and the
nuclear
arms race. America is not only hated in the Middle East, but it has few
friends anywhere in the world thanks to the arrogance and ineptness of
the Bush administration.

Don't forget, a scientific poll of Europeans found us, Israel,
North Korea and Iran as the greatest threats to world peace.

I will swallow a lot of petty policy differences with Kerry
to get a man in the White House with brains enough not to blow up the
world and us with it. Go to Kerry's Web site (www.johnkerry.com
) and read
some of the magazine profiles on him. You'll find that there is a great
deal more to Kerry than the GOP attack dogs would have you believe.

Besides, it would be fun to have a president who plays
hockey, windsurfs, ride motorcycles, plays the guitar, writes poetry
and
speaks French. It would be good to have a man in the White House who
has
killed people face to face. Killing people has a sobering effect on a
man and dispels all illusions about war.
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From June Wortman 520-648-5877
With thanks to my Cleveland friend, Peg.



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