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Saturday, September 18, 2004

The following is a comment stolen from the Comments Section of http://atrios.blogspot.com/

"Choices

America has a choice to make. I guess the question that vexes us too much is the belief that she will make an ill choice. It is not easy to cut through the nonsense that passes for political debate in this society. When we should be talking of military misadventures, financial malfeasance, and the most environmentally devastating actions in our history: we are spending our time talking of a war that ended thirty years ago.It would be too easy to dismiss such questions as irrelevant, but that would not be correct either. Whether we choose to acknowledge it or not, our candidate’s activities as young men are relevant. It is important for us to recognize what the person did when confronted with the hard choices that can define our lives. One chose to serve. One chose to find a way to serve, and risk as little as possible for that choice. One fulfilled their obligation. One was an outstanding student: one just got by. Let’s make a couple of conclusions and move on. When Kerry went to Yale, he was an outstanding student. He did what is necessary to achieve academic success. (Essentially this means that he fulfilled the obligations of the courses to the best of his ability.) Bush was a marginal student who was more interested in the physical characteristics of a college student: too many beers, too many tears. Make your choice: someone who satisfied the requirements or someone who shirked responsibility in favor of some “other” actions? As a child is father to the man, the young person who fulfils their commitments, telegraphs their own intention as adults. The promise of youth is realized, not in the success in life: for it would be difficult to argue against Bush in this manner, but, rather in the path that took the person to that success. Kerry’s road is littered with success, Bush’s road is just littered with the failures of a lifetime of privilege.So, you pays your money and you makes your choice. If we measure the need for character as a requisite for the office: the choice is clear. Fulfilling obligations is an American ideal of the first magnitude. As Frost wrote, “The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep and miles to go before I sleep.” Let’s help Kerry fulfil his promise and send Bush back to the faux ranch to wrangle whatever devil of his is left to conquer.
Dances with Donkeys "

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