Nicely stated, buster.
I tend, in general, to your way of thinking Jeffjoe. I suspect it's always been and always will be tough for people who want to cast a meaningful vote based on their conscience rather than their sense of which candidate is less offensive to their principles. To me the real problem is our political system, both in structural and cultural terms -- we need instant run-off voting, some form of proportional representation, publicly financed campaigns, etc.In the meantime, though, I've sworn off the protest votes. If nothing else, I have some minimal confidence that the typical big-name Democratic candidate has the public interest at least somewhat in mind. I can't say the same about far too many prominent Republicans these days.Quote from: jeffjoe on July 06, 2004, 01:04:50 PMIt's better than voting for someone I really don't want just to get rid of someone I want even less. It leads to mediocrity.
It's better than voting for someone I really don't want just to get rid of someone I want even less. It leads to mediocrity.
I can't argue with you, especially since your LSAT is higher than mine while your GPA is the same.I am tempted to vote for Kerry to bring a little sanity to the White House.
so kerry's supposed to win over the conservative compassionates, and edwards is there to cover the nascar dads, right? they need to get al sharpton to be secretary of something to get the minority vote... and wesley clark to be the secretary of something else to get the soccer moms vote...then nothing can stand in their way...
You guys are smoking crack if you think that anyone can help Kerry win this election. His only draw is that he is a Bush-basher, and the only reason that he is doing as well as he is in the polls is that the mainstream media is DOGGING the Bush Administration non stop... Even they cant keep up the pace of unbiased coverage they have been slinging for the last 6 months until November without the 'swing voter' getting an idea that a smear campaign is going on.Very few voters actually think that Kerry stands for anything. In the end, the only Kerry voters will be rabid foam at the mouth lefties...Personally, I think Bush lacks imagination in domestic policy, has alienated his core constituency, and has pretty much screwed up completely everything but Iraq (and Iraq is half screwed up)... and that in the end, history will judge that Iraq was a good idea, no matter how badly he bungled the 'coalition'...The Dems could have found someone who has something positive to say, to address all the *&^% that Bush is f-ing up on EXCEPT the war (which still has massive mainstream approval, even if there is a disagreement with current execution), but instead they focus on the NO WMD issue.Only the left cares about the fact that they cant find WMDs.. its a non issue with the mainstream...I wish there was a decent alternative, but it seems it will be another 4 years of W, and no amount of slick southern bull will fix the lack of substance that exists on the Democratic ticket.
See, yet another foam at the mouth leftie says that Iraq is a huge mistake... YOU think it was his worst mistake, middle America does not.Nobody lied about WMD, intelligence is not perfect. Fact of the matter is that Hussein had a thousand and one chances to submit to complete UN inspections but resisted, hemmed, hawed, etc.. and in the end provided the Neo Cons the excuse to invade. We know for a fact that WMD existed at one point, it was up to the Baath party to show that they were destroyed, they did not, and kept the UN from doing their job properly for a decade.But the invasion wasnt really about WMD anyway, and in reality, middle America knows this. Nobody ever invades another country for what they SAY they do. Nobody educated on the right or the left believed that was the reason. It was an excuse from word go. We could have continued to Bomb Iraq into the stone age forever if we wished. Iraq was invaded to plant the seeds of rational government in the middle east? Dont think it was successful? Hmmm then why did Libya all of a sudden decide to play ball? Why are all the Theocracies of the middle east threatened all of a sudden, and why are now the Saudis entertaining democratic reform? The answer is really simple. This group of conservatives have used this time and space to take a stand and let it be known that we will not allow a nation to exist which can cause us harm in ways we cannot defend ourselves from. All over the world, dictators and tyrants are shitting themselves because they know they might be next. Iraq may not have had anything to do with 9-11, but if you think they didnt support terrorism at every opportunity, you are deluding yourself. It is most likely that Al Qaeda avoided Iraq because we had too much in the area. Afganistan was where we werent listening very well.Will it be difficult? yep, change always is... Have we burned some good will to get this done? Absolutely. Did we underestimate the difficulty of the job once the Republican Guard had been routed, completely. But life is about adapting and evolving to overcome unseen boundaries. Fact is, faulted as they are, the NeoCons envisioned a world where there is room for dissent, but not uncivilized dissent, and took advantage of the opportunity to change not just Iraq, but the entire world. Will they be ultimately successful? It is hard to know for sure, but I want to be optimistic, I would like to see the first modern middle eastern democracy, which is uniquely arab and mostly muslim, but still fits into the mold of 'democracies do not war on each other'. And now that we are in this thing (no matter crazy I judge the idea of interference in world politics at all), in for a penny, in for a pound.For the record... Bill wasnt about sex, it was about lying under oath, but you will never understand that.If you do come across me in the courtroom, I will be the guy who focuses on the realities of the situation and wins his case while you rant and rave about your cause.Lets hope youre the leftie that learns to think things through at some point, or Ill enjoy tearing your ass up when I meet you in court fighting for the rights of chickens or some such nonsense.
See, yet another foam at the mouth leftie says that Iraq is a huge mistake... YOU think it was his worst mistake, middle America does not.