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Why I can't vote for John Kerry

A little while ago I opened this thread to invite Kerry supporters to state why they were backing John Kerry for President. On the basis of quantity of responses, it was wildly successful; I had to close it down just before it hit 100. Certain other parties also found it cause for celebration; I was unwitting midwife to a brand-new group. I finally have sympathy for and understand the perspective of Snow White's stepmother. And while it certainly was informative to see the "other side's" perspective, it was ultimately onconvincing.

One of the more positive aspects of that posting, however, was when Simon of The Blogging Of The President shamelessly stole my idea and improved the hell out of it for a series of their own postings.

The main improvement Simon developed (besides actually moderating the thread, not opening it up and going to sleep like I did) was to limit people to three paragraphs. I didn't, and man were some of you VERBOSE.

Simon's "why do you support George W. Bush" thread was followed by Shaula's own "Why do you support John Kerry," and then "why can't you support George W. Bush." Conspicuous by it's absence was the logical conclusion to the series -- "why can't you vote for John Kerry." When I saw the way things were heading, I started preparing my answer. However, the question was never asked. Never to let a hunk of writing go to waste, though, I thought I'd put it here. I'm also flouting the rules a bit, going a little beyond three paragraphs, but if Shaula or Simon had actually completed their series, then they could have enforced their rule.

I've been a bit of a Kerry observer for some time now (living next door to Massachusetts will do that to you -- New Hampshire is considered a "suburb" of Massachusetts in terms of media markets, highway funding, etc. etc.), and when it comes right down to it, I just can't bring myself to vote for him for anything.

1) John Kerry lacks consistency. I just can't tell where he stands on major issues. If the war in Iraq was "the wrong war in the wrong place at the wrong time," then how the hell would have have "done it smarter" and "gotten other nations to help?" Is he pro-choice when it comes to abortion, or does he believe that life begins at conception? Is Israel's security fence (which has proven to be a serious barrier to suicide bombings) "necessary to the security of Israel" or "a barrier to peace?" (I want to get snarky here and say perhaps Kerry believes in killing babies and that the existence of Israel is a danger to world peace, but I'm trying to be serious here.) He voted against the Defense of Marriage Act, which blocked gay marriage, and even signed a letter supporting the rights of gays to wed one another, but denounced the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court when they struck down barriers to gay marriage. I find myself agreeing with him about half the time, but I can't trust him to stay with any position.

2) John Kerry lacks character. He has huge cognitive dissonances between his stated positions and his actions. He calls for the "wealthiest among us" to pay "more of their fair share" in taxes, but as one of the wealthy, he doesn't. In Massachusetts, residents have the option of paying state income tax at 5.3 or 5.85 percent -- Kerry has always filed at the lower rate. Thanks to her investments, his wife has an effective tax rate of 12.5%, while last year I paid almost 12% on a hugely lesser income. He's a proud outdoorsperson, but blamed a Secret Service agent for his snowboarding fall ("the son of a bitch knocked me down,") quit his bike ride when he fell, let someone else carry the goose he allegedly shot, and posed proudly with a shotgun that he supported outlawing. He calls for more fuel-efficient vehicles, but he (I'm sorry -- "his family") owns about half a dozen huge SUVs. He seems to go out of his way to endorse laws and policies that he wants to impose on us, but can't be bothered to follow them himself. As Leona Helmsley reportedly said once, "taxes are for little people."

3) John Kerry lacks any sort of record of achievement. I've repeatedly challenged Kerry supporters to cite three examples of things Kerry has achieved in his 20 years in the Senate, and never received a satisfactory answer. Kerry was one of the big movers behind uncovering the Bank of Credit and Commerce International scandal of the early 90's. That was fine work, and I give Senator Kerry great praise for his work on that -- he took on a lot of big power players, led the fight to take down a wildly corrupt institution, and won one for the good guys. I find it amazing Kerry hasn't touted that in his campaign But other than that, what the hell has he done since Viet Nam? His attendance record in the Senate over the last year (missing almost 90% of all votes) would be the envy of Jeff Spicoli or Ferris Bueller, but without the charm of wrathful administrators. On the contrary -- he still collects his paycheck despite doing virtually none of the duties it's allegedly for, in violation of his oath to the citizens of Massachusetts who he is supposed to be representing.

Four years ago, George W. Bush became president, he didn't seem to have an agenda. He had a lot of trouble getting his appointments confirmed, and nobody quite knew what he was all about. He was on his way to being a "caretaker" president, much like Ford or Carter, and have a mostly unremarkable term in office. 9/11 changed all that, and he rose to the challenge and found his identity and role as leader of the war on terror.

John Kerry reminds me a lot of the pre-election George W. Bush. But I don't want to take the chance on seeing how he will develop in the office, and America can't afford another atrocity like 9/11 to see what sort of president John Kerry will become in a crisis.

J.


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Building on #3...J... (Below threshold)

Building on #3...

John Kerry has been on the wrong side of history on every critical issue of national defense since he joined the Senate.

1) Wrong on the Cold War, bitterly opposing Reagan's arms buildup that bankrupted the Soviets? Check.
2) Wrong on the Sandanistas, backing the rise of Communism in the Americas? Check.
3) Wrong on the first Gulf War, despite our passing a 'global test'? Checkety check.
4) Wrong on the buildup of Intelligence capabilities as the threat of global terrorism grew? Check and mate, beeotch.

It's one thing to be wrong as a Senator, when your vote really doesn't mean much (especially if you reside on the left bank of American politics). It's another to make wrong decisions as President.

It's a risk we can't afford to take.

Slightly off topic. Have y... (Below threshold)
Do Gooder:

Slightly off topic. Have you seen this on World Net?
No backup but interesting line of thinking:

http://worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=41200


There is overwhelming evidence that the Navy gave John Kerry either a dishonorable discharge or an undesirable discharge – which is the equivalent of a dishonorable discharge without the felony conviction – and that, as a result of such discharge, he was stripped of all of his famous but questionable Navy awards and medals. And the kicker? The evidence is on his website!

John Kerry never has soluti... (Below threshold)
JERALD P. EVERETT:

John Kerry never has solution for anything, but chooses to critize the efforts of those in the Arena. Its not the critic that courts , but rather the one in the arena who spends himself in the protection of America . Kerry's record back to the Vietnam War reflects that he attacks those Americans(Our Military) who protect us and our way of life. Americans do not want a global test administered by the UN who whore themselves to foreign interest.

Well crud J. I was going to... (Below threshold)
Paul:

Well crud J. I was going to post something that would bump you but now I'll let it be.

P

A few more, off the top of ... (Below threshold)

A few more, off the top of my head (although I'm sure there are more).

1) Perpetuation of the draft rumor.
2) Trying to scare the elderly into thinking Social Security will be gone under Bush.
3) Putting his head in the sand over SS's future insolvency.
4) Implying that his 4 months in Vietnam make him a better war general than our real war generals.
5) Implying that I'm a racist because of my party affiliation.

Why I Can't Vote for Joh... (Below threshold)

Why I Can't Vote for John Kerry: Because I'm not brain-dead.

1. Flip Flop2. Dis... (Below threshold)
Judy:

1. Flip Flop
2. Disrespectful to my President.
3. Wrong man for the job. Even the Dem thought so in the spring.
4. Job performance for the last 20 years.
5. Vietnam

he's either a traitor or a ... (Below threshold)
chuck:

he's either a traitor or a fool, thats enough not to vote for him

- I don't want an administr... (Below threshold)

- I don't want an administration that runs on the whims of the headlines in the morning edition of the NY Times, or the sound bites and "liberal propaganda viewpoints" of 60 minutes...

- I could'nt have more problems with the record, ideology, and self-centered zero moral compass opportunism of Mr FakeKerry if his name was John Wilkes Booth....

- I have been trying to track down the details of Maria Teresa Thierstein Simões-Ferreira Heinz Kerry's father, Dr. José Simões-Ferreira, who was one of the founding members of the Mozambique communist party, Mozambican Liberation Front (FRELIMO, pronounced fray-LEE-moo). She was trained from an early age in the tenents of socialism, led a sheltered life living in relative luxury while the majority of her country was in squaler and poverty, trained in two universities as a translator, and was sent to America to work as a UN translator by her father in the early 60's to get her away from the socialist uprising's and overthrow of the government by the Russian backed communist insurgents. She met Kerry at an "Earth day" conference in Brazil, where she had been sent by Bush 41. She shares all of the Socialist/Marxist ideals of her Feckless husband. Her nature and attitudes would have her trying to direct and interfer in American politics....

- I predicted 2 months ago that the major press polls would bolster Kerry at every oppotunity, regardless of the actual issues and revelations, in order to keep the race as close as possible and by election day they would have it dead even, and that's exactly what they've done. "Its the bottom line stupid".....

- Other than these items the list is simply to long to enumerate. In some ways I envy the simplistic situation for the left. all they have to do is concentrate on their mindless rehtorical emotions. With Kerry the negative list is so long you never get to that point......

With respect to your #1...<... (Below threshold)
brotherStefan:

With respect to your #1...

If you agree with Kerry half the time, don't beat yourself up; after all, John Kerry feels exactly the same way.

Why I Can't Vote For Joh... (Below threshold)
Nordicgirl:

Why I Can't Vote For John Kerry:
* Atty. General - Ted Kennedy
* Vice President - Breck Girl
* Sec. of State - Howard Dean
* Sec. of Defense - The United Nations
* Chief Justice - Hillary Clinton
* Commander-in-Chief - John F'n Kerry

For what it's worth, Snow W... (Below threshold)
Adam:

For what it's worth, Snow White didn't have a step-mother. The stepmother was in the Cinderella story.

Why I can't vote for Kerry:... (Below threshold)
Jim:

Why I can't vote for Kerry:

1) Kerry is a traitor.
2) Kerry is a traitor.
3. Kerry is a traitor.

4) The majority of our nation's law enforcement men and women support Bush.
5) The vast majority of our active and inactive military support George W. Bush.
6) Kerry throws like a girl.
7) Kerry is a flim-flam man who's taken advantage of a brain-dead news media.

What? You can't vote for K... (Below threshold)
Flakbait:

What? You can't vote for Kerry? You're being disenfranchised! Oh noes, call out the lawyer brigade!

^That's one reason why I'm NOT voting for Kerry. And pretty much everything he has ever done, from getting out of vietnam on a technicality, to running with the war protesters, to the Winter Soldier testimony, to his votes in his senate, to his actions and words during his candidacy for President.

BECAUSE I WOULD HAVE TO VOM... (Below threshold)
HOTROD:

BECAUSE I WOULD HAVE TO VOMIT LOOKING AT TERESA EVERYDAY

The simplest of explainatio... (Below threshold)
bains:

The simplest of explainations is that he (JFK) has the support of the MSM. The MSM in its reckless arrogance foists upon America what they think is a heroic, populist man of intergity as the requisite choice - a choice for American values. But the MSM hasn't a clue about American values other than elitist and misguided conjecture, and because they (the MSM) are so out of touch, I'll be voting against their candidate, John Frickin Kerry.

A valuable lesson learned in 2000 - as a McCain supporter, I couldn't vote for Bush, yet there was no way I would vote for Gore. Principled (and in hindsight idealistic) Harry Browne recieved my nod. The MSM has stripped that idealism away.

Main Reason:The Pr... (Below threshold)
LJD:

Main Reason:

The President doesn't have the luxury of crafting policy based on opinion polls because:
1.) There is usually not enough time to do so.
2.) 48% of Americans are seriously disillusioned.
John Kerry's record of acting on instinct is, frankly quite firghtening.




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