I never thought I’d see those words together.
I tend to be pretty conversative in my views and that means that I usually vote Republican. But this election is different.
I did what I usually do before voting absentee – I take some of the online quizzes about my views and then see how they match up with the candidates’. I took two and they both came out strongly Kerry. The fact that he’s from New England and a Red Sox fan helps, even though that wasn’t on the quiz. 🙂
I guess the big thing that swayed me, even before I looked at the individual issues is the situation in Iraq. It’s clearly a mess. Whether the decision to invade was right or wrong does not matter anymore. We’re in there and the country needs to be rebuilt. I think the only way that will happen is with the support of other countries. As long as it appears to disenfranchised Iraqis that it’s Bush vs. them, the more angry they will become. The more genuine support we have from the rest of the world, the stronger the case will be that this is not about imperalism or any particular US agenda.
While it’s not clear what Kerry’s strategy will be in this regard, he’s a man that can be much more easily respected. Bush’s folksy demeanor makes him appear to be just a dumb Texan. What we need right now is someone who can at least talk the talk and make the US respected in the world community again.
Alright, enough coherent thoughts about important matters – 83 cents in postage just to return an absentee ballot?? What’s with that?