Media in Trouble: All the news thats UNfit to print!: Ohio, Wisconsin and other Undecided Voters

"The information of the people at large can alone make them safe, as they are the sole depositary of our political and religious freedom." --Thomas Jefferson 1810

Friday, October 29, 2004

Ohio, Wisconsin and other Undecided Voters

For the elusive undecided voters who mainly believe the following statement:

“I hate Bush but I can’t trust Kerry”

I understand your logic. By using the word hate to describe your feelings about Bush you are conflicted. You think this country is not on the right track. You may be watching the polls and are confused about voting for the winner of the election.

On the other hand John Kerry is widely viewed as a flip flopper or a waffler. Something the Bush campaign along with the media has been truly exceptional about. However, in not stating that you hate John Kerry you may still hope.

The operative words here are hate and trust.

Since hate is a strong feeling, and when you hate someone it is usually for various reasons that are hard to convince you of changing your mind. When someone makes it to the hate column it is hard to bring that someone back into the realm of like.

So let’s concentrate on the word trust. Trust is a stronger feeling still. It demands that someone earns that trust. John Kerry may not have done that in your hearts just yet. He has wavered on a few issues. He has changed his mind and been conflicted many times during his public life. He has protested the Vietnam War, voted against the first Iraq war and voted for giving the president authorization to go to war this time around. He then voted (in protest) against having millions of American tax payers pay for the $87 billion in further appropriations for the war.

However, during his Senate career he has voted for bans on assault weapons and studies have shown that violence linked to such arms has indeed gone down since that ban has been put in place. He also voted for balanced budgets.

Can he be trusted? Well as in any election you have to weigh the alternatives. As much as I am against the alienation of Ralph Nader in the media, in respect to the length of this post I will just say that Ralph Nader and John Kerry are very similar in their stances on most issues. Nader is a lot more liberal and more against big corporations than John Kerry is however, this is a product of a two party system. I shall reserve that column for another day.

You the undecided voter are conflicted between the two major candidates and trust is your main concern.

I submit that George W. Bush is less trust worthy by far than John Kerry.

George W. Bush and his administration has repeatedly offered distortions, exaggerations, and downright lies to the American people regarding almost every policy decision he has made. I have cataloged many on this blog however I shall catalog a few more for you in this post.
Bush says John Kerry had the same intelligence that he had when the senate was voting to give the President the authorization to confront Iraq. This is not true. The CIA, FBI, National Security Advisor, and Secretary of State all had access to much more complete information. John Kerry had the same intelligence that the Bush administration presented to the United Nations.

The United Nations didn’t believe that intelligence because they knew that their weapons inspectors had not found any such weapons of mass destruction.

Bush let Osama Bin Laden escape. He trusted the capture of Osama Bin Laden in Tora Bora to local warriors and warlords in Afghanistan. Gen. Tommy Franks leading the operation was calling the shots from Tampa Florida.

Bush has lied about the connection between Iraq and Al Qaeda, and 9/11. Bush has lied about not sending enough troops to Iraq. He lied about the treat Iraq posed calling it a mushroom cloud waiting to materialize.

Does Bush generate feelings of trust in you yet?

If you don’t trust Kerry more than Bush at this point you need to pick up the newspaper of your choice and look at the facts.

Or just Google "bush lies".