Over the past few days, I've been contemplating the almost unthinkable prospect of doing some work for the Bush campaign. It would be a hard step for me to take. I've been a Democrat since I first registered to vote, and though I've voted for Republican candidates for various offices, President of the United States has never been one of them. Why not?
Well, I'm pro-choice, pro-gay-marriage, against the establishment of religion (any religion) in our public schools and courthouses, against total repeal of the Federal Estate Tax and in favor of (reasonable) regulation of firearms. I'm a card carrying member of the Environmental Defense Fund (with a few reservations). I'm also a strong believer in allowing those injured by the negligence and misfeasance of others to recover whatever it takes to make them as whole as possible (no more, no less) through our legal system. And I'm still really not big on the death penalty in most cases. That's why not.
But here's the rub. I know all too well that this country has enemies who have declared war against us and intend to win. And I know that their plans for America don't include the right of women to make reproductive choices. Or fashion choices, or travel choices, or choices of their spouse or just about any other choices. I know that their plans for America don't include the right of gays to live, let alone to marry, or the right of anyone to practice a religion other than theirs.
I know that with all its problems and complications, our justice system stands head and shoulders over what they have in mind for us. And I know that in order to put the kabosh on their plans, we need a President who has a clear grasp of who the enemy is and of who our friends are. That President isn't George W. Bush, in my opinion, but he's a hell of a lot closer than the alternative.
Michael Moore says:
I can't even process four more years of George Bush in the White House and what America and the world will look like after that. It's, it's, uh, it doesn't exist. It's like, it's like you saying to me that the sun's going to rise in the west tomorrow.
Well, I can't process four years of John Kerry in the White House and what America and the world will look like after that. Because I honestly question whether either America or the world as we know it will exist after that. The Left chooses to utterly deny the reality staring them in the face -- that those who attacked us on September 11 and are trying to attack us again today spit on civil liberties and equal justice, despise women and alternative lifestyles, seek to impose their god and the laws they attribute to him on all of us and find the emphathy of our liberal fringes pathetic. I hope the folks out on those fringes never have the chance to learn how wrong they are. And I think I need to do whatever I have to do toward that end.