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Tuesday, October 19, 2004

John Kerry for President!

On Sunday, October 17, 2004, the New York Times as well as many other newspapers across the country, endorsed John Kerry for President. Nothing new there - I would expect the NY Times to endorse Kerry as well as say, the Boston Globe. What struck me was the language used in the endorsement. It was strong and enthusiastic and so spoke to what I am feeling - the deep, in my gut, feeling that if George Bush wins on November 2nd, that line separating church and state will not only be crossed, but broken. His appointment of right wing conservative nuts to the Supreme Court, is all but assured.

Here are some excerpts from the Ny Times editorial:

Mr. Bush installed John Ashcroft, a favorite of the far right with a history of insensitivity to civil liberties, as attorney general. He sent the Senate one ideological, activist judicial nominee after another. He moved quickly to implement a far-reaching anti-choice agenda including censorship of government Web sites and a clampdown on embryonic stem cell research. He threw the government's weight against efforts by the University of Michigan to give minority students an edge in admission, as it did for students from rural areas or the offspring of alumni.

The president who lost the popular vote got a real mandate on Sept. 11, 2001. With the grieving country united behind him, Mr. Bush had an unparalleled opportunity to ask for almost any shared sacrifice. The only limit was his imagination.

He asked for another tax cut and the war against Iraq.

We have specific fears about what would happen in a second Bush term, particularly regarding the Supreme Court. The record so far gives us plenty of cause for worry. Thanks to Mr. Bush, Jay Bybee, the author of an infamous Justice Department memo justifying the use of torture as an interrogation technique, is now a federal appeals court judge. Another Bush selection, J. Leon Holmes, a federal judge in Arkansas, has written that wives must be subordinate to their husbands and compared abortion rights activists to Nazis.

We look back on the past four years with hearts nearly breaking, both for the lives unnecessarily lost and for the opportunities so casually wasted. Time and again, history invited George W. Bush to play a heroic role, and time and again he chose the wrong course. We believe that with John Kerry as president, the nation will do better.

You can read the article in its entirety at http://www.nytimes.com/2004/10/17/opinion/17sun1.html?

Vote on November 2nd and send George Bush back to his ranch in Crawford.

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