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Off topic, but very important for this year’s election. This is an excellent article written by a liberal Democrat with dual citizenship (British/American) who has voted Democrat (Labour in England) all her life. Read her very compelling argument for why she’s marking “W” on her ballot this year.

Simply a must read.

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  1. Don’t have a blogger account, but my name is Michael. Long time reader, first time poster.

    This woman’s argument is foolish. On the one hand, she’s clearly offended by (and jealous of, though she would never say it) her more affluent aquaintances. She has seized on Kerry’s visible wealth (moreover the wealth of his wife) as a symbol of seperateness, and been completely hoodwinked by Bush’s playing at cowboy to cover his own elite status.

    Furthermore, she’s supporting the well-debunked and tacitly racist stance that terrorists (who represent much of the world’s Arab population, in her mind) will rejoice at a Kerry victory. This tired line is so infantile. The fact is that terrorists are a miniscule percentage of the population, and their ranks are aided much more by Bush’s “Bring ’em on!” attitude than they would be by a less aggressive U.S. attitude.

    We’ve seized on terrorism as an armaggedon-like showdown between good and evil, and many, many Americans act as if suicide bombers are next door, but the fact is that the chances of terrorism touching most of our lives is infinitesimally small. You know that on 9/11/2001 your chances of dying in a car accident were higher than being killed in a terrorist attack on a plane? But we love calamity, and the government has done a great job of making us nice and scared, leading to ridiculous single-issue voters who care about the dubiously titled War on Terror.

  2. Hi Michael,

    THanks for commenting. I appreciate all comments especially when they don’t hind behind an anonymous name.

    You stated:
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    We’ve seized on terrorism as an armaggedon-like showdown between good and evil, and many, many Americans act as if suicide bombers are next door, but the fact is that the chances of terrorism touching most of our lives is infinitesimally small. You know that on 9/11/2001 your chances of dying in a car accident were higher than being killed in a terrorist attack on a plane? But we love calamity, and the government has done a great job of making us nice and scared, leading to ridiculous single-issue voters who care about the dubiously titled War on Terror.
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    Our chances of getting nuked by a terrorist is probably smaller than getting in a car wreck, too. However, that shouldn’t stop us from trying to prevent that from happening at all costs. Because it WILL happen if we don’t go on the offensive. You mentioned taking a softer stance… we did that, Michael. We did it for over 15 years while they continued to nibble at us over and over and over. We did NOTHING, they continued to fight. We did a little, they continued to fight. So, now that we’re doing a lot… it stands to reason, they are continuing to fight. But please don’t think it’s because we’re taking a hardline stance. That’s just nonsense.

    Also, this IS a war between good and evil and because Kerry doesn’t recognize that and Bush does, Kerry is going to lose this election.

    They are evil and we are not, in the larger scheme of things. Period. The sooner we admit that and treat the war as such, the sooner we can get to the other side where terrorism has no base from which to operate and it dies on the vine.

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