Saturday, October 09, 2004

Kerry/Bush II Debate | Is this the way it will go?

"So, you can't really be undecided after this, can you? You want this guy?"

"The line it is drawn The curse it is cast"
-Bob Dylan

So, unless Dick Cheney has Osama Bin Laden locked up in his secret bunker, the way this race is going to go will definitely be more of the same. George W. Bush will essentially lie through his teeth, tell America that John Kerry is the bogeyman, and above all else, "I am the great and powerful Oz…pay no attention to that man behind the curtain."

There is a cynical, often well-founded view that Americans are too lazy to truly check the facts candidates want us to believe. This may well continue, but I'm starting to feel like more and more people are tired of being taken for saps, even if they think of themselves as Republicans. Bush clearly has got nothing real to share. Several issues were clearly laid out:

Stem cell research
Even though Kerry clearly explained that the embroyos scientists would like to use are already frozen, from fertility clinics, and not from abortions, George stuck to his line about not "Embryonic stem-cell research requires the destruction of life to create a stem cell." Duh...

Kerry gave one of the best answers I've heard in a long time about how wrong it is to legislate faith issues for others, which is the core issue of the separation of church and state, and George kept a pluggin': My answer is, we're not going to spend taxpayers' money on abortion. On the subject of partial birth abortions, Kerry quite rightly pointed out the legislation Bush was talking about had no provision for considering the health of the mother, which is why he voted against it. George said: "Well, it's pretty simple when they say: Are you for a ban on partial birth abortion? Yes or no?"

The War in Iraq
Where do I begin? Perhaps at the end of the debate. Even after all that has gone down, when asked if George could think of three mistakes he'd made, he couldn't think of one.

If you know anyone is a swing state, give them a call, tell them how important this election is.

1 comment:

The Old Hippie said...

It kind of explains a lot - - - Nice blog Geoff.
(Know how to put an image into the comments?)