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Monday, October 25, 2004

Real Conservatives Speak Out for Kerry/Edwards

I have listed several conservatives on this blog that have voiced their support for Kerry/Edwards. Here is a comprehensive list. It's pretty eye-opening.

Here is a sample of what some of them had to say:

"George W. Bush has come to embody a politics that is antithetical to almost any kind of thoughtful conservatism, "- Scott McConnell, Editor of "The American Conservative" magazine.

"We need a leader who is really dedicated to creating millions of high-paying jobs all across the country."- Lee Iacocca

"Bush's supposed support for Israel is an illusion. The real Bush record on Israel consists of missed chances and neglect. Four more years of the same is unthinkable. Everything in Bush's record shows he has neither understanding of diplomacy nor interest in it....John Kerry's approach to foreign policy is fundamentally different from Bush's. Kerry is obviously eager to plunge into diplomacy, and to create confidence in agreed solutions." - Gershom Gorenberg, The Jerusalem Report

"I think that we are less safe today than we were three or four years ago. And I’ll tell you something else: I have recently had discussions with several former national security advisors -- people who were national security officials in former Republican administrations -- who have told me they feel the same way. They fear that the administration’s policies are further endangering and undermining the security of the United States."- Clyde Prestowitz, former Reagan aide.

"My Republican Party is the party of Gerald R. Ford, Michigan's only president, who reached across partisan lines to become a unifying force during a time of great turmoil in our nation's history. This president has pursued policies pandering to the extreme right wing across a wide variety of issues and has exacerbated the polarization and the strident, uncivil tone of much of what passes for political discourse in this country today."- William Milliken, former Governor of Michigan (1969-1983)

"Bush has the most dangerously simplistic view of the world of any president in my memory. I will swallow a lot of petty policy differences...to get a man in the White House with brains enough not to blow up the world and us with it."- Charley Reese, conservative columnist

On the same site, you can find this list of newspapers which endorsed Bush in 2000 and have decided that four years is enough (so much for the "liberal media" conspiracy, these newspapers have been genuinely convinced):

  • CO: Daily Camera (Boulder): 10/17
  • CT: The Day (New London): 9/26
  • FL: Bradenton Herald: 10/18
  • FL: The Orlando Sentinel: 10/24
  • GA: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution : 10/9
    (In 2000, The Atlanta Journal endorsed Bush; the Constitution endorsed Gore.)
  • IL: Chicago Sun-Times: 10/24
  • IL: Daily Herald (Arlington Heights): 10/17
  • ME: Bangor Daily News: 10/23
  • MI: Flint Journal: 10/24
  • MI: The Muskegon Chronicle: 10/17
  • MO: Columbia Daily Tribune: 10/17
  • NM: The Albuquerque Tribune: 10/12
  • OR: The Oregonian (Portland): 10/10
  • TX: The Lone Star Iconoclast (Crawford): 9/26
  • WA: Seattle Post-Intelligencer: 10/10
  • WA: The Seattle Times: 9/9
  • WI: Wausau Daily Herald: 10/23

The Detroit News, Detroit's conservative daily newspaper, has refused to make an endorsement this year.

Proof again that Bush is for big-government neo-con social conservatism, and not for basic conservative values. Consider yourself a conservative? Vote Kerry/Edwards.

Keep the faith.

P.S. This information brought to you thanks to Electoral-Vote.com.


Blogger Rob said...

wow, I am really impressed with the development and content of your site. if I weren't so tired right now, I'd write about all my recent thoughts and conversations with people I have been having, especially friends of mine with military friends in Iraq who want to know exactly why the hell they are still there getting blown to pieces over what appears to be nothing. Wait, oh yeah, manifest destiny... I forgot...

Here is an email I received from a friend of mine in support of Bush. Tell me what you think:

"Election determines fate of nation"

From the Wed 06 Oct 2004 issue of the Ellensburg Daily Record (Ellensburg, Washington)
written by Mathew Manweller, Central Washington University political science professor

"In that this will be my last column before the presidential election, there will be no sarcasm, no attempts at witty repartee. The topic is too serious, and the stakes are too high.

This November we will vote in the only election during our lifetime that will truly matter. Because America is at a once-in-a-generation crossroads, more than an election hangs in the balance. Down one path lies retreat, abdication and a reign of ambivalence. Down the other lies a nation that is aware of its past and accepts the daunting obligation its future demands. If we choose poorly, the consequences will echo through
the next 50 years of history. If we, in a spasm of frustration, turn out the current occupant of the White House, the message to the world and ourselves will be two-fold.

First, we will reject the notion that America can do big things.

Once a nation that tamed a frontier, stood down the Nazis and stood upon the moon, we will announce to the world that bringing democracy to the Middle East is too big of a task for us. But more significantly, we will signal to future presidents that as voters, we are unwilling to tackle difficult challenges, preferring caution to boldness, embracing the mediocrity that has characterized other civilizations. The defeat of
President Bush will send a chilling message to future presidents who may need to make difficult, yet unpopular decisions. America has always been a nation that rises to the demands of history regardless of the
costs or appeal. If we turn away from that legacy, we turn away from who we are.

Second, we inform every terrorist organization on the globe that the lesson of Somalia was well learned. In Somalia we showed terrorists that you don't need to defeat America on the battlefield when you can defeat
them in the newsroom. They learned that a wounded America can become a defeated America.

Twenty-four-hour news stations and daily tracing polls will do the heavy lifting, turning a cut into a fatal blow. Except that Iraq is Somalia times 10. The election of John Kerry will serve notice to every
terrorist in every cave that the soft underbelly of American power is the timidity of American voters. Terrorists will know that a steady stream of grizzly photos for CNN is all you need to break the will of the
American people. Our own self-doubt will take it from there. Bin Laden will recognize that he can topple any American administration without setting foot on the homeland.

It is said that America's W.W.II generation is its 'greatest generation'. But my greatest fear is that it will become known as America's 'last generation.' Born in the bleakness of the Great Depression and hardened in the fire of WW II, they may be the last American generation that understands the meaning of duty, honor and sacrifice. It is difficult to admit, but I know these terms are spoken with only hollow detachment by many (but not all) in my generation. Too many citizens today mistake 'living in America' as 'being an American.' But America has always been
more of an idea than a place. When you sign on, you do more than buy real estate. You accept a set of values and responsibilities.

This November, my generation, which has been absent too long, must grasp the obligation that comes with being an American, or fade into the oblivion they may deserve.

I believe that 100 years from now historians will look back at the election of 2004 and see it as the decisive election of our century. Depending on the outcome, they will describe it as the moment America joined the ranks of ordinary nations; or they will describe it as the moment the prodigal sons and daughters of the greatest generation accepted their burden as caretakers of the City on the Hill."

10/26/2004 08:05:00 AM  

Blogger Redneck Texan said...

Hello Rob.

Hell Yes, My sentiments exactly.

10/26/2004 04:24:00 PM  

Blogger Andrew said...

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10/26/2004 08:22:00 PM  

Blogger Redneck Texan said...

Actually, since I seen this here, I have seen it all over the blogosphere and in my e-mail box, but to tell you the truth I've had about all off the divisive ass lying, cheating election process I can take. I am ready to just throw-down at the ballot box, and let the chips fall where they may.

We survived 8 years of terrorist appeasement under Clinton, we might survive a Kerry term as well. It will probably be best to remind the American public how the meek liberal ideology cant compete in the real world of generationaly instilled religious hatred with access to WMDs.

Neither candidate is fully prepared to address this conflict in a way that assures our children's safety, and as I live in a rural area of America, I probably wont be personally affected with Kerry's liberal policies result in a coordinated attack on our major cities. But the correct course of action will then be clear to ALL of us.

Lets vote, and see if sanity still holds a majority in our nation.

Hey Andrew, I gave Firefox the old college try, and even though I loved the tabbing feature, the newness of it all and some stability issues forced me to go another direction. I installed a 3rd party add on to IE called Maxthon. It brings tabs and other cool features to the IE that can be configured back exactly like I am used to. New tricks / Old dogs I guess. Thanks for turning me on to tab browsing though. It, combined with my new RSS aggregator "RSS Bandit" have fundamentally changed the way I use the internet.

10/27/2004 04:44:00 AM  

Blogger Redneck Texan said...

Hey Gus, is there a separate RSS feed just for your comments. Man, you have a cool looking blog, but its killer on my limited rural bandwidth. It works fine on my T1 at work, I would like to know if there are new comments here, before I come here.

10/27/2004 04:51:00 AM  

Blogger Gustav said...

Terrorist appeasement? Please remember that under Clinton, the first WTC bombers were caught, prosecuted and jailed. So were the bombers in the 1998 embassy bombings. Under Clinton, the Millenium Plot was broken up. Under Clinton, Osama bin Laden was a priority, not an afterthought. But you're gonna believe what you want. Kerry's liberal policies will not result in a coordinated attack on America's cities, they'll result in a COMPLETE war on terror, which will really solve the problem, rather than prolonging it and making it worse, which is what your President is doing.

I live in Poland, so, if Bush wins, I won't be affected by his decision to reinstate the draft once he decides it's necessary to pre-empt North Korea or Iran.

Perhaps neither candidate is fully ready, but when the time comes to make those tough decisions, you believe the candidate in the red corner will be the best suited. I'll take the one in the blue.

But about the divisiveness you're right, Red. It's exhausting. A big part of me loves the excitement of Presidential politics, but this has gotten so ugly, spin-filled and out of control, that the other part of me can't wait for it to be over. Election night will be fun, but I hope there's a clear winner. I plan to take a vacation from politics for a little while after that.

I'm afraid I don't know what an RSS feed is or what it does Red. I've been toying with this site for a while now, and of course I've seen the options to change or modify the feed, but to be honest, I just have no idea what that even means. I can try to create a seperate feed for the comments if instructed properly. At the moment, the comments are just the standard blogger comments that came with the template. No significant changes have been made.

P.S. A response to the well-written but wrong and in some ways offensive letter above is coming. I'm taking my time with it, but don't worry all, I'll try to edit it down to a manageable size. I'll probably publish the letter along with my response as a post, rather than a comment, so y'all can find it easy.

Keep the faith.

10/28/2004 02:05:00 AM  

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