Terrorism and the environment are the two overriding reasonsI’m voting for John Kerry and really, really, rooting for himto win this election.
First, terrorism. To effectively develop a strategy against thetactic of terror we must use all the weapons at our disposal. Wemust employ our intelligence capabilities, our diplomatic andeconomic advantages, our traditional allies, our brainpower and ourmilitary to reduce the risk and impact of terrorist strikeswherever they occur.
George Bush properly speaks of this problem as global, but hebrags that it is better to fight the war “…over therethan on our soil”.
What the president doesn’t seem to realize is that astrike anywhere on the globe hurts America. Checked out the priceof a barrel of oil lately? Let me clue you in, as of Friday October22 the price of a barrel of crude was $55.17. That number is 80percent higher than it was one year ago. Why do you think that is?Let me help you again; supplies are less secure because ofterrorist actions. Do you think this isn’t hurting, andwon’t continue to hurt America?
John Kerry understands the subtleties inherent in dealing withthe many fronts of the “war” on terror. I would suggestthat the interested voter look up Kerry’s record ofcourageous action in the Senate where he brought to light the firstBush administrations involvement with BCCI, a criminalinternational banking powerhouse that had a role in the Iran Contraarms scandal (check-out this article “The case that Kerrycracked” on Alternet.org).
This fearless willingness to fight entrenched political power,along with the intelligence to unravel this very complicatedcriminal plot, which involved the CIA and international drug andarms dealers, is just what is needed to help protect America inthis new and complex world in which we live.
The environment hasn’t been a key issue in thisyear’s presidential campaign but I think it’s veryimportant in terms of our future, and the difference between thesetwo candidates on this issue couldn’t be further apart.
Texas became number one in air pollution, water pollution andthe release of toxic chemicals under George Bush’sgovernorship. As president he has brought the nation the sameenvironmental leadership he afforded Texas. Bush has clearly sidedwith the large, toxin spewing polluters who have had unprecedentedaccess and influence on the White House during hisadministration.
John Kerry, on the other hand has been a tireless supporter ofenvironmental responsibility.
He was called the senate’s most outspoken environmentalistand was named an environmental hero by the league of conservationvoters. He helped organize Massachusetts’ first Earth Day in1970 and has played a leading role in the fight against the G. W.Bush administrations’ attempts to roll back environmentalsafeguards that Americans have come to take for granted.
Kerry was instrumental in the fight for tough smog standards inthe Clean Air Act of 1990. He was a vocal critic of PresidentBush’s attempt to weaken the safe drinking water act.
Right now we have a president who has rejected many of thefindings of the world’s mainstream scientific organizations,i.e. The American Academy of Sciences. We need a president who iscapable of integrating mainstream scientific thought intogovernmental policy discussions because we face very, verydifficult environmental decisions.
Global warming, unstable energy supplies, nuclear waste, allthese complex problems demand a complex solution and once again Ithink Kerry’s mainstream environmental principles (over 70%of Americans say they support existing environmental safeguards)suggest he is the one who is capable of doing the job.
There is no doubt that this election provides American voterswith some stark choices; a woman’s right to choose, thedirection of our foreign policy, corporate taxation to name but afew. The two I chose to address here represent issues that presentan unambiguous split between the candidates which will, no doubt,have far reaching effects on the future of America and Americanseverywhere.
For me it’s a no-brainer that we need a change indirection; John Kerry is the one to take the wheel.