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Wednesday, September 22, 2004


i've been trying to avoid political entries because i believe political preferences are very personal. why else would our voting system be confidential? i know who i am going to vote for, but i'm not really happy with either choice. it's that whole "lesser of 2 evils thing". but it ticks me off when politicians misquote each other. here's a quote from a bush speech monday (scroll down to 3rd paragraph under ad in article for original context)

"Incredibly, he now believes our national security would be stronger with Saddam Hussein in power and not in prison," Mr. Bush said. "He's saying he prefers the stability of a dictatorship to the hope and security of democracy. I couldn't disagree more, and not so long ago, so did my opponent."
This was in response to a kerry speech also on monday where kerry said:

"Saddam Hussein was a brutal dictator who deserves his own special place in hell. But that was not, in itself, a reason to go to war. The satisfaction we take in his downfall does not hide this fact: we have traded a dictator for a chaos that has left America less secure."
now i know this is all spin, but i think political speechwriters probably deserve a special place in at least purgatory. bush's speech made it sound like kerry wants saddam back in power, which is not the case. but the security of Iraqis and Americans have been compromised because of the removal of saddam from power. case in point: the recent executions of eugene armstrong and jack hensley (whose birthday is tomorrow). these men were civilians, engineers like my dad, who were there to help people. what's to stop terrorists from kidnapping people from the streets of america and executing us on our own soil? i'm sure that's the next step. people kill other people here all the time.

i'm just sick of it all. i can't wait until november comes and the election is over.


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