To my Friends on the Left: Choose Kerry
August 13, 2004
by Mark Sullivan
As we all know, we are faced with a very important decision in
November, an election which many are calling the most important
election of our lives. I especially cannot disagree with this statement,
being a 19 year old college student anxiously looking forward to
his first major election.
The prospect of four more years of George W. Bush is indeed a
terrifying one. Personally, I've never been more scared in my life.
You see, I didn't come of age in a world where Germany was our enemy.
My only experience with the Cold War is the latest special on the
History Channel. I didn't grow up with Vietnam or the turmoil of
the 60s. I barely knew Reagan.
For me, George W. Bush is the worst thing to ever happen to our
country. Another four years of him would be absolutely unbearable,
or as Theresa Heinz-Kerry so eloquently put it, "four more years
I don't believe anyone who spends time on Democratic Underground
to be a stupid person. Sometimes we may be underinformed, irrational,
or just plain crazy as a result of all this bullshit that we've
had to endure for the last four years.
But that's understandable when we have a media that almost never
truthfully reports the news and an administration that is sticking
their proverbial fingers in their proverbial ears and shouting at
the top of their proverbial lungs. With a situation like this, it's
hard for the truth to get out, and I thank [insert deity of choice]
everyday for the astounding amount of information I find everyday
on this website.
I first came to know John Kerry through an article in Rolling
Stone back in April of 2002. He's "ready for his close-up" the
article exclaimed. Upon finishing it, I was thoroughly impressed,
and looking forward to the prospect of a Kerry for President campaign.
But then a few things happened. John Kerry was not standing up
to the lies and deceit of the Bush Administration the way he should
have. John Kerry voted yea on the Iraq War Resolution. In short,
John Kerry lost my support and my respect.
But life goes on and before I knew it, I was one of the millions
caught up in Dean Fever. I loved the guy, for no other reason than
the fact that he simply was not afraid to tell the truth. How refreshing
it was to hear someone with that much media coverage say exactly
what I'd been thinking since January of 2001. Dean was a breath
of fresh air, and with it he brought hope for the future.
Then, somewhere along the way to the polls, Dean fell apart. All
of a sudden, Kerry emerged as the front runner, and eventually,
as our nominee. I was thoroughly disappointed, but decided to follow
the advice of the bumper sticker on my car: "Anyone But Bush."
The Anyone But Bush attitude is one that can be found in droves
on Democratic Underground. We are all angry, ready to throw this
crook out of office. But once Kerry emerged as the eventual nominee,
a new attitude started to show itself: Anyone But Bush or
At first I would defend those who staunchly held that belief, not
being a big fan of him myself. But since then, I find myself changing
By no means am I a moderate on the political litmus test. The
fact of the matter is, I am what many of our friends on the far-right
would call a "godless pinko commie liberal." Though I could not
vote, I strongly supported Ralph Nader's campaign in 2000 and still
do not blame him for Gore's "loss" in that election. But the more
I see John Kerry up on the podium, and the more I see the Bush camp
desperately using any tactic they can against him, the more my vote
is turning from a vote against Bush into a vote for Kerry.
I am a very idealistic person. I believe that the government can
fix many problems in our society if we can take back control of
the media and elect the right people into office. But the last four
years have provided me with enough slaps to the face that I've found
it necessary to inject myself with a dose of realism.
Whether we like it or not, the truth of the matter is that there
is only one man who can beat George W. Bush in the 2004 election.
That man is Senator John Forbes Kerry of Massachusetts. John Kerry
is the only 100%, fail-safe, guaranteed chance we have at getting
rid of Bush. Yet many of you still say you won't vote for him.
Like you, I am sick and tired of these liars. Like you, I am sick
and tired of the Hannitys and the O'Reillys and the Limbaughs of
the world screeching their hateful rhetoric day after day, only
to find millions of loyal fans eating up every word.
Like you, I am sick and tired of reading about our soldiers dying
in Iraq. Like you, I am sick and tired of being called un-American,
a traitor, a friend of Osama simply because I don't believe that
our President is being faithful to the office or the people that
he is supposed to represent.
But mostly I am sick and tired of being afraid; afraid not of terrorists,
but instead of the path down which our country is tumbling. Like
you, I am a patriotic American, one who believes in our Constitution
and the principle that we, as citizens of this great nation have
not only a right but a duty to question our government when something
doesn't sit right.
Basically, I'm writing this to say wake up. It is time to drop
the idealism for one election, and think rationally, logically,
and realistically. Would a Kerry presidency be so bad, that you'd
be willing to allow four more years of Bush by not voting for him?
Because that's what it's come down to.
For this election, I really believe that a vote for anyone but
Kerry is a vote for Bush. We only have one chance, and one vote,
to get this country back on the right path. Let's get that one vote
right, and make it a vote for John Kerry.