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corporatewhore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 04:23 PM
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John Kerry on MTP and mylife long Dem mom voting for nader
When he said he supported the strike and when he said he agreed with bush on israel my mother said "thats it i am voting for nader" .The no right to return stuck out because my friend and mentor who is viewed by mother as a strong positive influence on me is a palestinian who was born in jerusalem.And mind you my mother has volunteered withthe dems since 1968 has volunteered faithfully from Eugene McCarthy to Gore .last summer she said she liked Kerry but i swayed her to the Kucinich Campaign she was happy that kerry was chosen and called me a traitor when i went over to naders campaign.But i swear to the goddess she said i willl vote for nader after the complete and utter disregard kerry had for the palestinians.
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David Dunham Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 04:26 PM
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1. Palestine is only one issue. On most others, Kerry's much better than Bush
Get your mom to vote for Kerry.
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NMDemDist2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 04:26 PM
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2. Israel has done some horrible things over the years in this
Dem's opinion, but the right of return is a death knell to the jewish state. The palestians are getting screwed in so many ways, the right of return seems to me to be a no starter. Kerry may not be very far to the left on this one, but I had to give him points for honesty.
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Soup Bean Donating Member (757 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 04:26 PM
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3. So, if enought people vote for Nader.....
....the election could swing to Bush, just like in 2000. Then, the Palestinians will have to deal with four more years of the Bush Administration. Is that likely to improve their fortunes?
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TheStateChief Donating Member (232 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 04:58 PM
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6. Well, if we're to believe Kerry...
it will make no difference at all to the Palestinians because he endorses the same position as Bush. I have posted repeatedly that we should support Kerry based on the real differences between him and Bush (taxes, education, health care and judges), but it does get disheartening to see Kerry trying to run away from his liberal past. I don't understand why Democrats feel the need to run away from their roots - it got them nothing in 2002 and, if they repeat the mistake, I fear it will get them nothing in 2004 as well.
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 05:09 PM
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Soup Bean Donating Member (757 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 05:56 PM
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17. I'm not sure we'll even recognize this country if Bush gets another term.
eom
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corporatewhore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 06:01 PM
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19. we live in texas
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CabalBuster Donating Member (282 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 09:18 PM
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25. what's the difference then? Bush and Kerry will be lethal for Muslims
That's why I am voting Nader as many other Muslims are, this should send a strong message to the Democratic Party. Time to purge the Israel apologists from the party and reign in the PNAC sympathizers.
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BostonTeaParty04 Donating Member (512 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 04:29 PM
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4. Oh well....her frustration has more to do with the whole mess...
probably.

Let her be. I don't see her pulling the lever for 'bush' directly or indirectly....

Focus on the 20 unregistered voters you can influence this month alone....
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Dirty Hippie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 04:52 PM
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5. I have to say
his agreement with Bush on Israel and the settlements upset me as well. Kerry is wrong on this. But I won't vote Nader over the issue.
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molly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 04:58 PM
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7. How does your mother feel about Jews in general?
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Ardee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 05:05 PM
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9. my gosh what a specious question
'nuff said.....(well not really but with a fixed and partisan mind like yours words are wasted.
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corporatewhore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 06:00 PM
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18. what is that supposed to mean
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TrueD Donating Member (41 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 05:03 PM
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8. Kerry supported the hit on Rantisi
Nader sounds good to me now too.
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Ardee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 05:07 PM
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10. Good for your Mom
The more Kerry moves right, the closer he moves to the policies of Bush the more negativity we will se towards him, the more ammunition Nader gets in his campaign. Hopefully this negativity will result in a glimmer of sanity in the democratic camp and a resultant move back to the left ,a separation from Bush that actually gives voters a real choice!
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JHBowden Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 05:24 PM
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15. Every voter Kerry loses on the left
is a conservative Kerry has to pander to on the right.

Nader's run has consequentially zero benefits.
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Bill Todd Donating Member (245 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 07:50 PM
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22. Overly simplistic math
Edited on Sun Apr-18-04 07:52 PM by Bill Todd
At least qualitatively, and if one subscribes to the also overly simplistic theory that voters vote essentially on the location of the candidate on a one-dimensional left/right spectrum, there are clearly portions of that spectrum (nearer to the left-hand side) where moving to the right will pick up net additional votes for Kerry (he may lose some lefties, but will pick up more moderate-to-righties) and other portions of that spectrum where moving to the right will lose net votes for Kerry (where he'll pick up only a few more far-righties, because he's moved into the area where most of them will choose Bush anyway, but lose increasing numbers of disgusted moderates and lefties). (misplaced parenthesis edit)

Some of us are pretty sure that he's already moved to the right beyond the point where it's any net gain for him - even if Nader weren't running at all. So we view Nader's candidacy as a means to make it clear that he's got to move back to something like the real center, rather than the middle-of-the-right-lane 'center' that the DLC has been touting unsuccessfully for so long now.

But of course the situation is also more complex than that - yet another reason why continued rightward movement makes no sense given its abysmal failures over the past decade. Because standing for something is also important to voters (as long as it's something they have at least some interest in supporting, which most real centrist/progressive positions are), and the closer Kerry stands to Bush (who certainly does present himself as standing for some things that resonate with voters, mendacious as this portrayal may be), the less he looks like any real alternative.

- bill

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FlashHarry Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 07:28 PM
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21. A vote for Nader is a vote for Bush. End of story.
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 09:19 PM
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KC21304 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 09:43 PM
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27. Your sig line tells me you were not going to vote for Kerry anyway.
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tomorrowsashes Donating Member (94 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 05:10 PM
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12. good for her
In this issue, as with most others, Bush and Kerry are almost exactly identical. Voting for either of them reinforces, and legitimizes their position, and only makes them more likely to vote the same in the future. By rejecting the colonial zionism of the republicrats, she is increasing the chances that in the future this issue will be given a more critical view, and one party or the other will realize that they must choose a different side than the other in order gain votes. That's just how the game of politics works.

Every vote for one of the two major parties only legitimizes our current setup, an effective form of slavery, in which it is ensured long before the election that the candidate will support neocolonial, imperialistic, pro-white-rich-male issues. We're getting kicked in the balls here; you can either accept the choice between being kicked by the left foot or the right foot, or you can stand up, and say that it is wrong for you to be kicked in the balls by either foot, and at least in some way, show your contempt for this fixed system.
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rivertext Donating Member (174 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 05:11 PM
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13. If Lincoln had called for abolishing slavery in his first campaign..

1. he would have lost the election

2. if he had won the election (by some miracle) the border states and, perhaps, even some Northern states might have joined the confederacy and then he would have lost the war between the states.

Sometimes you need politicians.

Kerry's statements on Israel this week make me sick, too. But, so does working on the sewer line, but you need people to do that job, too, sometimes.

Bush isn't finished - he hasn't even started throwing raw sewage at us. Some people don't have the stomach for this fight. But those of us who do have to soldier on.


http://rivertext.com/stuff.html
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Alex146 Donating Member (556 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 05:31 PM
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16. very true
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JHBowden Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 05:23 PM
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14. A vote for Nader is a vote for Asscroft
and Wolfowitz and Rumsfeld and Norton etc.
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tomorrowsashes Donating Member (94 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 08:37 PM
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24. A vote for Kerry or Bush is a vote for slavery n/t
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sampsonblk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 07:16 PM
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20. Good for your mom
Conviction is more important than party. And if we want the party to support our convictions, then we have to push push push. Kerry is pandering to the squeaky wheels. Its time for the rest of us to squeak louder.
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MoonRiver Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 08:05 PM
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23. Then your mother will get more of *.
Hope she's independently wealthy.
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rasputin1952 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 10:30 PM
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28. This thread has deteriorated into being inflammatory...
I am locking it.
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