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debsianben Donating Member (200 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-10-04 01:10 AM
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42. Not just IWR

It's not just Kerry's vote for the IWR(and support for keeping the troops in Iraq because "now that we're there, we can't just leave"), it's also his vote for NAFTA(and lifelong support for free trade), it's also his vote for the Patriot Act, it's also his vote for the union-busting Homeland Security Bill, it's also his vote for "No Child Left Behind," etc. All of these votes make it very hard to convince any one who might be considering voting third-party that a Kerry administration would mean any kind of sharp break from continued empire-building abroad, the continuing erosion of civil liberties at home and the continued consolidation of corporate power and worshipping at the altar of "the free market."

The fact is that there's no getting around the fact that if the Democratic Party had wanted to get the votes of the Greens and their supporters, they had their chance--it was called the primaries. They blew it, and picked the single candidate (other than Liebermann and maybe one or two others) out of the 10 options who was LEAST likely to attract those votes.

A lot of people are trying to revise history now and pretend that Kerry is some great progressive populist in the Nader/Kucinich mold, but I doubt any one is buying other than those so desperate to make themselves feeel better about holding their nose and voting for him in November that they can convince themselves of it. The fact is that, when if you're trying to woo the votes of the 3 million Americans who voted for Nader in 2000 or the millions of Americans who voted for Green candidates in the mid-term elections in 2002, picking a pro-war, pro-"free trade," anti-civil liberties candidate ain't gonna get the job done.
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