Among the sea of smears on John Kerry by the Republican right wing, none is more absurd than the charge that John Kerry is a “liberal weak on terrorism.” John Kerry is a true war hero. He had the courage to come home and try to end another corrupt war we now know to be based on lies. Kerry’s prewar cautions against invading Iraq are confirmed everyday; the diasppearance of a massive cache of explosives in Iraq that we were warned long ago to protect,is still another in the long chain of excuses and failures to protect the nation against terrorism by the Bush administration. John Kerry wisely voted against the $87 Billion giveaway to Haliburton, disguised by Bush as “support for our troops.” Haliburton is soon to be investigated again, by the Army Corps of Engineers Mr. Kerry has the respect of world leaders needed to marshal international forces in the fight against the terrorist threat. Bush has shattered the world’s trust, and is despised worldwide for his destructive arrogance. The threat to democracy Bush now poses was detailed long ago in Walter Lippmann’s 1954 masterpiece, THE PUBLIC PHILOSOPHY. Lippman’s predictions sadly have come true.
John Kerry is also a conservative in the true American sense. He will work to save Medicare, Social Security, our constitutional rights, and the environment – the earth we walk on and the air we breathe – which have been assaulted under Bush. In the Vietnam war where Kerry distinguished himself, Bush was effectively a draft-dodger, with a history of drug abuse, who never even fulfilled his Guard responsibilities. To call Bush a conservative is an illusion. He is a “tax-and-spend radical” ruining our country, bankrupting the federal government, and lining the pockets of the wealthy few. His Iraq disaster has made the terrorism problem worse. Bush has embarrassed and shamed our nation before the world. September 11th happened on HIS watch. For the sake of our future and the world’s furture, on November 2nd, he should be removed from office. We need John Kerry in the White House to restore our nation’s prosperity, health, and dignit.