All right, I'm a newbie and I apologize if this belongs in the Mudpit. I don't think it does, but it does involve both presidential candidates.
Has anyone else noticed how each presidential candidate could be the poster man for his party?
Take Bush, for example. President George W. Bush was born on July 6, 1946, in New Haven, Connecticut. He grew up in Midland and Houston, Texas. He got
his bachelors at Yale, was a pilot in the Texas Air National Guard, then got rich in the oil business. He became the Governor of Texas, a highly
After becoming President, he signed a tax relief that provided rebate checks and lower tax rates, increased the pay of the military, tried to raise
public school standards, and is currently trying to "save and strengthen Social Security and Medicare". Bush has also "declared war against terror
and has made victory in the war on terrorism and the advance of human freedom the priorities of his Administration. Already, the United States
military and a great coalition of nations have liberated the people of Afghanistan from the brutal Taliban regime and denied al Qaeda its safe haven
of operations. Thousands of terrorists have been captured or killed and operations have been disrupted in many countries around the world." He is
highly conservative and Christian, even proposing a 27th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, making same sex marriages illegal.
(All quoted information courtesy of www.whitehouse.gov...
Now, let us examine John Kerry. He was born on Fitzsimons Military Hospital in Denver, Colorado on December 11, 1943. Kerry was raised Catholic, grew
up in Massachusetts, and also graduated from Yale. After college, he entered the Navy serving on a gunboat in the Mekong Delta in Vietnam. "He
received a Silver Star, Bronze Star with Combat V, and three awards of the Purple Heart for his service in combat.
By the time Senator Kerry returned home from Vietnam, he felt compelled to question decisions he believed were being made to protect those in
positions of authority in Washington at the expense of the soldiers carrying on the fighting in Vietnam." He co-founded the Vietnam Veteran's of
America, and became a spokesperson for the Vietnam Veteran's Against the War. Later, he became a Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee,
then went to Law School. "Time and again, Kerry fought to hold the political system accountable and to do what he believed was right. As a top
prosecutor in Middlesex County, Kerry took on organized crime and put the Number Two mob boss in New England behind bars."
He later was elected to the US Senate. He supported the Gramm-Rudman Deficit Reduction; he took on corporate welfare and government waste; he pushed
for campaign finance reform; he worked with John McCain in the search for the truth about Vietnam veterans declared POW/MIA. Senator Kerry also
insisted on accountability, investment, and excellence in public education.
Now serving his fourth term, Kerry has focused on advancing America's foreign policy interests around the globe, reforming public education,
addressing children's issues, strengthening the economy and encouraging the growth of the high tech New Economy, protecting the environment, and
advancing America's foreign policy interests around the globe. (Rough paraphrase of site)
(All quotes belong to www.johnkerry.com...
When I went to the Texas Republican's website, here is how they summarized their values.
1) Limited Government
2) Strong Family
3) Opportunities For All
4) Personal Responsibility
5) Rugged Individualism
6) Uncommon Leadership
7) Honest Compassion
8) Quality Education
Does Bush not fulfill most, if not all of these requirements/beliefs? He believes in limited government, feels that same sex marriage violates the
"sanctity of marriage", believes that everyone should be able to start their own business and chase their dream, he believes in the death penalty
"With freedom comes responsibility and individuals must take personal responsibility for their own actions and our criminal justice system must be
based on this idea" (Texas Republicans site), and who is George Bush but a person who believes businesses should be left alone to fight their way up
to the top? He took one of the largest leadership roles in history by arguably bringing us into a war against terrorism, a war we cannot win. Bush's
reason for going to Iraq was to free it's people from oppression and capture weapons of mass destruction. He went to Yale.
Now, for the Democrats.
Kerry opposes the war in Iraq, he disagrees with Bush's policies, especially his foreign policy. He is against Bush's plan for veterans. His ads say
that "George Bush is misleading America". Kerry wants tax cuts, he wants to improve or completely rejuvenate Medicare and Medicaid. He wants to help
the nation's deficit. He wants more government aid and involvement in American's lives. He's a Left winger.
Isn't this weird how stereotypical to their party they are?