Posted by: Lisa Pampuch | October 25, 2004

Special column: Kerry for President

Who could truly be undecided in this election? Americans have two starkly different presidential candidates in John Kerry and George Bush.

Perhaps moderate Republicans, those more socially liberal yet fiscally conservative GOP members, might have a hard time voting for rule-from-the-far-right Bush.

If you believe that government ought to operate like business, with merit-based hiring and retention decisions, well, it’s time for the president’s quadrennial performance review.

If you believe turning a $236 billion budget surplus into a record $422 billion deficit isn’t fiscally responsible, join me in voting for John Kerry.

If you believe tax incentives for companies to outsource American jobs are bad for our economy, that creating fewer net jobs than any president since Herbert Hoover is an embarrassment, join me in voting for John Kerry.

If you believe a self-described “uniter” shouldn’t appoint an activist attorney general, especially after the bitterly contested 2000 election, and wouldn’t squander America’s extraordinary post-Sept. 11 solidarity, join me in voting for John Kerry.

If you believe advocating a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage is a dangerous political ploy and simply wrong, join me in voting for John Kerry.

If you believe a true “compassionate conservative” wouldn’t oppose stem cell research that holds promise for millions suffering from scores of debilitating illnesses, join me in voting for John Kerry.

If you believe demanding that no child be left behind should come with the funds necessary to accomplish that goal, join me in voting for John Kerry.

If you believe our nation’s energy policy should be crafted openly, not furtively, join me in voting for John Kerry.

If you believe it’s in America’s national security interest to reduce our dependence on foreign oil while protecting the environment, join me in voting for John Kerry.

If you believe porous borders don’t equal homeland security, join me in voting for John Kerry.

If you believe parts of the Patriot Act should be revised to protect Americans’ civil liberties and safety, join me in voting for John Kerry.

If you believe a responsible plan to win a war must include a plan to secure the peace, join me in voting for John Kerry.

And if you know any persuadable voters in swing states, urge them to vote for John Kerry.

NOTE – This column was part of a special opinion piece published by The Dispatch, in which it invited all of its current columnists to write a 375-word endorsement of a presidential candidate. This was my contribution.

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