opinions, actions contradictory
people may see primaries or elections as very minute
or unimportant events, they actually carry much weight.
The man who is elected president of the United States
is the most powerful leader in the world, and his decisions
affect the entire globe.
While it is common for politicians to change their minds,
John Kerry has done so excessively as a Massachusetts
senator. In 1995, Kerry showed his true colors when
he was the only member in the United States Senate who
proposed to cut intelligence funding by billions of
dollars two years after the first World Trade Center
bombing. According to Wayne Washington of the Boston
Globe, Kerry proposed these cuts to eliminate wasteful
intelligence spending. Kerry specified these cuts as
part of one senators common sense effort
and argued the proposed cuts were in our best interest
because they consisted of pet projects that were outdated.
However, I find it interesting that not one person followed
his lead on this issue. Kerry either had difficult time
explaining his logic to his fellow senators, or it simply
did not make sense to cut intelligence funding at that
On Sept. 11, 2001, we were attacked in a way our country
has never seen, by the same kind of terrorists who carried
out the first attacks on the World Trade Center. We
need reliable, accurate intelligence, and that will
not happen with a president who has shown past interest
in decreasing the intelligence budget.
Kerry explained why he was going to vote for the use
of force against Saddams regime in Iraq with the
following statement: I believe that a deadly arsenal
of weapons of mass destruction in his hands is a real
and grave threat to our security. He, along with
others, have given many excuses for his vote, but the
bottom line is, he voted in favor of the war.
When the anti-war protests began and Howard Dean stepped
onto the scene, Kerry realized he might lose votes if
he did not start speaking out against the war. When
he became the front-runner in the race for the Democratic
presidential nomination, he began to criticize the way
the war is being carried out, and voted against financial
support for the troops in the field.
On Oct. 8, 2002, speaking to the Senate Intelligence
Committee, Kerry stated, According to intelligence,
Iraq has chemical and biological weapons. Comments
such as these are interesting when Kerry continually
claims that Bush has misled the country about the WMDs.
The truth is, all parties involved believed there to
be a threat in Iraq. Congress used the same intelligence
Bush had, and they came to the same conclusion when
they voted to use force there.
Kerrys decisions are based solely upon the amount
of votes he can harvest, and that is why he keeps changing
his mind. All candidates do what they can to gain votes,
but he has swayed on too many issues. What will Kerry
do to protect us in these times? How would he react
to a situation like 9/11? I dont really want to
One of the slogans for this campaign is, Anybody
but Bush. Democrats are going to do everything
in their power to win, even if that means promoting
a flawed candidate. Kerry is not the man to fill George
W. Bushs shoes. Bush is resolute and principled
in his decisions, and he continues to act with poise
and confidence despite the criticism he has received
over the war in Iraq. After Kerry had challenged President
Bush to have monthly debates up to the election in November,
Bush simply stated, When you stop debating with
yourself, then you can debate with me.
Earnest is a junior accounting major from Houston.