Very interesting point of view shoeless,
You might recall I had also stated that this election is very important, not meaningless. Meaningless is a term you use. You use it quite often, almost to the point of making it, well, meaningless. I have stated that this is a key event if you wish to quote something from me.
I understand how you're all hyped up, your patriotic juices are boiling, and you want to make sure that THIS TIME America gets it right. You have but one vote, just like me. But you think that you are going to use your vote for a specific purpose, whereas you feel that I am uselessly throwing my one vote away on meaningless (there's that word again) minutiae. I have many friends just like you. We have grown up together, watched Nixon during his "tricky Dick" years, lamented that Reagan was going to destroy America, and now Bush has all but ruined the country. It definitely looks like the Republicans have done nothing but dig our grave deeper at every occasion.
But, didn't Johnson fake the Gulf of Tonkin attack to launch the US into an unwinnable war?? I remember before we lost Vietnam. I used to strut around thinking, "The US has NEVER lost a war, man. When we get into a fight, it's to win and win only (well, except for the Korean War which we didn't technically lose anyway)." But Johnson is a Democrat. I thought Democrats only come in one flavor, American true blue. Johnson started the war which eventually cuased the death of over 58,000 US soldiers and 2,000,000 Vietnamese.
Ah, but then we have Carter, right?? He was a great president, wasn't he?? Except that the economy went into the tank during his presidency and he started the Soviet/Afghan War. That's right, read Brzezinski. He stated that he pushed for it himself with Carter. And that Democrat is very proud of what he did, even if it eventually created al Qaeda, terrorist training cells, the Taliban and other enjoyable groups. But, but, Carter is a Democrat. He HAS to be good for our country, he's a Democrat. Democrats only do good things, right??
I think that Clinton was perhaps the best president in the White House over the past 40 years. He was very intelligent, kept the corporate giants' palms greased, and found enough scraps for most of the rest of us. He also brought in al Qaeda into the fight in Serbia and had Wesley Clark bomb the smithereens out of obvious civilian targets. That's not a good thing.
I have but one vote. My pledge to our forefathers is to put that vote in the name of the person I feel most qualified to run this country as our forefathers would have wanted. It appears that your vote is to go to whichever Democrat is nominated regardless of their past record or ineptness. I'm sorry that you waste your vote that way. I don't think our forefathers wanted, "Only Democrats should be elected to the office of President." In fact, George Washington was against political parties to begin with. you seem to have missed that point.
I thought this was kinda funny:
They represent a good part of the country. There are a lot of people out there who will vote "against" any Democrat, and there's another good part of the country that will vote "against" any Republican. Evey election, every time, every four years, it never changes. Vote for the "lesser of two evils."
I don't vote against. I don't think our forefathers wanted a system whereby everyone voted "against" some other candidate. They wanted us to choose the best of the bunch, not the least evil of them.
That's why I study ALL the candidates, including Republicans and Democrats. I have made a solemn oath to our forefathers to use MY vote towards the best candidate everytime and NEVER use it to vote for the lesser of two evils. The lesser of two evils is still evil.
You can ride your pompous steed into the night decrying all those who refuse to ALWAYS vote Democrat. There is about the same number who ride their steeds decrying all those who refuse to ALWAYS vote Republican. If you took the time to actually study your history, you'd notice that the present course the US is on, has been followed by both parties alilke. I personally don't like that course. It's hegemonic, far too belligerant, and does not uphold the high ideals our forefathers fought and died for.
You can vote to continue the status quo, the wars, the killings, the blind hatred, all the evils our forefathers warned us against. That's your right. I know you don't want me to have my right to vote because I don't vote for your candidate, but you're kinda stuck because our forefathers gave me that right. At least until you decide to remove it becasue I refuse to vote for your candidate.
As far as I'm concerned, if Americans really awoke from their daydream and really saw what they were doing in the world, we would have had Nader in office in 2000, and no wars in Afghanistan nor Iraq. Can you imagine??? Over 1,000,000 people NOT killed by our intervention and over 4,000 US soldiers would be alive today??
No you can't fathom that. All you see is red state, blue state. Deaths in foreign countries just comes with the territory.
Here is my version of the US. Look at it and how much it differs from your version. I fully believe that our forefathers wanted this version to be the legacy that our country was built on. Funny, but what your party and the other one have given us is very different.