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Ehh... what to think ...

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Last Edited: July 12, 2004, 8:47 am

::Sigh:: I'm one of those undecided with regards of the election. I know I'm going to vote, but I really don't know who I'm going to pick. To me, the two main candidates (Bush and Kerry) have enough flaws and shot up with enough holes that I *wish* there was a viable third candidate.

I really don't like certain policies that have been passed forward through the Patriot Act and now the Patriot Act II is going to pull more civil liberties. And don't give me that "If you're not doing anything wrong, you don't have anything to worry about." You gotta also remember "Ignorance of the law is no defense." If you think it's a good idea, let's keep a police radar on you whenever you go anywhere, have a complete audit of your assets every so often at random, have every piece of book that you borrow out from the library looked at, etc.. ... I also don't think it's going to have any effect on any suicidal and politically motivated terrorists anyway....

I'm one of those people who download music, and noting that Ashcroft *ALSO* wants to crack down on that (it's #3 priority aside from terrorism and subversion), eh... i'm quite iffy on that... I like Bush, but I don't like some people that's dragged in behind him...

However, I *am* one of those people who walked out at Farenheight 9/11 (... i can't spell!), a very bad piece of fiction. It pissed me off on how Michael Moore showed how Iraq was all peaceful and whatnot before Bush.  Bull. That's just one big pile of bull. I really don't like the Bush bashing that's throwing around either. -.- The connection between the Saudis, bin Laden, and Bush is a huge stretch, at best. With regards of the yellowcake uranium from Africa: even if the intelligence was faulty, you still have to work with what you got... and that's what he got.

I don't like Kerry's positions either. ::Sigh:: I don't really like too much of his foreign policy issues... or even his regards of immigration to this country. My parents and relatives (they're all Asian) worked *very* hard to get their citizenship here, and it should be continued to be something that you should work hard to get. Maybe some help, but it still should be rigorous rather than a free ride in..

As you can see, I am quite divided... And you can see why I'm not really sure who to pick. I don't like Bush over issues... and I don't like Kerry over issues.. and I think both sides are paid by special interests that aren't really what I'd like either. I like Nader, but he ain't going anywhere this time (you might as well vote for Bush). -.- Unfortunately, sometimes I have the feeling that the issues aren't being important as much as the bashing that's going around at both ends.

Heh, I'd run, but I'll get shot up trying to run (plus I'm too young).... but if you want a real demon in office ... that's me xD

Entry #17

Comments

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ToddComment by Todd - July 12, 2004, 10:15 am
If you want some help in deciding, there is a very simple way to do it:

If Bin Laden was voting in the election, who would he vote for? You vote for the other guy.

Simple.

-Todd
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ManaComment by Mana - July 12, 2004, 3:59 pm
::Ends up picking Nader (lol j/k)::

Actually I would be thinking he'd be in a coin flip for that one. I really don't know which candidate would be best really. I like Bush, but I don't like his administration (mainly John Ashcroft). Kerry is okay, but there's questionable things there too.

Bush administration's, Patriot Act II... it'd make it easier to enforce a "police state" which in turn would probably produce more terrorists or give them justification. I just don't think spying on your own citizens is something this country needs to do.

Then Kerry of course has a thing about letting illegal aliens in more. I would understand maybe raising up how many people get in, but they'd at least get checked, but not just letting people in. -.-

So I'm trying to see the balance between security and civil liberties.. Everywhere has risks. Terrorism will just have to be one of them now. Yes, that's a problem, but there's just so much you can do before doing anymore would simply do more harm than good.
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ManaComment by Mana - July 12, 2004, 4:07 pm
Hehe... sides ... Clinton's Administration passed the DMCA (Digital Millenium Copyright Act) ... which basically stifles any sort of innovation in the computer industry e.e;;

Democrats have as much blood on their hands as Republicans. Both sides are being tugged by so many special interests... For me, it's more than just security. You can only do so much before you're doing more harm to the public...

Any terrorist like Bin Laden can riddle any policy, either Kerry's or Bush's, full of holes... and screw things up.
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ToddComment by Todd - July 12, 2004, 4:26 pm
Let's put it this way: the top 2 issues are terrorism and the economy.

On the economy, I don't see how Kerry could possibly do any better than Bush, but I can see him doing worse. For one thing, he'd roll back the tax cuts, which would immediately slow down the economy and take us backward. I don't care which side of the "rich get richer" argument you're on, that would be the result. Sh*t rolls downhill.

On terrorism, Bush not only stopped any additional terror attacks at home, but he also has the terrorists on the run, with shrinking funds, around the world. CNN and BBC are in denial, and are doing their best to make sure we don't think so (as well as trying to be sympathetic to the terrorists).

Again, I can't see how Kerry could be any better than Bush on terrorism, but I can see how he could be worse. For one thing, he's calling for increased international involvement. That means the U.N. That would be disastrous, as the U.N. is basically made up of people who hate the USA. I would ask anyone to name one single military operation that the U.N. has been successful in. These are the guys who named Libya to head the Human Rights committee. The French have a strong say at the U.N., and they're the ones who will do anything to smear the US.

The fact is that Kerry doesn't have a plan, and Bush proved that not only can he devise a successful plan, but he can execute it as well. Besides, what would Kerry do, take it from zero attacks at home to -1?

Also, for all the "sky is falling" pronouncements of the Patriot Act, there are few, if any, cases I've heard of where anything "bad" has come of it. It allows us to untie the hands of the CIA and FBI so they can catch terrorists. I'm sure the ACLU would be happy to take on a case where the government overstepped their bounds. But I haven't seen such a case.

Sorry if I added too many comments to your Blog, Mana. If you'd rather I fill up my own Blog with this stuff that's fine too.

-Todd
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ManaComment by Mana - July 12, 2004, 8:00 pm
Hmmn... I do not like how Kerry is pushing on the economy.. I will have to put it to that. As I myself trying to create a business as well,I can see how the tax cuts have improved the economy and created jobs (or businesses too!). Hmmn... hehe it's fine. ^^; I do like hearing this information... I am collecting from both sides and trying to make a good, informed, decision.
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ToddComment by Todd - July 12, 2004, 8:45 pm
You have a good head on your shoulders - one of the reasons I enjoy your Blog! I'm a business owner myself, and I'd hate for the economy to go backwards. After 9/11 it was a real struggle to get it to this point. Good luck with your decision - only 4 months to decide!

-Todd
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DoctorEw220Comment by DoctorEw220 - August 15, 2004, 1:00 am
Michael Moore is full of crap.

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