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Lesser of Two (or Four?) Evils

I hate to admit that I’m not giving certain presidential hopefuls their fair shake — I’d like to say that I’ve looked at all of the candidates fairly and objectively — but I don’t think that is going to happen. Since I’m writing for the left-hand side of this blog, you obviously can guess which way I lean but that doesn’t mean that I’m not taking a look at the Republican and Third Party candidates — no, on the other hand I’d like to know where they stand on certain issues and I’m not unwilling to listen to what they have to say. There are other candidates out there who aren’t going to be getting through to me, though: Bob Graham, John Kerry, Joseph Lieberman, and Dick Gephardt. To me, they represent the “party line” and status quo. They represent spinelessness, pork-barrel pocket-lining, and serious lack of action that has taken deep root within the Democratic party.

Sure, Joseph Lieberman has been a supporter of taking away the rights of Americans and the media seems to love John Kerry (and his wife) but all of the candidates I mentioned don't seem to represent any type of change. They are the stereotypical face of business-as-usual Washington and voting for any of them would be a total "lesser of two evils" throwaway vote. As Greg points out in his article, Kerry isn't afraid to change his tune to match the current winds blowing in D.C. so why should I vote for someone who thinks that everyone in America wants to play in the political game?

I'm looking for a candidate with foibles. I'm looking for someone who isn't afraid to tell America what we need to hear. Most of all, I'm looking for a candidate who is honest and treats me and my fellow Americans as humans, not faceless percentages or donor cash-cows.

Posted by huxley75 at July 2, 2003 10:02 AM