I Believe…

Pardon My English has a terrific article that blends in nicely with one of my posts last week.

Aaron points out that Kerry says he believes life begins at conception. Michael Meehan, Kerry’s senior advisor, says that Kerry is a practicing Catholic, yet won’t impose those beliefs on others. Yet if you go to Kerry’s official campaign site, it’s full of “I believe this” and “I believe that”. 300 pages of “I believes.”

I contend that our choice for President is all about beliefs, it’s all about values. Our vote for President should be for the candidate who’s beliefs and values we share most, and when they are elected, we expect them to act on their beliefs. The statement from Michael Meehan that Kerry will not impose his beliefs on other people seems to imply that the Bush campaign is guilty of imposing their beliefs on the American public. Perhaps the Kerry campaign is just confused, thinking that having a belief and sticking to it is imposing. More likely, using the word “imposing” is merely a dysphemism. What Meehan and the Kerry campaign call “imposing beliefs,” I call standing up for what you believe. Our nation was founded upon a group of men standing up for what they believe, but I guess John Kerry thinks that men like George Washington were just “imposing their beliefs.”

I, for one, will vote for a candidate so they can fight for the beliefs that I share with them. (For me, that candidate is George W. Bush.) With Michael Meehan’s statement, he has told all Americans that John Kerry will not fight for what he believes, hence, he will not fight for your beliefs either.

In Bush’s case, I know what he believes and his votes follow those beliefs. With Kerry, I can read over his list of “I believes” … but I can’t be sure he’s ever going to vote on those beliefs. For instance, he says he supports our troops but voted against the $87 billion to fund them because he wanted to attach a provision to raise taxes at the same time. I want to vote for a President that says what he believes, and then votes according to his beliefs. With Bush, I know that’s what I’m getting.

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15 thoughts on “I Believe…

  1. I believe that milk should not be drunk on Sundays. It’s just wrong to drink that when it’s supposed to be a day of rest. When I’m elected President, I’m going to outlaw the sale of milk on Sundays and anyone caught drinking milk on Sundays will be arrested.

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  2. That’s insteresting, trying to declare this a state issue. The US Supreme Court struck down Texas’s sodomy law and said that it *wasn’t* a state issue. Massachussets state legislature banned same sex marriage but their court overturned it. California bans it, too, but San Francisco went ahead and issued gay marriage licenses which the California Appeals Court wouldn’t halt.

    When Cheney made that statement in 2000, it was clear that states banned gay marriages. Since then, with the Supreme Court ruling and the renegade state courts overruling state legislatures, it’s clear that states are struggling to prohibit gay marriages. That’s why Cheney now favors a constitutional amendment – the situation in 2004 is different than 2000. Cheney’s remained against gay marriage from the beginningl only his method of prohibiting it has changed.

    Kerry changes him mind depending on who’s asking the question. That’s a flip-flop. 😛

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  3. ‘Cheney comments
    Vice President Dick Cheney’s stance has also been called into question.

    He recently has said he would support Bush’s decision on the matter.

    But at a vice presidential debate in 2000, Cheney was asked, “Should a male who loves a male and a female who loves a female have all the constitutional rights enjoyed by every American citizen?”

    Cheney responded, “People should be free to enter into any kind of relationship they want to enter into. It’s really no one else’s business, in terms of trying to regulate or prohibit behavior in that regard.”

    He added, “I think different states are likely to come to different conclusions, and that’s appropriate. I don’t think there should necessarily be a federal policy in this area. I try to be open-minded about it as much as I can and tolerant of those relationships. … (I) wrestle with the extent of which there ought to be legal sanction of those relationships. I think we ought to do everything we can to tolerate and accommodate whatever kind of relationships people want to enter into.”

    Cheney’s office says that like Bush, the vice president is concerned that the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act — which defined marriage as the union of a man and a woman — is under attack because of actions by officials in certain states.

    Cheney, whose daughter is a lesbian and well-known figure in the Colorado gay community, was quoted in two Colorado newspapers as saying that he would support Bush’s decision on an amendment no matter what it was.’

    http://www.cnn.com/2004/ALLPOLITICS/02/25/elec04.prez.bush.marriage/

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  4. Kerry Lied
    Michael has a nice post which really sums up the major problem with politicians these days – most have forgotten the form of government in which they take part. The…

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  5. Courtney makes a good point. Cheney believes it should be up to the states to decide whether gays can marry or not. Yet he says he supports the president no matter what, which means that he will support a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. Sounds like he’s flip-flopping to me. Cheney, why can’t you just act on your beliefs and not flip-flop to gain popular appeal? What do you guys think about this? You want a politician to say what they believe and then act on what they say, but is the vice president exempt because he has to support his president, no matter what he personally believes? Is it kinda like any politician who has a certain belief but must vote on what the majority of his constituents want? We vote on candidates who we think share our values the most, but its hard to think that anyone will agree with 100% of a candidate’s views, so what happens when there is a difference of opinion? Should you stand by your candidate, no matter what they do, even if it goes against your beliefs?

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  6. I don’t see a flip-flop, I see a refinement. His basic stance, that he’s against gay marriage, hasn’t changed. All he’s done is refine his stance about who’s responsible – states rights vs Constitutional ammendment – and that’s based on events in California, Massachussets, and Oregon over the last 4 years.

    Even *if* I agree – which I don’t – you need to come up with 299 more flip flops to match Kerry. After all, you flip-flopped – you said you weren’t coming back. 🙂

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  7. Nope, I’m just a Bush supporter.

    Bush. Decisive. Good.

    Kerry: Flip-flop, won’t stand up for beliefs. Bad.

    You: Flip-flop. Doesn’t matter to me, you’re not running for President.

    Did you miss the point of that exchange?

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