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, itâ€™s all about values. Our vote for President should be for the candidate whoâ€™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 â€œimposingâ€ is merely a dysphemism. What Meehan and the Kerry campaign call â€œimposing beliefs,â€ 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 â€œimposing their beliefs.â€
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 Meehanâ€™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.