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Re^2: For whom would you vote, if you were an American?

by emazep (Priest)
on Nov 05, 2004 at 01:22 UTC ( #405356=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: For whom would you vote, if you were an American?
in thread For whom would you vote, if you were an American?

I'm not so sure I believe Kerry and his war record but on the other hand I don't believe Bush served his country at all.
Is taking part in a war or being in the army the only way to serve your country? (And to choose your president?)

Update

Just to make myself clear: if I were an American, I would have voted for Kerry, since I think that anything is better than a dangerous brainless and death penalty-lover like Bush.
That said, my original (unanswered) question came from the observation that many Americans seem to be obsessed with the war: for them only a soldier deserves to be their president, as if there was no other way to be good to their country than killing some enemy somewhere.
(I have great respect and regard for the soldiers, I just think that to be a soldier it's not the only way to be good to and to help the community you live in.)

Ciao,
Emanuele


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Re^3: For whom would you vote, if you were an American?
by blue_cowdawg (Prior) on Nov 08, 2004 at 21:05 UTC

        Is taking part in a war or being in the army the only way to serve your country? (And to choose your president?)

    Forgive me for not making myself very clear. I for one do not think that the only way to serve your country is to serve in a combat arm of the military. In fact I believe that some folks should stay as far away from the military as possible.

    However, when I interview candidates for a job in the private sector and they claim on their resume to be a "Perl Guru" I am going to challenge them on their statement. How much Perl do they really know?

    In both Bush's case and Kerry's case they made some hay over their military records as if they had done wonderfully in their service to their country.

    Where Kerry is concerned I think that somewhere between the statements he has made and the statements that his detractors have made lies the real truth.

    If the allegations about Bush being AWOL from his National Guard commitments are even half true then he is not exactly fit for command either.

    If neither one of them pointed to their service records then I'd see other issues with both of them that earn my contempt for the. Kerry's inability to take a stand and stick with it and Bush's bullheaded and heavy handed approach to things being examples.

    I have some very strong ideas about what makes a leader and neither man impresses me in that regard.

    But, it is all moot now. Bush is in, Kerry is out. We get 4 more years of "Jethro the Beverly Hillbilly" instead of "Herman Munster."

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