Letters to the editor: 11/10/04

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My vote for Bush does not warrant vitriol

To the letter writer who wrote to the "55 million people who voted for John Kerry" ("Difficult Choice," Nov. 8).

As an individual who chose a political party while in college based on an internal look at my beliefs and values and a constant thirst for knowledge, I chose to register as a Republican and did so with pride, never realizing the vitriol that would be eventually spewed at me by some liberals who according to blogs, have labeled me as a Bible-thumping Jesus-freak (huh?!).

On Nov. 2 of this year, as I entered my voting place to cast my lone vote for Bush, I told myself that this is a deeply divided country and if Kerry has 50 million or so people voting for him, they can't all be idiots so surely even if Kerry is elected, some good will come out of his election. That is how I reassured myself, by telling myself that Kerry's supporters most likely truly believe in their party platform and there must be a reason why.

How sad that letter writer Josh Newlin couldn't open his mind and tell himself the same about we 59 million "bigots" who voted for George Bush.


Stay in the U.S.

Josh Newlin ("Difficult Choice," Nov. 8) asked whether he should leave or stay and fight the rising tide of intolerance in this country. My answer is stay and fight. Fleeing the situation ruins the opportunity to demonstrate our belief that freedom lies in the right to choose; the power of choice.

What we understand and the religious right does not is that patriotism means defending the opinions of others even when that opinion is different from ours. This is not a nation run by the religious beliefs of a few but a nation run by the beliefs of many. The government exists solely to defend the right of people to choose for themselves. The founding fathers understood this and sought to separate religion from the state. They understood that religion, in a pluralistic society, should be personal and not political.

Stay and fight with us, Mr. Newlin. There is a new cooperative spirit developing in those who believe in defending democratic values in this country. They need you.


Look at Ohio

It has been reported that, immediately after the U.S. presidential election, the traffic on Canada's immigration Web page increased significantly. It seems that many disappointed Kerry voters are considering a move to a more hospitable environment. I have a better suggestion for those rock-solid Democrats who are able to pick up and move to another place: Move to Ohio!

In addition, Democratic retirees who are thinking of relocating should think about moving to Ohio, where their vote could make a difference in the next election.

All the Democratic Party needs is the migration to Ohio of 150,000 loyal Democratic voters and the next Electoral College vote would probably go to the Democratic candidate. This makes much more sense than giving up on the United States and renouncing one's citizenship.

Mt. Lebanon

How could you?

How could you vote for George Bush? A man who partied through school. Who avoided the draft. Who is responsible for thousands of deaths in Iraq. Who fumbled through three presidential debates. Who increased the deficit by billions.

How could you vote against John Kerry? A man who studied through school. Who fought in Vietnam. Who handily won three presidential debates. Who promised to bring back our soldiers. Who would straighten out our deficit. A fine figure of a man who would act and govern like a president.

Mt. Lebanon

The people spoke

I just read the Nov. 4 letters from John Schnepp ("The Bush Administration Scare Tactics Were Successful") and Jessica Cunningham Stillwell ("About Moral Values") and I'm sitting here trying to figure out where they were coming from. One letter is full of outrageous opinions which, as usual, are supported by no facts. One example would be "high oil prices, which benefit the Bush family." You're kidding me right? People actually believe this?

Regarding Ms. Stillwell's letter: Maybe she needs to look up the definitions for "moral" and "values" because obviously she does not know what they mean. Let's give you some examples of what is meant by "moral values": traditional family, pro-life, ban on gay marriage, and a belief that liberal judges are making important "moral" court decisions based on their "personal" interpretation of the Constitution. Those are just a few examples of a president who many elected based on what "real" moral values are.

Oh yeah, "every" vote was counted and "every person's voice" was heard and the people of America said "Bush."


The Grinch is back!

Last election the Grinch stole votes! This election the Grinch brainwashed the American public! I cannot believe that morals came above the economy, the job market, health-care issues and, of course, the war in Iraq!

All I have to say is you better hold onto your prayer books and Bibles, people, because when the economy continues to plunge, your savings dwindle, you have no more health care and have to worry about medication to get better, and the men and women are getting killed, you will need all the prayers you can get!

Welcome back, Mr. Grinch!


Deeply ashamed

Post-election reactions: ashamed, proud and thankful.

A new poll showed that 51 percent of Americans were happy that Bush won the election, 38 percent were upset, and 9 percent didn't care.

What the polls didn't say is that, among those who are upset, there are also those who, like me, are deeply ashamed -- ashamed of being citizens in a country where the (bare) majority wants to be led by George W. Bush, an insubstantial individual, an inarticulate speaker, someone with extreme narrowness of world view, someone who has lied to the people, someone who thinks that the narrow margins he obtained in both this and the past election give him a mandate to guide this country. What mandate?

Listening to John Kerry's concession speech, I cried because this country has missed the opportunity to have an intelligent person and a gentleman as a leader for the next four years.

But while I am truly sad about the results of the election and ashamed of the current leadership and direction of the country, I can also be proud of the great work done by Move On volunteers in Pennsylvania: That this swing state showed squarely Democratic in the election is something to be proud of.

I am also extremely thankful to the British press for expressing what the American press will never be able to do: As the Daily Mirror said: "How Can 59,054,087 People Be So Dumb?" Thank you, British press!

Squirrel Hill

Religion and rifles

I was surprised to awaken last Wednesday morning to hear the George Bush had been re-elected for four more years. This occurred with the votes from citizens in some of our most economically suppressed and job out-sourced states.

I can only conclude that health care and unemployment were put aside in favor of religion and rifles.

Perhaps Mr. Bush will say a prayer for you when you become ill without health care. Or maybe you can pawn your rifle to buy your next prescription.


Sen. Specter was simply being realistic

Republicans claim that the election of 2004 was all about courage and conviction. Yet, less than one week after the election, they have responded with outright hostility to an act of courage and conviction by a member of their own party ("Abortion Foes Target Specter," Nov. 8). The statement by Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., that pro-life justices would have a hard time meeting Senate approval has made him an outcast in his own party. Specter's comment was clearly only a statement of reality, considering that there are still 45 Democrats in the Senate, and they will likely filibuster an overt pro-life appointee.

Apparently now is not the time for realism in the Republican Party. James Dobson, founder of the prominent conservative Christian organization Focus on the Family, calls Specter "a big-time problem," says that Specter "must be derailed" from becoming chairman of the Judiciary Committee and calls Specter's comment "one of the most foolish and ill-considered comments that a politician has made in a long time."

No, Mr. Dobson, Specter's comment was not foolish and ill-considered; it was realistic, courageous and full of conviction. I applaud Sen. Specter for his unwillingness to bend his beliefs to the will of his own party's ideology. This is a profile in courage that should not be forgotten.



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