Its election season again and you know what that means, more stupid slogans, more lame TV ads, more pointless debates. I think the electorial process is awesome but I hate the six months leading up to it. It all gets so old after a while. On that note, I think this year has been the worst for attack ads by one party or another and slogans. The slogan I loathe the most, that I have been seeing on cars and hearing from people is, "Anyone but Bush." Why do I hate that slogan? Here comes a rant.
"Anyone but Bush" has got to be the worst kind of utterance to hear during an election campaign. To me, it signifies that as long as President Bush is not in the White House, people do not care who is. This phrase demonstrates to me that the person saying it or displaying it on their vehicle, is copping out of their civic duty as Americans. People are fed up with Bush and I understand some of their complaints but, in their hatred against that one man, they are willing to elect someone else that may be less qualified to lead the country. "Anyone but Bush" tells me that that person is probably not going to do a whole lot of research when it comes to picking the candidate that best represents him or her and I find that most erksome. If a person believes that John Kerry is going to do a better job than Bush, I can totally except that, but I would like those people to be able to back up their reasoning with good solid explanations and facts, not the phrase, "Anyone but Bush."
By the "Anyone but Bush" logic, Mao Zedong would be a more qualified person to the lead the United States; a man that was responsible for the deaths of more than 30 million Chinese during the 1960s. If I were John Kerry and I won the upcoming election, I would thank my lucky stars that so many people hated one person enough that I was the lesser of two evils. To me, that wouldn't be much of a vote of confidence from the populace I am charged to watch over and guide.
People have the right to vote whatever way they like, I just hope that when they go to vote, they do so in an educated fashion. It is our duty that we research all political candidates that we are responsible for electing before we cast our ballot. I shudder to think that my educated vote will be cancelled out by someone who watched Fahrenheit 911 and thinks that they know all there is to know about President Bush and John Kerry. If Michael Moore had his way, we would live in a socialist country that would spew a lot more propaganda than whats being generated now by both parties in the United States. That scares me as does his film making ability but that, is a rant for a different day.
Just please do me a favor people, educate yourself on the candidates, use more than two or three sources when doing so, and lastly, check the facts that you hear people saying. Lately, Howard Dean and Michael Moore have both been saying that if Bush is elected to another term, he will re-instate the military draft to gather more troops for the conflict in Iraq. Right now, there are two bills, one in the House and one in the Senate, asking for the draft to be re-instated. Do some research, it might interest you to see who it is that drafted and backed these bills. Here is a hint: they are not even Republicans.