I voted nearly three weeks ago, before the wedding even, since I thought I was going to be in Seattle this week. For a variety of reasons I decided to push off the Seattle trip to next week.
Anyway, I voted for Kerry. I was in the midst of writing a long diatribe about why I voted for Kerry, but it comes down to this: I do not trust Mr. Bush or his administration. I do not think that he has the best interests of the American people in mind as he acts. I think that his administration has shown a callous disrespect for the law, both US law and international law. I think that his administration is bad for business, cutting the Federal corporate tax load only to shunt the load to 50 states means a net increase in workload and possibly taxes for business.
I think the administration, the President, and the Republican party have all but forgotten that the cornerstone of this country is its people not corporations. Corporations do not fight wars, corporations do not get sick from the flu or HIV, corporations are simply a tool for providing services and enriching the owners of the corporation. It's people who work for the corporations, who come up with ideas for the corporations, who buy services from the corporations, who get rich when corporations do well, who get hurt when corporations act neglilently. By shifting more and more of the tax burden to individuals and families, the administration makes it less likely that they will be good employees, good consumers, happy capitalists. Less money in the pocket is less money to buy toys, services, gadgets, cars; it's less money to invest; it's less money to use to take care of yourself. It leads to an inefficient system since the "savings" from the tax cuts end up getting lost in other ways, and not as reinvestments into the capital of the country.
I voted for Kerry because I believe in the rule of law, I believe that law and government are what binds us together and makes it possible to ensure security, to create a climate where personal and financial success not only can occur but is safeguarded from the tumult of civil unrest.
I truly believe that a reelection of George Bush will lead to further economic decline and civil unrest.
I voted for Kerry, and encourage you to do so as well.