Why I'm Voting ...
the mind’s reaction against the inherent
generosity of the heart.”
(Ram Dass & Paul Gorman, from the book, How Can I Help?
Stories and Reflections on Service)
makes me think about how President George W. Bush has delusionally or
deceptively described himself and his administration’s policies as
“conservatively compassionate”. His administration has constantly fanned
the fires of fear of another foreign terrorist attack at home, instilled
fear in Saddam Hussein, Osama bin Laden, the Taliban, Iran, South Korea,
Arabs abroad and at home, Muslims abroad and at home, France, and gay
The result of
this compassionate conservatism is that we’re
becoming less compassionate than we were before Bush became president.
I believe we can be more loving, more generous, more innovative, as powerful
yet more peaceful, and respectful of others if we turn away from the culture
of fear. Bush is even used fear to defeat
John Kerry, a man who has shown bravery by risking his life when he could
have avoided the Vietnam War like Bush and Dick Cheney did – several times.
Combat in war alone does not translate into presidential fitness, otherwise
women would not qualify, but given the two real choices we have the Democratic Party
represents the only opportunity for peace, prosperity, equal rights, and
generosity of the heart – the ingredients for happiness in America.
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