Who would you vote for, if you actually had a choice?

21 Oct

So, now that the exciting penant race is over… we can start eagerly anticipating the rivalry and riots and boring news of Election Day. Or not.

Moderator Guy: Do you believe you could do a better job than President Bush in preventing another 9/11-type terrorist attack on the United States?

Ideal President: No! The correct answer is no I don’t. Do I think that I could prevent more than the zero attacks that have occurred since September 11th? No. But I can assure you, if we keep fighting the war on terror in the way that both Kerry and Bush propose, it’s only a matter of time before we are attacked again. If for some reason there is a terrorist organization that is intent on attacking us, they will. The only thing we can do, and the best thing we can do, is take away any reason a terrorist organization would have to attack us. Going to war is not the way to do that. We should not wait to feel safe until we have bombed to death everyone in the world who might one day have an evil intent towards us. If we are scared of terrorists, then terrorists win. That’s what terrorism means, it’s the spreading of fear. The only way to defeat terror, if we are in fact going to win a quote “war on terror” unquote, is to not have terror – is to not be scared. And the only way to do that, is to not have reason for fear and to have reason for confidence and happiness instead. That means we must stop providing reasons for the terrorists to attack us, and a good reason for terrorists to attack us is because we go to war with countries and enforce our system of government upon them. We have what could and should be the best country in the world. We should be leading by example, not by force. We should feel safe and happy because we are, not because our army is around the world fighting so that the warfront is far from our backyard. Having the war on terror be fought in this way doesn’t make me happy and confident, and it certainly doesn’t make me feel safe. It makes me scared! We are killing people and then reminding those we leave alive, over and over again, that we are very scared of someone getting a nuclear or biological weapon into one of our cities. George Bush is big on saying that we are spreading freedom with our war on terror. His idea (and Kerry hasn’t said he disagrees with this) seems to be that once we have killed everyone who might ever have an evil intent in their heart, and a few innocent people as well, the only people left will be eager to live in an American style democracy and call themselves free. He’s not spreading freedom, he’s spreading war and hate and murder and death. And he’s doing it under the name of America and with America’s money. If America really does stand for freedom, we should start showing it.”

So what do you think, would you vote for someone if they said that? Are they not the Ideal President? What should they say instead? What I’d like to know most of all, is what would Bush and Kerry say if this was said at the debate??

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