As progressives, we know that the democratic party does not offer a real alternative to the military-industrial complex, a class-based society segregated by wealth and privelege, or even a foreign policy seemingly grounded in imperialism. In spite of those very dark truths, here is why you should vote for Kerry.
For a long time I have been apathetic about politics and the 2 party system in our country because I believed there is little difference between the democrats and the republicans (see the summary above). However, I can thank George W. Bush for snapping me wide awake and out of that apathy. As the last 4 years have shown, there is a big difference between the two parties. The Bush administration has obviously taken many steps in the wrong direction for our society.
* degraded existing environmental laws
* encouraged corporate welfare and corruption (i.e. enron, halliburton, etc)
* attacked our civil liberties (i.e. the patriot act)
* launched a war of choice, most likely to acquire control of Iraq's oil
* are attempting to "privatize" social security
* turned a record budget surplus into a record deficit (i.e. as a nation we now have large debt)
* harmed our economy (over a million jobs lost)
If they are given another 4 years in office, God only knows what's next. The civil liberties we are taking for granted may be eroded even further. What very few social programs we have left may soon be gone. The gap between the rich and poor (which is now at record levels) may grow even further. Are you getting the picture here?
John Kerry and John Edwards will very likely help us out with regards to many of the points listed above. In his speech last night, Kerry flat out stated that he wants to invest in alternative energy sources and free our country from Mideast oil and dependence on the Saudi royal family. He promised flat out not to privatize social security. He did make me feel a little nervous about his view on the military (i.e. increasing the size by 40,000 troops), but let's face it: the people of our country want to have this military might. I personally don't have a problem with it if it were used only for defense instead of imperialism.
At any rate, I am starting this thread to open up discussion on this. I know that as progressive we all wish to see much greater social change occur, but remember, stable change can occur incrementally if we get involved and try to create that change by working within our existing system. Thanks for reading, and please post a thoughtful response if you want to. Don't bother to post a bunch of hateful stuff though, I think we can all agree that's counter productive.