Friday, July 30, 2004

Well done Kerry!

I have to admit, I didn't think John Kerry had it in him to rally people, but he gave a great speech last night. His opening line, "I am John Kerry, and I'm reporting for duty," was brilliant. I have my reservations about Kerry, but I do believe that Bush needs to be defeated. Looking at his valor during the war, his anti-war activism on his return from Vietnam, his closeness to his family, I do believe he is a principled person unlike our current President. His daughters & wife have more to contribute than Bush's! He covered a lot in 45 mins & managed to look strong and confident - I think Kerry is the best candidate to attract moderate Republicans & Americans given his military service & political record. I also appreciated him reaching out to all faiths & quoting Abraham Lincoln saying, "I want to pray humbly that we are on God's side." There were about 46 Muslim delegates to the convention this year and an Imam recited the benediction on Tuesday - way to go!

I'm also glad to see Vietnam War veterans being honored as they should be. They have made great sacrifices and were mislead just like the soldiers in Iraq were led to war under false pretences last year. A reporter from the Minnesota Public Radio made a great comment about a war that divided the Democratic Party in the 60's is uniting it thirty years later. It goes to show that wars are ugly & the wounds they inflict take a long time to heal.

Polls all over are suggesting that 80-85 % of voters are locked in as either Democratic or Republican - it's the 15-20 % of "swing voters" who are undecided and will determine the election. Many of them want to see Kerry take a stronger stance on Iraq which he has not, so there is a fear that those voters may vote Bush or Nader. Unfortunately, about 50% of Americans still trust Bush on Iraq & the "War on Terrorism"! I do give Kerry credit for suggesting that Bush's war was all about oil in the Middle East & that he won't have ties to the Saudi Royal family! I hope he can get the UN/Muslim countries to support him if he wins, but it looks unlikely as this
article suggests, but there's always HOPE...

The Convention has definitely lifted my spirits about the election & I will do whatever I can to help get Kerry & Edwards elected. I have to say that the highlight for me was
Barack Obama's speech on Tuesday night. He is running for the Senate in Illinois & it looks like he will become the first Democratic black male senator in the US Senate - about time! The only downside was the way the protesters were caged in behind barbed wire outside the Fleet Center. They had credible grievances & should have been allowed to speak their minds.

I'm sure the Republican Convention next month will be as glamorous although I wonder if they will top the 100,000 balloons that came pouring down last night!