Today the President rolls out an ad campaign that pledges to bring our enemies to justice before they hurt us again. About time.
THE TWO CAMPAIGNS:
I took a quick look at the homepages of the two campaigns. Bush's has Kerry prominently displayed -
1) noting that he turned his back on America's seniors by opposing the first-ever prescription drug benefit (not noting that he opposed the republican bill because it was a boon for big pharm companies and did not allow the govt (the largest purchaser of medication) to negotiate group discounts with suppliers, which would have led to much more help to our seniors he "turned his back on.").
2) It has a Kerry "gas tax calculator" but doesn't mention that this was an idea he suggested over a decade ago, and when it was fully explored he decided it wasn't a good idea (I guess brainstorming is bad - changing your mind when all the facts are in is bad - and claiming your opponent holds positions that he does not is good).
3) It has a "Kerry travel-tracker" that purports to explain why Kerry is bad for anyone anywhere.
4) It has a link to the "Kerry Media Center" which is an entire page full of attacks on Kerry, with numerous essays such as "Deliver Us From Evil" by Sean Hannity. There is a "Kerry flip-flops" link. It is very anti-Kerry. Of course, if you think Kerry is "evil" then how could you be for him?
Bush isn't running FOR something, he isn't running on his record (who would?) but he is running AGAINST something. John Kerry.
Kerry, the "anybody but Bush" candidate, has
1) one reference to Bush on his homepage. One. A "rapid response center" titled "Bush-Cheney wrong for America" that, instead of attacking the President, is a response to Bush's attack ads and misleading campaign statements. Kerry's homepage is full of plans, proposals, and is all about Kerry, not about Bush. The Rapid Response Center doesn't attack the President's character but his policies and his inconsistencies. It does not call the President names. Kerry's website is not anti-Bush, but pro-Kerry. It is full of slogans like "A stronger America" and "A Remarkable Promise."
I think that this shows the main difference between the two campaigns.
One defines itself by what it is against - gay marriage, Kerry, etc., and stereotypes Kerry and all democrats as "the wild-eyed left" who are socialists, soft on terrorism, less than "real" Americans. In short, Kerry isn't like "us," he is "out of the mainstream." He is scary Kerry. Be afraid.
The other defines itself by what it is for - equal rights, social justice, a national defense based on reality and not ideology. In short - let's see what we can do together. Quit being afraid and take action!
Bush seems to be running on "I'm not Kerry." Kerry is running on "here are my plans, let's get the nation back on track."
Just my opinion. Vote for whomever you want. We will get the government we deserve - of course, when I was a kid getting what I "deserved" was sometimes a whipping because I made bad choices.
I think Kerry should quote Reagan: "Are you better off now than you were four years ago?" Well, are you? Oh, I know - it is all the terrorists' fault. Fine. Just one more question: Where's Osama?