Thoughtful Democrats who value family, freedom and security over blind partisan politics are supporting President Bush because of his proven leadership, integrity and resolve.
Democrats supporting Bush include Democratic Sen. Zell Miller and Ed Koch, former Democratic New York City councilman, congressman and three-term mayor. Koch says, "I've never before supported a Republican for president but I'm doing so this time because of the one issue that trumps everything else: international terrorism. In my judgment, the Democratic Party just doesn't have the stomach to stand up to the terrorists. But Bush is a fighter."
Asked about Kerry's pledge to go after terrorists, Koch replied, "That's what he says to appeal to moderates and conservatives during the campaign, but the party activists who nominated him would compel him to back down once he was in office. The people now running the Democratic Party want no part of the war. When the chips are down, Kerry will do what they want. I want a president who is willing to go after them before they have a chance to kill us. Party affiliation is an important consideration, but it's not more important than winning the war."
Kerry's despicable behavior in 1971 aided and abetted the enemy, demoralized comrades left behind and was used by the enemy to torture our POWs. It also emboldened other far-left special interests that have gradually stolen the heart and soul of a once-proud party. Kerry's many votes to cripple our military and intelligence capabilities and his immoral stands on abortion, same-sex unions, euthanasia, cloning and fetal stem-cell research are contrary to beliefs of rank-and-file Democrats. All thinking Democrats should vote for Bush and America, then attend future caucuses to clean house and reclaim the party of John F. Kennedy.
Paul W. Rosenthal, Augusta