My fellow patriots, we stand at a crossroads of American history, where we must decide the course of our country. If George W. Bush is elected for the first time on Nov 2, it will be the worst result of an American national election in our lifetimes, perhaps in the history of America. Because in contrast to America’s best, Mr. Bush is a hollow man, the mere mask of power-hungry individuals who call to the least in our society, seek our nation’s rise in aggression, cloak themselves in patriotism and nurture fear in their hunger for war to achieve their ends.
The legitimate election of this man will bring us more war, will hand over America’s precious legacy to freedom’s enemies, against whom our forebears pledged their lives and sacred honors; his election will give executive voice to the nation’s lowest, most aggressive, least rational powers. What may be worse, his due election will fully legitimize all the deception he has stood for and stands for still, all that he would destroy in the name of hegemony, sully in the name of profit, slay in the name of patriotism, all that belongs to us all as a nation, that he would sell to war and to his cronies in trade for our freedoms.
What is more, the election of this man will give voice and power to the zealots of America, who in their prime will be as faithfully ruthless as any zealots we have known, zealots against women’s rights, gays, abortion, science, freedom of thought, church/state separation and by extension the constitution itself: zealots who would stone the pacifist and bring hell to freedom.
I speak not as a passive individual; unlike Mr. Bush I have accountably born arms for America and stood ready to use them, with my life on the line. From that place, the balanced point of peace, where every right-thinking person wishes to live, that place where humanity may at last one day stand together, I ask you to vote not against all that is good and just, but to vote for John Kerry.
I know that my words fall soundless upon the ears of those who have their hands out to this administration– whether for guns, war, money or power, or who in a mockery of righteousness wish to tie the hands of science and a just humanity– but it is not to them I speak, for they lack the ears to hear (the ears Jesus spoke of); I call to those with ears to hear, who cannot therefore travel far on any false path, but will hear the cries of the children and the wails of the mothers, sense the suffering wrought by social inequity, feel the pain of brave soldiers falling on their behalf, and act out of wisdom to alleviate these injustices.
To those hearers I say: you do not fight this fight alone; every person in this nation who is capable of free thought, every person of inborn integrity, is with you. Together, we will rise to victory.