I meant to publish this last week.
In case all of my Republican friends think I am a communist terrorist loving unpatriotic anti-Christian who can't follow the orders given to me by the leaders of my denomination and Fox News by not supporting Bush, I would like to turn your attention to this editorial by the conservative newspaper of the town I live in, the Tampa Tribune.
The Tribune is a self-described conservative newspaper (the St. Pete Times, a superior paper, is the "liberal" rag), that has endorsed every single Republican that ran for president since 1952 (outside of 1964, when they endorsed noone). However, due to the fact that the Tribune is a newspaper, which by its very nature looks at the facts and hopefully thinks for itself, as opposed to supporting whomever the Republicans put in front of them, sees the job Bush has done and finds itself unable to endorse him.
As principled conservatives, who understand the principles of conservatism (i.e. Pat Buchanon, Brent Scowcroft, the list could go on), as opposed to partisans that believe whatever their side says (i.e. Hannity, Limbaugh, Falwell) the Tribune has seen the actions of Bush as contrary to his stated goals, the goals of historical conservatism, the needs of the USA, the needs of the world, the founding principles of our nation, along with the constitution, Bill of Rights and common sense (sorry for the semi-rant).
I ask anyone (especially those who consider themselves conservative) to read this lucid articulation of why Bush is not every conservatives choice for the president. By the way, they do not endorse Kerry either.
Here is another link to the article.
By the way, we voted early and electronically (in Florida) and hopefully our vote will be counted and not suppressed. It is cool to know that your vote counts. I even got my parents to vote the same way Kristi and I did.