2000-10-14 / Columnists

Failte…By James Conway Sullivan

As I sit at my computer, I try to answer a question that many people have posed to me – "What’s the story with this election? Why should I vote? What difference does it make?" I answer, of course, the future path of our nation is at stake and our own personal futures as well. Well, what does it mean? What does it come down to?

It comes down to a number of very important things, namely taxes (I believe that American taxpayers need and deserve a dramatic tax cut – a la Bush). We have the largest surplus in history and it’s our money – not the governments. Bush will ensure this, Gore will spend it on well intentioned government schemes.

On the partial birth abortion controversy – the Republican Congress passed a ban, Clinton vetoed it, so will Gore. Bush will sign it into law. If you think it’s correct and right to partially deliver a living human being, and then suck out its brains on the operating table, you should vote for Gore. He’s so embedded with the feminists – he’s your man! It seems all these limousine liberals have compassion for whales, forests, the poor….except human babies!

Our military needs some morale boosting and a firm leader, as well as some incentives, etc. Bush has pledged to make this his cause.

Affirmative action and racial quotas – Gore is talking the talk again, reciting the liberal mantra on this topic. Bush is opposed.

Both candidates have pledged to assist the Irish peace process, although the Republican platform is a better one, and more in depth.

Bush is strongly for school vouchers and aid to non-public schools. Gore is strongly opposed.

My only touch of wariness on Bush is what he will do concerning organized labor. Neither candidate has addressed this topic in depth. But, we do know Gore is strongly pro-union, even if the "Look for the Union Label" song was not a lullaby sang to Al as he claims. In fact, it wasn’t written until he was 26 years of age. Why does he always have to overdo it and invent stuff continuously?

As long as we have a Republican Congress and Alan Greenspan heads the Federal Reserve, whoever the president is can’t do too much damage – witness Clinton.

But this year, I intend to vote my beliefs – from top to bottom. Usually, I split my ticket, occasionally voting for local Democrats, like Audrey, whose views I oppose but who does a reasonably good job representing us. This year, the liberals will not get my vote – not Audrey, not Hillary, etc. I will vote my conscience.

This is an important crossroads election for the new century. We can’t start being overtaxed, killing off non-public schools, and with a morally bankrupt government policy.

We need candidates that will empower families – all families and all types. It might not be what everyone is used to, but times are changing!

So, I intend to vote for George Bush-Dick Cheney, Rick Lazio, and locally a fine candidate – Anthony Stasi. I hope you join me!

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