Saturday, November 20, 2004

A letter to John Kerry 

For what it's worth:

Dear Mr. Kerry, I supported you for president of the United States. However, I am deeply disappointed with your actions post election. In your video statement posted on your campaign web site regarding health care for children , you make reference to the post election vote count, when you say, and I quote, "...once all of the votes are counted, and believe me they will be counted" This is a bizarre statement in and of itself, given that you have done little to make sure every vote is being counted. Ken Blackwell, Secretary of State of Ohio, has had his way in terms of delaying the recount with not a peep from you on this, Mr. Kerry. Besides, I never trust anyone who says, "Believe me..." Why should I believe you Mr. Kerry? If you were actually doing the work, you wouldn't have to ask us to believe you; you would be doing the work. I don't hear Beverly Harris asking, "Believe me". She simply does the work, and reports it to us.

So yes, the video and memo appear self-serving. It is a no lose issue for you, Mr. Kerry. You will introduce the legislation on health care for children, and it will likely fail, but you will look like a hero fighting for it. You appear to be moving to consolidate your support for another run. In the meantime...Mr. Kerry, are the votes being counted? Really? You make a statement in the video in support of a reformed election process. If you believe in this post election, Mr. Kerry, why not indicate what exactly is bothering you about this election, Mr. Kerry? Here is your statement from the video: Regardless of the outcome of this election, once all of the votes are counted, and believe me, they will be counted, we will continue to challenge this administration. This is not a time for democrats to retreat and accomodate extremists on critical principals. It is time to stand firm. I'm going to fight for national standards for federal elections, standards that have both transparency and accountability in our voting system. It is unacceptable in the U.S.of A. that people still don't have full confidence in the integrity of the voting process. I ask you to join me in this cause. It is time to stand firm now, and commit your resources to making sure all of the votes are counted, Mr. Kerry, in Ohio, and insure that anomalies are investigated in Florida and elsewhere. If not now when, Mr. Kerry? You know, when you introduce legislation to reform the election process, Mr. Kerry, "they" are going to ask you why you didn't challenge the process directly, if you think it needs reforming, when you had a chance. One the one hand, you ask us to stand firm against extremists, yet what happened to your army of lawyers on the day after the election? Did you turn your boat to face the "enemy"? In what must be a period of evaluation for you, are you realizing just how smart your "enemy" is? Time is running out Mr. Kerry. We only have our democracy to lose.