Published on 03/06/02 at 03:32:21 PST by Webmaster
This election is the most important election that has come upon our nation in recent history and will effect not only our current economics but the planet we live on. I'm talking about the actual soil from which we take our food, the water that gives every organism its gift of life, the air that we...well, I am sure I don't have to tell everyone how important oxygen is to our existence. But wouldn't it be nice to have someone who actually cares about the quality of our one intangible lifesource. We need someone who will not be swayed by big business into compromising our environmental integrity. We cannot ignore this issue. Nor can we ignore the fact that we are dangerously close to losing the basis of our nation's greatness. The right to choose. The right to have a choice. Having a choice is something we cannot take for granted. This country was built on the fundamental idea that all humans should have a right to choose. Our history shows that it has been a great struggle to make that statement true. Why do we want to move backwards? If we take away a woman's right to have safe abortion, we are doing every American a disservice. If that right can be taken away, what other rights are we endangering? We must trust that the decision not to have a child is not a thoughtless one. That the women and men who are faced with the decision will make the right choice. It is our right inherently, the government protects that right and I think it is insulting, degrading and violating for anyone to tell a woman what she can do with her body. If there is any one reason why a woman should vote, it should be to protect her body.
And for the future of our children, the only way to ensure that not only our country, but our planet will be able to sustain their lives and the lives of their children, is to educate. Why not strive to be not just the strongest country, but the smartest? We must give every child an education that they can use. One that equips them not only academically, but gives them the ability to function as productive members of society. Taking the federal government out of education leaves education up to local means. Meaning the wealthy can take care of the wealthy and the poor are still left without resources. It is important that no child is left to fend for him or herself just because they are not privileged enough to live in an affluent area. We cannot make the quality of education an issue of class.
It is very difficult to state every concern in such a minimal amount of space and time, but as election day is literally upon us, it is clear that something must be done. I can only hope that by stating these few concerns, I will reach others who care about these issues and help them realize the importance of their vote. You absolutely make a difference. You must find a way to go out and vote on Tuesday. No matter what it takes. Vice President Al Gore has been an integral part of the success of our nation for the past eight years. He has proven himself on these issues. The environment has always been a priority, he vows to defend the rights of women, and his concerns for a valuable education are shown in his persistence to build and to nurture our public schools. We need an experienced leader. We must vote for the most qualified candidate, not for the guy you want to have a beer with.
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