(PRWEB) October 15, 2004
Bruce Marshal, living in a Republican suburb of Pittsburgh, PA, is a conservative who has voted Republican in every election he could. Marshal has been following the presidential debates closely. After watching the vice presidential debate, he wrote RepublicansForKerry04.org: ÂJohn Edwards was refreshing, straightforward, and truthful. I may not agree with everything he says, but we can feel confident that he stands up for all American citizens. It was disturbing to watch Mr. Cheney, who to this day has not leveled with Americans about the realities in Iraq, nor has he been truthful about the reasons the United States went to war there. It is clear that during the debate he chose his words carefully; they were not truthful, but served only to support his [administrationÂs] actions.Â
Marshal wants Americans to trust the Republican party, but with Bush Americans are learning to distrust Republicans. Marshal told RepublicansForKerry04.org that decades ago he regarded Democrats as corrupt in their catering to the big labor unions. The Bush administrationÂs favoritism toward corporate interests, many of whom are political contributors, is far more disturbing Marshal suggested. ÂTheir self-serving and selfish short term profit-before-people policies are destroying the country that my father and uncles risked their lives for -- the country that and hundreds of thousands of our citizens died to save."
The debates have transformed Marshal from ÂAnybody but BushÂ to a full-fledged supporter of the Kerry/Edwards. He has even put a Â Republicans for KerryÂ bumper sticker on his car. ÂI donÂt like bumper stickers and I had never had one in my life,Â he said. ÂBut since these two debates, I have changed my positionÂ . I feel very good about my decision and my support for Kerry/Edwards.Â
ÂHere in ÂPleasant Valley SundayÂ suburban professional Wexford, those who think of themselves as ÂChristians,Â and those with white-collar jobs follow their leaders as was described in the book ÂA Nation of SheepÂ four decades ago,Â Marshal observed. ÂMany people will blindly follow the Republican Party mantra rather than risk social ostracism. Well, itÂs OK to be a Republican and not support Bush. ItÂs OK to be a Republican and support Kerry.Â
Marshal urges his fellow Republicans to take a close look at John KerryÂs policies and not trust 30-second sound bites. ÂIf you read KerryÂs plan you will learn that John Kerry is more Republican than Bush!Â Marshal asserted. ÂLike John Heinz, Nelson Rockefeller, Eisenhower, Abraham Lincoln, etc., Kerry is willing to accept responsibility for his actions. And most importantly, he has the courage to see the truth and to develop his plans for this country based on facts. That is the fundamental difference between Kerry/Edwards and Bush/Cheney. Therefore, the only honorable position for a Republican during this election is to support Kerry.Â
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