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RE: Re E-M:/ Re: Why John Kerry . . . Kucinich is the best candidate for Michig...

Enviro-Mich message from "Kei" <kei@comcast.net>

I respect that people are going to vote for candidates that truly represent
them. I've always done that in the past. I am supporting Dean in this
election and for the first time, I am supporting a candidates who would not
normally be my first choice. I think Kucinich has great ideas and he is the
only true pacifist among them. Truth be told, if I were to vote my true
"colors" I'd probably vote "green".  

However, once we are done debating the ethics of voting for someone who may
not be your first choice, we need to realize that this election may be the
most important we've seen in our lives. 

I don't believe that this is the election to make protest votes, or votes of

I agree with a previous point made that we have to nominate someone who is
going to be able to compete with Bush. I think Kerry could hold his own, but
I happen to think Dean is the person who can give Bush the best competition.
He has been painted liberal, but he truly isn't as liberal as some of the
other candidates. For example; he has a 100% rating by the NRA. (Not
normally something I would say he should be proud of, but they are a *large*
group and he isn't actually seeking their endorsement.) If nominated, I know
his campaign will make the point that he is not *so* liberal loud and clear.
If you combine this with his energy and ability to encite people to action,
I believe his momentum would be unstoppable. Additionally, aside, from
Kucinich, Dean appears to me, to be the most sincere, trustworthy candidate
out there. He wears his heart on his sleeve. I like that.

Thanks again for your time.

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-enviro-mich@great-lakes.net
[mailto:owner-enviro-mich@great-lakes.net] On Behalf Of Link, Terry
Sent: Tuesday, January 27, 2004 2:45 PM
To: enviro-mich@superior.great-lakes.net
Subject: FW: Re E-M:/ Re: Why John Kerry . . . Kucinich is the best
candidate for Michig...

To all my environmentally conscious state citizens and friends, let us not
forget that war is perhaps the greatest scourge of the environment, not only
did we scorch the earth in much of Iraq, leave it poisoned, etc. but the
amount of money used to forge violence on the planet is an environmental
catastrophe. In Donella Meadows piece she wrote in 1990 and published in
Whole Earth Review, she shows that if the took 1990 data and collapsed the
world to a village of 1,000 people there would be $3 million budget for
everything. $181,000 of that would go to weapons and warfare. The cost of
the war thus far is $100,000,000,000!!!!!!! That is money that could be
cleaning water, producing energy from renewable resources, paying farmers a
fair living for growing food without pesticides, etc. So while you can have
politicians defending the planet at one level they can be destroying it at
another. This is one huge costly mistake for the environment. Not to mention
the 500+ Americans soldiers who have died, the thousands more seriously
injured, the thousands of Iraqi civilians dead, maimed, left homeless.

While I'll likely support any of them (except Lieberman) vs. Bush, the
environment is connected to the other issues in fundamental ways. If you
read Kucinich's stuff and look at his record, he is clearly more committed
to the worldview I connect with. Too bad the media covers the horse race and
doesn't give equal time to the ideas of the candidates. We don't necessarily
need Kucinich or Dean or Kerry or anyone else, we just need their ideas put
into play. At this stage, I'm voting for Kucinich to get his ideas heard.

Terry Link 
You can't wring your hands and roll up your sleeves at the same time. 
-----Original Message----- 
From: KWinch5940@aol.com [mailto:KWinch5940@aol.com] 
Sent: Tuesday, January 27, 2004 11:59 AM 
To: enviro-mich@great-lakes.net 
Subject: Re E-M:/ Re: Why John Kerry . . . Kucinich is the best candidate
for Michig... 
..... BUT ... to best protect Michigan's environment - and not to mention
the whole country's (and in a global sense, too) ... the Dems need someone
who can beat Bush, and, really ... I don't think Dean (and definitely not
Kucinich) has a proverbial snowball's chance ...

The other crucial thing - here in Michigan and elsewhere - is that an
informed electorate get out and *vote*. 


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