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What the polls don't show

News reports show the Presidential race to be close, based on polling people who are likely to vote. In pivotal states, those polls show Bush with a narrow lead.

What the polls don't measure or show is the POQ (pronounced "pock" -- hey I coined the term so I can say it how I want) or pissed-off quotient of the electorate that favors each candidate.

I claim that Kerry supports have a higher POQ than Bush supporters, because there is so much more about which to be pissed-off (I tried to avoid ending that sentence with a preposition, but failed miserably). The Kerry supporters' increased POQ will cause them on election day to vote both in higher numbers and more forcefully.

Higher numbers of course translate into more votes for Kerry. The greater force exerted in the voting process will obliterate any hanging chad thus causing their ballots to be counted more faithfully (except in the state of Florida, where Bush is already declared the winner).

I count myself among the POQ, and here's why. What kind of a role model is Bush? Consider:

  • If you are hit by person (or distributed radical force) "T" then it's OK to retaliate by hitting person (or country) "I", especially if "I" has some history of nastiness anyway, and might possess weapon "MD", which could link "I" to "T".
  • If you discover that "I" has no weapon "MD", and that you hit them erroneously, then it's OK not to acknowledge this mistake or injustice.
  • If in hitting "I" you don't really hit them yourself, but instead send over an insufficient number of lesser people, and many of those people die because of your miscalculation, then that's OK too and you still haven't done anything wrong.
  • When your personal record of service is questioned, it's OK to hide behind insults to those who question you, and pretend they don't deserve the truth.

Don't get me wrong. I believe in some of the things Republicans espouse: smaller government, less government intrusion into liberty and daily life. It's not that a Republican can't be a good president. But first he or she has to be a good person. Good people admit when they've done something wrong and they take steps to correct the injustice.

We as a country have made mistakes, and we admit we are not perfect. We do believe we have the best ideas about how to work toward perfection, and I'm proud (make that damn proud) to be a part of that process.


I got this in an email. It's pretty funny :)

Posted by: Ro at September 27, 2004 10:41 AM

You're just saying this because you're anti-American and don't support our troops. By voting against Bush, you are bringing down the morale of our soldiers overseas and causing us to lose the war.

Good grief, how does anyone believe this stuff?

Posted by: Chris Hill Festival at September 28, 2004 9:51 PM

I may be anti-pasto and pro-valogne, but only Ann Coulter has the right to call me anti American. Her latest book just slithered onto the bookshelves, according to Al Franken.

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