Republicans have said, over and over, that John Kerry is guilty of "flip-flopping" on the issues. Frankly, we could have done with a lot more "flip-flopping" from our most recent presidents. If Lyndon Johnson had "flip-flopped" and withdrawn our forces from Vietnam, the lives of 63,000 American troops and a million residents of Vietnam would have been spared. If Richard Nixon had "flip-flopped" and decided not to A-bomb Cambodia or blockade the economy of Chile, those nations could both have been spared life under brutal dictatorships. If Ronald Reagan had "flip-flopped" on his Central American policies, the people of El Salvador and Guatemala would not have lived in mortal fear of government death squads and the people of Nicaragua would not have faced the choice of voting out their government or continuing to face Pentagon trained terrorists.
We have had enough leaders like George W. Bush who would rather cause endless suffering and endless war, rather than admit they could ever be wrong. We need a president who will listen to reason. Who will put morality and humanity before his own ego.
A man like John Kerry, who asks "how do you ask a man to be the last to die for a mistake?" And that is why I will cast my vote for John Kerry for president.
Kenneth R. Burch
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