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Would You Take Back Your 2004 Vote?

A scant 30 days stand between now and Election Day, but there's still time to change your mind about who to vote for. But I'm dying to know whether or not you would change the vote you cast four years ago. Since hindsight is 20-20, tell me, are you happy with the person you wanted to be president these last four years, or do you have voter's remorse?

If your answer is "yes," I'd love to know what made you make that shift. Was it one specific event? What are you doing to make sure your 2008 vote is a keeper?


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CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I voted for Bush Twice, and do not regret either vote.
melizzle melizzle 8 years
2004. The year of *excellent* choices. Bleh...
PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 8 years
I wouldn't take my vote back, I voted for Kerry and I feel that people don't give him enough credit.
sonya-ina sonya-ina 8 years
I didn't vote in the last election even though I was of age [runs and hides]. Though, I am definitely making up for that this time around.
rabidmoon rabidmoon 8 years
Blaming either Bush Jr. or Clinton for 9/11 is failing to examine the historical evidence fully. In fact the groundwork was in place during Bush SENIOR's administration. Drugs as well as anti-Soviet sentiment played a role. YOUR government gave money to the Taliban. Pre-Clinton. In May of 2001, the Bush Administration gifted the Taliban with $43 million. The move by the White House, sorely criticized by columnist Robert Scheer in the May 22, 2001 Los Angeles Times, was an alleged reward by the U.S. for the Taliban's destruction of Afghan opium crops in February. Subsequently, the U.S. government rushed to align itself with a Pakistani regime that sustains itself by, and derives liquid currency from, the drug trade. The result of that was that opium production would most likely begin to blossom again in Afghanistan - under U.S./CIA control. The obvious suggestion here is that the U.S., directly or indirectly, helped to fund the WTC attacks. Further, the relationship between Bin Laden's family and the Bush family stretches back DECADES. "We should revisit the history of BCCI, a bank used by the legendary Palestinian terrorist known as Abu Nidal. BCCI was closely tied to American and Pakistan intelligence. Its clients included the Afghan rebels, and the father of Osama bin Laden. The father of bin Laden named Houston investment broker James R. Bath as his business representative in Texas, right after George W. Bush's father became CIA director in 1976." - Professor John Metzger of Michigan State University Mr. Metzger continues: "By 1977, Bath invested $50,000 into junior's first business, Arbusto Energy, while Osama bin Laden would soon become a CIA asset. George W. Bush's FBI director Robert Mueller was part of the Justice Department's questionable investigation of BCCI. (On BCCI, the bin Ladens, and the Bushes, see the books, The Outlaw Bank, A Full Service Bank, and Fortunate Son)." Further details of the business and financial relationships between the Bush and bin Laden family are found in Peter Brewton's 1992 book The Mafia, CIA and George Bush. BCCI, incidentally, was founded by a Pakistani. " No president in office had a CLOSER relationship with BIN LADEN's family than Bush Senior.
Melo-D Melo-D 8 years
I will never take back or apologize for my vote for Kerry. I do think the problems with voting are issues that must be resolved this election b/c honestly if people do not have their right to vote fairly, someone will pay. All I know is that my vote for this year is secured. I know who's covered in prayer and trust the man of God assigned to him.
em1282 em1282 8 years
Thanks for the info about Clinton to everyone who posted info. Interesting stuff and definitely educational. I still hold it ain't one person's fault...definitely not Clinton's. I've done my best to give Bush the benefit of the doubt for the last 8 years, even though I never would have voted for him, but hey, maybe it's time to stop doing that since people give Clinton such a hard time... ;)
stephley stephley 8 years
That's incorrect. Read the book by the author of the memo. Read the findings of the 9/11 Commission. Clinton understood the terrorist threat, may have made wrong decisions regarding how to deal with it. You feel he missed an assassination opportunity, because of a U.S. law, but he did bomb terrorist camps in Afghanistan in an attempt to cripple Bin Laden. He read the memos. Nine months into his administration, Bush still didn't consider the threat important enough to discuss with his terrorism czar and didn't read the Bin Laden Determined to Strike in the U.S. memo. You realize of course, that you're still doing that 'everybody does it' or 'he did it too' thing. That is totally incompatible with belief in personal responsibility.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
I'm off to bed. Good night everyone. :wave:
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
"Bush had a chance to try and stop bin Laden, but didn't bother to read the memo." Neither did Clinton, but Clinton was getting that memo for 3 years.
stephley stephley 8 years
That's childish, no one said that. But Bush had a chance to try and stop bin Laden, but didn't bother to read the memo. He was beating the Taliban in Afghanistan, then decided he'd rather fight in Iraq. Bush had the military far more firmly on his side than Clinton ever did, he had the world on his side briefly after 9/11, he's claimed more power than most presidents have had and as he enjoyed Republican congresses for most of his two terms, he got away with it. If you voted for him twice and you're proud of it, fine. If you voted for him twice and feel he might have been a good president had he not followed Bill Clinton, you're in denial about what has happened in the past eight years and why.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
Yeah - OK, I get it. Clinton did nothing wrong, and the terrorists concocted the idea for 9/11 and got guys through flight school in 8 months. That's much more reasonable.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
It's not like he got up one morning and went hmmmm, "Fight the terrorists, or have tryst with intern? Terrorists, intern, terrorists...intern!" I'll agree with that. It was more like "Screw the military, do an intern, screw the military."
stephley stephley 8 years
That page at least has numbers Haus thanks. No point in arguing readiness because we disagree on basic needs and what we should be ready for. Dave, you really have to stop blaming Clinton for everything that went wrong with Bush. It's unseemly at best and it's ridiculous when you look at the list of problems we've had under Bush. The only way Clinton could protected GWB from getting us into the messes he did would have been to lock Bush out of the White House.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
Thanks, I think. ;)
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
don't worry dave, you're just a man... far from perfect ;)
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
Yeah - What the heck happened to the rest of my post???
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
i think whats important to realize is that its not just about number, its about readiness and what clinton did in such huge reductions is effect the readiness of the military to the point where it was nearly completely ineffective for the missions. of course we could argue that forever too
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
steph try -
stephley stephley 8 years
That link takes me to a yahoo search page with a bunch of listings, and I couldn't find one that had these numbers. Maybe you just typed them in wrong Dave - 14,000?
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
I can give you the website I got those stats from if you would like Stephley. It is: http://www /wgbh/pages /frontline/shows/pentagon/maps/6.html
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
the clinton cuts were closer to 30% of the military... which doesn't sound bad but they cut the spending by 50% and the military was on heavy deployment. you can say what you want about bush, but at least he gives the military money to be able to have sufficient readiness for deployment.
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
Steph - I did catch it, but not until the convo had already moved on so I didn't think it was worth bringing up again. I didn't see that quote from TH, thanks for that. I still don't like her, but at least I doubt her insincerity now.
stephley stephley 8 years
I'm late to this so I'll just quickly note: "What was the size of the military in 1992? 95,000. What was the size by 2001? 14,000." Undave's claim that U.S. military forces dropped from 95,000 to 14,000 is totally and completely incorrect - such a ridiculous claim that I'm surprised Haus didn't catch it. And Teresa Heinz explained her name in 2004 - the press called her Teresa Heinz Kerry for clarity sake: "My legal name is still Teresa Heinz. Teresa Heinz Kerry is my name... (only) for politics. Just so people don't ask me questions about so and so is so and so's wife or this and that. Teresa Heinz is what I've been all my growing-up life, adult life, more than any other name. And it's the name of my boys, you know?...So, that's my legal name and that's my office name, my Pittsburgh name."
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