Come on! We're children of revolution
August 18, 2004
Here' s a thought, Iranian- Americans should consider casting
their vote for Ralph Nader this election year. So what if he has
a slim to none chance of winning? This is probably the only vote
that you can make that actually counts: a protest vote.
the electoral college will make sure it doesn't mess with Kerry's
(or Bush's) chances of victory (unless you're in a swing state).
So why don't we, as a community, make a point that we will not
idly stand by as this "war on terror" inches closer and
closer to Iran? Come on! We're children of revolution- this is
nothing near radical for us.
Let's think about it for a second. Yes, Bush is a Republican
and Kerry is Democrat. Hmmm.....as a person from the Middle- East,
this is as far as the differences may actually go. Bush attacked
Iraq, Kerry voted in support of it. Bush wants to send more troops,
so does Kerry.
Bush wanted the Patriot Act, Kerry helped pass it.
Bush wants to increase the war on terror, what a surprise, but
so does Kerry! And what's the war on terror? It's the war on
the axis of evil....and well, I hope you see where I'm going with
(hint: Iran is part of this axis). Kerry doesn't seem like a
real alternative if the above are the issues that matter the most
Iranian-Americans need to be politically active and have a voice-
a voice that is distinct from the rest of America- because the
war is being waged against us and our neighbors in the Middle East.
Iran is not immune from the "terrorism fever:"
happens to be conveniently sandwhiched between Iraq and Afghanistan,
we are being accused of developing nuclear weapons, and we call
America the "Great Satan." If that's not reason enough
for a pre- emptive strike, then I apologize for my simple ways
of thinking and I must have somehow misunderstood the whole "let's
bomb iraq cos we think they've got WMDs and Saddam is evil" campaign.
I know that I'd rather cast a vote
in favor of someone, than against someone- isn't that what democracy
and choice is all about?
Come on, only about ten to fifteen percent of the Iranian-American
population votes, but we all complain about politics. Let's stop
being too cool, and get out and vote. I know you've got some disgruntled
grandparents and Aunts and Amoos who would be very happy to vote
for Nader if they knew about him. Just think about it.
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