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Dick Palmer: Your vote willdetermine ourcourse of action

Have you ever had the feeling that enough is enough? Have you ever wanted to scream out a window or throw something? Have you ever had a terrible headache with no aspirin in the house?...

Have you ever had the feeling that enough is enough? Have you ever wanted to scream out a window or throw something? Have you ever had a terrible headache with no aspirin in the house?

Well I'll tell you, friends, I'm there right now, and Nov. 2 can't come fast enough for me. I am exhausted with this election battle, and although I have been in the political trenches myself a time or two, this presidential campaign has fragmented our society well beyond reason and logic. (The following represents my views and does not reflect the editorial opinion of this newspaper.)

I have seen a serious hatred develop between Republican and Democratic followers, a hatred that goes well beyond reason. How else can you explain that many, many people will vote Tuesday for John Kerry, not because they like him or even respect him. They will be voting against George Bush. Kerry, in my judgment, is a lightweight who does not have a distinctive record to tote during his past 20 years in the U.S. Senate. He has "double- talked" his way through this campaign, contradicting himself time and time again.

Last week, Kerry went goose hunting just to show his macho and alleged support of the 2nd Amendment of our Constitution. He says he shot a goose and my question is, what are the odds he actually ate it? If the gall of this candidate can get away with such foolishness, God help us if he actually wins.

The game being played here is "power," not compassion or devotion to our great American dream.

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Power represents control, and the political party in control generally has the winning hand when real issues of importance are laid on the government poker table. It has always been that way in our political system since the days of George Washington, and it is a system that generally works because deep down, the American voters always have the opportunity to draw the winning hand during the elective process.

This campaign has been different. We have a personality fight going on here between two individuals, Kerry and Bush. Both have political track records to be reviewed, dissected and reflected upon. The problem is, Kerry's track record isn't even mentioned. It is all about Bush and how he got us into a war and how our national deficit is growing by leaps and bounds. Kerry, on the other hand, has never seen a tax increase he didn't like.

Sept. 11, 2001, is a date we will remember for a long, long time. This attack was planned and fine-tuned long before George Bush took office. In fact, the seizure of the american embassy in Teheran in 1979 triggered more as Americans were frequently killed throughout the Middle East. We are at war with terrorism worldwide and now is not the time to change our leadership. There is much at stake.

Good luck this coming Tuesday.

Dick Palmer is the former editor and publisher of the Budgeteer News. He may be reached by telephone at 729-6470 or by

e-mail at rpalmer@duluth.com .

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