I found the debate tonight much more interesting than the last one. The audience members asked some tough questions most of which were not the usual crap that’s mulled and mashed through the media all the time.
The debate also brought into sharp focus why I’m not voting for Bush. I’ll admit that I would vote for Bush over Kerry if the only issues involved were economics and healthcare. But when Bush said “I don’t think the Patriot Act abridges your rights at all,” any goodwill he had garnered by saying he would never support government run healthcare was immediately sent awash.
This election is tough for me because, generally, economic policy is the make or break issue for me. However, I believe the Patriot Act to be absolutely wrong and a threat to my civil and constitutional rights. Additionally, I cannot in good conscience vote for anyone that would favor a constitutional amendment discriminating against an entire group of people.
My favorite Kerry quote of the night:
I can’t take what is an article of faith for me and legislate it for someone who doesn’t share that article of faith, whether they be agnostic, atheist, Jew, Protestant, whatever. I can’t do that.