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Bush choice pick for first-graders
I was surprised to see the editorial section of the Seattle Times last
Sunday, Oct. 22, endorsing George W. Bush for president. I must say,
after reading the commentary, who wouldn't vote for Bush? They laid
out a clear and convincing argument in favor of the candidate with lots
of words like integrity and civility, bipartisanship, trust and
Contrast that with commentary describing Al Gore (words like
bureaucratic, attack, hunger to win at any cost, contrivance and the need to
reach to government for all solutions) and it's hard to find a way to like, if
not vote, for Mr. Gore.
The first-graders of Snoqualmie Elementary School agree
wholeheartedly. My son's class voted 16 to 2 in favor of Governor Bush. The
reasons were a little fuzzy, but I gather that these little ones are wise beyond
their years. Here is what my son listed as his reasons for casting his vote
1. His daddy was president. Although this may sound silly to an
adult, in the heart and mind of a 6-year-old this is the ultimate compliment one
can pass on to his father. Children look up to their fathers. They know how
to read, they know how to drive a car and they can fix just about any toy
that breaks on Christmas Day.
2. He comes from a very big state. (The information pamphlet that
the school handed out showed a map of the United States with the state
of Texas colored in for Bush and the itty-bitty District of Columbia colored
in for Gore). To a child, size means everything.
3. He has a dog named Spot. I reminded my son that Mr. Gore also
has dogs, but my son quickly retorted, "Yeah, but their names are Daisy
4. He doesn't lie. Now this one bothered me. What possibly can
a first-grader be hearing through the news media or over the dinner
table? I asked for an example and my son replied, "He said he invented
the Internet, and he didn't. That's wrong." It is wrong. It's not exactly what
Gore said, but close enough for a 6-year-old.
5. And the best reason: My little boy like elephants much more
If you think about it doesn't his reasoning make a lot of sense?
Governor Bush understands what the family of a president goes through and
will be much more careful to make sure his actions will make his family
proud. He has twice been elected by a populous and diverse state. He has
governed well and has many accomplishments of which to be proud.
He's down-to-earth, more like us it's funny what a dog's name shows
about a person. And he's honest, at least more so than the other guy. I
won't address the elephant issue it's just too cute for words.
I hope this helps anyone still struggling over their decision on
Election Day. For those of you who still support Mr. Gore, I can't wish you
success, but may I offer an alternative? Mr. Nader is still looking for a