Republican voters ? enough is enough - Rob Felt

"It's absolutely essential that eight weeks from today, on Nov. 2, we make the right choice, because if we make the wrong choice then the danger is that we'll get hit again and we'll be hit in a way that will be devastating from the standpoint of the United States." ?Vice President Dick Cheney during a campaign speech in Iowa on Sept. 7.

What? Did you really just? what? A vote for Kerry is a vote for terrorism?

Too much, friends, far too much. Lines have just been crossed. Absurd levels have been reached. Sound the alarm! All hands on deck!

Attention Republican voters n do not vote for these people! I repeat, do not vote for these people!

Understanding that you're Republicans, and you want Republican leadership, please consider for just a moment that you'll be voting not only to elect members of your party this fall, but also these members of your party.

Take the blinders off, man. Is this who you want representing you? Of all Republicans in the universe you're happy with Bush and Cheney? Without suggesting you vote for a Democrat or a third party candidate, would you consider another option?

Don't vote for anyone.

They aren't exactly a Dream Team, are they? Take an honest moment to yourself and admit something that will make you feel better n you like Bush because he's a Republican, not because he's the most effective leader in the history of the Union.

Ouch! Considering the "Anybody but Bush" Democratic rhetoric that Republicans have besmirched, it hurts to admit that you're doing the exact same thing. How about "Anybody but a Democrat," especially a flip-flopping liberal from Massachusetts?

As a side note, let's talk about what it means to flip-flop, as they say. Kerry volunteered to serve in Vietnam, went there and saw what was happening, then returned and spoke out against the war. Kerry voted for a resolution that could authorize the president to use force, after all measures had been exhausted, and is now speaking out against the decision to invade Iraq.

What do we have here? Kerry is someone who, after having been through a situation, comes out on the other side with a different conclusion based on his experience. He learned something and changed his mind based on new facts. Is that really a problem?

Does being steadfast and resolute have any value if you're wrong?

A week ago, for one short afternoon, I thought Bush had come to peace with some more realistic goals for his War on Terror. It was a refreshing moment. Here was our president, facing the cold stare of reality and reassessing the situation.

"I don't think you can win it. But I think you can create conditions so that those who use terror as a tool are less acceptable in parts of the world. Let's put it that way," President George Bush said in an interview that aired Aug. 30 on NBC's "Today" show.

He can put it however he wants to, he's the president. The next day he took advantage of that privilege to correct that statement and prove that he's no flip-flopper.

"Make no mistake about it, we are winning and we will win." n President George Bush at the 86th annual convention of the American Legion, the next day.

Now stay home out there and don't vote!

Rob Felt is the photographer for the Daily Herald. He can be reached at (770) 957-9161 or via e-mail at rfelt@henryherald.com .