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Many election analysts seem to agree that President Bush won because of the moral vote. I'm puzzled by this, since the basis for my vote for John Kerry was moral. Not unlike many of the Bush supporters, I trace my moral beliefs to a religious upbringing. I was taught, among other things, that love is the greatest gift; that we are to love our neighbors and our enemies; to judge not; to leave vengeance up to God; and to walk humbly.

For me, this translates into opposing war and destruction, supporting quality education for rich and poor children alike, universal access to affordable health care, living-wage jobs and respect for the environment. Morally, I could not bring myself to vote for the man whose record does not reflect any of these beliefs. Certainly Kerry voters are at least as moral as Bush voters.

Ellen T. Kennedy


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