Identifying The Good Guys
Notes for election fence-sitters

The fact that you're here means that you're part of an ever-shrinking minority, one of the few people who haven't taken a firm position on the race for President of the United States.

That's a good thing. It means you haven't jumped on a whim to support one candidate or the other because of his stand on one or two issues; you're looking at the "big picture". It means you're not taking the words of either candidate at face value, but looking for truth that will transcends words.

I'm only going to offer one thought. It's not advice; advice would recommend one choice over the other. It's just something to think about to help you to decide how to cast your vote.

Sometimes you can tell who the good guys are by watching their actions. Unfortunately, in this case that's not helpful for you, or you'd have decided who to vote for by now. Let me then suggest that you take the opposite tack; figure out who the bad guys are by watching their actions, and figure out who the good guys are by ignoring the bad guys.

More often than not, if you see a pattern of violence from one side, they're the bad guys. They're the ones who can't make their side rise above the other through merit, so they try to make the other side fall by violence and intimidation. It is nearly always true that the side that resorts to violence has no other method for achieving its goal. They cannot make good things happen for their side, so they make bad things happen to the other side.

Whenever there is a difference of beliefs, reasonable men can agree to reasonably disagree. It follows that those who resort to violence in an attempt to force their beliefs on others, or to stop others from expressing their beliefs, are not reasonable men. They do not believe in free speech; they want you to know that they will hurt you to stop you from exercising your rights to free speech.

When there are a few incidents among a very large group, such as a political party, it's hard to blame the entire group. But when violence is frequent and widespread, it becomes a policy rather than an aberration. It becomes an indication that the violent side believes it cannot reasonably persuade others to their beliefs, but instead must use force and intimidation to deter others from exercising their rights as citizens of the United States of America.

Thousands of years ago, ancient philosophers taught that one can distinguish the good guys from the bad guys by their actions. That advice still holds true. The bad guys are running organized attempts to disrupt and to harm their opponents, to frighten people like you so that you won't vote for the good guys. When you make your choice, try not to give them what they want.

Timeline Of Protests, Violence and Vandalism Against Bush-Cheney '04 And Republican Party

October 15, 2004: Bullet Placed Upright Outside The Door Of Littleton, New Hampshire, Victory 2004 Headquarters.

October 15, 2004: Broken Piece Of Ply-Board Thrown At The Glass Window/Door Of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Republican Party Headquarters.

October 14, 2004: Potato Guns Fired At St. Paul, Minnesota, Victory 2004 Headquarters.

October 13, 2004: A Kerry Supporter Caught Stealing A Bush Sign In Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Pulled A Knife On The Signs Owner And Was Arrested. (Linda Redeffer, "Cape Man Claims He Was Threatened At Political Rally," Southeast Missourian, 10/16/04)

October 13, 2004: Window Smashed At Laconia, New Hampshire, Victory 2004 Headquarters.

October 13, 2004: Signs Ripped Down At Nashua, New Hampshire, Victory 2004 Headquarters; Perpetrators Swore At Headquarters Staff When They Tried To Replace The Signs.

October 13, 2004: Walls And Windows Of York, Pennsylvania, Victory 2004 Headquarters Vandalized With Pro-Kerry Spray-Paint And Signs Outside Destroyed.

October 11, 2004: Windows Broken, Petty Cash Stolen And Computers Tampered With In Burglary At Spokane, Washington Victory 2004 Headquarters. (David Postman, "President Bush's Campaign Office In Spokane Burglarized, Vandalized," The Seattle Times, 10/11/04)

October 11, 2004: Missouri Yard Signs Shredded With A Knife, Burnt And Discarded Behind A Building.

October 10, 2004: Threatening Note Found On Elderly Veteran's Bush-Cheney '04 Yard Sign In Ballwin, Missouri, Saying "You Vote For Bush, Then Later Down The Road You Die," Adding "You Will Burn In The After Life For The Suffering And Pain That Your Vote Will Cause Me."

October 10, 2004: Office Windows Broken And Field Director's Laptop Bag and Purse Stolen In Burglary At Canton, Ohio Victory Center. (Edd Pritchard, "Campaign Office Burgled Sunday," Canton Repository, 10/12/04)

October 9, 2004: Raleigh, North Carolina Supporter Had Several Bush-Cheney '04 Yard Signs Stolen On Separate Occasions Culminating In Attempted Arson Of Her Car.

October 9, 2004: Bush-Cheney Signs Near Vail, Colorado, Cut In Half And Burned In Ransacking. (Matt Zalaznick, Op-Ed, Welcome To The Tea Party, Vail [CO] Daily, 10/9/04)

October 9, 2004: Oxnard, California, Support Placing Bush-Cheney '04 Yard Signs Knocked Down And Had All Her Signs Stolen.

October 6, 2004: Organized Protest At Westmoreland, Pennsylvania Victory 2004 Headquarters, Protesters Entered Headquarters Premises. (Matthew Junker, "Protester Disrupts Kerry Rally," Tribune-Review, 10/7/04)

October 5, 2004: Protestors Storm, Ransack Bush-Cheney Headquarters In Orlando, Florida. "Local 6 News reported that several people from the group of 100 Orlando protestors face possible assault charges after the group forced their way inside the Republican headquarters office. While in the building, some of the protestors drew horns and a mustache on a poster of President George W. Bush and poured piles of letters in the office, according to the report." ("Protestors Storm, Ransack Bush-Cheney Headquarters In Orlando," Local 6 News, 10/5/04)

October 5, 2004: Organized Protests At Bush-Cheney '04 And Victory Headquarters In: Albuquerque, New Mexico (Protesters Entered The Bush-Cheney '04 Headquarters Premises)

Canton, Ohio (Protesters Attempted To Enter The Victory 2004 Headquarters Premises)

Dayton, Ohio (Protesters Attempted To Enter The Victory 2004 Headquarters Premises)

Columbus, Ohio (Protesters Attempted To Enter The Bush-Cheney '04 Headquarters Premises)

Charleston, West Virginia ("Business Briefs," Charleston [West Virginia] Gazette, 10/6/04)

Kansas City, Missouri (Protesters Entered The Victory 2004 Headquarters Premises)

Des Moines, Iowa ("Union Protestors March On GOP Headquarters," KCCI 8,, Accessed 10/12/04)

Concord, New Hampshire Dearborn, Michigan (Protesters Entered The Victory 2004 Headquarters Premises) (Chris Christoff, Dawson Bell And Patricia Montemurri, "Citizens Get Into The Mix Of Campaign Clashing," Detroit Free Press, 10/6/04)

Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Protesters Entered The Victory 2004 Headquarters Premises) (Greg Pierce, "Inside Politics," The Washington Times, 10/7/04)

St. Paul, Minnesota (Protesters Entered The Bush-Cheney '04 Headquarters Premises) (Patricia Lopez, "Protesters Raise A Ruckus At GOP Office," [Minneapolis, MN] Star Tribune, 10/6/04)

Tampa, Florida (Protesters Entered The Victory 2004 Headquarters Premises) (Jim Stratton, "Protesters Alarm Bush Campaign Workers," Orlando Sentinel, 10/6/04)

Miami, Florida (Protesters Entered The Bush-Cheney '04 Headquarters Premises) (Jim Stratton, "Protesters Alarm Bush Campaign Workers," Orlando Sentinel, 10/6/04)

Warren, Ohio (Protesters Attempted To Enter The Victory 2004 Headquarters Premises)

West Allis, Wisconsin (Protesters Entered Wisconsin Party Headquarters Premises) ("WisPolitics: Protestors Storm GOP Victory Center In West Allis,", 10/6/04, , Accessed 10/6/04)

Westmoreland, Pennsylvania (Protesters Entered The Victory 2004 Headquarters Premises) (Dan Majors, "Hethinks They Doth Protest Too Much," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 10/7/04)

October 5, 2004: Gun Shot Fired Into Knoxville, Tennessee Victory-Bush Headquarters. "Gunshots shattered the plate-glass front doors of a local Bush-Cheney campaign headquarters Tuesday morning before volunteers reported to work. Police believe someone pulled up to the Kingston Pike Shopping Center storefront of Bush-Cheney Victory 2004 and began firing." (Duncan Mansfield, "Shots Fired At Knoxville Bush-Cheney Office; No One Hurt," The Associated Press, 10/5/04)

October 3, 2004: Burglary at Thousand Oaks, California Victory 2004 Headquarters Where A Bush-Cheney '04 Banner Was Stolen From Outside The Premises.

October 2, 2004: Collinsville, OH, Resident Chains Down Bush-Cheney Signs After Several Signs Stolen And One Was Replaced With Kerry Sign. (Bush-Cheney Signs Going Missing In Collinsville, The Associated Press, 10/2/04)

October 1, 2004: Swastika Burned Into Grass On Bush-Cheney Supporter's Lawn In Madison, WI. ("Swastika Burned Into Grass On Bush-Cheney Supporter's Lawn," WISC-TV Website, 10/1/04, , Accessed 10/12/04)

October 1, 2004: Laptops Of Executive And Field Director Stolen From Bush-Cheney '04 Headquarters In Seattle, Washington. "Three computers loaded with confidential campaign plans were reported stolen early yesterday in a burglary at President Bush's Washington state campaign headquarters. Someone threw a rock through a window of the campaign's office in a suburban business park, taking laptops belonging to key campaign workers from the desk of the Bush campaign's state director, Bellevue police and Republican Party officials said." (David Postman And Ashley Bach, "3 Computers Are Stolen From Bush Campaign Office," The Seattle Times, 10/7/04)

September 28, 2004: Vandalism Against Springfield, Missouri Victory 2004 Headquarters Where Perpetrators Broke Bottles And Spit On The Headquarters And Wrote The Anarchy Symbol On The Sidewalk With Chalk

September 22, 2004: West Elmira, New York, Resident Found Swastika Drawn On Bush Campaign Sign In His Yard. (John P. Cleary, "Swastika On Bush Sign Troubles Resident," [Elmira, NY] Star-Gazette, 9/23/04)

September 13, 2004: Swastika Drawn On Lawn Of Duluth Resident, Whose Signs Were Defaced With Words "Nazi" And "Liar." (Mark Stodghill, "Campaign Vandalism Increases," Duluth News-Tribune, 9/14/04)

September 10, 2004: West Virginia Victory Field Director's Car Tires Slashed Again And Note Left His Windshield Stating "Go Home Or Die."

September 4, 2004: West Virginia Victory Field Director's Car Tires Slashed.

September 3, 2004: Windows Broken, Anti-Bush Messages Scrawled At Gallatin County Republican Headquarters. "The headquarters of the Gallatin County Republicans was vandalized early Friday morning in a crime one Republican called an 'act of terror.' An unknown vandal or vandals spray-painted peace signs on the windows and anti-Bush messages on the outside walls. A rock was thrown through a double-paned window next to the main entrance to the building, and the front door was coated with eggs and possibly cottage cheese." (Walt Williams, "GOP Headquarters Vandalized In Political Protest," Bozeman [Montana] Daily Chronicle, 9/4/04)

September 2, 2004: Gun Shot Fired Into Huntington, West Virginia Headquarters. "The Secret Service was contacted Friday to help investigate a shot fired at the Cabell County Republican headquarters in Huntington. Supporters of President Bush had gathered at the 4th Avenue headquarters Thursday night to watch the president accept his party's nomination. About two minutes into the speech, someone fired a shot through the front window of the building." ("Few Leads In Shooting At GOP HQ,", 9/2/04)

September 1, 2004: Bullet Hole Found In Front Of Miami, Florida, Bush-Cheney '04 Headquarters.

July 31, 2004: Windows Again Broken At Morgantown, West Virginia Headquarters.

July 2, 2004: Windows Broken At Morgantown, West Virginia Headquarters.