The following is a non-exhaustive list of what a John Kerry supporter might believe. Human life begins at conception, but so what?
John Kerry supports mainstream American values. John Kerry is liberal. John Kerry is not liberal -- he's conservative because he advocates reducing the budget deficit -- presumably through his nearly $1 trillion health care plan.
Marriage is between a man and a woman, but I'll be darned if public officials should do anything in their lawful exercise of power to preserve the institution of heterosexual marriage.
The definition of unilateral military action by the United States is the U.S. leading a coalition: 1) including Britain and almost 50 other nations; or 2) of every nation in the world, excluding the nation being attacked, Germany and France; or 3) any number of nations, but failing to secure the blessing of the United Nations.
Preemptive military action -- a first strike against a nation that is believed to constitute a threat to the U.S. -- is presumptuous, arrogant, reckless and irresponsible, even if the resulting military action also liberates the people of the target nation from tyranny and brutality. But unprovoked military action against a sovereign nation, such as Serbia, that couldn't possibly constitute a threat to the United States or its strategic interests is honorable and desirable.
The following were sufficient cause for Congress to authorize President Bush to lead a U.S. military action against Iraq when it was politically expedient to support such action, but the very same factors were insufficient cause to authorize such action when it became politically expedient later to oppose such action: Seventeen violated United Nations resolutions by Iraq; repeated breaches of its post-Gulf-War treaties; the delivery of a deceitful 12,000-page report concerning its required disposal of WMD it admittedly possessed and had previously used against its own people; its repeated defiance of weapons inspectors, the unanimous belief among the world's best intelligence agencies, French, British, Russian and American, that Saddam had or was rapidly developing stockpiles of WMD, that Iraq was supportive of terrorism and friendly with Al Qaeda, though the two hadn't signed and published a formal friendship pact.
Our invasion of Iraq was precipitated by neoconservative imperialists to project American power for its own sake and simultaneously by Dick Cheney to line his Halliburtonized pockets.
George Bush has exaggerated the terrorist threat. George Bush hasn't taken the terrorist threat seriously enough.