On Monday he insulted the troops in Iraq. On Tuesday, he stood before every media outlet in the country refusing to offer any kind of apology for his insult. On Wednesday, he drops a half-hearted comment on his website. Oh, to know what Thursday and Friday will bring.
John Kerry, the former presidential candidate and senator from Massachusetts just canâ€™t seem to stay away from saying really stupid things. He slights the greatest military force this world has ever known, at least since the Roman Empire and stands before the public bellowing, â€œI apologize to no one.â€ Then he slips a note onto his website that really isnâ€™t much of an apology. We really should cut Senator Kerry some slack you know. I mean, as the late Ann Richards once said, â€œHe canâ€™t help it. He was born with a silver foot in his mouth!â€
I will post the entire note from Senator Kerry at the end of this, but first, I have to take my shot at him.
I cannot believe that he would try to make a joke about the president without first having thought the thing through. He probably needs to find a new joke writer so that he doesnâ€™t make this mistake again. I heard today that he has cancelled several campaign appearances so that he doesnâ€™t become a â€œdistractionâ€ to the campaign issues at hand. God forbid that he get in the way of the media trying to squeeze out the last drops of blood from the Mark Foley scandal. I have also heard speculation that some are beginning to doubt his ability to be a formidable candidate in 2008. Thatâ€™s okay, the United States hasnâ€™t elected a senator to the presidency since so why should we change tradition now? Besides, Kennedy had help from his daddy. (Nixon doesnâ€™t count because he became vice-president under Eisenhower after being senator).
Of course, as Kerry was back-pedaling to get his foot out of his mouth, he attempted to rationalize his statement as a jab at President Bush. Of course he was implying that he was smarter than Bush â€“ after all, during the presidential run in 2004, he openly said, â€œI cannot believe I am losing to this idiot!â€ (Or was that Al Gore in 2000? Democrats say so many stupid things that it is hard to keep track of which foot is in which mouth). Would it be inappropriate to mention here that neither Kerry nor Gore had higher grades than Bush? You read that right. Bush had better grades in college than Kerry or Gore. In fact, of the four Dâ€™s Kerry received at Yale, one of them was in political science! The one D received by George Bush was in astronomy. Well, I guess Iâ€™m smarter in that arena: I got a B.
So, my point here is this: letâ€™s quit kvetching over who said what and who sent illicit instant messages to whom and how many Republicans does it take to beat the Democrats and which Democrat has his foot in his mouth and letâ€™s get back to the real issues in this election. Itâ€™s less than a week away and weâ€™re arguing over stupid stuff. The questions you have to ask yourself at the poll on Tuesday are:
1) Do you believe in securing our borders to prevent terrorists from coming and going freely?
2) Do you want your taxes to go up?
3) Do you believe in amnesty for 12 million illegal aliens in America?
4) Do you believe that America should extend Constitutional Rights to illegal aliens and unlawful enemy combatants?
5) Do you really want San Francisco values running this country with Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House?
6) Do you really believe Congress should waste valuable resources trying to impeach President Bush on trumped up charges?
7) Do you believe that we should stay in Iraq and finish the job?
You have to answer those questions yourself. I cannot answer them for you. These are the REAL ISSUES in the election coming up. If Democrats take over Congress, you will see illegal aliens running over the border like the water over the levee in New Orleans, your taxes will go up, 12 million illegal aliens will get amnesty, Constitutional Rights will be afforded to people who do not deserve them, San Francisco values will be running Washington, Nancy Pelosi will be Speaker of the House (and subsequently be two heartbeats from the Oval Office), President Bush will face impeachment and our troops will get yanked out of Iraq faster than Howard Dean can blow his bid for the White House.
If the Republicans keep control of Congress you will see illegal aliens stop running for the border, your taxes will not go up, illegal aliens have to be accountable for their actions, Constitutional Rights will be reserves for natural born and naturalized citizens of the United States, Nancy Pelosi will not be Speaker of the House and traditional values will reign, the president will not be impeached and our troops will be allowed to finish the job they started in Iraq.
As I promised, here is the â€œStatement of Senator John Kerryâ€ regarding his comments on Monday. I assure you that it is the entire statement. I have not edited any of it â€“ nor would I want to. You can decide for yourself if he is sincere or if he is bowing to political pressure. As for me, Iâ€™m outta here!
Statement of Senator John Kerry
As a combat veteran, I want to make it clear to anyone in uniform and to their loved ones: my poorly stated joke at a rally was not about, and never intended to refer to any troop.
I sincerely regret that my words were misinterpreted to wrongly imply anything negative about those in uniform, and I personally apologize to any service member, family member, or American who was offended.
It is clear the Republican Party would rather talk about anything but their failed security policy. I donâ€™t want my verbal slip to be a diversion from the real issues. I will continue to fight for a change of course to provide real security for our country, and a winning strategy for our troops.
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Copyright © 2010 D. E. Carson
John the Half-Hearted
Copyright © 2010 D. E. Carson
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