Count on John Kerry to clarify the Democrat's stance on the military. Here it is:
John Kerry's words beg so many questions. He has contempt for the military--that much is clear. I wonder what, exactly, he did over in Vietnam, what guilt and shame he carries with him into his civilian life. Did he go to Vietnam for the express purpose of undermining the military forever? Is he that calculated?
Most people who have experienced war, come back quite certain that war is hell. Many come back ambivalent. Some come back and decide that pacifism is the only way. Some come back and hate war and become timid when power is need. Colin Powell comes to mind in the last instance.
It seems to me that in this too-smart world, that there is no justifiable use for force if you're a Progressive. The Democrats seem to believe that it is unfair that America is the lone super power. I always felt that Clinton giving away the secrets to the Chinese was about leveling the playing field--making things fair. In Clinton's case, he looked conflicted and pained every time he attempted a salute. He just couldn't do it. The military made him queasy. The military after all symbolizes a line in the sand--this side is right, this side is wrong. That is very uncomfortable for relativist, secular intellectuals.
Where there is no morality, or the morality is skewed to what feels fair, it can make sense that all people should have access to what American's have access to. If we are decimated by nuclear weapons in the hands of psychopaths--well, it's our own damn fault for making them to begin with. We're lucky to have survived this long. Nuclear weapons are dangerous. (Not crazy people wielding nuclear weapons are dangerous.)
This moral equivalence will be the West's suicide. I shudder to imagine what the world would look like with a President like Kerry in charge.
A note: I tried to find the Kerry clip on YouTube, went to Instapundit where he had just posted on it and then found it via Gateway Pundit. Gateway Pundit also has the statistics about today's military recruits. Don't confuse Kerry with the facts, though. He wants to lie and make it seem like urban kids make up the military. Nope, it's the children of the conservative suburban and rural voters who make up the military you ungrateful snob.
For his part, Glenn Reynolds says this about Kerry's unconscionable remarks:
Kerry's suggestion that the troops in Iraq are dumb failures is not only reprehensible, but false on the facts. In other words, a typical Kerry performance, just in time for the elections. Democrats must be wondering what they were thinking to nominate him in 2004, and why he won't go away now.He also notes a release from John McCain's office:
The suggestion that only the least educated Americans would agree to serve in the military and fight in Iraq, is an insult to every soldier serving in combat, and should deeply offend any American with an ounce of appreciation for what they suffer and risk so that the rest of us can sleep more comfortably at night. Without them, we wouldn't live in a country where people securely possess all their God-given rights, including the right to express insensitive, ill-considered and uninformed remarks.Ace says: Report for Duty, Idiots!
Michelle Malkin has more, including great letters from the dumbbells serving our country.
Betsy has a perspective about Kerry. Plus, she investigates other bad Democrat behavior.
On a related note, Dr. Santy proposes how to win, even when you lose. The Democrats and Press are employing the full court press. Will it work?
UPDATE: For those who think that Kerry's babbling was a "little nothing", Glenn Reynolds has more of a round-up. You know, the longer I think about it, the angrier I get. The man has absolutely no shame. The thing is, he's not alone in his opinion that anyone deciding to be a soldier is an uneducated hayseed deluded by some misplaced American sentimentalism.
That's really it, isn't it? America isn't worth fighting for, those over in Iraq aren't fighting for America's interests, if only everyone was as smart as me (John F. Kerry), we'd be a socialist nation like France trying to stop "youths" from burning the suburbs--at least we'd have paid paternity leave and six weeks of paid vacation. Oh, and we'd speak French. Je suis tres intelligente, tu es tres stupide les Etas Unis.
While most Democrats were convinced, CONVINCED!, that the Republicans would not vote Republican because they're hate-filled homophobes so repulsed by Mark Foley's ill-advised IMs, what they miss is the real offensive stench in Washington: a whole political class who put politics and power before everything. They put it before principle (I thought they loved gay people), before family (callously calling out Cheney's daughter), before Country (undermining the war and the soldiers). They have no shame and no conscience.
The moderate, conservative Democrats are crying tonight. They don't deserve a vote and here's why: Democratic leaders like John Kerry would ostensibly lead our country if enough of the conservative Democrats win. A little advice for guys like Ford: move to another state and become a Republican. You'll get in and you'll make a positive difference.
UPDATED II: LaShawn Barber thinks this is much ado about nothing. She stands by her words, which are these:
Think about it, people. Do you really believe that John Kerry, a war veteran, thinks American troops are dumb or would say so publicly during a war in the midst of an election cycle? When I first heard about his remarks, I knew instinctively that he couldn’t have meant that. And I can’t stand the man!
Calm down. Get a grip. Take a pill. Blog about something that makes sense. Kerry’s mangled remarks aren’t worth it, in my view. So you rally your readers against him and enjoy the thrill of yet another blog swarm. But it’s based on nothing.
Are there any voices of reason on the Right???Well, I stand by mine. I see her point. I just respectfully disagree. No one gave Mel Gibson a moments peace when he uttered offensive words under the influence of serious liquor. Rightly so. The reason? "Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks." Had Gibson not made a film where people suspected he was anti-semitic he might have received more leeway, but many people feel that his words revealed his true feelings on the matter. Likewise, Kerry has undermined the soldiers multiple times over the years. Lots of people have a sneaking suspicion that he not only dislikes America's presence in Iraq, he dislikes soldiers no matter what the war.
I heard the remarks, too, and realized Kerry was trying in his dopey way to make a joke. He thought it would play well with a friendly crowd. Even the remark he was supposed to say is offensive:
Enough already! Enough bashing the President and the half of the country who voted for him. Enough of bashing the military who supports the President. Enough! I think Kerry's ad-lib was exactly what he intended to say.
“I can’t overstress the importance of a great education. Do you know where you end up if you don’t study, if you aren’t smart, if you’re intellectually lazy? You end up getting us stuck in a war in Iraq.”
Either way, I agree with LaShawn on this: He needs to apologize and if he had quickly said, "It was a gaffe and stupid" it would have died faster. Also, if the press had given this the same attention to Kerry, it gives Republican's verbal missteps, maybe people would dismiss it as "nothing". Given the hostile environment these days, the imbalance in media, it makes for the imbalanced reactions LaShawn sees in the comments at her blog.