Wednesday, April 21, 2004

John Kerry, Monday Morning Quarterback

John Kerry is an angry man. John Kerry is a man on a mission. John Kerry knows what has to be done and by golly, he’s going to do it.

At least according to John Kerry.

John Kerry believes he knows why America is despised. He knows why people are out of work. He knows why the President went to war with Iraq.
He knows. He’s said so himself. "Never has the United States of America been held in as low a regard internationally as we are today. We're not trusted, and this administration is not liked." Stressing that failure in Iraq was not an option, Kerry vowed to return multilateralism to U.S. foreign policy because "it is not weakness, it is strength and we need a president who understands how to reach out to other countries."Furthermore, Kerry is quoted in a Washington Post article saying, “And everything [President Bush] did in Iraq, he’s going to try to persuade people it has to do with terror, even though everybody here knows that it has nothing whatsoever to do with al Qaeda and everything to do with an agenda that they had preset, determined. That’s where they're going to go.”

What we have here is a Senator who is not pleased. Here’s more, “Today, the President continued to mislead the public about the war in Iraq when he said that he ‘had a choice to make after Saddam Hussein once again refused to disarm’ during an appearance in North Carolina. … But the president has already admitted that there was nothing to disarm when he was on Meet The Press …”

Get the idea? And that’s just what he says about Iraq! There are other topics Sen. Kerry has issues with as well. According to the Senator, President Bush lied to us, only cares about the very wealthy, has made us the most hated country in the world, put 3 million people out of work and has turned his back on students.


I’m amazed that Congress hasn’t tried the President for treason! Lock him up and throw away the key. No wonder America so hated. And what is the cause of all this despair? Yep. President George W. Bush.

And just what does the Senator propose we do about all this? Do not re-elect him. That’s it. Nothing more. Get rid of the root cause, that’s all. Just pull a Donald Trump and fire him, then we’ll be all better.

At least according to John Kerry.

There are, of course two problems with this premise. He’s wrong and he’s dreaming. John Kerry reminds me of a football fan who is upset because his team didn’t win by 40 points. They played well and they beat the team they were expected to beat, but they didn’t win as big as he would have if he were the coach. He is quick to tell everyone what the team did wrong and point out all it’s perceived failings and exclaims, “I’d have beaten ‘em by 50 points if I were the coach”!

Kerry is wrong because the President didn’t lie. He, along with the UN and the Clinton Administration all believed the intelligence that President based his decisions on was accurate. In addition, during his State of the Union address in January 2003, The President said, “Some have said we must not act until the threat is imminent. Since when have terrorists and tyrants announced their intentions, politely putting us on notice before they strike? If this threat is permitted to fully and suddenly emerge, all actions, all words, and all recriminations would come too late. Trusting in the sanity and restraint of Saddam Hussein is not a strategy, and it is not an option”. This was the basis for the war. Furthermore, the U.N. Security Council had threatened to attack Saddam if he continued to flaunt the resolutions they had passed. Of course, the Security Council backed down when push came to shove but we later found out why (private deals between Iraq and “certain allies” that would allow them to profit from Saddam staying in power).

Furthermore, Kerry is wrong about the very wealthy as well. According to the Urban Brookings Tax Policy Center, “the fraction of the total tax burden falling on the richest 5 percent is actually higher - after Bush's tax cuts — than it was before.” And he’s wrong about the 3,000,000 Americans who’ve lost their jobs as well. The U.S. economy is a cyclical cycle. While Kerry laments the jobs lost, he conveniently ignores the jobs created. .

This is very typical of today’s Democratic Party. Instead of “Take Back America”, their motto really should be “Take THAT America”. The objective of the leftist movement is not jobs, not Iraq and not the economy. It’s one simple principle, BUSH IS BAD! It doesn’t matter that we are in a very justified war against very real enemies or that unemployment is at a level lower than in many years. It doesn’t matter that President Bush has done more for spreading democracy around the World than any leader since Ronald Reagan won the Cold War and it doesn’t matter that 33 countries have supported us and are part of a real coalition of allies. But mostly, it doesn’t matter that President George W. Bush is the only candidate who recognizes that the war we are waging requires new understanding of the realities in the world. No, the only thing that matters to John Kerry and his cohorts is “what can I do to get elected”.

Yet this is not the scariest part. If Kerry has his way, this country would be in serious danger. Take for instance the angry football fan. If, say he bought the team and decided to run things his way (known as the Dan Snyder Effect), his team would not only NOT win 40-0, but would more than likely start LOSING by that score. Just because wants to make a change in the Presidency, it doesn’t mean it would be change for the better. That’s why I believe Mr. Kerry is delusional.

I have read Mr. Kerry’s policies and they can be summed up in three ways. #1; George Bush is bad, #2; we should change everything he is doing, even though his policies are working, and #3; Just because certain policies have been proven to be ineffective time and time again, let’s do them again. Want to bring peace to the Middle East, let’s make sure that the U.N. is on board first because we know that they have AMERICA’S best interest in mind. Want to stop the flow of foreign jobs overseas? Reform taxation is the ways to go. And this does not even count the many issues that Mr. Kerry has held conflicting views on (“I actually did vote for the $87 billion before I voted against it”).

The war against terror cannot be placed in the hands of people like John Kerry. His policies are flawed and his message is hypocritical. In the last 35 years, America has suffered from a “Vietnam Syndrome” and we have forgotten lessons of the many generations before us. This is not a war fought in a far off place that means little to the average Joe. We were attacked on our own soil by Islamofacists whose intent is to destroy the very freedoms that we hold so dear. This is a new era and a new war. Were the ‘90s great? Sure, in some ways. It’s always great while you’re living in denial of the things that are happening in the real world.

John Kerry wants to return to that world. George Bush knows that world only exists dreams. It looks like the armchair quarterback needs to calm down and let the pros handle the job.

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