The whole theme of the Democratic National Convention was to show the party’s “moderate” side in order to convince swing voters of Kerry’s readiness for the office of the Presidency. But the overall theme of the convention, culminating in an insult-riddled acceptance speech from Kerry, was again the common Bush-bashing message that conservatives have grown so used to these past few years.
Lets catalogue the veiled and not-so-veiled slaps at President Bush and his administration:
“I will be a commander in chief who will never mislead us into war. I will have a Vice President who will not conduct secret meetings with polluters to rewrite our environmental laws. I will have a Secretary of Defense who will listen to the best advice of our military leaders. And I will appoint an Attorney General who actually upholds the Constitution of the United States.” [Slap, slap, slap... Very positive message already, don't you think?]
“Remember the hours after September 11th, when we came together as one to answer the attack against our homeland. We drew strength when our firefighters ran up the stairs and risked their lives, so that others might live. When rescuers rushed into smoke and fire at the Pentagon. When the men and women of Flight 93 sacrificed themselves to save our nation’s Capitol. When flags were hanging from front porches all across America, and strangers became friends. It was the worst day we have ever seen, but it brought out the best in all of us. ” [How shameful for Kerry to exploit 9/11 for political purposes!]
“Saying there are weapons of mass destruction in Iraq doesn’t make it so. Saying we can fight a war on the cheap doesn’t make it so. And proclaiming mission accomplished certainly doesn’t make it so.” [Never mind the fact that Kerry was saying the same thing about Iraq at least three years before President Bush took office.]
“As President, I will ask hard questions and demand hard evidence. I will immediately reform the intelligence system – so policy is guided by facts, and facts are never distorted by politics. And as President, I will bring back this nation’s time-honored tradition: the United States of America never goes to war because we want to, we only go to war because we have to.” [After being one of those principally responsible for tearing the intelligence system down in the first place, I wonder how well he'll do at rebuilding it. As for the time-honored tradition of going to war "because we have to" as opposed to going to war "because we want to," perhaps he should have a chat with Bill Clinton.]
“As President, I will wage this war with the lessons I learned in war. Before you go to battle, you have to be able to look a parent in the eye and truthfully say: ‘I tried everything possible to avoid sending your son or daughter into harm’s way. But we had no choice. We had to protect the American people, fundamental American values from a threat that was real and imminent.’ So lesson one, this is the only justification for going to war.” [Which is, for the most part, what he said when he voted to authorize military action against Saddam, but lets not dwell on that too much, right?]
“I know what we have to do in Iraq. We need a President who has the credibility to bring our allies to our side and share the burden, reduce the cost to American taxpayers, and reduce the risk to American soldiers. That’s the right way to get the job done and bring our troops home.
Here is the reality: that won’t happen until we have a president who restores America’s respect and leadership — so we don’t have to go it alone in the world.
And we need to rebuild our alliances, so we can get the terrorists before they get us.” [First of all, please note that there have been no additional terrorist attacks in the US since 9/11. Such a dramatic turnaround that Kerry has even implied in some of his campaign speeches that Bush is over-emphasizing the threat from terrorists. Democrats have continuously implied that we went to war without a coalition. While the coalition was somewhat different from the original Gulf War, there are many countries with troops now serving in Iraq, so why does Kerry insist that France must be a part of the coalition for it to be legitimate? As for restoring respect for for America's leadership, Kerry could have helped with that all along but chose instead to tear down President Bush and foster a lack of respect. If people in other nations see partisan politics in our own country on these kinds of issues, it will of course cast doubt on what we are doing. The laugh-riot of this quote, of course, is the fact that what Kerry will do if he becomes President is no different from what we are already doing. But it sure does sound good on paper, doesn't it?]
“I will never hesitate to use force when it is required. Any attack will be met with a swift and certain response. I will never give any nation or international institution a veto over our national security. And I will build a stronger American military.” [So, in other words, you will do exactly what President Bush has already done.]
“As President, I will fight a smarter, more effective war on terror. We will deploy every tool in our arsenal: our economic as well as our military might; our principles as well as our firepower.” [And this is different from what the President has already done in what way?]
“In these dangerous days there is a right way and a wrong way to be strong. Strength is more than tough words. After decades of experience in national security, I know the reach of our power and I know the power of our ideals.” [First of all, the quote "Strength is more than tough words," applies directly to Kerry since all he has given us are "tough words" with no strength behind them. Secondly, please give us one law or policy which you have written that shows the depth of your foreign policy/national security experience.]
“We need to make America once again a beacon in the world. We need to be looked up to and not just feared.” [I think fear is a good start. If bin Laden had been more afraid of us, as opposed to contemptuous, 9/11 would never have happened.]
“We need to lead a global effort against nuclear proliferation – to keep the most dangerous weapons in the world out of the most dangerous hands in the world.” [Well, you and Bill Clinton had your chance with North Korea and blew that. In the 90's, while Pakistani scientists were conferring with nations like Iran, North Korea, and others and spreading knowledge on the production of nuclear weapons, where were you and Bill Clinton? Bush has done more to deter nuclear proliferation in three years than you have in 19.]
“We need a strong military and we need to lead strong alliances. And then, with confidence and determination, we will be able to tell the terrorists: You will lose and we will win. The future doesn’t belong to fear; it belongs to freedom.” [Who is "we" Kimosabe? President Bush has been there, done that already.]
“And the front lines of this battle are not just far away – they’re right here on our shores, at our airports, and potentially in any town or city. Today, our national security begins with homeland security.” [Then you support the Patriot Act, correct?]
“The 9-11 Commission has given us a path to follow, endorsed by Democrats, Republicans, and the 9-11 families.” [Also endorsed by President Bush, who has urged swift implementation of their resolutions.]
“As President, I will not evade or equivocate…” [As opposed to the way you evaded and equivocated on Iraq, and Afghanistan, and the Soviet Union, and North Korea?]
“I will immediately implement the recommendations of that commission. [You mean, all by yourself, without congress? Sounds very "unilateral" to me. Even President Bush knows that this is up to congress." Are you going to ban congress first then implement the resolutions as you see fit?]
“We shouldn’t be letting ninety-five percent of container ships come into our ports without ever being physically inspected. [Agreed, why haven't you and the other in congress taken care of this already?" Perhaps it would have been easier to do if you hadn't missed almost 70% of Senate votes this year. You pass the law, the President will sign it.]
“We shouldn’t be leaving our nuclear and chemical plants without enough protection. And we shouldn’t be opening firehouses in Baghdad and closing them down in the United States of America.” [Interesting shift here. Before, you were saying "schools" not "firehouses." Why the shift? Perhaps because you realize that we don't close public schools here in the US, even the ones that should have been closed long ago. As for protecting chemical plants, et. al, you pass the law, the President will sign it, or have you been away from congress so long that you've forgotten the process?]
“And tonight, we have an important message for those who question the patriotism of Americans who offer a better direction for our country. Before wrapping themselves in the flag and shutting their eyes and ears to the truth, they should remember what America is really all about. They should remember the great idea of freedom for which so many have given their lives. Our purpose now is to reclaim democracy itself. We are here to affirm that when Americans stand up and speak their minds and say America can do better, that is not a challenge to patriotism; it is the heart and soul of patriotism.” [Name one instance where this has happened. If you call Americans "stupid" as the liberal hero Michael Moore has done, or you call Americans "murderers," "rapists," and "criminals," as you did year ago before congress, then, yes, we'll question your patriotism. And our right to question your patriotism for such accusation is also "the heart and soul of patriotism."]
“My fellow citizens, elections are about choices. And choices are about values. In the end, it’s not just policies and programs that matter; the president who sits at that desk must be guided by principle.” [It's good that you believe this since, after 19 years in congress, you have no policies or programs to your name. As for your principles, I would love to know what they are. But then again, perhaps they are too "nuanced" for us average people.]
“You don’t value families by kicking kids out of after school programs and taking cops off our streets, so that Enron can get another tax break.” [It was the Clinton Adminstration that gave Enron the tax break. Bush, on the other hand, had the Enron criminals handcuffed and put in jail. Just thought you should know.]
“You don’t value families if you force them to take up a collection to buy body armor for a son or daughter in the service…” [What despicable person would do such a thing? Oh, thats right, you did that when you voted against the 87 billion for the funding of our troops in Iraq!]
“I want an America that relies on its own ingenuity and innovation – not the Saudi royal family.” [Well, I'm sure the Saudi royal family will appreciate that sentiment. One concrete step you could take, perhaps, is to stop voting against attempts to use our own natural resources. Just a suggestion.]
“I want to address these next words directly to President George W. Bush: In the weeks ahead, let’s be optimists, not just opponents. Let’s build unity in the American family, not angry division. Let’s honor this nation’s diversity; let’s respect one another…[Here's the real message behind this message: "Mr. President, I've just pummelled you mercilessly on everything from the economy to the war on terror, calling you and your administration, in effect, cowards, warmongers, arrogant, and a host of other names, but please don't treat me as I've just treated you."]
“And let me say it plainly: in that cause, and in this campaign, we welcome people of faith. America is not us and them…” [As opposed to what Kerry, Senator Edwards, and every speaker at this convention has been telling you now for the past three decades.]
“That is the kind of America I will lead as President – an America where we are all in the same boat.” [As Commander-in-Chief will you also do what you claim was done by yourself and all your fellow servicemen and women in Viet Nam? Burn villages, rape women, cut off limbs, and commit all manner of other atrocities that you STILL claim today happened then? I think the American people should know the answer to that question before it comes time to vote.]
I’ve gone on at length, but the message here is very simple, Kerry claims that strength is more than “tough words.” Guess what, so is leadership! As a leader, all I’ve seen from Kerry is tough words, and even then, he’ll abandon those tough words as soon as it’s politically expedient.
Kerry issued very tough words on Iraq for years, but then retracted them when it came time to fund the troops who were tasked with bringing peace to Iraq. He did that, not because of any objections he had over the funding, but because, at the time Howard Dean was killing him in the polls and so Kerry desperately moved to the left to try and win back his failing support.
This is why Americans typically distrust Washington politicians who run for President, they are just too damned political in everything they say and do. Kerry is the epitome of a Washington politician, a man who has flipped and flopped his way through 19 years of congressional service, yet who has so little to show for that service that he spends 50% or more of his time talking about his Viet Nam service from 30 years ago.
The loony left seems to be in full control of the Democratic Party at this point. What will happen when they lose in November? I shudder to think.