Thursday, November 02, 2006

Two Things about How John Kerry Is Dealing with His Latest Mess...

Read about this picture here. It's related to the latest gaff from a politician, John Kerry in this case. There are two things (at least) which bother me about the way John Kerry has backpeddled out of this misstep.

At first I was willing to give Kerry the benefit of the doubt -- because we all mix-up our words at times. And leaving only one or two words out a sentence can definitely change the meaning of what was said. But, I've come to believe that this actually is how he feels, that he sees the military as the place where kids go in order to clean-up their lives, get out of trouble, do something other than further their education in college or university.

Why? Check out this story. This message about his view of the military is a consistent theme of his.

"'A volunteer army would be an army of the poor and the black and the brown'... " -- Kerry, in 1972

The second thing that bothers me with the way Senator Kerry has handled his "mistake" is this. Do you member when former senator Trent Lott was forced to step down from the Senate for saying something offensive? Who was the first political leader (read: that's using the word, "leader" loosely) to call for Lott's resignation? Yep, it was John Kerry.

Can you image someone with this view of the military controlling the military? Thanks to Ohio, back in 2004, we weren't subjected to that scenario.



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