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The Tentacle


August 2, 2004

Dems in Boston: Bored at Home, Asleep Abroad

John P. Snyder

It was H.L. Mencken who observed that, "The most grasping of all politicians is the war veteran." He may have had a futuristic vision of John F. Kerry when he made the assertion.

Ironic, is it not, that Senator Kerry and his buddies wrap themselves in the American flag, the same flag they were happy to burn half a lifetime ago.

Most war veterans, especially the ones that saw difficult combat, are loathe to discuss it publicly. Those with dignity and decorum speak of it only when prodded and begged. Not John Kerry. He can barely say hello without mentioning it.

While we should all honor his service and bravery under fire, we should then question his positions and votes during his 20-year stint in the U.S. Senate.

John Kerry is now 60 years old. His acceptance speech covered, ad nauseam, every detail, save the anti-war activities, up until he was 24. A large black hole exists, a record that would not instill trust in the war on terror. Trust me, he insists, I served in Vietnam. So did 3.5 million other Americans. Few served less than 4 months. Fewer carried around a 35mm Bell and Howell home movie camera to recreate his travels.

His acceptance speech covered all of the liberal contradictions including unending support of the environment, which itself includes protection for all animals while, at the same time, reaffirming support for the abortion of unborn humans. He railed about dividing America and then proceeded to pledge to raise taxes on the rich.

And, of course, Democrats don't want to tamper with the Constitution to define marriage. They were hoping to do so with the Equal Rights Amendment back in the 70s. And Senator Kerry pleaded with President Bush to take the high road during the campaign after he all but called the President a Nazi.

His war veteran routine is meant to cover a lifetime of liberal appeasement. His record indicates an amazing ability to adapt the rhetoric of America's enemies. From advocating the nuclear freeze, to decimating the CIA, to his support for communists in Central America, he not only has been wrong - consistently wrong.

It's up to Mr. Kerry and his surrogates in the media to convince the rest of us he can be trusted to lead our nation in a very difficult time. I have little faith in that proposition, myself. I believe he would rather have the U.N. defend us.

God help us.



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