principles? Can anyone lay out a clear outline of
his approach to the issues of our day?
On the Iraq war, on our
international relations, on homosexual marriage, on taxes,
on healthcare: he comes down firmly on both sides,
depending on the audience and the moment. On Monday
he's a soak-the-rich class-warfare Democrat, on Wednesday
the staunchest friend of small business. At the
Democrat convention he declares in favor of a strong
military and a strong American presence in the world.
Away from the cameras and microphones, he votes
consistently for unilateral disarmament, and turns thumbs
down on funding for every weapons system he sees. He
will do it all better than George Bush, but when put on
the spot in debate he declares that he's in agreement with
the president on security, Iraq, and marriage.
All his life he has done
what he later condemns others for doing: fighting in a war
and then declaring all his fellow soldiers war criminals.
Hobbling our intelligence, then condemning George Bush for
failing to detect and prevent 9/11. Slashing our
military power, then accusing the Pentagon of deploying
too few troops to Iraq. Smearing the president as a
tool of the robber barons, while paying half the tax rate,
on ten times the income, that his opponent pays.
Waving shotguns on the campaign trail while being a
steadfast friend of gun control in the Senate.
Decrying the "homophobia" of the Republicans, then
gay-baiting in the debates.
It's not duplicity, though
Kerry clearly has problems with the truth. And, the
"Flip-flop" label notwithstanding, it's not indecision or
vacillation. John Kerry really does have
convictions. He really has a clear policy.
It's just that the convictions and the policies all come
down to two words: John Kerry.
The Iraq war may be a brutal
folly, but when he's president he'll still pursue it.
It'll be okay though, 'cause John Kerry will be doing it.
France and Germany today have no intention of becoming
involved, but after the election they'll come on board
because John Kerry will be asking them. Stem-cell
research may be a generation or more away from producing a
cure for anything as serious as hangnails, but with Kerry
in office the lame will walk and the blind will see.
John Kerry doesn't have a
better plan, or even any plan. He doesn't believe
that he understands foreign policy, the economy, and
social issues better than George Bush. John Kerry
simply believes that he is a
better man than George Bush. His innate
superiority will naturally shine through and win the day,
even though he pursues the same policies as his
predecessor. His policy and guiding principle is
George Bush, whatever you
may think of him, clearly does not view himself as
superior to his fellow man. He believes his
principles and his vision for America are the right ones
because they are right,
not because they are his.
But John Kerry is convinced that he is better than George
Bush - and better than you and me. He simply knows
better than the rest of us. And no tyranny has ever
been as devastating as the tyranny of those who are doing
it for your own good.
Winston Churchill had an
expression for that kind of man. Watching the
insufferable socialist teetotaling prig Sir Stafford
Cripps go by, he quipped, "There but for the Grace of God