Friday, January 09, 2004

The Reverend John Kerry
A friend once told me that the reason he adopted the leftist view of things was that he felt it was a more nuanced viewpoint. To be honest, I couldn't think of a greater delusion, and after witnessing in person John Kerry's stump speech, nuanced is the last word I would choose to describe the Left.

The event was held at the Dover Elks and began normal enough. Fantastic chili was served up by the Special Interests, er, I mean local firefighter's union who have thrown their support to Sen. Kerry. Obviously, the downtime at the firehouse has been put to good use because the chili was superb. (I had three bowls). Then, after a not too brief delay, Sen. Kerry was announced to the packed house and did the handshake thing while wearing a down-home Carhardt outdoorsman's jacket (with courduroy collar). After a few thank yous to the various Special Interests, er, supporters who had set up the event, Sen. Kerry launched into his stump speech, instantly transforming the staid event into a religious revival - complete with fire and brimstone.

Seriously, for a moment there I thought I was listening to a version of Jerry Falwell. America is being destroyed by various forces. Instead of Hollywood it is Halliburton. Instead of Gays it is Guns. Instead of the sins of Spring Break it is the evil of tax breaks. Falwell thunders that our minds are being poisoned. Kerry drones that our water is. Falwell complains that God's Mission is uncompleted here on Earth. Kerry complains about the incomplete Mission Accomplished over in Iraq. My wife said that by her count the first 20 minutes of Kerry's speech was pure anger, with Kerry listing out a litany of evils committed by Bush. Bush has done this to you, Bush has done that to you. A lot of it was pure nonsense. Kerry said that the middle class did not benefit from the tax cut. But a quick look around the room revealed many parents who brought their kids. At $500 a pop in instant tax credits per child, I saw many families taking $500, $1000, $1500, $2000 instantly off their tax liability. How does Kerry's rhetoric square with that?

The parade of hate ended, which signaled for Kerry to take off his jacket and get more comfortable. A truck driver's change of gears moved the speech away from Bush hate and towards the more softer tone of frightening the elderly. Incomprehensibly, Kerry trashed the pharmaceutical companies and then virtually a second later said that as President he would get them a real prescription drug benefit. Hey guys, we hate you, but we love the products you make. I tell you though, it was fun to watch the gymnastics, Kerry's flips and flops, pirouettes and spins as he tried to cover up the glaring contradictions between his current anti-Iraq war rhetoric and statements he made barely more than a year ago.

My wife and I had heard enough. The angry politics of a man getting beaten in the polls by an even angrier man do not entice. Thanks for the tasty chili, Senator, but we're not buying your religion.


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