Kerry Was Criticized For All The Wrong Reasons

With 2 days to go before the American electorate heads to the polls for this year’s midterms, let’s talk about John Kerry’s comment last week.
 
Here is exactly what he said on October 30th at the Pasadena City College in Pasadena, California while rallying Democratic supporters at a campaign stop for Democratic California Gubernatorial candidate Phil Angelides:
 
“Education, you know, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.”
 
One of Senator Kerry’s aides told CNN that he was supposed to say this instead:
 
“I can’t overstress the importance of a great education. Do you know where you end up if you don’t study, if you aren’t smart, if you’re intellectually lazy? You end up getting us stuck in a war in Iraq.”
 
It is so painfully obvious he was criticizing President Bush that it makes me sick how the media has misrepresented what he said.  Many are claiming that he badmouthed the American military which is not true.  (Even Republicans like Dick Armey said he didn’t do that.)  Kerry at first resisted the calls for an apology, then ended up making one anyway when he realized the controversy wasn’t going away until he put it to bed. 
 
The Toronto Sun Editorial Board in today’s editorial didn’t believe Kerry’s explanation calling it “lame”, even though it’s the truth, a concept they continue to be allergic to.
 
They further called it a “smug smear”, which is hilarious considering Kerry is a veteran who volunteered willingly and served honourably in Vietnam even though, philosophically, he was against it even before he agreed to join the fight!  Can you say that about the current American President? 
 
As for the remark, it was criticized for all the wrong reasons.  Kerry has supported the war in Iraq, a stupid, needless quagmire, from the beginning, even though he has rightfully criticized the way it’s been waged.  During the 2004 Presidential campaign, when asked if he would still support the war if he had known all along there were no weapons of mass destruction to be found there, he said yes, which was a ridiculous answer.  No wonder he didn’t win.
 
He has a lot of nerve criticizing Bush for being an educational slacker when they both graduated Yale with relatively the same grade average.  Kerry graduated with a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in 1966 with an underwhelming average of 76%.  Bush graduated two years later, possesses the same degree and had an equally unimpressive average of 77%.  Is it really smart in the dying hours of an important election cycle to criticize President Bush in the manner Kerry did when, upon closer scrunity, it exposed him as a hypocrite? 
 
It is the most frustrating thing about Kerry, whom I otherwise admire.  He’ll say and do things that make you scratch your head sometimes, like that duck hunting photo-op just before the 2004 election or not immediately fight back against the awful smears about his war record that Republicans should be ashamed about. 
 
Let’s hope voters are smart enough to know that Kerry’s remark, as stupid, ill-conceived and hypocritical as it was, is not a good enough reason to keep the corrupt, dangerous Republicans in power.  The status quo must change.
 
Dennis Earl
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Sunday, November 5, 2006
4:05 p.m.
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