Tuesday, October 12, 2004

JFKerry - A Close Look

The New York Times Magazine recently featured a very long article on senator Kerry, and brought to light some interesting insights into the man. First, when asked how 9/11 changed him...

When I asked Kerry how Sept. 11 had changed him, either personally or politically, he seemed to freeze for a moment.
"It accelerated--" He paused. "I mean, it didn't change me much at all. It just sort of accelerated, confirmed in me, the urgency of doing the things I thought we needed to be doing. I mean, to me, it wasn't as transformational as it was a kind of anger, a frustration and an urgency that we weren't doing the kinds of things necessary to prevent it and to deal with it."
It didn't really change him much at all? Three thousand Americans murdered in one terrorist action, the evil of Islamic extremism brought right to our shores, and he isn't changed much at all? On September 11th everything changed. The terrorists were in this country, trained and prepared here, and struck here. Kerry says he visited Ground Zero twice in the days following the attack. How could that not fundamentally change someone?

A more telling insight into Kerry's view of terrorism is this comment...
When I asked Kerry what it would take for Americans to feel safe again, he displayed a much less apocalyptic worldview. ''We have to get back to the place we were, where terrorists are not the focus of our lives, but they're a nuisance,'' Kerry said. ''As a former law-enforcement person, I know we're never going to end prostitution. We're never going to end illegal gambling. But we're going to reduce it, organized crime, to a level where it isn't on the rise. It isn't threatening people's lives every day, and fundamentally, it's something that you continue to fight, but it's not threatening the fabric of your life.''
A nuisance? Telemarker calls are a nuisance. Killing three thousand Americans on a Tuesday morning in September is an act of war that needs to be dealt with smartly and decisively. At what point does Kerry think it becomes a nuisance? When only 50 people are killed? Or a hundred? I certainly hope the Republicans make political hay with this comment. Then, he compares terrorism to prostitution and gambling. Huh?

Islamic terrorists want to kill us. They take pride in killing "infidels". Terrorists blow up hotels and restaurants full of innocent people. They suicide-bomb buses. They take over schools, hold hundreds of young children hostage, then shoot them in the back when they try to run away. John Kerry wants these blood-thirsty, uncivilized pigs to leave the public focus and go back to being nuisances.

Is that the kind of person you want running this country? Do you want your next president to be someone who wasn't really changed by what happened on September 11th? The election is three weeks from today. Only three weeks until we determine the course of our nation's future. We can choose the candidate who has dedicated himself and his administration to calling terrorism out and working to kill it. Or, we can choose John Kerry, who seems sick of hearing about it and wants it to go back to just being "a nuisance".