AN AMERICAN’S PERSPECTIVE - "Thanks For Clearing Things Up"

(10/06/2004)

By Roger Propst

rpropst@frontiernet.net

At the time of this writing there are 29 days until the Presidential Election on November 2nd. It is also apparent that I will have created this column on Microsoft Word, rather than a 1972 vintage IBM Selectric typewriter; you know this because of the raised superscript on November 2nd. This column, however, is not about forged documents and the sad saga of disgraced CBS News anchor, Dan Rather. Instead it is about John Kerry finally clearing up his various positions on the Iraq War and on other things in general.

Now, let’s see if I have this right! Mr. Kerry voted against the 1st Iraq war to expel Saddam Hussein from Kuwait, even though the first President Bush had assembled the largest coalition ever, and had gotten a United Nations resolution for the use of force, but says he was really for that war. In 2002 he voted for a war resolution with Iraq but says he was really against it. He voted for the Patriot Act, but is now against it. He voted for No Child Left Behind, but is now against it. He says he is against gay marriage, but voted against the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) of 1996 that defined marriage as being between one man and one woman and signed into law by President Clinton. He says he believes that life begins at conception, but has voted every time against any attempt to limit abortion, even the gruesome partial birth abortion act recently passed by the Congress and signed into law by President Bush. I think I understand, no means yes, yes means no, or is it yes means yes and no means no, or maybe two no’s means yes, or two yes’s means no. Oh well, you know what I mean, don’t you?

The 1st Presidential Debate was conducted last Thursday evening in Miami, Florida. Senator Kerry entered the debate down in most polls by five to seven points and had been consistently behind for the past month. He needed desperately to change the dynamics of the election to get back into the race. Mr. Kerry was the Captain of the Debate team at Yale and has been bloviating for 20 years on the floor of the U. S. Senate; that along with having served as a prosecutor makes him quite adept at debating. In the eyes of most folks, he easily won the debate if one is scoring on debate points, rather than substance. President Bush, not eloquent in the art of public speaking, as most of us can attest, nonetheless spoke from the heart with passion and conviction. Polls released today by the Washington Post/ABC News and Pew Research indicate a five point lead for the President after the debate. I guess the folks out in America appreciate straight talk and conviction more than debate style and points. After all, the election is for Commander in Chief, not Debater in Chief.

But I digress; Mr. Kerry did attempt to clarify his somewhat inconsistent positions on Iraq, eight in number I think. Mark Steyn, Chicago Sun-Times Columnist, put it this way, “If John Kerry is so polished and eloquent and forceful, how come nobody has a clue what his policy on Iraq is? As he made clear on Thursday, Saddam was a growing threat so he had to be disarmed so Kerry voted for a war in order to authorize Bush to go to the U.N. but Bush failed the pass “the global test” so we shouldn’t have disarmed Saddam because he wasn’t a threat so the war was a mistake so Kerry will bring the troops home by persuading France and Germany to send their troops instead because he’s so much better at building alliances so he’ll have no trouble talking France and Germany into sending their boys to be the last men to die for Bush’s mistake.

Now I understand! How could I have been so confused?


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