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Saturday, July 31, 2004

What does it all mean?

JFK gave his acceptance speech last night and, unfortunately, it was difficult to determine exactly what he stands for and how he distinguishes himself from Pres. Bush. For the most part, it always seems that JFK says "I'll do what Bush is doing, only better."

I will be a commander in chief who will never mislead us into war. I will have a Vice President who will not conduct secret meetings with polluters to rewrite our environmental laws. I will have a Secretary of Defense who will listen to the best advice of our military leaders. And I will appoint an Attorney General who actually upholds the Constitution of the United States.
This is about as strong as it got, and explicitly assumes that Bush wanted to go to war and lied to the Senate and everyone else. Kerry knows that the intel was bad but, given the information, the decision was correct - hell he voted for military action in Iraq. Kerry takes a shot at Cheney and the energy bill, but the "secrecy" of the meetings was less troubling than Hillary's meetings with the health industry and I am sure that if Edwards took on tort reform (he he he) the meetings would be private. Finally, Kerry fires a salvo at Ashcroft, who deserves a bit of criticism here and there, although it seems that Ashcroft is not as evil as he is often portrayed.

When talking about homeland security, Kerry said, "[t]he 9-11 Commission has given us a path to follow, endorsed by Democrats, Republicans, and the 9-11 families." To me it seems a bit cheap to include the 9-11 families in the endorsement. Moreover, I am not sure what qualifications they have to determine if what the commission has suggested will or will not work.

Read the speech here.

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