At a Los Angeles campaign event, John Kerry offered the following pearl of Democrat wisdom:
“You know, education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework, you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.”
Thanks Pamela, of Atlas Shrugs, for letting me "borrow" this photo.
Or you get stuck as the junior senator from Massachusetts.
Or you get your foot stuck in your mouth. And your head stuck someplace else (click to see photo illustrating head position).
This is the person the Left wanted to be President. Little wonder the military, including retired military such as myself, have no trust in Democrat leadership. Kerry’s supporters, of course, don’t see anything wrong with his statement. When John McCain and other active and retired military call for John Kerry to apologize, Democrats say: “Apologize for what? Everyone knows only losers go into the military.” This condescending tone is expected from Leftist Democrats, but is not acceptable for an erstwhile leader of the country.
It is particularly unbecoming for a senator who voted to send the military to Iraq. Before he voted not to. But at least he told us: "I have a plan (for Iraq)." Maybe some day he'll tell us what it was.
Kerry ran for president solely on the basis of four months of military duty in Viet Nam. When Kerry was in the Navy, the United States military compared to today's was not as educated, not as highly trained, and contained much lower percentages of women and minorities. Plus now they are all volunteers. If they don't want to go to Iraq, they didn't have to volunteer, or reenlist.
They definitely don't have to go into the military because of economic necessity. Good paying jobs go begging, with unemployment at 4.6% already down to the level where lowering it further will be cutting into the hard-core, career unemployable population.
I apologize to the fine men and women who serve in our military, such as my oldest son Bruce, who served in Iraq and is career Army. I don’t apologize for John Kerry. Being a Senator from the same state that reelected Ted Kennedy for four decades, he can’t help himself. I apologize for all my fellow citizens who lack the courage and decency to tell arrogant John Kerry to apologize and then shut up.
UPDATE: John Kerry now says it was a "botched" joke meant to poke fun at President Bush. What typical Kerry BS! President Bush is a Yale graduate, a Harvard MBA, and had a higher grade point average (and IQ) than Kerry. He has a better job, too. (Go here to find that Bush is documented smarter than Kerry.)
Then Kerry lashed out and lectured Republicans that none should criticize him that didn't serve in the military. The arrogance (and stupidity) of John Kerry never ceases to amaze. So only doctors can criticize the medical profession? That would certainly shut a lot of Democrat lawyers out of mining their malpractice goldmine. If the Left paid heed to Kerry, almost all the Democrats would have to shut up their criticism of the military in Iraq.
John, it's Ok that John McCain and I, and President Bush for that matter, criticize you, isn't it? We all served in the military, so we're over that barrier you erected to free speech, aren't we?
Or did we have to spend Christmas 1968 in Cambodia, and get three scratches, before we can say anything?
However, I thought that here in America, Americans and legal and illegal immigrants, tourists, aliens fresh from UFO's, anybody and everybody, have the right to say just about anything on any topic they choose. Who elected you Free Speech Czar?
Actually, John Kerry, I appreciate your exercise of your free speech rights. I personally don't want you to shut up. Every time you open your mouth you remind us why we are so lucky we didn't elect you president. The only thing better than criticizing you for the stupid things you say, is listening to you trying to explain what you really meant, and then blaming it on the rascally Republicans.
"Karl Rove made me do it!
And now they're Swift Boating me!"
A Democratic congressman told ABC News Tuesday, "I guess Kerry wasn't content blowing 2004, now he wants to blow 2006, too." A Democrat congressional candidate from Iowa seems to feel the same.
Taylor Marsh at Huffington Post channels John Kerry and finds what he meant to say:
"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." - Senator John KerryDon Surber interprets what both John Kerry and President Bush said about this issue.
Is there anything I would like to say about this Kerry mess? Yes!
A short while back I pondered "John Kerry - Liar or Ignoramus."
He just answered my question with his comment about military members, followed by his panicky explanation:
Yes to both.
PENULTIMATE UPDATE: John Kerry finally apologized for saying something that people misinterpreted, because they only heard his words and not the meaning in his head. He actually intended to criticize President Bush and his administration by saying: "You end up getting us stuck in a war in Iraq. Just ask President Bush."
Or the senators and congressmen who voted for the war, like John Kerry.
Actually, Senator Kerry, I doubt if anyone who is a lazy student, dumb, and uneducated ever gets to the point in political life where they can decide for the nation whether or not it goes to war.
Unless you are speaking for yourself, John.
Personally, John, I'm sorry to see you piddle away your plans for running again in 2008. It would be fun to watch another naval battle, you in your dinghy against the Swift Boat flotilla. To revisit Christmas 1968 in Cambodia, and once more see "the hat." To hear the main stream media tell us how the hundreds of Swift Boat veterans are "discredited," as you regale us with tales of listening to President (actually President-elect) Nixon lying to the American people about not sending troops into Cambodia. As you and the main stream media well know, John, all Presidents-elect get to command American troops in the field a month before their inaugurations, so can get the feel of running the show, you know. And anyone who says otherwise is "discredited."
Bye bye, John. Hillary and Al will miss you.
ULTIMATE UPDATE: John, in your "apology" you said a combat veteran such as yourself would never offend the troops. Wasn't it you in front of Congress accusing American soldiers as murderers, rapists and torturers "who ravaged the countryside of South Vietnam . . . [and] razed villages in a fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan"? Without any evidence, didn't you accuse American troops of committing atrocities that you supposedly heard about from "decorated veterans" who were not?
And if it wasn't you, who was the guy who recently said our troops in Iraq are doing similar things? He used your name.
ULTIMATE UPDATE PLUS ONE: I can't stop, I can't help myself, this commentary by Don Surber slapping down both John Kerry and Keith Olbermann is too good to let pass.
Forgive me, some things just have to be.