His lips keep moving, but all I hear is Blah, Blah, Blah.
That sentence could very well sum up my take on Lurch's keynote address last night - but what fun would that be?
John "Lurch" Kerry served in Vietnam. Ok, we knew that. He surrounded himself with fellow veterans from that war - his "Band of Brothers". I respect the service those men rendered to their country. That said, I have little respect for Lurch.
By all accounts, Lurch served a little over six months in Vietnam, getting an early quit due to the three Purple Heart medals he received. His Band of Brothers remained. I am curious as to what their thoughts are regarding their hero's commentary shortly after arriving home to the country that sent them to war.
The main thrust of my commentary regarding his speech is this:
The Vietnam war ended nearly 30 years ago. What has Lurch done since then? This question went largely unanswered last night. I may have missed it, but the filmography mentioned his stint as a Boston prosecutor, but failed entirely to mention the fact that Lurch has spent 19 years in the US Senate as the Junior Senator from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Where is the litany of his accomplishments in that office? What are the names of the major bills he has sponsored or co-sponsored.
The answer to that question is a very deafening silence.
In his hurried and sweating delivery of his speech, he promised to make America "Stronger at Home, Respected in the World." He also asked to be judged according to his record, or lack thereof.
Fine. Here's his record:
He has voted against the creation of nearly every major weapons system used by our Armed Forces today. He proposed a bill, after the embassy bombings, to strip several billion dollars from the intelligence budget. He voted to authorize the use of force in Iraq, then voted against the funding necessary to fight the war he authorized.
Now he wants to report for duty as the Commander in Chief.
For the record, I do not care if this nation is respected or liked in the world. If what it takes for the USA to be secure in the world is to have other nations fear the consequences of aggression against the USA, then so be it. As Machiavelli was so famous for saying, "It is better to be feared than loved."
I will not here waste the space or bandwidth to shoot holes in Lurch's domestic diatribe. His tax proposals are so ludicrous even a kindergarten math student can say with authority that the Kerry/Edwards budget makes no sense.
The Lurch ticket is not ready for Prime-Time. If this is the best they have to offer, it will indeed be a long trip to November.
Bring it on!