by Andy Obermann
06 May 2004
If you don't like John Kerry's position on an issue today, just wait -- it will change.
John Kerry is a man
of complete contradiction. I know this is obvious to anyone with a
pulse, but his blatant disregard for personal integrity is alarming, especially
for a man aspiring to be the President of the United States.
The news from Iraq concerning the shameful actions of a half-dozen American
troops has offered Kerry a bit of political cover. With the media rightly
focused on the POW abuse, Kerry has gained an opportunity to recover from
what has to be one of the worst series of lies and half-truths a presidential
candidate has been forced to endure—and the funny thing is, he brought it
all upon himself.
Despite claims of a GOP “smear machine,” Kerry has succeeded in personally
de-railing his campaign with his propensity for being caught in lie after
The whole situation began with Kerry’s Vietnam (and post-Vietnam) service
and activities. Now, most rational-minded Americans don’t really care
what Kerry, or President Bush for that matter, did or didn’t do 30-plus years
ago in Vietnam, but since Kerry continually makes his service record an issue
in campaign stops and ad blitzes, one must discuss it.
The major gaffe I’ve come across here is his claim to have “thrown his medals”
(1971) over a fence and onto the lawn of the Capitol building—no, wait, I
mean he threw “his ribbons” (2004)—err, I mean “two other veterans'” medals
(2003). Wait, John Kerry “never threw [his] medals away,” at all (1984)—that’s
the ticket. The reality is Kerry has been all over the place on this
one and if you ask him about it enough times, you’ll probably get an answer
A second gaffe arose a couple of weeks ago when it was revealed that John
Kerry has several SUVs, but doesn’t really own any. Apparently, back
in February, when speaking before a union group in Detroit (the SUV capital
of the United States), Kerry was proud of his collection. When asked
what vehicles he owns, Kerry replied, “We have some SUVs…I have an old Dodge
600 that I keep at the Senate…and also a Chevy, a big Suburban.”
But wait, no, that’s not what the Senator meant. A few weeks later,
on April 22, when speaking to a group of reporters on a conference call,
Kerry outright denied his previous statement, definitively claiming, “I don’t
own an SUV.” Later that day, at an environmental rally, Kerry was confronted
with his hypocrisy and waffled accordingly. This time, however, instead
of taking the definitive, Kerry settled somewhere in the middle when he explained,
“The family owns it [the SUVs], I don’t have it.” Thanks for clearing
things up there, Senator.
Kerry continued his nonsense when discussing Israeli-Palestinian relations
before a group in Michigan, back in 2003. In a speech to a Palestinian
advocacy group, he openly came out in opposition to the wall being built
by Israel to defend against infiltrating Palestinian terrorists, dubbing
it a “barrier to peace,” and criticizing Israeli leadership for “derailing”
the peace process.
The odd part is that just four months later, in Feb. of 2004, Kerry continued
his attempt to flip on every issue in this campaign. In an interview
with the Jerusalem Post, Kerry reneged on his previous assessment
of the Israeli wall, calling it a “…legitimate act of self-defense…” This
flip I suppose can be easily cleared up. To sum it up, Kerry believes
the barrier is both good and bad depending on whom he is talking to at that
Kerry has also flipped on education. Originally, the presidential hopeful
was in full support of the President’s No Child Left Behind (NCLB) package.
He was one of many senators who voted for the measure. Now, however,
Kerry is criticizing the very bill he voted into law, calling it “ideological”
and “laughable.” I guess the wording of the law has changed since he
signed it. Oh well.
I agree that NCLB is a sham and I don’t really care if he drives to work
in a SUV or Radio Flyer, but it is scary that a man who has hopes to be President
of the United States can’t hold a steady position on any issue—big, small,
or in between. It would be laughable if he weren’t so close to the
President in recent election polls.
Regardless, as the old saying goes, “If you don’t like the weather in Missouri,
wait a minute—it’ll change.” Truer words were never spoken—especially
for Senator Kerry.
Andy Obermann is majoring in History and Secondary Education at Missouri Valley College.
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