Saturday, July 10, 2004

What are the chances he'll actually introduce himself?
From a Kerry campaign email: "This speech will be John Kerry's most important of the campaign, as he introduces himself to the nation and lays out his vision for a stronger America."

Should be a short speech if he continues to introduce himself the way he has thus far...
"Hi. My name is John Kerry. I served in Vietnam. Vote for me for president."


Anonymous said...

Have you actually listened to any of Kerry's speeches, or are you preferring to propagate a cartoon? If, in fact, you dissect a speech given by Kerry and come to the conclusion that its only substantive core was his service in Vietnam, then you've got a right to slam him for it. If, on the other hand, you're not basing this comment on anything in particular, then you're really just exposing your own willful ignorance and prejudice, and it doesn't reflect terribly well on you.

I'd be interested what leads you to conclude that thusfar Kerry isn't running on anything besides his Vietnam service.


Sandals said...

The "One Trick Pony" complaint mightve been valid, a few months ago, but I don't think it's anywhere near valid now...

RFTR said...

My apologies. I should have included "I think Bush is a liar, and we need to run everything by France, Germany, and the UN first."

Honestly, my post was mostly a joke. But I have read and listened to several of Kerry's speeches, and I can't figure out what he stands for. He voted for the Iraq appropriations before he voted against it. He believes that life begins at conception, but hasn't to my satisfaction explained how he can justify ending an innocent life. The list of his nuance goes on and on, to the point where I really don't know what he stands for, except maybe everything and nothing.

Anonymous said...

This may have something to do with the approach you're taking to Kerry's positions. If you start out with the assumption that he's not going to make sense, then he's not going to make sense.

I decided to try to concretize this by going and finding an actual John Kerry speech. Budget Plan Speech at Georgetown University, was the first speech transcript I found.

I'm now going to do a quick readthrough anf record my impressions. No deep analysis. I invite you to do the same and we'll see if we can't figure out what he's saying. (i.e. put your money where your mouth is :-)

obligatory statemennt of support for the troops
the promise of america: hard work means a good life
the middle class is being squeezed: bush's tax cuts mean less good jobs
the recovery is illusory: wage recession, health care, stealth taxes, college
Bush is out of touch w. working families
Economic Plan:
1. don't subsidize outsourcing
2. lower corporate taxes 5%
3. lower health care costs (raising competitiveness)
the deficit is fiscal cancer
bush broke his financial promises
Kerry will cut deficit in half, but it'll be tough
Kerry stands on his record from 80s & 90s
Labels bush cuts a "Birth Tax" on children
Bush lied about finances and blames other people
Bush tax "cut" actually increased middle class taxes, but the rich are paying less
$200K earners losing cuts pays for health care plan
98% of people & companies get a tax cut (the small ones & middle class)
New pay-as-you-go spending rules
some random pork cuts
end corporate welfare (slam on Halliburton) - joint bill with McCain being blocked by Bush
summary: return government to fiscal responsibility

So, what do I get out of it? The clear message is: the middle class and little companies are getting screwed over, and we can pay to fix things by stopping giveaways to the fat cats. Bush is being deceptive about his policies, and Kerry has a strong record of fiscal responsibility.

Now we can discuss whether those statements can be supported, but I'd be interested to know whether you find the speech intelligible or not.

PS: Notice that he doesn't mention Vietnam at all.

Anonymous said...

My pardon, I forgot to sign my last post.