Wednesday, July 07, 2004

Don't believe anything I say...I don't...
Here are some more reasons not to vote for Kerry, as if the man himself wasn't reason enough not to:

John Kerry on abortion:
"I oppose abortion, personally. I don't like abortion. I believe life does begin at conception. But I can't take my Catholic belief, my article of faith, and legislate it on a Protestant or a Jew or an atheist . . . who doesn't share it. We have separation of church and state in the United States of America."--- Telegraph Herald, Dubuqe, Iowa interview

As I said 18 years ago in my maiden speech in the U.S. Senate: "the right to choose is a fundamental right . . . neither the Government nor any person has the right to infringe on that freedom." If I get to share a stage with this President and debate him . . . one of the first things I'll tell him is: "There's a defining issue between us. I trust women to make their own decisions. You don't. And that's the difference." So it's time we said to this President: "we're not going to let you turn back the clock." --- Speech to NARAL, Jan. 2003.

A blogger, Edwin Morrissey, responds:
If life begins at conception, why then does . . . Kerry not only agree to allow abortion, but campaigns on its behalf? Does he care so little for human life and the souls of the unborn that he cheerfully sells them out for political gain? . . .

Unlike those who define life differently, and who therefore have a consistent philosophical argument to support abortion, Kerry's actions do not equate with these professed beliefs. Either Kerry has trotted out a new lie in order to shore up his Catholic support, or he has opened the window into his heartless, calculating political soul.

Kerry on the vote to go to War in Iraq:
The vote is the vote. I voted to authorize. It was the right vote, and the reason I mentioned the threat is that we gave the--we had to give life to the threat. If there wasn't a legitimate threat, Saddam Hussein was not going to allow inspectors in. Now, let me make two points if I may. Ed [Gordon] questioned my answer. The reason I can't tell you to a certainty whether the president misled us is because I don't have any clue what he really knew about it, or whether he was just reading what was put in front of him. And I have no knowledge whether or not this president was in depth--I just don't know that. And that's an honest answer, and there are serious suspicions about the level to which this president really was involved in asking the questions that he should've.

With respect to the question of, you know, the vote--let's remember where we were. If there hadn't been a vote, we would never have had inspectors. And if we hadn't voted the way we voted, we would not have been able to have a chance of going to the United Nations and stopping the president, in effect, who already had the votes, and who was obviously asking serious questions about whether or not the Congress was going to be there to enforce the effort to create a threat. So I think we did the right thing. I'm convinced we did.

There you have it --- Orwell's doublethink in action. The man can hold contradictory, mutually exclusive positions on everything and then pick the one he needs, depending on who he's talking to. I was searching for John Edward's positions and quotable tidbits on these issues, but I would feel terrible if I filled my blog with "ummmm....duhhhh....I don't know".

Kerry calls it "nuance". Democrats call it "flexibility", I call it opportunistic bullshyte. I don't want nuance ina President; I want him to tell me exactly what he intends to do. I don't require flexibility in policy because retaining the ability to chane horses in mid-stream is not exactly conducive to good government. Nor is it a sign of someone who has an open mind: it's a sign of someone that can't make up his mind. What's even worse is someone who makes up his mind 12 times day on the same subject.

(Thank you to the Wall Street Journal for the quotes).

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