Wednesday, November 01, 2006

2006, the Year of the Macaca

One person who ran for President in 2004 was quote this week as saying:

“You know, education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.”

The other said:

“If the Democrats win, the terrorists win.”

One of these statements was slander and the other was a guy who attempted funny when he really isn’t.

The big knock against Democrats and liberals in general is that we are smug and superior. We are, and we need to knock it off. John Kerry was right. He was talking about the importance of education. He was saying that it is important to learn and get a good well rounded education, because if you don’t, he asserts, you will be forced into the military.

Was he saying that the men and women that serve in the military are dumb? No, he wasn’t. He was trying to say that the President is dumb, and that has to be the lamest, most overused joke that there is. But the topic offers and opportunity for further insight and learning. There are really only two methods of achieving upward mobility in this country. The best option, in my opinion, is a good education. But the other option is serving in the military where you mature and learn important high tech skills that one can transition into upward mobility. I think that the Republicans that took offense were looking for a reason to say: “see, I told you they hate the military!” and the people in this country who were offended were looking for a reason to say: “see, I told you they are all northeastern elitists!” Neither is right.

Should John Kerry keep better control of his tongue? Yes. He has often proven unable to translate the complex thoughts in his head into clear and concise statements. He is a gifted, intelligent and conscientious man with the best interests of all Americans at heart. He is also a horse’s ass that should keep his mouth shut more often.

On the other hand, the desperation of George W. Bush is becoming readily apparent. I was glad to see that he retired the tired and, well, true “stay the course”. But he as replaced it with the equally un-insightful “Democrats win = terrorists win”. Nothing could be more ridiculous. The President says that he believes that all the members of Congress (Democrat and Republican) are patriotic, but still insists on using statements that tie the Democratic Party with weakness, failure, surrender and implicitly terrorist sympathy.

The good news is that his slanderous bilge is not sinking in.

My question for the mainstream media is this, is the John Kerry quote the “political story of the week” or should it be the George W. Bush quote, which has largely been ignored?

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