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Wednesday, July 21, 2004

What do John Kerry, John F. Kennedy and the prophet Isaiah have in common?

"... thereby hangs a tale"

(in The Jewish Press)

 A few weeks ago, John Kerry gave a foreign policy speech in Seattle — another of his criticisms of the Bush Administration for "going it alone" instead of "assembling a team." The speech was uninspiring, but it ended with a rhetorical flourish, as Kerry assured his audience he would lead a great alliance:

"We do not have to live in fear or stand alone. We don`t have to be a lonely watchman on the walls of freedom."
Shortly thereafter, the American Spectator noted that Kerry had actually cribbed the ending to his speech, borrowing — without acknowledgment — from the final paragraph of the speech John F. Kennedy was to have given on the day he was assassinated.

In that speech, Kennedy`s last paragraph had begun with this sentence:

"We, in this country, in this generation, are — by destiny rather than by choice — the watchmen on the walls of world freedom."
My friend and colleague in the blogosphere, Rick Richman, unravels this tale of painstaking investigative reporting -with an attentive idealism that could make you weep. 

Read it all and visit his blog too --  it's much more discerning and incisive than most.