Kerry says the President is "unfit to lead this nation"
ABC News: Kerry, speaking to a midnight rally as Bush closed the GOP convention in New York with his acceptance speech, said the president was "unfit to lead this nation" because of the war in Iraq and his record on jobs, health care and energy prices. . . .
"We've had insults, we've had anger from Republicans. And I'll tell you why," Kerry said. "Because they can't come to you and talk to you about having created jobs since they've lost them. They can't come to you and talk to you about creating health care since 5 million Americans have lost it."
Kerry said the GOP convention was tinged by "anger" and "distortion.""For the past week, they attacked my patriotism and my fitness to serve as commander in chief," Kerry said. "I'm going to leave it up to the voters to decide whether five deferments makes someone more qualified than two tours of duty."
Bush served stateside in the Texas Air National Guard during Vietnam. Cheney, a former secretary of defense, received five deferments and did not serve in the military. . . .
Search the text of Zell Miller's speech for the word, patriotism. You will find, like I did, this statement, and this statement only:
"It is not their patriotism -- it is their judgment that has been so sorely lacking. "
And if I hear him say "jobs" or "healthcare" one more time, I may vomit. I don't have a job, my husband is scrambling for freelance jobs, and our health coverage is outrageously expensive but utterly useless. Yet those concerns seem of a distant universe. I'll be happy to think about them in peacetime.
If I could question Kerry, I would say, To hell with healthcare, what about 9/11?
What about the terrorists?
What about Islamofascist designs on the world?
What about people who blow themselves up and take children hostage?
I would say, LOOK what they did to innocent Nepalese civilians!
[WARNING: Graphic video images of savage brutality]
What are your thoughts, man?!
I want to know how you intend to insure that I keep my head, and what you would do to insure that my children are not taken hostage by the enemy.
And don't say the words, United Nations, to me.
So you were a lieutenant in Vietnam for four months, so f*ing what? That alone doesn't qualify you to personify or lead the free world; plenty of guys have been there, done that. Should they be president too? Or do you have something more to offer? And where is it?
Instead of denying the transformative import and implications of 9/11, we need to personally -and as a nation- process the very fact that war is waged against us. We Americans have every need and rationale to continue to discuss the impact on our lives of the fact that our country has been attacked, just as we Jews have every need and rationale to continue to discuss the impact of the Holocaust.
If you will not delve into matters 9/11,
if you haven't resolved thirty-year-old festering differences with your fellow veterans,
if you are offended by scrutiny of your Senate record,
if you insist on keeping your old Senate job as an option in case you lose,
if you lie for fear of losing,
if you do not publicly condemn your colleagues for calling a sitting wartime president AWOL, a coward, a liar, a thug, a betrayer of his country,
if you do not publicly condemn Al Gore for using "brown shirt" and "gulag" references to the president, nor Michael Moore's incendiary and disingenuous propaganda, nor MoveOn.Org for their ad showing Bush morphing into Hitler,
then I ask you, What Good Are You?
And What Good Can You Possibly Be For Us in the Future?