John Kerry wishes you to believe that he is the new coming of JFK. He has tried to sound a populist tone in the spirit of the former president. But unfortunately for Kerry, the initials are where the similarities end.
As one studies the voting record and public-policy position on almost anything John Kerry has attempted to associate himself with, it is easy to see why I pinned the name “Flapjack” on his middle initial. The way I explain to my listeners is: “He lays there until the heat gets too hot and then he flips.” His voting record over the years demonstrates this easily. His position on the sanctity of marriage demonstrates this. He even flipped his position in roughly 24 hours this last week on one of his key campaign themes. Let me demonstrate my claims and then offer my opinion on why such a person is a concern.
In the war on terror, John “Flapjack” Kerry voted in favor of military action. He followed that by voting not to fund the efforts. He now claims that President George W. Bush lied to the American people. He conveniently forgets that based on his own examination of the facts, he made similar claims:
“Without question, we need to disarm Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal, murderous dictator, leading an oppressive regime. … He presents a particularly grievous threat because he is so consistently prone to miscalculation. … And now he is miscalculating America’s response to his continued deceit and his consistent grasp for weapons of mass destruction. … So the threat of Saddam Hussein with weapons of mass destruction is real. …”
Sen. John F. Kerry, D-Mass., Jan. 23, 2003
Kerry also states repeatedly that he is more prepared to lead the United States forward in this global war on terror because of the lessons war taught him. What we are supposed to assume that means is that he will make us safe. But his idea of safety in 1970, according to the Harvard Crimson, is to let the United Nations dictate where our troops will or will not fight to protect us.
In fact, the direct quote was, “I’m an internationalist; I would like to see our troops dispersed through the world only at the directive of the U.N.”
Kerry voted against funding for intelligence, thus proving he would have had to depend upon the U.N. to advise. He has also voted in favor of removing nearly every weapon that we now have in our arsenal and have been using to win the war on terror.
In 2003, he insists that he would have only gone to war with a “true international coalition.” Sixty-four nations were not enough. He needed three more: France, Germany and Russia – all of whom have now been shown to have had a “conflict of interest” with the Iraqi regime.
On the national-security front, he has done little to demonstrate that he truly would look out for America’s interests first. Though he proudly says “bring it on” in the partisan gatherings he frequently finds himself in the midst of these days, a closer look at his record indicates he is not nearly so cavalier. In 2002, according to the Boston Globe, Flapjack repeatedly argued that he supported the death penalty for terrorists. Yet in an examination of his voting record from 1989 forward, he has voted repeatedly to exempt terrorists from the death penalty, and in 1996, in a debate with former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld, he publicly scorned the idea of executing terrorists.
John “Flapjack” Kerry spends a large portion of his campaign speeches on ridding Washington of “special interests.” Yet according to the most recent data, in terms of money from lobbyists, Kerry takes more than any other sitting U.S. senator.
Flapjack has also arm twisted in the Senate on behalf of special interests, even when he was aware that the interests involved were defrauding the American taxpayer to the tune of $150 million in overages on false workers compensation claims. In addition, according to the report filed by John Solomon of the Associated Press, once the company had the special legislative arrangement with Kerry work out on their behalf, they contributed totals close to $48,000 toward setting up his presidential campaign.
Kerry insists upon the creation of unions for gay and lesbian couples. Kerry has signed multiple letters to the Massachusetts legislature lending his support for mounting piles of pro-homosexual-preferences legislation. Kerry has also voted against every act that would preserve the sanctity of marriage – most notably the “Defense of Marriage Act” passed by Congress and signed by President Clinton. Yet according to the San Fransisco Chronicle, Kerry claims he opposes “gay marriage.” But as the Chronicle correctly points out, “When 85 of his colleagues voted to ban gay marriage he compared it to 1960s Southerners wanting to ban interracial marriage.”
In terms of abortion Flapjack is also consistently inconsistent. When campaigning in the liberal Northeast, he states that he is the only candidate with a “clear record” on the issue. When campaigning in the much more conservative South, according to the Boston Globe’s Patrick Healy, Kerry circulated a flyer describing his “personal opposition” to abortion because of his Catholic faith. If asked about the inconsistency, the best he can come up with is that one’s personal convictions “should not be legislated.”
Even as Flapjack has tried to make an issue of the service record of President Bush while spending his time in the National Guard, Kerry has been on both sides of the issue. For weeks he was jaunting around the country raising questions about whether President Bush’s time in the Guard had truly been fulfilled. As the White House again released records that the Washington Post, the New York Times and even military commanders have all said demonstrate that President Bush did fulfill his obligations, John Kerry responded on Tuesday, “This is not an issue that I created. …” While earlier in the week appearing at an endorsement photo-op with the governor of Virginia, he clearly raised the issue again as he has done multiple times in inferences at campaign speeches.
And since the issue of what happened roughly 30 years ago hit the front page, the spotlight began to shine on those “heroic feats” of John Kerry’s from the Vietnam War. Taking enemy fire and being wounded is a heroic thing. It matters not how minor the wounds are. Standing to face the danger and defending your country should always be seen as courageous. But the major reason Kerry will not enjoy the broad support of Vietnam veterans will be because of his association with Jane Fonda upon his return home.
In addition, he made slanderous and unsubstantiated claims before the Senate along with admitting thereafter that he had no firsthand knowledge if any of the atrocities that he accused his fellow soldiers of carrying out were true. And as columnist and author Ben Shapiro pointed out yesterday, later in his career Flapjack fought hard for the normalization of relations with Vietnam, even when they were still holding POWs. He went so far as to initially decide to shred documents that would have erased the evidence of those same POWs for eternity.
In one fell swoop of campaigning foolishly on the Vietnam era John Kerry managed to insult all national guardsmen and re-ignite the anger of his fellow Vietnam veterans.
Now that I’ve laid out the examples of how Flapjack flops, let me conclude with a scriptural analogy.
An old verse of scripture says that a “double minded man is unstable in all his ways.” There could not be a more fit description of John Kerry. If Flapjack were to be faced with the tragic circumstances that were visited on America on 9-11 his answer would have been to apologize to those carrying out the terror against us.
This must never be an acceptable path for the land of the free and the home of the brave.