11th-hour makeover?

By Kyle Williams

The rhetoric of John Kerry’s speech the other night was disgusting … and boring. He fails to inspire and he fails to take command. It’s obvious that Kerry supporters hate President Bush more than they favor John Kerry. Thus, the Kerry campaign is really an empty shell that merely holds Democratic Party propaganda and a deep hatred for the current administration.

This campaign, without a doubt, is comprised of some of the most liberal people America has ever seen. They are radical in their liberalism. John Edwards comes across as a moderate Southerner (which is probably one of the reasons Kerry picked him as his running mate), but he’s no better than John Kerry. It’s obvious that Kerry, especially in his speech to the Democratic National Convention, is attempting to sell himself as a moderate, middle-class American family guy, rather than his true identity as an East Coast, elitist liberal.

The Kerry campaign image of radical liberalism is one they are trying to shed, particularly in an effort to break through President Bush’s support in middle America. This effort is important enough that the Kerry team seems to be to taking a new direction with their campaign.

The Washington Times reports that the DNC made more of an effort to display religious faith this year:

This week’s Democratic convention featured invocations and benedictions from a Greek Orthodox archbishop, a Muslim imam, a rabbi, black preachers, a progressive Catholic priest and a few female pastors as well.

Most notably, in the midst of the rhetoric of John Kerry’s DNC speech, he said:

I don’t wear my faith on my sleeve. But faith has given me values and hope to live by, from Vietnam to this day, from Sunday to Sunday. I don’t want to claim God is on our side. As Abraham Lincoln told us, I want to pray humbly that we are on God’s side.

Additionally, Kerry has mentioned the phrases “family values” and “American values” more recently. He’s transparent in his effort to gain political favor with real Americans, who believe in these phrases. John Kerry is playing with the emotions of Americans, while trying to pass off his un-American agenda as mainstream.

It’s reminiscent of the Howard Dean campaign’s effort to win over Southern voters. Obviously realizing faith was important to Southerners, Dean talked up his faith everywhere he went before he lost most of the primaries. The Boston Globe reported then, “[Dean] acknowledged that he was raised in the ‘Northeast’ tradition of not discussing religious beliefs in public, and said he held back in New Hampshire, where that is the practice. But in other areas, such as the South, he said, he would discuss his beliefs more openly.”

Now, as we head into November, the Kerry campaign is repeating the same tactic. However, in the minds of average voters, Kerry is not a man of faith.

It’s really long-standing cultural thing, but American, evangelical Christianity has aligned itself with conservative and Republican culture. These liberals like Howard Dean and John Kerry are attempting to take a piece of the Christian community vote, but it won’t be easy – and it probably won’t happen in this election cycle. Christianity and conservative politics are still very much intertwined for many people. Moreover, with leaders like Dr. James Dobson and ubiquitous movements like home-schooling, conservatives are going to have a market on the Christian community for a while.

The Democratic Party is trying to shake the radical, liberal elitist image and look more mainstream, but it’s not going to work by aligning themselves with American values and faith. It all just looks like a bunch of propaganda being sold by power-hungry politicians.