Senator Kerry’s Speech at the DNC

While I realize Kerry is not so charismatic and a bit muppet-like, I STILL THINK KERRY WOULD HAVE BEEN TEN-FOLD A BETTER PRESIDENT THAN BUSH! And for those naysayers who want to discuss Kerry’s supposed flip-flopping, please do message me or leave a comment. We can discuss it.

I noticed that many people were getting up and walking around during his speech. Firstly, didn’t your parents ever teach you it is extremely disrespectful to get up while someone is speaking? HOW rude! Have you ever spoken in front of a crowd? How would you feel if dozens of people were rustling about, getting up and walking around? RUDE! You missed out on a good speech.

If you were not inspired by Kerry’s speech, you were not listening closely enough.

Kerry was spot on in almost everything he said. Some particularly interesting and important things he said I would love to share:

“[Bush] mislead the country…”

There were never any weapons of mass destruction. The Bush regime lied and they still continue to shovel money into the pockets of the oil companies and the weapon-makers. This war MUST END.

“Our mission is to restore America’s influence and position in the world, and we must use all the weapons in our arsenal above all OUR VALUES.”

This is perhaps the most understated statement of the century. We cannot continue to depend on might. While we have the largest military in the world, it is finite. We are spread too thin. We must use diplomacy. If we continue to use our guns, disregarding the opinion of other countries and the good-faith contracts we made for ourselves (the Constitution) and others (International Laws, Geneva Convention, etc.); we will lose all credibility. The past eight years have been a virtual open drain where we have lost almost all political legitimacy. The Bush Administration depended upon military might and forgot the all important notion of ‘good-will’ even when doing so directly conflicted with international law. Political legitimacy is an essential component of state power and efficacy; and we must restore ours by reuniting our words with the core liberal values this country earned so much respect for worldwide. This can only happen through true diplomacy, through obeying the international (and domestic) laws we helped create, by following international standards.

“President Obama and Vice President Biden will shut down Guantanamo, respect the Constitution and make sure once and for all the United States of America DOES NOT torture NOW, NOT EVER. We must listen; we must listen and lead by example because even a nation as powerful as the United States needs some friends in this world.”

APPLAUDS! This is one of the many things we need to do IMMEDIATELY to restore moral legitimacy. Torture undermines our moral legitimacy, alienates us from the rest of the world, fuels legitimate Anti-American sentiment abroad and puts our soldiers (and our country) in harm’s way. We must stop torture NOW!

“This election is a chance for America to tell the merchants of fear and division: you don’t decide who loves this country; you don’t decide who is a patriot; you don’t decide whose service counts and whose doesn’t.”

I could hug him for saying this. It is so obvious but still seems to haunt anyone with any opinion outside the accepted one. I AM PATRIOTIC. I believe in my country. I LOVE MY COUNTRY. I am constantly explaining my thoughts, as an American, to people in other countries; people who have decided we are all Bush-policy supporters. I explain despite the torture, despite the war, despite two-time elected Bush that we are rational, we do think, we are compassionate, we are reasonable, we are the Americans they once respected, the Americans they still want to respect but have lost faith in because of our country’s poor leadership the past eight years.

I can support the troops without supporting the war. Bring them home! They would be much safer here, safer than fighting a war that is not theirs to fight.

When my country started heading down this path of total disregard for the international community, I went back to school and studied political science. I wanted to be informed and now I am. And I have an informed opinion. And this DOES NOT make me anti-American, or against the troops. That is simply ridiculous but we have been made to feel that way for eight years too long. Thank you, Kerry, for saying this and reminding us all, we have a voice and it is not anti-patriotic to use it!

“…the flag doesn’t belong to any ideology. It doesn’t belong to any political party. It is an enduring symbol of our nation, and it belongs to all the American people. After all, patriotism is not love of power or some cheap trick to win votes; patriotism is love of country.”

I am only a Democrat because I had to choose a party in the last election in order to vote. I am more independent but I realize a vote for an independent is a vote thrown away. It will harm our country. I want not to elect someone I disagree with whole-heartedly by throwing away my vote.

“Years ago when we protested a war, people would weigh in against us saying, “My country right or wrong.” Our answer? Absolutely, my country right or wrong. When right, keep it right. When wrong, make it right. Sometimes loving your country demands you must tell the truth to power.”

We have been wrong in many policies, in many actions, in many ways over the past eight years (even before that, I am certain!) but we can accept our responsibility and stop the wrongs now. Stop torture, stop this make-believe war, stop mutilating our Constitution and justice. We can stop lining the pockets of the rich, starving the poor and alienating the rational. We can and we must!

This speech was profound and if you couldn’t see that, you were not listening.

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