Kerry vs. Everyone in the Left

A debate is raging among many people I know about whether John Kerry is the right man to be running against George W. Bush, because he is described as unethical, an elite-in-populist’s clothing, and so forth. I’ve sat on the sideline in this debate about Kerry, because it is not the point.

Having had the country slip so far to the right, toward authoritarianism, any incremental improvement is essential to beginning the process of recovery of a politically tolerant nation. As evidence of how far gone American political sensibility is today, Senator John McCain’s refusal to attack Senator John Kerry is exactly the kind of sensible and tolerant position that we need, yet it is attacked by the right as a form of treason (sound familiar?). We’re dangerously close to the end of America, to an Enabling Act like the one passed by the Reichstag under the guise that it was a short-term emergency response to political and social chaos from the left (though, in fact, the chaos was manufactured by the Nazis), that allowed Hitler to take total control of a country that never voted as a majority in any election for Nazi rule.

The language and tactics of the right (justified here with accusations aimed at the center and left critics of Ann Coulter and dissected accurately here) are aimed at total victory over every sentiment and political advancement—moderate, liberal and progressive—of the 20th century. We must not allow that to happen under any circumstances, and certainly not because Kerry isn’t the best option available.

Arguing about whether we should support Kerry, when we know Kerry is better than Bush in a number of ways, though not all ways, is typical of Democrats and liberals, who love an argument more than anyone, precisely because we enjoy entertaining dissent. If anyone here seriously thinks Kerry would be worse than Bush, that’s a reason to refuse to help beat Bush; but, I don’t believe anyone in their right mind could make that case.

Author: Mitch Ratcliffe

Mitch Ratcliffe is a veteran entrepreneur, journalist and business model hacker. He operates this site, which is a collection of the blogs he's published over the years, as well as an archive of his professional publishing record. As always, this is a work in progress. Such is life.

3 thoughts on “Kerry vs. Everyone in the Left”

  1. Open Notebook

    Mitch Ratcliffe has posted a few interesting things over the poast few days. Parallels can be drawn between Kerry vs. Everyone in the Left and what’s happening in Australia, and the risk we run of letting little Johnny back into…

  2. Open Notebook

    Mitch Ratcliffe has posted a few interesting things over the past few days. Parallels can be drawn between Kerry vs. Everyone in the Left and what’s happening in Australia, and the risk we run of letting little Johnny back into…

  3. I for one pretty much agree with what you have stated, that the wrong argument is whether Kerry is the right man to be running against Bush baby. Like you, I have been very hesitant to enter in on that as that is an argument that will do nothing but divide, which, at a time when we need solidarity and synergy to oust the Bush Cabal, is not needed (like I have to tell you that). Like you stated, “we are dangerously close to the end of America…”, I just go a little further in so far as I beleive we are in that “twilight zone” where everything appears to be o.k. and “normal” just before the roof caves in on top of you. I also happen to be one that is of the opinion that Operation Northwoods of the early 60’s has always been on the “table.” Which leaves me to wonder when our “Reichstag” will be “burnt” down??? As far as Kerry is concerned, not only will I be voting for him but will drain the batteries on my wheelchair to help get out the vote for Kerry. But, at the same time, there is a lot that concerns me about not only Kerry but the “new” Democratic Party’s platform, which the way I see it is coming dead out of the Wilsonian play book, let’s make the world safe for democracy. With the Dems stated policy of “Muscular Progressive Internationalism, one thing is for certain, with me at least, if and when John Kerry is in the White House (I hope, I hope, I hope)I will most likely be writing my opinions (some would say rants and raves) showing my great displeasure over that and everyone in Washington’s refusal to deal with one paramount, and fundamental problem….the dominance of Corp. American in the political process and it’s wholesale buying and selling of congress on a daily basis. I already know where the Bush Cabal stands there, it will be interesting, to say the least, where Kerry and whatever “crew” he puts together, will be on that issue.

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