Insomnia (insomnia) wrote,
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John Kerry, the consumate political campaigner (...for someone else.)

Now, I actually *liked* John Kerry, and I think he would've been a very talented president... but I have to admit, he's not the best person with words.

So, the strength of what he said today really surprised me. If only voters actually paid attention.  
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"Barack Obama has more legislative experience than either of his two opponents. He served eight years in the Illinois legislature and now several in the United States Senate, in total, he has more legislative years. And if you look back in history, Abraham Lincoln had only two years in the United States Congress, and then he lost. He was sent back to Illinois in shame, ran for the United States Senate, lost his race for the Senate, then was nominated to be the leader of his party. And he became, arguably, our greatest president in history.. . 

You know, I look at Barack Obama: He's older than Bill Clinton was when Bill Clinton became president. He's older than John Kennedy was, he's older than Teddy Roosevelt was and he has a broad experience and has proven his ability through his campaign to be able to lead and to pull people together. . . 

I don't look at Barack Obama and see a black candidate. I see an inspiring, young, American United States senator . . . who happens also to be African American. Just as Hillary happens also to be a woman, and just as John Edwards happens also to be a white. 

Are we the country we say we are? Are we the country that holds certain truths to be self-evident, words which incidentally were written by a 33-year-old named Thomas Jefferson. . . are we the country that judges people by the content of their character, not the color of their skin -- words that were written by Martin Luther King when he was about 34 years old."

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If experience was everything, then we would've named Henry Kissinger president-for-life years ago... and we'd *still* be bombing Cambodia. 

"Military men are just dumb stupid animals to be used as pawns in foreign policy." - Henry Kissinger
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