John Kerry's Lack of Civility

It used to be that candidates for the office of President, no matter how much they disliked, or disagreed with the policies of, an opponent – particularly an opponent of the other party – were able to engage in civil discourse, worthy of the White House.

This year things are different. It seems the Democrats running for the highest office in the land (world, even) cannot say enough inappropriate things about the President of the United States. Sen. John Kerry is the prime example. Remember these:

  • “My friends, that’s trickle-down economics, and I believe every worker in America is tired of being trickled on by George W. Bush.” (August 5, 2003, AFL-CIO Democratic debate)
  • “Five thousand years ago, Moses said ‘Hitch up your camel, pick up your shovel, mount your ass and I will lead you to the promised land.’ Five thousand years later, Franklin Roosevelt said ‘Light up a camel, lay down your shovel, sit on your a**. This is the promised land!’ Today, George Bush will lay off your camel, tax your shovel, kick your a** and tell you there is no promised land.” (September 3, 2003, announcement speech)
  • “I think it would be wonderful to have a President of the United States who could find the rest of the countries in this hemisphere.” (September 4, 2003, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Democratic debate)

Well, now Kerry has added a few more quotes to his list of reasons why conservatives view him the way they do and why he is not worthy to be elected – regardless of his politics.

Here are a few questions and answers from a Rolling Stone interview with Kerry (emphasis added). Yes, he actually used the F-word.

  • Rolling Stone: It seems that the fact that you voted in support of the president’s war resolution has caused you a lot of trouble in your campaign. Do you regret supporting the president?

    KERRY: What I regret most of all is the way the administration dealt with it — the extraordinary failure of the administration to keep its promises, to be mature and thoughtful about how you take a nation to war. They misled us; they presented false intelligence to us. The president made a series of promises to us — number one, that he was gonna make every effort possible to build a legitimate coalition. He did not — he built a fraudulent coalition. Second, he was gonna exhaust the remedies of the United Nations and the inspection process. He did not. And third, that he would go to war as a last resort. He did not.

    I voted to protect the security of our country, based on the notion that the only way to get inspectors back in was to have a legitimate threat of force and the potential of using it. They took that legitimacy and bastardized it. If I were president, we would not be in Iraq today — we would not be at war. This president abused the process.

  • Rolling Stone: Had you thought of Bush as someone whose word you could trust at that point?

    KERRY: It seems to me that we had a right to expect the president of the United States to live up to his word. It was disgraceful, one of the most egregious, fundamentally flawed moments of foreign policy that I can think of in my lifetime.

  • Rolling Stone: Are you saying that Bush’s conduct of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — not to mention the way he has pissed off our allies — has been incompetent?

    KERRY: Oh, absolutely. Worse than incompetent. Clouded by ideological excess, a misinterpretation of history, a willful denial of facts.

  • Rolling Stone: Did you feel you were blindsided by Dean’s success?

    KERRY: Well, not blindsided. I mean, when I voted for the war, I voted for what I thought was best for the country. Did I expect Howard Dean to go off to the left and say, “I’m against everything”? Sure. Did I expect George Bush to f*** it up as badly as he did? I don’t think anybody did.