July 29, 2004

Is It Over Yet?
— Ace

Well, I got through that without watching so much as five minutes of it. I suppose that, as a political blogger, I was sort of obliged to cover the convention, but I have a good reason for not doing so:

I didn't want to.

What the hell could they say, after all? Figure I'll be different and provide a little counter-programming.

But, now that it's over, let me quote two key Kerry applause lines:

We wil fight a smarter war on terror. We will employ every weapon in our arsenal-- economic as well as military. Principle as well as firepower.

Wow. I figure Al Qaeda is just quivering over that threat.

Until, that is, they realize that "principle" is not in fact a weapon. It is the opposite of a weapon: it's a restraint on one's behavior. An often virtuous restraint, to be sure, but then, the forces of darkness do not tremble at the thought of their enemies behaving civilly towards them.

And that's precisely what John French Kerry promised them. Principle, and plenty of it.

Combining Edwards' and Kerry's promises: We will destroy Al Qaeda-- with principle.

Personally, I prefer killing or capturing as many of these animals as possible, and I'm not very particular as to how that might come to be. I like sausages enough to not question the manner by which the slaughterer and butcher bring them to my table.

Principle is an expensive virtue. It is often worth the costs. It is not worth the costs when we are threatened with thousands of American deaths in one day. If John Kerry fights this war with "principle," I hope he explains to the families of the next victims of terrorism why the abstract notion of principle was more important that doing everything in his power -- everything in his power -- to save their loved ones' lives.

I have a feeling the families of the dead Americans will end up preferring a war fought with more conventional weapons. And -- shivers! -- occasionally some rough handling of captured Al Qaeda mass-murderers.

Next quote:

[speaking about the Woodstock Moment:] It was a time for marching. Marching for civil rights, marching for voters' rights. For the environment, and for women. And for peace. We believed we could change the world, and guess what? We did."

Ahem. This shows the entire problem with liberalism, which remains firmly trapped in a timewarp in which it is always the Summer of Fuckin' Love.

We're in the middle of a war against the most savage animals we've ever faced -- and in terms of pure animal savagery directed towards Americans and American troops, they're far worse than the Nazis -- and this sixties throwback is talking about marching for goddamned peace.


War is Over,
if you want it...
War is Over,
if you want it...

Everything is seen by liberal boomers through the prisms of their misspent, selfish, pampered youths, and through their one great triumph over war itself, their campaign to surrender in Vietnam.

If John French Kerry does win this election-- pass the joint. If our commander in chief is going to remain beclouded in a skunky fog of pot and juvenile naivete left hardened over forty fucking years of ignorance and stupidity like so much bong-resin spilled on the floor of your flower-spangled VW Bug, I might as well get stoned while I wait for my own anhiliation.

But when New York is bomed -- this time, bombed hard enough to shut down large sections of the city and leave me dead -- I'll at least be comforted by the notion that John Kerry confronted my killers with principle.

Posted by: Ace at 08:42 PM | Comments (20)
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1 Aiiieeee, my eyes!

Please close your italics tag, it's driving me batshit.

Posted by: Mr. Bowen at July 29, 2004 08:47 PM (rZWXl)

2 I love you Ace, but your italics are broken

Posted by: Joe R. at July 29, 2004 08:51 PM (DHwcf)

3 No, they've been fixed for a while. Refresh.

Posted by: ace at July 29, 2004 08:57 PM (iog7U)

4 "Where were the fuckin' ballons? What was going on there? When the music cues you drop the ballons... Where were you?!"

"Well, I was waiting... I thought..."

"You thought?! You thought? You had five goddamn thoughts tonight! When I say, drop, you drop! The speech ends, the music comes up and the ballons drop... that's just.. the.. way.. it.. is!"

"Lemme ask you, do you like your jobs? Cause I saw some lose shit out there tonight. Is Teresa Hienz Kerry good for her money? When you lay down $3.50 for a bottle of Heinz 57 do you get a bottle of toilet water? No! You get a damn fine steak sauce condiment. Well, I expect you to pay back what we pay you in performance!"

"Where's Joe Wilson?"

Posted by: Ron C at July 30, 2004 12:05 AM (jcq4W)

5 We will fight a smarter war on terror. We will employ every weapon in our arsenal-- economic as well as military. Principle as well as firepower.


Posted by: Longshanks at July 30, 2004 02:44 AM (aZdyw)

6 I hope some GOP operatives were on balloon duty.

Posted by: rdbrewer at July 30, 2004 02:57 AM (2LE6C)

7 Amen, Ace.

Posted by: FelixUSA at July 30, 2004 03:51 AM (hv7mA)

8 We are stardust
We are golden
We are caught in the devil's parlor
And we've got to get ourselves
Back to the garden

Posted by: IB Bill at July 30, 2004 04:02 AM (nzYvk)

9 Who exactly was that hippie crap for, anyway? All those filthy old flower children are already on board, and while they may have had a purpose, no one wants a damn hippie making decisions for the country.

Posted by: spongeworthy at July 30, 2004 04:27 AM (uSomN)

10 My comments to my friends this morning, which I'll share here.

First, the speech was overwrought, overlong, cliched, and poorly delivered. Other than that, I felt the Senator did a fine job.

Second, I will permit myself only one observation about the policy discussed in the speech, on that least favorite subject of mine, the war.

The Senator said that the intelligence in Iraq was wrong, and that under his leadership America will only go to war if we must, and that we will only go to war on the basis of good intelligence.

Please explain how as president the Senator will be able to successfully judge the veracity of any future intelligence, when he himself misjudged the intelligence presented leading up to the war in Iraq, as represented in his vote for the war, not to mention a decade's worth of statements during the Clinton Administration supporting regime change in Iraq? Hw could he be sure he was not being fooled again by his "reformed" intelligence agencies? Given that perfect intelligence does not exist anyways, a president will require the courage to risk making what hindsight may think is the wrong call. Does this mean that we must always retaliate -- i.e., wait to be attacked-- and never preempt? Can we ever attack if provoked?

I'm just curious.

Arlington, Virginia

Posted by: Dave at July 30, 2004 04:46 AM (rV7Dk)

11 So I'm sitting there, watching the Kerry speech and I'm struck by the following passage:

"And now it's our time to ask: What if?

What if we find a breakthrough to cure Parkinson's, diabetes, Alzheimer's and AIDs? What if we have a president who believes in science, so we can unleash the wonders of discovery like stem cell research to treat illness and save millions of lives?

What if we do what adults should do – and make sure all our children are safe in the afternoons after school? And what if we have a leadership that's as good as the American dream – so that bigotry and hatred never again steal the hope and future of any American?"

Now, just for a lark, I decided to add the word "Imagine" in to all the spots where he says "What if".

I came up with the following:

"Imagine we believe in science,
and the wonders of discovery too,
Curing Aids and Alzheimers,
With stem cells isn't hard to do.

Imagine there's no children,
unsafe after school.
Imagine that our leaders,
eliminated hatred too.

You may say, I'm a dreamer.
But I'm not the only one.
I hope some day, you'll join us.
And John Edwards and I can live as one."

I mean, seriously, didn't that section of the speech read like a lost Lennon verse?

Posted by: Senator PhilABuster at July 30, 2004 06:04 AM (UHfuz)

12 Phil, that was beautiful. I'll go puke now.

Posted by: The Black Republican at July 30, 2004 06:44 AM (9VCzx)

13 LMAO: "... that was beautiful. I'll go puke now." I'm stealing that line!

Posted by: Michelle at July 30, 2004 07:27 AM (qnO5x)

14 The thing that really bothered me about Frenchy's speech was how poorly it was delivered. He stammered over his first line and raced through the rest of it. On top of that, he had this fidgety nervous energy with his hands (even when they showed him from the side, he kept shuffling his feet) and was sweating like a pig the entire time. Maybe I'm being shallow here but to me he seemed like a guy that appeared to be in way over his head and lacked the confidence needed to do the job. For all the talk about W being a poor speaker, at least he speaks with conviction and a sence of purpose. In Kerry's first chance to appear Presidential to the nation, I think he totally bombed. Personally, I found his delivery and body language so distracting that it was hard to concentrate on what he was saying.

Posted by: WindyCity at July 30, 2004 07:36 AM (PTRPR)

15 I agree with ya, TBR. That passage made me ill, too. I just underscored how hippy-dippy, power to the people, all we are saying is give peace a chance, the Kerry speech really was.

Hell, I half expected Yoko to walk out during the balloon drop, only to have her and John reintroduce "bagism" to a whole new generation.

Posted by: Senator PhilABuster at July 30, 2004 07:43 AM (UHfuz)

16 Embassies bombed in Uzbekistan... guess it's OK to respond now. Or not.

Posted by: Chrees at July 30, 2004 07:45 AM (9G2aW)

Convention Haiku.
Loose shit;

Wild Reeds dancing in Summer Storm

Global warming ends
When Kerry is elected;
Teresa's nucking futs

Posted by: lauraw at July 30, 2004 08:58 AM (B5xiy)

18 Wait, they already had the Democratic Convention? I thought that was an assemblage of The Aquarian Tabernacle Church.

"Among our people there are some yet who speak with the Moon and dance with the Horned One in the forest. These are the Wicca, our clergy, the leaders in the Old Ways. Deep and often inscrutable, they are recognizable only by our own kind by the light in their eyes, the lilt of their voice, the love in their heart, the magic in their hands and their knowledge of themselves and of our realities."

Talking to the Moon? Dancing with the Horned One?

Are you certain that was the DNC?

Posted by: Richard at July 31, 2004 05:43 AM (YwdKL)

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