August 31, 2004


The text of John Kerry's 1971 book The New Soldier -- now going for a cool $699 on Amazon -- is currently available on the Internet.

The introduction and the epilogue are really the only things that matter, as the middle of the book is stuffed with ravings from many people who claimed to have fought in Vietnam but probably served kitchen duty--as B.G. Burkett and others have attested. Of these, the introduction contains a snippet from Kerry's testimony before the Senate and the short epilogue showcases Kerry's inability to support his country when it matters, and even when it doesn't.

As the American people are unabashedly patriotic, the public posting of this book only adds to the potential for another magnificent creaming of the senator's war record and his many subsequent trips to the waffle house. Picture an ad putting the following two quotes side-by-side -- the first a passage from Kerry's book, the second a line from his presidential nomination acceptance speech:

* We will not quickly join those who march on Veterans' Day waving small flags, calling to memory those thousands who died for the "greater glory of the United States." We will not accept the rhetoric. We will not readily join the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars -- in fact, we will find it hard to join anything at all and when we do, we will demand relevancy such as other organizations have recently been unable to provide. We will not take solace from the creation of monuments or the naming of parks after a select few of the thousands of dead Americans and Vietnamese. We will not uphold traditions which decorously memorialize that which was base and grim.

* I'm John Kerry, and I'm reporting for duty.

As usual, if you want to make a liberal politician look ridiculous, use his words and not your own.

Posted by Matt Murphy at August 31, 2004 2:15 PM

I wonder who's hoping that quote about the American Legion doesn't get widespread coverage before Wednesday? The first Swiftboat ad was just an undercard event. Now we are moving toward the main event.

Posted by: Rick T. at August 31, 2004 3:37 PM

I've got an autographed copy of Jim Wright's Reflections of Public Man, and it's not as bad as the critics who'd never even touched a copy made it out to be.

What kind of President would we get in a man who's already tried to suppress a critical book, has threatened libel actions against anyone who caries critical messages, and who tries to hide his past works? Why are the same people whosay Ashcroft is a threat to civil liberties unwilling to criticize this guy?

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at August 31, 2004 3:38 PM

Kerry seems not to know about recorded audio and video OR the internet. I find that inconceivable! (Wallace Shawn voice)

Posted by: Kay at August 31, 2004 3:41 PM