What Would John Kerry Do?
I keep asking that question of Kerry supporters, hoping to find out the current platform and any honestly substantive agenda the candidate may have. I don't expect anyone to change my mind, but I honestly do want to know what Kerry has to recommend him other than being a rich Democrat senator from Massachussetts, as compared to a rich Texas Governor with an ex-Prez daddy. But I never seem to get any real answers. Instead I hear:
BUSH IS EVIL!
OK, I'll play along, he's Satan Incarnate. So, about that litigation abuse, WWJKD?
BUSH IS A LIAR!
Well, he's a politician and I've seen his lips move, and I'm certainly not going to argue the relative degrees of verity with electronic wanna-be Jesuits. But to stem job outsourcing and smooth the bumps of a shifting world economic structure, WWJKD?
KERRY SERVED IN VIETNAM!
I know that. Everyone who's been within ten feet of any media outlet in the last year knows that. But what we don't know and would like to hear is, on say the impending implosion of Social Security and Medicare, WWJKD?
KERRY ISN'T BUSH!
I'm sure everyone on all sides is thankful about that, not least of all Theresa Kerry and Laura Bush. But, in Iraq, WWJKD?
KERRY WON MEDALS!
Yes yes, in Vietnam. We know. Which he really ought to quit talking about and try talking about some current issues instead, like structural reform of health care instead of more taxpayer-funded bandaids. So WWJKD?
BUSH SCREWED UP!
Well, that's certainly one view with some validity, but it's kinda past-oriented. In terms of the future, WWJKD?
BUSH IS EVIL!
And so it goes.