John Kerry proves why we should all be grateful he’s not President with his latest shameful comments slandering our troops in Iraq. John McCain has a statement which utterly nails Kerry:
Senator Kerry owes an apology to the many thousands of Americans serving in Iraq, who answered their country’s call because they are patriots and not because of any deficiencies in their education. Americans from all backgrounds, well off and less fortunate, with high school diplomas and graduate degrees, take seriously their duty to our country, and risk their lives today to defend the rest of us in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere. They all deserve our respect and deepest gratitude for their service. The suggestion that only the least educated Americans would agree to serve in the military and fight in Iraq, is an insult to every soldier serving in combat, and should deeply offend any American with an ounce of appreciation for what they suffer and risk so that the rest of us can sleep more comfortably at night. Without them, we wouldn’t live in a country where people securely possess all their God-given rights, including the right to express insensitive, ill-considered and uninformed remarks.
Kerry is completely, utterly, and absolutely tone deaf. He’s stuck in 1971 and continues to slander his own comrades-in-arms. Senator McCain is correct – Kerry’s comments were absolutely disgraceful and inexcusable. Sadly, they’re representative of the way the Democratic Party views the military — as a bunch of rubes who have been hoodwinked into fighting foreign wars rather than trained and professional warriors.
This is exactly the sort of attitude that should remind the American voters why the Democratic Party simply can’t be trusted to provide the leadership we need at this critical juncture in history.
UPDATE: Hot Air is following the story closely, with video. Kerry may have just cost the Democrats the election – he couldn’t have said anything dumber at a less opportune time. Especially with Sen. McCain leading the charge, Kerry’s idiotic response has only made things worse for him and the Democrats.
Couldn’t have happened to a nice bunch of people…
UPDATE: The American Legion has called on Kerry to apologize. As the nation’s largest veterans organization, that statement carries a great deal of weight with veterans. I have a feeling that Kerry’s idiotic statement and his even more idiotic refusal to back down from it will have profound effects on Democratic chances in a week… this is the sort of thing that doesn’t just blow over.