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Four Questions for Kerry

From the August 2, 2004 issue: Whether or not Kerry can win depends on whether he can succeed in answering four obvious questions.
by William Kristol
08/02/2004, Volume 009, Issue 44



HOW IS JOHN KERRY DIFFERENT from every other liberal Democrat from Massachusetts? This is the question Sen. Kerry needs to answer this week at the Democratic convention in Boston. For, even though President Bush's poll numbers are less than he (and we at THE WEEKLY STANDARD) would like them to be, they're good enough that he won't be Carter in 1980 or Bush in 1992. Though beatable, he isn't an incumbent asking (so to speak) to be defeated. So John Kerry needs actually to win this election. He can't simply count on Bush's losing it.
Now, Kerry doesn't need to win by being personally compelling or dramatically effective. He does need to be an acceptable, responsible alternative to the president. Or, rather, he needs to be seen by a majority of American voters as an acceptable, responsible replacement for Bush as president. And he needs to make this case in a post-9/11, post-Iraq-war, post-same-sex-marriage-in-Massachusetts world.
Kerry is very well aware of this challenge. He has gone out of his way to move to the center since clinching the nomination. He doesn't sound like a Massachusetts liberal, like Ted Kennedy or Michael Dukakis. In fact, one would hardly know Kerry has been, in truth, a Massachusetts liberal for his entire political career. His task at the convention is to further obscure that fact. But can he do it? That depends on whether he can succeed in answering four obvious questions any sensible citizen, surveying his career, will ask.
1. If Kerry were president, would he be willing to use force? John Kerry opposed President Reagan's policy of providing military aid to the anti-Communist resistance in Central America. He opposed the first Gulf War. He voted against the $87 billion necessary to continue prosecuting the current war in Iraq (one of only 12 senators to do so). Is he really capable of being commander in chief in the world we find ourselves living in since 9/11?
2. If Kerry had been president the past four years, would Saddam still be in power? In October 2002, Kerry voted to authorize the use of military force to remove Saddam. But now he suggests that President Bush "misled the nation into fighting" this war. Given what we now know, does Kerry believe going to war to remove Saddam was the right decision? Does he believe, as he seems to have indicated, that the war on terror is "really" about fighting al Qaeda, or does the war on terror include dealing with dictators with terror ties and weapons of mass destruction programs? Is Kerry willing to hold open, therefore, the possibility of the use of force to prevent the current Iranian regime from acquiring nuclear weapons?
3. If Kerry were president, would we pull out of Iraq? Kerry says he would not cut and run in Iraq. But the single most famous statement of his political career remains his dramatic cry as a leader of the anti-Vietnam War movement in 1971: "How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?" How will President Kerry ask young Americans to continue dying in a war he has denounced as one President Bush "wanted" to fight rather than one the United States needed to fight?
4. If Kerry were president, would marriage be redefined? Kerry opposes a constitutional amendment affirming in our basic law that marriage joins a man and a woman. Furthermore, he was one of only 14 Senate Democrats to oppose the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), signed by President Clinton in 1996, which sought legislatively to confine court decisions authorizing same-sex marriage in one state (such as Massachusetts) to that state. Wouldn't Kerry's judicial appointees tend to agree with the argument he made in 1996 that DOMA is unconstitutional? Doesn't a Kerry presidency guarantee that the courts will succeed in changing the meaning of marriage throughout the United States?
We look forward to Sen. Kerry's acceptance speech on Thursday evening, as he seeks to answer these questions.
--William Kristol

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I only have one question:



ARE YOU BETTER OFF NOW THAN YOU WERE FOUR YEARS AGO?












IF you aren't then it's time for a change. Cool
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actually, that was five questions Laughing
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My question to all three persons running: When will the government decrease the payroll tax and stop just decreasing the income tax?

If the payroll tax were to decrease many many low income/low wage earner's would see an immediate increase in disposable income.
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[quote]Whether or not Kerry can win depends on whether he can succeed in answering four obvious questions


1. If Kerry were president, would he be willing to use force?


2. If Kerry had been president the past four years, would Saddam still be in power?

3. If Kerry were president, would we pull out of Iraq?

4. If Kerry were president, would marriage be redefined?

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this is the kinda crap that drives me crazy about republicans and conservatives... why are these the only four questions needed to determine whether Kerry can win the election?? and why are the questions framed the way they are, or some of them even asked when Kerry has already stated his position??

take the first question, Kerry voluteered to join the military in the midst of war, if he believed it was important enuf to join the military in a war, doesn't it imply that he is willing to use military force?? a better question might be how and when would he use force, not IF

on the second question, what difference has it made wether Saddam was in power or not?? was Saddam a threat to us? was he a bigger threat than North Korea or Iran?? how about asking if its worth 900 lives, thousands of injuries, and Billions of dollars, for a less stable Iraq with no Saddam??

Kerry has already said what he would do about Iraq, and he didn't say he would pull out immediately

the fourth question is simply irrelevent, and is only a wedge issue to scare non-thinking religious or uptight voters
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Since I havent heard proposed a National Malpractice Fund and/or Socialized Medical Care, I see him as another Advocate of the Corporate Lobby.His choice of a trial-lawyer sue-master side-kick re-inforces the Money,$$$$, Money message. U.$.A. needs less Lawyers and more Business men in government. We need people who know how to make Payroll and how to put people to work. This Keyensian Capitalism was designed based on full employment. Exporting Jobs puts black ink on the bottom line, but theres no chicken in many pots. I am not impressed by Bush nor Kerry.
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[quote]I am not impressed by Bush nor Kerry.
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i guess that means you'll be voting for Ralph Nader, or not at all??
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[quote="not4uplayer"]I only have one question:



ARE YOU BETTER OFF NOW THAN YOU WERE FOUR YEARS AGO?


yes! i'm better off now then when Clinton was in office.

1.
I have money in my pocket

2.
My kid gets to use some of the tax dollars, I pay to the pulbic schools systems, in which he dose not attend.
[ my state is paying for half of the books he needs ].

3.
My 401k are better protected from the corparate thugs, thanks to AShcroft, Apointed by Bush.

4. i ws able to buy a new van because of the loest instreest rate in history, under Bush.

5. I refi my home for a low intrest rate, under Bush'

6. My son getts a btter deal \ package from Colleges, based on more money beng givening to Colleges.

7. I can not shelter more of my money from Taxes under Bush'

8. I can start another college fund free from taxes under Bush'

So hell yea!, i'm doing better now, than four years ago.








IF you aren't then it's time for a change. Cool[/quote]
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Bush, Kerry, and Nader are not the only choices for President. In most situations if one were to make a decision, they would want to know all the possible options. Most Americans over rate the value of their vote. They only research the options given to them by the Media, and dont even evaluate the credentials, record, and/or abilities of all contenders. This choice that is made in the voting booth is not an informed one when only a small number of the choices are consitered. Thus true democracy is not possible since some are excluded from air-time etc and remain unknown on election day. Evil or Very Mad However, in response to CORNBREAD, I do like the possibilities Nader brings to the table. Remember; Anybody, Everybody votes for, WINS. This remains true regardless of their party affiliation. Cool
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[quote]Whether or not Kerry can win depends on whether he can succeed in answering four obvious questions

1. If Kerry were president, would he be willing to use force?

2. If Kerry had been president the past four years, would Saddam still be in power?

3. If Kerry were president, would we pull out of Iraq?

4. If Kerry were president, would marriage be redefined?
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Man, I don't care about any of this sh*t. The only thing I might be concerned about is how we can keep a lid on extremism in Iraq, and would it be possible to enforce strong curfews on the general populace. The fact of the matter re: Iraq is that we broke it, we bought it. Yes, the question is not if the question is HOW.

Re: Kerry as CIC. I imagine two scenarios. One: an Al Queda terrorist jumps up on the beach in front of John Kerry who takes out an M-16 and shoots him dead. Two: another Al Queda terrorist jumps up on the beach in front of George Bush who stands around for 15 minutes trying to read a children's book with a dumb look on his face.
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