It's a common assertion from the left these days that Republicans engage in "fearmongering" as a primary political tactic. So what, may I ask, is this from John Kerry?
Y'know, education--if you make the most of it and you study hard and you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, uh, you, you [sic] can do well. If you don't you get stuck in Iraq....which as every Chablis-sipping arrogant Beacon Hill mandarin knows, is worse than anything imaginable. And this is not fearmongering of the lowest kind? This is the man who was running to be Commander in Chief of what... losers and misfits?
I'm holding my anger in check on this one but just barely. Anyone in uniform has every right to be beyond incensed. Every American has a right--and a responsibility--to examine this man's world view closely and demand an explanation and an apology.
Whatever one thinks of the war, this is an insult to those who volunteered to defend us--who volunteered to risk their lives on our behalf. Camille Paglia (a Democrat) characterized Kerry as having a "droning hauteur". I'd add: a droning, condescending and morally bankrupt hauteur. It's frightening to remember how close this man came to the Oval Office.
Dennis Prager is pointing out that John Kerry's website (totally overloaded at the moment) is saying his quote has been distorted and taken out of context... but he has not seen fit to reprint or specifically refute any part of the quote itself (which I've taken pains to reproduce as precisely as possible from the video).
Decide for yourself but do so based on the primary source.
UPDATE: On re-reading the Kerry quote it occurs to me that, to the extent he thought about it at all, he may have intended it as an insult to the President. (Not that that makes it any better!) Never mind that Bush and Kerry had virtually the same GPA at Yale.