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September 11, 2004

Rhetoric Watch

Fenster Moop writes

Dear Blowhards:

I find this odd.

Doubtless you remember the line from John F. Kennedy's/Theodore Sorenson's Inaugural Address:

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty.

Inspiring still, even if a tad out of step with the views of many of today's Democrats, led by alleged JFK2 John Forbes Kerry.

Yet JFK2 continues to aspire to the mantle of leadership of JFK1, so you'd think he'd treat any appropriation of rhetoric gingerly and with due care.

But here is Kerry in a speech to the National Baptist Convention a few days ago. He is of course critical of the President's handling of Iraq, and says:

(B)ecause we went it alone, we are bearing the burden and paying almost any price almost alone. Almost all the casualties are the sons and daughters of America. And 90 percent of the costs are being met by Americans -- the total so far: $200 billion and rising every day.

I appreciate the point he is making--that that money could go to pressing domestic initiatives. And his point may be sound from the point of view of policy or politics (though I doubt the wisdom on either count.)

What's odd is that JFK2 would so consciously have employed a signature line from his idol to make a point opposite to the original.



posted by Fenster at September 11, 2004


Not really so odd. It's in keeping with his open mouth, insert foot style. To me it shows a lack of planning, research, and foresight (or on the part of his speech writers). Just as with the Vietnam War record, he opens his own cans of worms.

Posted by: susan on September 11, 2004 2:30 PM

I think I liked this site more before the political bent. An intelligent discussion on the philosophical roots of the parties is interesting. But these kind of posts are neither informed nor helpful - like those of most blogs of both (all) political persuasions. I come to this site for a reprieve from the inane rhetoric of other sites. Let me know when you're done so I can come back and enjoy the typically high-quality Blowhard posts....

Posted by: Andy Colyer on September 11, 2004 4:24 PM

Take that, Fenster! Time to take on the really weighty subjects, just like I do: reality TV, magazine ads, NC-17 movies ...

Posted by: Michael Blowhard on September 11, 2004 5:30 PM

I was too harsh. Apologies. I love Fenster's other stuff, and Michael has been doing a great job for a long time. Keep up the god work, Blowhards....

Posted by: A Colyer on September 12, 2004 3:41 PM

Thank you A. Colyer. Actually, you were no more biting than I was in my attempt to stick politics in a too much of a sideward fashion perhaps. Civility, civility, civility . . .

Posted by: fenster on September 13, 2004 6:13 PM

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