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"John Kerry and the Politics of Wussess "

rec 11/4/06

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JOHN KERRY & THE POLITICS OF WUSSES
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[Col. Writ. 11/4/06] Copyright 2006 Mumia Abu-Jamal

Politics is about power; how to get it, and how to use it.

The recent media-minted 'controversy' over John Kerry's flubbed joke, the White House/GOP response, and his subsequent apology was a lesson in the use of power, and the absence of it.

Republicans quickly figured out how to spin the flubbed joke into a class attack on the military, and Kerry, never a master at the mike (except when he was a young man speaking to Congress about the Vietnam War), struggled briefly before submitting to the media mob.

"I apologize if I've offended anyone,"  he moaned, as false a mea culpa as politicians routinely issue when they get tired of the klieg lights at their door.

The kicker is that, even without consciously trying, the Massachusetts Democratic Senator actually got it mostly right.

When one looks at the military's ruthless wooing of poor kids in Black and Hispanic high schools, they offer them something that is usually beyond most family's reach: money for college.  Indeed, the Pentagon's recent dropping of cutoff scores for enlistees seems to affirm Kerry's unintended remarks.

Indeed, 'if you don't study hard,' if you fail to acquire a scholarship, say, in this age of deindustrialization, the military may be one of the few real life options to people with few resources.

The Army, Navy and Air Force Academies, where officers are trained, are perhaps the only bachelor-degree granting institutions in the country which offer free tuition and entry fees.

But, it matters for naught that Kerry was inadvertently correct.  The media spun it out of control, and the more he fought, the more he seemed like a tired bass on the line, being reeled in.

The Democrats are so nervous about the 'wuss' tag, that a guy with a chestful of medals is worn down in a matter of hours by politicians who pushed pens during the war, or used their family's contacts to stay safe.

The party that has sold the lives of thousands of young men and women (*and at least half a million Iraqis!*) to benefit the cash flow of corporations, charge the Massachusetts Democrat with besmirching the honor of 'our brave troops.' Amazing.

The sad truth is that the Democratic Party, assembled by more disparate pieces than the Frankenstein monster, is not an antiwar party.

It is a corporate party, which is looking to be rented to the highest campaign contributor.

Two years ago, Kerry was on the brink of blasting the Bush regime away, and then there came the debates, where he managed to underwhelm against a dude who couldn't put two intelligible sentences together.  At one debate, he called for the addition of over 40,000 more U.S. troops, thus sending a dagger into the heart of the anti-war movement.

Today, despite the biggest propaganda machine in history, the majority of people in the U.S. see Iraq for the disaster it is.  Withdrawal is no longer a serious question: it's 'when?'

Sometimes, especially when it's right, it's only normal to fight.

Kerry, who rides so highly on his military pedigree, would seem to have forgotten that simple lesson.

Meanwhile, Iraq continues to tumble from the imperial grasp, and the only thing American politicians can do, is quibble over whether it is, or isn't a civil war.

As for Kerry's intended joke that misfired about how stupid President George Bush is, for a moment, GOP spinmiesters were able to turn the tables, into an issue of class disdain.  For many people, Bush's dimness only makes him more appealing, for he seems more like everybody else; more human.

There will undoubtedly be some political change in this upcoming election, but is won't all be the change people want.

Copyright 2006 Mumia Abu-Jamal
 

 


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