Cronkite berates Kerry in an open letter

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Cronkite berates Kerry in an open letter

Bill:Here's where you're going wrong.Spending has historically greatly increased under Republcians, not DEmocrats.C.

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Cronkite berates Kerry in an open letter

I find this rather interesting. Perhaps you will as well.Oracel
-------------------------------------------------The Denver Post
walter cronkiteDear Senator Kerry ...
By Walter Cronkite
Sunday, March 21, 2004 - Dear Sen. Kerry: In the interests of your campaign and your party's desire to unseat George W. Bush, you have some explaining to do. During the primary campaign, your Democratic opponents accused you of flip-flopping on several important issues, such as your vote in favor of the Iraq War resolution.Certainly your sensitivity to nuance, your ability to see shades of gray where George Bush sees only black and white, explains some of your difficulty. Shades of gray don't do well in political campaigns, where primary colors are the rule. And your long and distinguished service in the Senate has no doubt led to genuine changes in some positions. But the denial that you are a liberal is almost impossible to reconcile.When the National Journal said your Senate record makes you one of the most liberal members of the Senate, you called that "a laughable characterization" and "the most ridiculous thing I've ever seen in my life." Wow! Liberals, who make up a substantial portion of the Democratic Party and a significant portion of the independent vote, are entitled to ask, "What gives?"It isn't just the National Journal that has branded you as a liberal. So has the liberal lobbying group Americans for Democratic Action. Senator, check your own website. It says you are for rolling back tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, for tax credits to both save and create jobs, for real investment in our schools. You've voted, in the words of your own campaign, for "every major piece of civil rights legislation to come before Congress since 1985, as well as the Equal Rights Amendment." You count yourself (and are considered by others) a leader on environmental protection issues.You are committed to saving Medicare and Social Security, and you are an internationalist in foreign policy.What are you ashamed of? Are you afflicted with the Dukakis syndrome - that loss of nerve that has allowed conservatives both to define and to demonize liberalism for the past decade and more? You remember, of course, that it was during the 1988 presidential campaign that George Bush I attacked Democrat Michael Dukakis both for opposing the Vietnam War and for stating he was a card-carrying member of the American Civil Liberties Union. Both proved, Bush said, that Dukakis was a liberal. Dukakis responded to that as an attack on his patriotism. He defended neither liberalism nor the ACLU.Dukakis might have responded by saying: "I am surprised, Mr. Bush, that you are not a member of the ACLU. We do not have to agree on all the positions that the ACLU may take on this issue or that, but we should applaud its effort to protect the rights of Americans, even those charged with heinous crimes." Dukakis might have defended liberalism as the legacy of FDR and Harry Truman and John F. Kennedy - none of whom were anything like 100 percent liberals but all of whom advanced the cause of a truly liberal democracy.But by ducking the issue, Dukakis opened the way for the far right to make "L" for liberal a scarlet letter with which to brand all who oppose them. In the course of that 1988 exchange, Bush offered a telling observation, saying, in effect, that liberals don't like being called liberal. You seem to have reaffirmed that analysis.If 1988 taught us anything, it is that a candidate who lacks the courage of his convictions cannot hope to convince the nation that he should be given its leadership. So, senator, some detailed explanations are in order if you hope to have any chance of defeating even a wounded George II in November. You cannot let the Bush league define you or the issues. You have to do that yourself. Take my advice and lay it all out, before it's too late.------------------------------------------------
Walter Cronkite has been a journalist for more than 60 years, including 19 as anchor of the CBS Evening News.

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Boy do I agree with this.I wear my liberalism with pride - the way conservatives tout their conservatism with pride.Kerry is an idiot for pretending he's not liberal. If he had courage, he could take on the right wing demonization of liberals..But he's just another Gore.c

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You mean he would also be stupid enough to lift a powerline like Gore did during the ice storm of 98?

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quote:Originally posted by Lewiston Liberal:
[b]Boy do I agree with this.I wear my liberalism with pride - the way conservatives tout their conservatism with pride.Kerry is an idiot for pretending he's not liberal. If he had courage, he could take on the right wing demonization of liberals..But he's just another Gore.c[/b]

No, he's a Gore wanna be and that is saying a lot.

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quote:Originally posted by Lewiston Liberal:
[b]Boy do I agree with this.I wear my liberalism with pride - the way conservatives tout their conservatism with pride.
c[/b]

They do NOT equate. We conservatives want you to take your G__ D_____d hands out of our pockets!We don't give a damn what you do with your money.Cut government spending, cut taxes now![ 03-22-2004: Message edited by: billPhillips ]

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???

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I think Kerry is a lot smarter than Gore. He will run a good campaign. He still may lose, but he will run a much better campaign than Gore did.

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Tony, note that we agree..But it will still be desperately lacking in my view..His performance to date has been appaling.. "I voted for it before I voted against it"??Gawd.Chris.

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That says nothing. Kerry's problem is Kerry. he has a 19 year record of doing nothing , flip flopping, and voting the wrong weay on scores of critical votes. Add in his style, or lack thereof, and his public persona and he's a major league loser.

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How many of you may have read in some papers today, that Kerry did not wish the press to photograph him on the slopes, where he was 'snowboarding? The reason he gave was that if he fell, he didn't want the entire world to see him on his kisser.You all saw the one picture the liberal media printed yesterday with him, Kerry, floating on air with his snowboard...well, today there was one of him sitting on his tushy. He must have been upset over that one. Oracle :p

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quote:Originally posted by Lewiston Liberal:
[b]???[/b]

While I would prefer to rant on the misuse of the term "liberal," suffice it to say that virtually all "liberal" action requires increased government spending, which in turn requires increased taxes.Where am I going wrong in my interpretation of "liberal?"

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The liberal, left wing media at work again. Take a nap, Walter. You'll feel differently when you wake up.charlie

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