Skip to comments.Watch Kerry's "but;" therein lies the truth
Posted on 10/11/2004 5:26:01 AM PDT by wai-ming
In his speech, John Kerry uses the word "but" a lot, which has the effect of negating whatever he has just said.
Here are a couple of examples from the debates:
"No president, though all of American history, has ever ceded, and nor would I, the right to preempt in any way necessary to protect the United States of America.
But if and when you do it, Jim, you have to do it in a way that passes the test, that passes the global test where your countrymen, your people understand fully why youre doing what youre doing and you can prove to the world that you did it for legitimate reasons."
Quote from second debate (in response to question on abortion):
"First of all, I cannot tell you how deeply I respect the belief about life and when it begins. I'm a Catholic, raised a Catholic. I was an altar boy. Religion has been a huge part of my life. It helped lead me through a war, leads me today.
But I can't take what is an article of faith for me and legislate it for someone who doesn't share that article of faith, whether they be agnostic, atheist, Jew, Protestant, whatever. I can't do that.
But I can counsel people. I can talk reasonably about life and about responsibility. I can talk to people, as my wife Teresa does, about making other choices, and about abstinence, and about all these other things that we ought to do as a responsible society.
But as a president, I have to represent all the people in the nation. And I have to make that judgment."
In each case, Kerry is signaling what his real intentions are. (He's going to protect America, BUT he won't take action until a "global test" has been passed.) (He has religious convictions, BUT he will cede those convictions to others [liberals] who claim to represent "all the people.")
In the debates, Bush would do well to analyze what Kerry is really saying and nail him on it.
Laura Ingraham calls it the "but" monkey.
"BUT" cancels everything that appears in front of it, in a sentence or thought...
Kerry will help install an anti-American government which France and Germany will support and arm. The biggest sellout in American history is about to take place if Kerry is elected.
Everytime Kerry says "but" it is a lie
HaHaHa.... OK. I get the joke Democrats. You can stop playing around and bring out your real candidate. The Kerry is our candidate gag is getting kind of old. It's now insulting our intelligence trying to make us think you believe he can win. Give it up and get serious.
1) No more defending his record: "Not only have I taken every action I have taken as President in public for all the world to see, but I have explained what I did in two other debates. If you aren't convinced by now, you won't be convinced.
Anyone can stand up here and tell you he would have done better. Hindsight is easy. Senator Kerry wasn't the President during this difficult time, he was a Senator. Instead of telling us how he would have done better, I'd like to her Senator Kerry tell us what he did while he was Senator that shows us he is ready to be President.
What did he do in the time before 9/11 to help us be more secure, besides voting to slash our Intelligence budget. We all know how important Intelligence is in fighting terror. Maybe Senator Kerry can tell us about that. What did he do in the time since 9/11 to help us in the War on Terror. He voted for the war. Then he voted against funding for our troops so he could protest our tax policy.
Senator Kerry was a senator for 20 years. Instead of talking about what he WOULD HAVE DONE as President, perhaps he can talk about what he DID OR DID NOT DO as Senator."
2) On The Economy: "Most economists will tell you that the economy moves fastest when people have more money to spend or save. The difference between Senator Kerry and me is clear on this point. I believe in letting you keep more of your own money. Kerry believes in letting you keep more of your own money as long as you don't earn too much. He picks a figure - today it's $200,000 but who knows how much it will be tomorrow - and says if you earn more than that you don't deserve to keep more of it.
I call that class warfare. I call that penalizing people for working hard. I also call that a shell game. Remember that it was people like John Kerry who introduced the income tax, promising it would only be paid by the top 2% of all wage earners in the country. You know how long that promise lasted. The promse to keep new tax increases to only those who earn above a certain amount will last just as long."
LOL! I still think this "I have a plan" line is hilarious. The fact that he repeats it gives me the idea that it's a stupid plan, whatever it is.
Project management is the execution of plans and the single biggest point of failure is for the project sponsor and project manager (Kerry is at least one of these) to have tacit and erroneous assumptions. This is a weakness to which Kerry is especially vulnerable given his emphasis on the goodness of plans for plans sake. And given his predilection for assumptions (the conspiracy ones are the most entertaining) throughout his campaign.
At the end of the day, if the people carrying out the plan differ with Kerry, it doesn't matter, because there was a plan. If the plan undermines the people who were supposed to be helped (and they always do), that doesn't matter because he is "kind" (in a destructive feudal sort of way) and there was a plan. Yet in each of these cases, the plan would be an abundant failure.
As a seasoned project manager, to my eye, Kerry looks like he is on a joyful ride to kick himself and his "friends" in the assets. :)
Or, as one of my mentors put it..."everything before the 'but' is BULL!"
Bwuhahahahaa! Love that pic!
The dems have so many "butts" on the ticket they needed two Johns!
Sorry, couldn't resist.
This tendency has been part of Kerry's MO forever. He ALWAYS leaves himself and out or a loophole or a caveat... it is his way of trying to cover both sides of every issue. This time he is not getting away with it. The next debate will nail him if the proper questions are tabled, partial birth abortion, tort reform, gay marriage are all topics he will hedge on with his answers... stand by.
When kerry looked into the camera and promised no new taxes, he licked his lips.
As Dick Cheney would say, "Big time!".
Just some trivia...I lived a while in Sri Lanka, and it took me a while to learn they would never say "no" to me. That would be considered bad form. Instead, they would say "Yes, but...". Sounds like sKerry's approach..."Yes, but..." </but-off>
An overwhelming percentage of Americans oppose partial birth abortion!