US Congress: The Good Ol’ Boy Network Is Alive And Well
John F. Kerry has no business being US Secretary of State, but – thanks to the Good Ol’ Boy network otherwise known as the United States Congress – that is precisely what is going to happen. If it’s not because of the backroom glad-handing and palm-greased favor-trading that keeps America’s career politicians in power, then what else explains just how it is, exactly, that President Obama’s nomination of
failed nearly-victorious Presidential candidate, John F. Kerry, to be the next US Secretary of State, succeeded by a Senate vote margin of 94-3? Yes… 94-3.
Remember; 41 members of the allegedly esteemed deliberative body that voted ‘Yea’ just happen to be your political heroes in the Republican party. Don’t worry though… when it comes to the Good Ol’ Boy network, party affiliation means nothing; whether it’s ‘just your turn’ is what drives the important decision-making that goes on behind the scenes in those smoke-filled cloakrooms up there on Capitol Hill.
The problems with Kerry, as the guy asserting America’s principles and position around the world, are many and varied and span a US Senate career that stretches back more than 40 years. Beginning with his testimony in April 1971, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, John Kerry has made it clear that he opposes much of what the US does (and has done) militarily in, pretty much, every corner of the globe. It’s worth a few pixels to remind folks what he testified that other vets had told him about the sorts of things they were ordered to do by their Commander-in-Chief:
They told the stories at times they had personally raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned up the power, cut off limbs, blown up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages in fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan, shot cattle and dogs for fun, poisoned food stocks, and generally ravaged the countryside of South Vietnam in addition to the normal ravage of war, and the normal and very particular ravaging which is done by the applied bombing power of this country.
During his run for the Presidency, he further showed his disdain for the men and women who serve the Commander-in-Chief, when he suggested that whoever didn’t educate themselves sufficiently was at great risk of being “stuck in Iraq”:
We’re here to talk about education, but I want to say something. You know, education… if you make the most of it… you study hard, you do your homework, and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don’t you get stuck in Iraq.
In his statement to the panel during his confirmation hearing, Kerry – in suggesting he would implement ‘President Obama’s vision for the world’ – said this:
It is also imperative that in implementing President Obama’s vision for the world as he ends more than a decade of war, we join together to augment our message to the world. President Obama and every one of us here knows that American foreign policy is not defined by drones and deployments alone. We cannot allow the extraordinary good we do to save and change lives to be eclipsed entirely by the role we have had to play since September 11th, a role that was thrust upon us.
And yet, here we are, having fought (or supported) more undeclared wars under Obama than even Bush would have dared to engage, and having more drones deployed than at any other time in history, and having killed more innocent civilians with those drones than any other country. And, while Kerry promises to hand out all that Humanitarian aid we can ill-afford to the growing number of countries that have nothing but disdain for us, we continue to send them arms and equipment so they can kill their own citizens. What ever happened to that 1971 model of John F. Kerry?
Clearly, today’s US Senators have no problem allowing this man who, so publicly and for so long, has made a career out of disdaining the US Military in general, and Military personnel in particular, to be Secretary of State. They are apparently overwhelmingly happy to have him be the face of the American People everywhere he will travel to represent our interests around the world. He’s done his time after all… it’s ‘just his turn’ you see.
It’s important to remind folks, however, of just how futile John F. Kerry really thinks it is to effect any real change around the world. Pay no attention to what he ‘says’ he means to do, and focus on what he’s been preaching since that fancy speech he made when he threw his country and his fellow Soldiers under the bus:
But the issue, gentlemen, the issue is communism, and the question is whether or not we will leave that country to the Communists or whether or not we will try to give it hope to be a free people.
But the point is they are not a free people now under us. They are not a free people, and we cannot fight communism all over the world, and I think we should have learned that lesson by now….
Times change, ladies and gentlemen…people don’t.