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Jay Ambrose: Kerry nomination emblematic of woes coming in 2013

Scripps Howard News Service Published: January 4, 2013 4:00 AM

Scripps Howard News Service

Since the voters thought Mitt Romney could not save us from the fix we're in, who's going to do it? The fiscal cliff is just one of many cliffs that has threatened us with a mighty tumble over its edge, and Congress is more nearly the sneak who trips you than the guide who leads you to safety.

Don't meanwhile look for rescue from the White House amateur otherwise known as President Barack Obama. As an example of his helpfulness, this New Year arrives with five new Obamacare taxes that will add painfully to health costs and otherwise bollix up our lives.

Then there's this trick of nominating Sen. John Kerry as secretary of state, and yes, that would be the same John Kerry who returned from the Vietnam War saying our soldiers were war criminals. He also lied about being in Cambodia one Christmas during that war and associated with a radical veterans group that on one occasion voted on whether to assassinate U.S. senators it didn't like.

Remember how, during his 2004 campaign for president, he wanted to risk American lives by having a U.S.-led peacekeeping force save Haiti's dictatorial president from rebels because he had gotten into office through a vote of the people? Well, Adolf Hitler also got into office by a vote of the people, one proof among thousands that the fact of being elected only proves you can fool some of the people some of the time.

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A horror of many liberals during that campaign was how Kerry, strutting about as a war hero, was denigrated by veterans of Vietnam Swift Boat operations as pretty much a joke of a soldier. The group's denunciations seem to have been overwrought on some (though not all) particulars, but its TV ads were a mewing kitty cat next to the 2012 TV ads depicting the morally solid Romney as something close to a murderer. Where was liberal angst this time around?

Maybe Kerry as secretary of state would actually get to Cambodia some Christmas, but my firmer conviction is that he would trot elsewhere around the world making a clown of himself and hurting our nation. Senators pretty much give their Cabinet approval to other senators, and my guess is he will get okayed.

But this country will continue to be something other than OK as long as we depend on Washington politicians whose failings could be listed in nothing less than the equivalent of the 356,000-page U.S. code of laws and regulations.

All of which brings me to the states. Maybe that's our way out of at least some of the mess we are in. Wisconsin, under a Republican governor, took on public unions and did get some meaningful measures through the Legislature. More recently, Michigan voted for right to work laws, meaning that unions cannot use the coercive powers of government to keep them in business while simultaneously robbing workers of their rights and the economy of thriving businesses.

There's a great, large fiction in this nation of how unions have forever been the friend of workers when, in fact, there have been all kinds of instances of anti-worker thuggery, theft and economic mayhem at the hands of organized labor. The good and the bad have been mixed for years, even to the point of unions being a major factor in the shutting down of businesses. A real issue is not just high wages vs. low wages, but decent wages vs. no wages.

The problem for the states, of course, is that their constitutionally promised dual sovereignty with the federal government hasn't been respected and that some of them, such as California, are victims of politics as bad as what you find in Washington. In the end, both nationally and in D.C., a wised up electorate will have to make the difference, and maybe, when things get bad enough, that will happen.

(Jay Ambrose, formerly Washington director of editorial policy for Scripps Howard newspapers and the editor of dailies in El Paso, Texas, and Denver, is a columnist living in Colorado. He can be reached at SpeaktoJay(at)aol.com.)


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anonymous Jan 5, 2013 1:55 PM

@ QuickStartTyrant: I too got a laugh at the AOL address. Can't say Jay Ambrose isn't living in the last millennium.? Can't say any better how these people are unaware, just unaware. And the Gerrymandering, thats going to be interesting. The Republican has created "safe" districts which I believe will go to the primary candidates who pander the best to the extremest freak, which their extremest rants can then be used against them in the general. Ask Akin. Far as "fox "fox delusional resentment", I tried telling these people Faux "News" was keeping them misinformed, they chose not to believe me, not even look around the littlest bit. And thats why their heads exploded the night of 6 November.

anonymous Jan 5, 2013 1:51 PM

Listen here! My daddy really didn't want to be President to begin with. He only ran because I wanted him to. I think deep down subconsciously he let Obammy win. You Liberal progressive democrats have another thing coming in 2016. Obammy is not winning a third term as others have suggested. Us intelligent conservative critical thinkers will show you what for. We don't need no sugardaddy to care for us. By the way my daddy still has more money than you EVER will, so there!

anonymous Jan 5, 2013 1:26 PM

@ 3rdworld: Yeah, they do carry on. Somehow taking issue with the freakishness of the Bachmans and Wests for nothing more than those peoples freakishness gets twisted into 'sexist' or 'racist' attacks. It couldn't * possibly * be that Cain and Palin are idiots.

anonymous Jan 5, 2013 10:49 AM


Pretty funny stuff coming from a crowd that is bend on destroying itself from within just to appease the radically right Tea Baggers. Get back to us on how smart ya'll are after you have primaried yourselves into insignificance in 2014.

anonymous Jan 5, 2013 10:09 AM

the author still has his AOL email address. lol.

i'm picturing the candy dish full of Werther's Originals on his desk.

now that you've gerrymandered your way into unopposed congressional districts you guys are just arguing with yourselves in fox delusional resentment land. old white people don't like Obama, blah blah blah, nobody cares what you think anymore.

anonymous Jan 4, 2013 3:37 PM

I dont know what all the talking is about. Kerry will sell out his country again. A leopard does not change its spots. It would not surprise me to see Kerry convert to Islam. If we want to put fear into the other countries and get things done, Obama should have appointed Kerrys wife.

anonymous Jan 4, 2013 1:06 PM

I used to think NAACP, womens rights groups, democrats et al were all hypocrites. They would never speak out rejecting racism against a Conservative minority or woman. Think of all the racist attacks against Clarence Thomas, Herman Cain, Sarah Palin, Star Parker, Alan West, Michele Bachman, Michelle Malkin, Condalesa Rice, George Rodrigue.ever hear any defense from the NAACP, Jessie Jackson, President obama? Any equal rights activist?

So again, the first reaction may be to declare liberal progressives hypocrites. Then it finally dawned on me that is not so. Liberal progressives know that for anyone to declare themselves a liberal progressive democrat they are suffering from a mental disorder. They are weak and not entirely aware of their surroundings. They indeed are defenseless and unable to think for themselves.

To paraphrase James Carville, democrats are like mindless cows, just be ready to use the cattle prod once in a while.

Conservatives on the other hand are intelligent, critical thinkers and successful in their endeavors. They dont need nor want a sugardaddy to care for them. Thus they dont get any outspoken defense from those who trash them and hurl racist accusations at them.

anonymous Jan 4, 2013 11:10 AM

My TI told us about opinions and sphincters, about how everyone has one and about the odor, seems Ambrose/ Scripps Howard has a case of the runs. Keep running on Scripps, someone will buy into your disjointed ... swiftboating the guy who was In Country in support of the guy who went AWOL .... and the GOPpers and Right Wingers and TeaBaggers wonder how we know their nuts.

anonymous Jan 4, 2013 10:28 AM

DC is not about to change. They have no reason nor any incentive to change. They have a cushy job, great benefits, fabulous retirement,fantastic paid vacations, great medical care and work few if any houra. Few if any of the DC crowd could make a living in the private sector. So more of the same is what we are going to get until the entire house of cards falls in on itself.