War of Words.....
In the magazine article, a largely analytical cover story by Matt Bai, Kerry is asked "what it would take for Americans to feel safe again." (Special Report: America Votes 2004)
''We have to get back to the place we were, where terrorists are not the focus of our lives, but they're a nuisance,'' the article states as the Massachusetts senator's reply.
''As a former law enforcement person, I know we're never going to end prostitution. We're never going to end illegal gambling. But we're going to reduce it, organized crime, to a level where it isn't on the rise. It isn't threatening people's lives every day, and fundamentally, it's something that you continue to fight, but it's not threatening the fabric of your life.''
Though this was not a completely innocuous statement or a lightweight subject, I am not sure that his statement is tantamount to not knowing the severity of the terrorist threat. This issue, and arguably many issues that were brought up by the Kerry campaign have really become exasperating as this Presidential race has moved along. Whether it was Halliburton, or the Swift Boat Vets, DD 214's, or the justification for purple hearts, this race has not addressed a lot of the issues I am concerned about. The situation in Iraq notwithstanding, I have no clue what the future holds for Energy, Prescription Drugs, Taxes, Health Care, or the economy. I think that we as American people have not done our part because we have not demanded that the incumbent President, or any of the challengers state what their future plans are, and why they would be good for all Americans. Instead, we have been placated by watching a battle of snide comments and derisive commentary.
I am not going to pitch for a certain candidate, or put up hyperlinks to a campaign site. I just hope that anybody out there that reads this will make sure and make an "informed' decision on election day.