Mrs. Heinz Kerry, the Democrat

I want to address a specific claim in the previous email:

Four years later [in 1995], having inherited Heinz’s $500 million fortune, she
married Senator John Forbes Kerry, the liberal then-junior senator from Massachusetts. She became a registered Democrat and the process of her radicalization was set in motion.

Heinz Kerry did not become a Democrat until after the 2002 elections. According to her, she switched parties because she was angry over how Republicans treated Sen. Max Cleland of Georgia during the election.

Teresa Heinz Kerry says anger, not ideology, prompted her to become a Democrat.

The wife of Sen. John Kerry, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, says her emotion stemmed from the way the Republican Party, to which she had pledged allegiance, treated Democratic Sen. Max Cleland of Georgia in 2002….

“Three limbs and all I could think was, ‘What does the Republican party need, a fourth limb to make a person a hero?’ And this coming from people who have not served. I was really offended by that. Unscrupulous and disgusting,” she said, her reference being an indirect one to President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.


I can’t say that I don’t agree with the lady. Republicans like to say that the Democrats are soft on national defense because Democrats tend to be more cautious when it comes to war. There is a reason for that. The Democrats in DC tend to have actually served our country. Republicans on the other hand, tend to have found ways to avoid serving. I think that the Republican Party actually has an inferiority complex about their lack of military experience and compensate for it by being as pro war as they can be. The Democratic Party, on the otherhand, actually knows the full cost of war and is more cautious and careful about it. It is one thing to be patriotic. Its another thing to show your “patriotism” by sending our young men and women to die so you can feel better about getting a deferment fourty years ago.

This is not to say that people who did not serve our country are lesser Americans or lesser politicians. This is just to criticise those who skipped the service for being critical of the patriotism of those who did not.

I will end on the best excuse for being a chicken-hawk. It comes from Tom Delay, the House Majority leader.

He and Quayle, DeLay explained to the assembled media in New Orleans, were victims of an unusual phenomenon back in the days of the undeclared Southeast Asian war. So many minority youths had volunteered for the well-paying military positions to escape poverty and the ghetto that there was literally no room for patriotic folks like himself. Satisfied with the pronouncement, which dumbfounded more than a few of his listeners who had lived the sixties, DeLay marched off to the convention.

(Houston Press)

This is the same idiot who blamed the Columbine school tragedy on evolution–“Our school systems teach the children that they are nothing but glorified apes who have evolutionized out of some primordial soup of mud.”–and criticized Texas A&M and Baylor (a school which expelled him for dancing) for being liberal teachers of evolution.

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Posted by Perry on July 19, 2004 9:33 AM

I flip back and forth about who disgusts me more: the Republicans or the Democrats. The anecdotes you share here convince me for the moment that it’s the Republicans. But then I remember the Democrats’ naive trust in the “goodness” and “efficacy” of the state, and I just throw up my hands in despair. The state, in the 20th Century has been the secular religion of all “parties of power,” and partisan politics is just a faction fight in the cloisters of that church, with no more distinguishing value than a pick-up basketball game between the “shirts” and the “skins.” A pox on all of them.

Posted by RBH on July 23, 2004 4:01 PM

A great site on local Texas politics and Delay from one of his constituents is here:

The URL points to a specific article, but there are more in the “Past Articles.”

The site is “Juanita’s: The World’s Most Dangerous Beauty Salon, Inc.”