A testy U.S. Sen. John F. Kerry yesterday blamed clueless voters with short attention spans for the uphill battle beleaguered Democrats are facing against Republicans across the nation.
“We have an electorate that doesn’t always pay that much attention to what’s going on so people are influenced by a simple slogan rather than the facts or the truth or what’s happening,” Kerry told reporters after touring the Boston Medical Center yesterday.
This is the same man who, just a couple months ago, was stunned to find out that people were furious that he docked his $7 million foreign-made yacht in another state to dodge Massachusetts luxury taxes. Taxes, of course, are for the little people.
And now Kerry's in a snit because those same little people are too stupid and uninformed to realize what he and the rest of the noblesse are really doing for us. He symbolizes what government in this country has become -- an exclusive club dedicated to the proposition that they know better.
That's not how it was meant to be, of course. Government in America was designed to serve the people, to do what we want. If we want, for example, to drive cars and fly on trips of longer distances, the government should direct our taxes at better roads and a modern flight-control system. Not spend billions on trains.
If we like our health insurance, but want to be sure that the poor are taken care of, then our representatives in government should leave ours alone and fix theirs. And, by the same token, if we think our taxes are high enough, thank you very much, it is not government's place to raise them anyway and tell us it had no choice. It did.
Abraham Lincoln termed it as government of the people, by the people and for the people. John Kerry disagrees.