Kerry’s waffles and flip-flops will hurt

by on March 24th, 2004

My column this week in the Independent Florida Alligator discusses John Kerry’s lack of consistency. An excerpt:

He opposed the death penalty for terrorists but now says he supports it. He supported North American Free Trade Agreement but now says he would have voted against it. He supported gay marriage but now opposes that, too.

Kerry’s newest television commercial twice references the candidate’s brief service in Vietnam.

Surely this isn’t the same man who in 1992 on the Senate floor proclaimed, “I am saddened by the fact that Vietnam has yet again been inserted into the campaign…to win the current political conflict.”

Political expediency, it seems, trumps principle.

Even fellow Democrats recognize that Kerry cannot be trusted.

Dean noted, “It appears that his word is no good,” while Joseph Lieberman said, ”We… don’t need a waffler in charge of our country’s future.”

When his own party can’t trust him, how can he expect America to?

The most important things to consider when going to the polls always are the issues. The American people will not vote for a candidate whose stances are contradictory and whose steadfastness seems dubious, at best.

This country needs real leadership, not a self-promoting politician who changes his position each time the winds of public opinion shift.

Hunter Williams