"The world is not a lodging-house at Brighton, which we are to leave because it is miserable. It is the fortress of our family, with the flag flying on the turret, and the more miserable it is the less we should leave it."
-G. K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy
This here blog is a glimpse or two or three at the condition of the 'fortress of our family' through the eyes Timothy Goddard, a Christian writer with an unhealthy interest in politics living in the Puget Sound area.
As summer approaches, the new favorite on the grill at the Kerry household is apparently flame-broiled hawk with a heaping side of M*A*S*H-ed potatoes. Yesterday, in a speech in West Palm Beach, John Kerry suggested intensive face-to-face talks with North Korea as a means of removing that nation as a nuclear threat. Some cursory research on North Korea immediately identifies it as an open, peace-loving nation which would gladly lay down its weapons in the interest of world cooperation and American anti-terrorism. Or, you know, bomb Washington, D.C. off the face of the planet. One of those two.
How does Senator Kerry intend to pry North Korea’s nukes out of Kim Jong-Il’s cold dead fingers without using military force? Because he certainly won’t give them up any other way. And, that said, how could such a thing be done without provoking China? And how is it that the Vietnam-scarred senator from Massachusetts suddenly sounds a lot like a Cold-War Democrat hawk with a Nixonish secret plan?
Presumably, yesterday’s speech was meant to attract aging baby boomers and Greatest Generation retirees who have previously felt uncomfortable with Kerry’s namby-pamby internationalist stance on defense. But if he continues in this vein, he is sure to alienate his power base in the far-left, thereby throwing a large chunk of them into Nader’s camp.