Monday, October 04, 2004

The Global Test Located!!!

Now we know what Global Test John Kerry was talking about during the last debate. A Freeper discovered it in a Google Search. See:

Officially Authorized, Internationally Recognized Global Test


Blogger Dave said...

Forgive me if I've stumbled onto a sarcasm fest, but I guess you get what you get when you sign up for BlogExplosion.

Senator Kerry explained exactly what the "global test" is:

"But if and when you do it, Jim, you have to do it in a way that passes the test, that passes the global test where your countrymen, your people understand fully why you're doing what you're doing and you can prove to the world that you did it for legitimate reasons."

So you see, he wants the American people to know what's going on and he wants to the people of the world to see proof that we're doing something for legitimate reasons. That's all.

And in case you're worried about other governments with veto power over America's security, he did talk about that:

"No president, through all of American history, has ever ceded, and nor would I, the right to preempt in any way necessary to protect the United States of America."

So there's really nothing to worry about.

Oh, and by the way, if you ARE concerned about the need to prove to the world that what America is up to is legitimate, we've done this before. It's nothing new. The Declaration of Independence was just such a document. Jefferson had this to say about the Declaration: (bold added by me for emphasis)

"When forced ... to resort to arms for redress, an appeal to the tribunal of the world was deemed proper for our justification. This was the object of the Declaration of Independence. Not to find out new principles or new arguments, never before thought of, not merely to say things which had never been said before; but to place before mankind the common sense of the subject, in terms to plain and firm as to command their assent, and to justify ourselves in the stand we are compelled to take." (Thomas Jefferson, letter to Henry Lee, 1825) SourceI don't really expect the right wing of the Republican Party to stand up and say "oh, that's what he meant" but if I don't stand up and set the record straight, I will be just as guilty of falsehood-mongering as those who propogate the falsehoods in the first place.

For anyone interested in reading what else I have to say about this and other topics, and in commenting on same, feel free:

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Blogger Doug said...

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12:43 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Welcome Dave,

Yes, you did stumble into a bit of an inside-joke among the political right. My blog isn't really a good "one stop shopping" place for the background on why the right finds the "global test" comment both funny and telling. But I'll take a shot.

Shorthand version: Of course you can point to comments Kerry made which seem to suggest he would happily override the U. N., so no need to worry about the "global test" remark. And you kind find other comments he made previously which imply the opposite. That's the essence of his "flip-flop" image. He has a 20 year record in the Senate, and a very long history of public comments on such matters. He says darn near anything the audience he's speaking to wants to hear. But his voting record aligns far more with a U. N. focused "dove," than a nationalist "hawk." So words to the contrary ring hollow to us.

The right is inclined to think, campaign words aside, in his heart he's a passive, decision-by-committee type. And the U. N. is nothing if not a committee. We don't think he would have gone into Iraq regardless of the seriousness of the threat as long as the U. N. Security Council opposed it. And we have serious doubts about Afghanistan as well.

We also think he has an inordinate concern about the opinion of France and Germany, and possibly Russia as well. We're far more skeptical about those nations' concern and competence regarding our national security than Kerry seems to be. We don't trust them, nor do we trust someone to be in charge of our national security who does.

So basically flip-flop, plus committee-think, plus Euro-think equals the reason the right finds this comment amusing and telling.

But thanks for posting the thoughful commentary. Too little of that in political discourse these days. You're welcome to refute or rebut any time.

Incidentally, just for the record, I didn't sign up for blog explosion. I think they grabbed a handful of different blogs from blogspot as samples when they started their service, and mine was one of them. First I even heard about it was when I noticed traffic arriving from there. Doesn't matter to me. Everybody's welcome here.

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