July 06, 2004
Dukakis Had a Tank
Posted by jk at July 6, 2004 02:10 PM
And Governor Dukakis had that cool helmet. Dukakis looked cool. I dunno, but Senator Kerry almost looks dorky or somethin;
Gary Hart still has them both beat with Donna Rice...
If John 1 had completed the most rudimentary firearm safety course he'd know never to leave his finger in the trigger guard when he's not looking and aiming at something he's prepared to shoot, even if the muzzle is pointed down range.
JK, "Dukakis looked cool?" Surely you've forgotten the photo: http://www.all-encompassingly.com/archives/Dukakis_tank.jpg
... But apparently, he really can shoot. According to this story (http://www.jsonline.com/news/state/jul04/241353.asp) he hit 17 out of 25 clays, with a borrowed gun no less. Having tried this myself, I'll admit he's pretty good.
A Kerry anecdote struck a chord with me too: "When I was 12 years old, my passion was being allowed to go out and sit on the John Deere and drive around the field and plow. And I learned as a kid what it was like to look in back of me and see those furrows and see that pattern and feel a sense of accomplishment and end up dusty and dirty and tired, but feeling great looking back on that field that you'd plowed."
When I was 12 years old my passion was being allowed to go out and drive grandpa's old riding mower around the yard and cut the grass. I learned as a kid what it was like to look in back of me and see the evenly cut grass, and ultimately a completely manicured lawn, and feel a sense of accomplishment. I ended up dusty and dirty and tired, but felt great looking back on that lawn that I'd mowed.
I still relate to this sense of value today. As it happens, I just finished stacking the last bales of our first cutting of hay this year. I was so proud of my accomplishment I took photos of the bales in the field before I went out to pick them all up.
It's possible that John 1 is making this all up, but I don't think so. Nobody knows that feeling, that sense of a job well done, unless he's actually experienced it. Bully for you, John. You're not ALL bad.
(Now if he would just encourage all Americans to accomplish for themselves and stop raising taxes and spending at virtually* every opportunity. I could contemplate supporting him then.)
* I had to qualify John 1's spending proclivity since he did vote AGAINST the $87 billion for Iraq after he voted FOR it.
I'm sure his story is true on some level and that he is sincere. And, hey, to see a Democrat staging a photo-op with a firearm is a nice break (Minority Leader Pelosi smiles after hitting 8 of 10 targets with her Casull .454...)
Nice break from our joint-demonizations. But before we get toooooo nicey-nicey, remember that is foreign policy is bad as well. Profligacy, high-taxes, and a French Veto on USA's defense!
Yeah, I remembered John 1's capitulary foreign policy. I was just trying to be as POSITIVE as possible. When I said I could CONTEMPLATE supporting him, foreign policy was the first additional complaint that came to mind.
I liked what DM had to say about this Kerry photo last night: "It's nice to see Kerry finally pull the trigger on something!"
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