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Kerry Speaks the Truth to Power – Dissent Is Patriotic

by Pamela Leavey

John Kerry spoke the truth to power today in an awe-inspiring speech at Faneuil Hall in Boston. The text of the speech is available here.

Below are a couple photos from the speech, we’ll add more when available…

(AP Photo/Lisa Poole)

(AP Photo/Lisa Poole)
John Kerry, embraces Judith Droz Keyes after Keyes addressed a crowd, Saturday, April 22, 2006, at Boston’s Faneuil Hall.

John Kerry and Judith Droz Keyes listening to Captain Jonathon Powers.

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More photos here.

67 Responses to “Kerry Speaks the Truth to Power – Dissent Is Patriotic”

  1. Slugbug,

    Interesting operation. I thought it was odd the comments were so consistent compared to other blogs. Probably explains why so few comments…

  2. Ginny

    I dunno… What kind of pennance do you think?

  3. Pamela,

    At least one rant per day? For a week.

  4. Ginny

    Absolutely! Dave start ranting!

  5. Just a chuckle.

    Scrolling past the comments and checking a couple other threads to see if there are new responses, the really good ones sort of jumped out at me. Like # 60 on the previous post from newcomer Don Everett..

    And then the words from others,

    99.9% of Kerry’s votes were anti Bush not pro Kerry.

    Kerry supported the war, is not a decent person

    Kerry did not serve honorably (flash back to rereading the text of his SFRC testimony)

    Hard to believe they are all about the SAME person !!

    Some people are just, confused.

  6. Speaking of confused, I did get a gander at the Freepers.

  7. I would forward the speech, but I know I will probably be accused of promoting Kerry for 2008.

    Some people have said things like “yeah, it’s good, but why didn’t he have those balls two years ago, or he didn’t stand up forcefully to the worst president ever” mess and so on. 🙁

  8. Indie- I know those kind of folks were was his guts 2 years ago can get to you. I get flared up at that kind of crap and that’s why I no longer go to some of the blog sites.

    those kind of people were brainwashed by the msm like the gop voters and were to lazy to seek the truth.

    They whine about the Iraq vote, Iraq and nobody getting us out then when JK offers the plan and defend their right to dissent they still suck sour grapes.

    Well the Kerry express is leaving the station they can get on and ride or stay on the sidelines and waste.

    The Kerry express may hit a few bumps but compared to the pot holes awaiting the bush and hillary express I’d take the kerry train anyday.

  9. I’ve got my ticket in my hand, Pen. I really feel the train departing on Track Number 11 right now. It will be picking up a lot of passengers on the way, so I suggest getting your seat and keeping it.
    Even an express has to make a few stops for some station goodies, but I’m ready to get there as soon as we can.

  10. I have enough green tea for all of us, even Dave. @;-)

    ps. We’ll need cheesecake, maybe Marjorie can bring that? yummm NYC cheesecake

  11. One trick question I’ve always wanted to ask the folks who say crap like “Kerry should have said this stuff to years ago.”
    My question: In Nov. 2004, did a majority of Americans approve of Bush’s decision to go to war?
    If they answer yes most Americans approved of the decision for war, I’d like to know how being “more anti-war” would’ve led to a Kerry victory?
    If they answer: no, most Americans had lost faith in the war and thought it was a mistake-you know they don’t know what’ they’re talking about. The problem facing Kerry was not that anti-war voters didn’t vote for him- it was that (not enough) prowar people voted for him-though he did win a decent slice of folks who thought that the war in Iraq was the right thing to do as well as among those who thought Iraq was part and parcel of the war on terrorism.

  12. Nick, unfortunately, logic is often lost by the time it gets to the ‘wingers… on both sides.

    “Shoulda Woulda Coulda” isn’t my cup of tea. It’s too cold, for one thing, and stale, and so SO last year. @;-)

  13. Good question Nick. Speaking of which, I know there has been some Gore hype (I like Gore BTW) of late. I saw a post at DU that said that Gore/Clark could flip some states (purple). If those two ran together or separately, what states could they flip?

    Kerry on to 06!

  14. Hey pen and Teresa,

    Can I still get my ticket? 🙂

  15. Okay folks –

    I seen all over the net, stories about Gore running in ’08. Did not Gore already come out a couple of months ago and say he was not interested anymore? And Tipper really isn’t interested in having Al run. Was I dreaming about that?
    The last I heard of Al Gore, he had gotten in to the TV business, doing a little post secondary education work and was working the dinner lecture circuit.

    My guess is there are folks out there who are hoping Al gets in to off set the HRC factor (whatever that is).

  16. Indie says

    “If those two (Gore and CLark) ran together or separately, what states could they flip?”

    Honestly, Indie I don’t know. Most of the states where Gore got a higher percent that Kerry were either deep blue or deep red states that weren’t gonna flip either way. As for Clark, I like him, but I think hes overrated-maybe the attraction there is part of the “Democrats need to run a southerner in order to win” school that is usually well intentioned, but totally misguided.

  17. Indie- of course you can still get a ticket.
    All of the dem daily has a seat. JK going need somebody to help ride shotgun when we go through media whoreville.:-)

    Load em up folks JK was in the navy so it probably won’t take him long to pack.

    See ya at the station.