V-Day. ‘The choice between radicalism and moderation.’ Kerry is apparently the choice of V-Day activists such as Jane Fonda.

What is V-Day you ask? Well…

In New York City this week as part of her "Vaginas Vote" campaign to register women to vote, she and other feminist stars headlined a rally at Harlem's Apollo Theater Monday night.

...Saying Bush's decision to go to war was based on "a lie," Fonda complained, "I agree with the military experts who say it's a quagmire."

The America-bashing actress then urged voters to back Kerry over Bush, saying: "I don't think there's ever been such a clear choice between radicalism and moderation. I mean, we are dealing with a radical ideologue here." newsmax.com

After all the furor over the 'photoshopped' John Kerry/Jane Fonda photo, (this photo is authentic however,) Hanoi Jane has come out and endorsed Hanoi John. I heard a sound bite of this on the radio and filed it away for future reference. But when I went to google it for the actual quote it was nowhere to be found. I wonder why that is?

I did find the v-day.org website however.

On thing that perplexes me in light of Hanoi Jane's above statement about Iraq is the V-Day: 1% campaign.

The 1% Campaign is a diverse group of individuals, communities and organizations who demand that 1% of the U.S. defense budget be directed toward the safety and security of women and girls, in addition to the vital funds we need to maintain the shelters, rape crisis centers and hotlines that help women and girls survive each day.

Now excuse me if I think back to what we've done in Afghanistan and Iraq, but shouldn't we consider that 100% of our defense budget is going toward that cause right now? And why is it that the defense budget needs to be drawn down for all these liberal causes? Why not divert 1% of, oh I don't know, the Health and Human Services budget to stopping violence against women? Do you think there are any 'programs' like that already under way in any government department?

John Kerry's lead among women has declined since the Republican convention as Bush appears to be closing the gender gap, something the pundits attribute to a change in women voters from Soccer Moms to Security Moms.

This week’s Time Poll finds surprising Kerry slippage among females – long a Democratic mainstay. Females are now evenly split between Bush (45%) and Kerry (44%). Males heavily favor Bush, 56% - 34%. In early August, females gave Kerry a sizeable 50%-36% lead over Bush. time.com

Could it be that Kerry's post-Vietnam war activities are as important in this election as his four months on the Mekong delta? That his anti-war stance and perceived links to Hanoi Jane explain both males heavily favoring Bush and females trending that way to?

I think Kerry's new plans about Iraq, laid out in Byzantine fashion, are also beginning to echo his anti-war history. This will sink his candidacy even further with the general public, but not with the hard core left who are his base.

How closely do Kerry's stated policy on Iraq and Vietnam resemble each other?

"Invading Iraq has created a crisis of historic proportions, and if we do not change course, there is a prospect of a war with no end in sight," Kerry said in a speech Monday in New York City.

...Bush's mistakes, Kerry said, "were not the equivalent of accounting errors. They were colossal failures of judgment — and judgment is what we look for in a president."

The Democratic nominee called the Iraq invasion "a profound diversion" from the war on terror, and said most Iraqis "have lost faith in our ability to provide meaningful improvements in their lives, so they're sitting on the fence." -John Kerry, 2004

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We found most people didn't even know the difference between communism and democracy. They only wanted to work in rice paddies without helicopters strafing them and bombs with napalm burning their villages and tearing their country apart. They wanted everything to do with the war, particularly with this foreign presence of the United States of America, to leave them alone on peace, and they practiced the art of survival by siding with whichever military force was present at a particular time, be it Vietcong, North Vietnamese, or American.

...We are asking Americans to think about that because how do you ask a man to be the last man to die in Vietnam? How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake? But we are trying to do that, and we are doing it with thousands of rationalizations, and if you read carefully the President's last speech to the people of this country, you can see that he says and says clearly:

But the issue, gentlemen, the issue is communism, and the question is whether or not we will leave that country to the Communists or whether or not we will try to give it hope to be a free people.

But the point is they are not a free people now under us. They are not a free people, and we cannot fight communism all over the world, and I think we should have learned that lesson by now.... -John Kerry, 1971

The anti-war movement doesn't generally generate good feelings amongst most Americans. Spitting on soldiers. Calling them baby killers. Painting all soldiers as war criminals and of committing atrocities. The anti-war left has been saying all these things at their marches about Iraq. The pattern hasn't changed, only the hair.

SEN. KERRY: Where did all that dark hair go, Tim? That's a big question for me. [awkward pause] You know, I thought a lot, for a long time, about that period of time, the things we said, and I think the word is a bad word. I think it's an inappropriate word. I mean, if you wanted to ask me have you ever made mistakes in your life, sure. I think some of the language that I used was a language that reflected an anger. It was honest, but it was in anger, it was a little bit excessive.

MR. RUSSERT: You used the word "war criminals."...

Does the language of today reflect the mistaken anger of yesterday?

Oh well. Liberating a few million women from the Taliban and ending Saddam's oppressive regime is not worthy of praise in the left's handbook. It's 'radicalism'.

Posted by Eric Simonson at September 20, 2004 1:50 PM