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By John Kerry

John Kerry has had a notable existence and is likely one of the most useful public servants in the USA at the present time, having come to the vanguard of nationwide recognition as a veteran conversing out opposed to the Vietnam struggle simply after he back from front strains. he's essentially the most robust leaders of the Democratic get together and-with a fierce landmark presidential crusade looming prior to the 2004 election-could at some point develop into the main strong guy on the planet. As an interloper between insiders within the U.S. Senate, John Kerry hasn't ever been afraid to conflict the political institution and struggle the fights that want battling. Now, in a decision to carrier, Kerry officially introduces himself to the kingdom. In a e-book wealthy with autobiographical information that designate the studies in the back of the guidelines, Kerry bargains his imaginative and prescient for the United States.

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Those who seek to lead have a duty to offer not only a clear 36 A Ca l l to S e rv i c e vision of how we can make Americans safer but also how we can make America itself more trusted and respected in the world. That’s definitely true of all of us who are asking the American people to replace President Bush. One of the reasons I’m running for president is to oppose a Democratic trend—sadly reminiscent of a similar movement in the 1970s and 1980s—to concede international and security issues to the opposition party and constantly try to focus campaigns on domestic issues.

To win this election in the face of such opposition we’re going to have to be especially self-disciplined, focused, and loyal to the broad interests of the nation. We can’t afford a self-indulgent campaign that congratulates us for our superior virtue as Democrats while alienating a majority of the voting public. We can’t treat the Bush administration’s errors and faults as self-evident; we will have to explain them in specific detail every day to voters who are as skeptical of us as they are of the Republicans.

I think this is a betrayal of Democratic principle, and it, too, is self-defeating. We can never beat today’s Republicans in appeals to selfishness. At the core of Republicans’ purpose and policies is a big step backward toward their late-nineteenth-century tradition of social Darwinisim, elitism, and the celebration of economic privilege as part of the natural order of things. Even in their rare “compassionate” moments, today’s Republicans often offer charity instead of genuine opportunity or justice.

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