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Kerry Speech

Dull, silly speech. I got bored & fell to arguing with him.

JFK: “We need new sources of energy…”

JD: “You favor nuclear power, then?”

JFK: “…to bring manufacturing jobs back to America…”

JD: “So you will stop China, India, etc., doing them far cheaper? How?”

Etc., etc.

Really, though, I just couldn’t get into it. I don’t know when I’ve been so

out of sympathy with a political event. I was trying to see it as they saw

it, in an open-minded & patriotic spirit, but the thought kept intruding:

WHAT THESE FOLK WANT IS SOCIALISM AND PACIFISM.

And what was that about: “…A young president dreamed that we might go to

the moon in ten years. Now we are exploring the stars!”

Er, yes; but we’re exploring them the way we always have, with telescopes.

Pshaw.

John Derbyshire — Mr. Derbyshire is a former contributing editor of National Review.

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