From this article:
At the fund-raiser, Kerry defended his anti-war activism as "an act of conscience."
"You can judge my character, incidentally, by that," Kerry said. "Because when the time for moral crisis existed in this country, I wasn't taking care of myself, I was taking care of public policy. I was taking care of things that made a difference to the life of this nation. You may not have agreed with me, but I stood up and was counted and that's the kind of president I'm going to be."
There's not a part of this that I don't like. Let's break it down, shall we?
Kerry's anti-American politicing was "an act of conscience" that you can "incidentally" judge his character by. However, as anyone who's noticed his abortion views is aware, we can be sure that Kerry's conscience won't play a part in his policy. If you can allow murder, then condemning your own treason while supporting it should be simple. Even if Kerry's conscience commands that he accuse his compatriots of war crimes and oppose a war that he is utterly convinced is unjust, then he can still, as an elected officer, support the war unconditionally and affirm that his child-raping compatriots are positively Deific. It's been four years since Clinton was in office, isn't it time to return dishonesty to the White House?
"Because when the time for moral crisis existed in this country, I wasn't taking care of myself" because it's clearly not the role of an individual moral actor to make judgements on the ethicality of an act. The idea of "duty to self" or "individual responsibility" is folly; "public policy" and "things that made a difference to the life of this nation" are clearly more important. Whether an individual is doing what is right is adiaphora; what *really* matters is what a lot of individuals at the polls are doing, and how much of their freedom is controlled by the holy voice of the State. The Repub-lie-can conspiracy wants you to think that a single rational being can discern the duties of the moral law and follow them without coercion, but don't listen to those fools; the notion of anything less than a monolithic worldhistorical State being able to act correctly is a barbarism of language, confusing the myth of an objective good with the accolades due the only Right, the State.
So, this november, remember to do the entirity of what a good American should do: Just show up! The State is the best judge of how you earn and spend your money, where your health is maintained, whether or not you can move sand on "your" property (not really your property, of course; it's rightfully owned by the State alone), and what "right" behaviour is. The perfect American need only show up and be counted, letting the Most Holy State handle the rest. Shouldn't we elect a man who assures us that "I stood up and was counted and that's the kind of president I'm going to be"?