By John Kerry
John Kerry has had a extraordinary lifestyles and is among the most useful public servants in the United States this day, having come to the leading edge of nationwide attention as a veteran talking out opposed to the Vietnam struggle simply after he again from front strains. he's some of the most strong leaders of the Democratic celebration and-with a fierce landmark presidential crusade looming ahead of the 2004 election-could someday develop into the main strong guy on this 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 desire battling. Now, in a choice to provider, Kerry officially introduces himself to the kingdom. In a publication wealthy with autobiographical info that specify the reviews in the back of the information, Kerry bargains his imaginative and prescient for the United States.
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We’re not a coalition of groups demanding programs or power; we’re a coalition of American citizens asking for the same rights for and obligations of one another. ✯ As fate would have it, I learned a new personal lesson about diversity and the American mosaic late last year. Anticipating my candidacy, the Boston Globe looked into my family history. Among other things, the paper discovered that one hundred years ago, my paternal grandfather was an Austrian Jew named Fritz Kohn, who changed his name to Kerry and converted to Catholicism shortly before immigrating to Massachusetts.
Just about every Democratic activist or elected official I’ve ever known entered politics out of a belief in principle and in progress for all, not just for some. We’re by tradition the party that actually upholds collective action through government as essential to build a true commonwealth, as well as to defend individ- 24 A Ca l l to S e rv i c e ual liberties and create individual opportunity. One of our central goals is to convince people to think beyond their own selfish interests and accept the responsibilities of citizenship and the mission of spreading freedom and democracy.
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.