Commence Out Cry: Kerry To Sign UN Arms Treaty Opposed by Senate, NRA

The wingnuts and gun enthusiasts aren’t happy about this… The Hill reports today that “Secretary of State John Kerry is expected to sign an arms trade treaty opposed by the Senate and the gun lobby as early as Wednesday.” The wingnuts are already crying foul… “This treaty is already dead in the water in the Senate, and they know it,” said Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services. “The Administration is wasting precious time trying to sign away our laws to the global community and unelected U.N. bureaucrats.” A majority of Senate oppose the treaty because it covers small arms, making ratification impossible in the short term. Good for Kerry to move forward with signing this … Continue reading

Kerry Confirmed Secretary of State, Toxic State Jockeying Begins

my original blog began as my attempt to publicly raise the question (by my running for office) : “If a candidate gets more than 90% of his funding from outside the district, will that candidate actually represent the district or will he represent his outside sugar daddies?” Continue reading

Senate Foreign Relations Committee to Hold Nomination Hearing for Secretary of State Nominee John Kerry

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing on Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. to consider the nomination of the Honorable John F. Kerry, to be United States Secretary of State. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) will preside. With terrorism heating up in Algeria and the U.S. and Europe agreeing “to provide new support for the fight against al Qaeda-backed rebels in Mali,” it will be interesting to see what Kerry as Secretary of State will bring to the table on the issue of terrorism.

“The Rich Boy” and the Debate — F. Scott Fitzgerald

“Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me. They possess and enjoy early, and it does something to them, makes them soft where we are hard, and cynical where we are trustful… They think, deep in their hearts, that they are better than we are…” – “The Rich Boy” (1926) F. Scott Fitzgerald Not all rich politicians fail the “Is He One of Us?” test. Nelson Rockefeller, John Kennedy, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Teddy Roosevelt all convinced us that they had our interests at heart. But in the end, they had to become traitors to their class to prove it. Mitt Romney is not made this way. He is a Republican. He thinks … Continue reading

Kerry Statement on Embassy Attacks, Death of Ambassador Stevens

Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator John Kerry, made the following statement today in response to the violence that took place at the Egyptian and Libyan Embassies, resulting in the death of U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and three other American embassy personnel.   “The deaths of Ambassador Stevens and his team are heartbreaking. It’s easy for a lot of people to forget that our diplomats are on the frontlines of the world’s most dangerous places and they’re there trying to make the world safer at great risk to themselves and their families. Chris Stevens was all that and more. He was a foreign service professional down to his toes, a guy who had served on the Foreign … Continue reading

Senator John Kerry on Today’s Historic SCOTUS Decision to Uphold the Affordable Care Act

Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.), Senior Member of the Finance Committee, today released a statement lauding the Supreme Court of the United States for upholding the Affordable Care Act:  “This is an important day for the Supreme Court and an important day for Americans who need affordable health care coverage.  But I hope this will also be an important day for our politics and our discourse.  For the past three years, opponents of health reform did everything they could to distort and deceive.  They tried to scare the American public with outright lies about ‘death panels’ and ‘socialized medicine.’  When that didn’t work, they came up with a new strategy: claim that the individual mandate the Republican Party itself had invented … Continue reading

Kerry Fundraises For Kerrey

Acknowledging that his old colleague “faces a tough road,” Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts has tapped the base of supporters he built during his 2004 presidential campaign to boost former senator Bob Kerrey’s bid to return to the Senate. In an email fired off to supporters Thursday, Kerry solicited funds for Kerrey’s campaign to once again represent the red state of Nebraska. “More than ever, at this make or break time in our history, the Senate needs leaders who are willing to step up and put love of country first, like Bob Kerrey,” Kerry says. “My friend and former colleague has shown a lot of guts and grit in running once again for the United States Senate from Nebraska.” Kerrey, who retired from the Senate in … Continue reading

Kerry Blasts Romney on Iran

Kerry swipes Romney again today over Iran foreign policy… I have little interest in inserting myself, as a former nominee of my party, into this presidential campaign season. But as the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which has a vital role in issues of national security, I feel compelled to respond to the ways that, in pursuit of the Republican nomination, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney has put himself front and center in debates that have serious consequences. And on “CBS This Morning” today, Senator John Kerry, the 2004 Democratic nominee for president,  said that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the Republican front-runner for nomination, was “‘behaving like a irresponsible candidate’ in criticizing the president’s Iran policy.” Senator Kerry, chairman of the … Continue reading