In Jewish thought, there is a concept called "midah k'neged midah" -- literally, "measure for measure." Jews invoke this phrase when the punishment for an action fits the crime perfectly. A flawless example: Stephanie and Bryan Loudermilk of Okeechobee County, Fla., created fetish videos in which Stephanie stepped on and crushed live animals. Bryan ended up as roadkill in June 1999, crushed to death beneath the rear wheels of his own truck. Poetic justice.
It seems John Kerry is slowly being crushed beneath the weight of his own truck of lies. After making his name in 1971 by returning from Vietnam and slandering U.S. troops before Congress, Kerry decided that in order to win the 2004 presidential campaign, he'd have to become Andrew Jackson, Dwight D. Eisenhower and Ulysses S. Grant all rolled into one. He'd have to revive his image as all-American war hero in order to win the swing vote. So while in 1971 Kerry denounced his fellow veterans and labeled the war in Vietnam a disastrous mistake, Kerry has suddenly discovered that Vietnam was in fact World War II and he was Audie Murphy.
John Kerry's entire presidential campaign has been predicated upon the idea that he won some medals in Vietnam -- and that, as a medal winner, he'll be a friend to American soldiers. To that end, Kerry has also rewritten his original feelings about Vietnam vets, telling the Veterans of Foreign Wars that "for 35 years I have stood up, and fought, and kept faith with my fellow veterans."
Meanwhile, Kerry allowed "Section 527 organizations," which are exempt from campaign spending limits, to pour extreme radicalism into the political sphere. The Moveon.org crowd, the Michael Moore acolytes, play a crucial part in the Kerry campaign machine. Kerry's campaign has adopted the language, tone and tactics of the Michael Moore wackos. Just this week, Kerry's campaign spokeswoman derided President Bush, stating: "John Kerry is not the type of leader who will sit and read 'My Pet Goat' to a group of second-graders while America is under attack." Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11" spends a full seven minutes focusing on this ridiculous argument -- and mislabeling the book Bush read to a group of second-graders "My Pet Goat." The real name of the book is "Reading Mastery 2," and the story Bush read was called "The Pet Goat." Kerry's spokeswoman simply lifted Moore wholesale.