Thomas Sowell

 But they talk a great game. And they have "plans."

 What they also have is utter irresponsibility.

 A classic example was Senator Kerry's calling Iraqi Prime Minister Allawi a "puppet," when Allawi is putting his life on the line every day, in order to try to overcome a terror campaign and give his country a chance for a decent life. That is a new low, even for John Kerry, with his history of having given aid and comfort to the enemy before, during the Vietnam war.

 Insulting nations whose 28,000 troops are fighting and dying alongside our own in Iraq, by calling them a "coerced coalition" as Senator Kerry has done, is more of the same. So is making up out of whole cloth a claim that the military draft is coming back.

 A man unable or unwilling to weigh either the truth or the repercussions of his words around the world is not fit to be President of the United States.

 Two men who have twice dragged the personal life of the Cheneys' daughter into nationally televised debates don't have the character to be President and Vice President. John Edwards' claim that people like Christopher Reeve would be able to get up out of their wheelchairs and walk under a Kerry-Edwards administration shows more of the same shameless demagoguery -- and his contempt for the voters' intelligence.

 Kerry and Edwards remain viable candidates only because their rhetoric has obscured their reality -- and because too many in the media seem reluctant to bring out the facts against candidates who share the media's vision of the world.

Thomas Sowell

Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institute and author of The Housing Boom and Bust.

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