MILLINOCKET, Maine, March 3, 2013 - John Kerry in Berlin last week laid out his take on American freedom. To paraphrase him:
“Hey, if it’s stupid, that’s OK with us! (interjects a Disney Goofy laugh) Ga-hyulk!”
If you don’t like paraphrases, here’s what he actually said:
“In America, you have a right to be stupid, if you want to be. And you have a right to be disconnected to somebody else if you want to be. And we tolerate that - we somehow make it through that…”
It’s not fully clear how one can be “disconnected to somebody” but let’s not digress.
Kerry’s Berlin stop was part of his “maiden voyage” as Secretary of State, touring parts of Europe and the Middle East. The State Department claims he’s using the visit to highlight religious and political tolerance in the U.S., with hopes that other countries will emulate those freedoms.
Kerry also recalled his ill-advised bike ride through Soviet-controlled East Berlin. The year was 1954 and he was 12-years old, exercising his American right to be stupid in one of the most dangerous places in Europe at the time.
Despite this adventure, which could have landed him in an Eastern Bloc prison, or at the least caused an international incident, Kerry grew up to serve in the US Military, spending four months in Viet Nam.
After he returned from Viet Nam, Kerry joined the Vietnam Veterans Against the War serving as spokesman. He appeared before the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs where he deemed United States war policy in Vietnam to be the cause of “war crimes.”
In a 1971 anti-Vietnam protest, Kerry took possession of someone’s (not his own) military combat medals and ribbons and threw them over the fence in front of the Capitol building.
But enough of the history of John Forbes Kerry.
There was a time when diplomatic service required a sense of decorum and finesse.
It’s very hard to show decorum and finesse by declaring support of stupidity as part of the country’s founding principles.
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