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Friday, October 29, 2004

Presumption

I was amazed (silly me) that John Kerry spoke to cameras shortly after today's release of the UBL tape. His message (which preceded the President's) should have been delayed until our sitting President had had a chance to speak to the American people.

I was reading an article today from my copy of Discipleship Journal titled "Sitting in the Right Place." Author, Cynthia Heald, says, "Presumption is forwardness, self-importance, conceit, arrogance, and willfulness. To be presumptuous is to overstep certain boundaries or to take liberties. It conveys the attitude of impertinence, insolence, or disdain."

Kerry overstepped today when he chose to speak to and on behalf of the American people before our sitting president.

Also today, this article on Kerry's cabinet. Isn't that, too, a little presumptuous?

Heald concludes the article with this verse "Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted." Luke 14:11

UPDATE: Here's the text of Kerry's comments from the official Kerry-Edwards blog:

"In response to this tape from Osama bin Laden, let me make it clear, crystal clear. As Americans, we are absolutely united in our determination to hunt down and destroy Osama bin Laden and the terrorists. They are barbarians. And I will stop at absolutely nothing to hunt down, capture or kill the terrorists wherever they are, whatever it takes. Period."(emphasis added)

Notice that Kerry uses this as another opportunity to give his stump speech. He says "I" not "we." Even with this threat...it's always about him.