A Call to Service: My Vision for a Better America by John Kerry PDF

By John Kerry

ISBN-10: 0143034987

ISBN-13: 9780143034988

ISBN-10: 0786544090

ISBN-13: 9780786544097

John Kerry has had a amazing lifestyles and is among the most precious public servants in the US this day, having come to the vanguard of nationwide attention as a veteran conversing out opposed to the Vietnam battle simply after he again from front traces. he's some of the most strong leaders of the Democratic social gathering and-with a fierce landmark presidential crusade looming ahead of the 2004 election-could someday turn into the main strong guy on the earth. As an interloper between insiders within the U.S. Senate, John Kerry hasn't ever been afraid to conflict the political institution and struggle the fights that want scuffling with. Now, in a decision to provider, Kerry officially introduces himself to the kingdom. In a publication wealthy with autobiographical information that designate the reviews at the back of the information, Kerry bargains his imaginative and prescient for the USA.

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I don’t want the Democrats to nominate me because I’m a charter member of one of the most selective but fastest growing sports clubs in the world: the NASCAR fans of Massachusetts. I don’t intend to challenge President Bush to a contest of who’s a more regular guy. I will, however, challenge him to a contest of ideas and vision, and I’m confident I will be able to compete from a position of strength. ✯ Beating an incumbent president is always a difficult task. Doing so in a period of external threat to the nation is even harder.

As a country we now face a choice that we faced many times during the last century—between isolation in a perilous world and engagement to shape the world. We’ve always embraced the latter but sometimes only after risking great damage to our safety and our interests. Today’s harsh conservative unilateralism is no better than the right’s old isolationist impulse. It’s aggressive only when the opportunity for military action beckons. At its core is a familiar and beguiling illusion: that America can escape entanglement with the world and wield its enor- 35 John Ke rry mous power without incurring obligations to others, that it can, in effect, advance its values and protect its interests without friends and allies.

That attitude is not just an unpleasant by-product of the fight against terrorists but a fundamental diplomatic misconception that if not corrected will limit our global influence to those goals we can reach by force and intimidation alone—and even they will be at risk if we do not share the burdens of the effort to achieve them. The president and many of his advisers have forgotten that genuine global leadership is a strategic imperative for America, not a favor we do for other countries. Leading the world’s most advanced democracies isn’t a matter of mushy multilateralism; it amplifies America’s voice and extends its reach.

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