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"But if the cause be not good, the king himself hath a heavy reckoning to make, when all those legs and arms and heads, chopped off in battle, shall join together at the latter day and cry all 'We died at such a place;' some swearing, some crying for a surgeon, some upon their wives left poor behind them, some upon the debts they owe, some upon their children rawly left. I am afeard there are few die well that die in a battle; for how can they charitably dispose of any thing, when blood is their argument? Now, if these men do not die well, it will be a black matter for the king that led them to it; whom to disobey were against all proportion of subjection." (Henry V, Act V, Scene 4)

Saturday, October 02, 2004

Joy Dworkin Letter 10/02/04

Dear Editor:

“Candidates trade barbs,” the headline read in the Globe the morning after the first presidential debate. But in fact, the debate was remarkably substantial, and we got a fair picture of the differences between these two candidates in terms of their approaches to foreign policy and security issues, their contrasting worldviews, and—most obviously—their personal styles. Kerry appeared decisive and well prepared. Bush seemed defensive and annoyed. According to the Boston Globe, Kerry looked “more serious and substantive, more knowledgeable and confident” than Bush. Bush was sarcastic and whiney, repeating the irritating refrain, “It’s hard work!” The president may think this folksy expression earns our sympathy for his efforts. But frankly, it has a hollow and callous ring, since it refers not just to Bush’s “work,” but to the escalating violence, car bombs, beheadings, and continuing deaths of our soldiers. At this very serious time in our nation’s history, Kerry appeared sober, in command of the facts—in a word, “presidential.” Bush appeared flippant and out of touch.

No wonder according to the ABC, CBS, CNN, USA Today, and Gallup polls, Kerry won the debate.

Joy Dworkin


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