Kerry defends liberties, says Americans have "right to be stupid"

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Overcast451 wrote:

*Americans have “right to be stupid”*

And then join the military right Kerry? Don’t think we forgot….

Feb 26, 2013 9:25am EST  --  Report as abuse
WavyChips wrote:

God, I love this guy. His honesty and open-minded approach will this country well.

Feb 26, 2013 9:35am EST  --  Report as abuse
Fazsha wrote:

Oh, if only we had the right to be stupid. If that were the criteria, we wouldn’t have drug laws, we would have permission to buy sodas over 16 ounces in NYC, we wouldn’t bar re-entry into the US under the Reed Amendment for anyone who renounces US citizenship. No, we are not permitted by our overlords to actually be stupid – at least, not without being punished.

Feb 26, 2013 9:51am EST  --  Report as abuse
OzBolts wrote:

Great message… yikes.

Feb 26, 2013 9:57am EST  --  Report as abuse
RickC-TX wrote:

Apparently he’s correct, after all, we elected Obama to a second term, didn’t we?

Feb 26, 2013 9:58am EST  --  Report as abuse
RickC-TX wrote:

Not the kind of thing that the Sec of State should be saying to a foreign audience, though. Basically sounds like he’s saying “American’s are stupid, and that’s OK”…

Feb 26, 2013 9:59am EST  --  Report as abuse
jschmidt2 wrote:

Yes they elected Obama didn’t they.

Feb 26, 2013 10:00am EST  --  Report as abuse
ak4mc wrote:

He’s right. It’s what he counted on (unsuccessfully) in 2004, and what gave us the present Administration that put him in as SecState.

Feb 26, 2013 10:02am EST  --  Report as abuse

And I guess we also have a right to have a really stoopid Secretary of State…

Feb 26, 2013 10:03am EST  --  Report as abuse
kjatexas wrote:

And therin lies the attitude, Kerry and the rest of his arrogant, elitist ilk, in DC think we ARE stupid, and thus incapable of running our own lives without them telling us how and what to do and think.

Feb 26, 2013 10:06am EST  --  Report as abuse
eagle0542 wrote:

Yes, 51% of the voters have a right to be stupid! :-)

Feb 26, 2013 10:07am EST  --  Report as abuse
jeff.cooper wrote:

The most sensible thing Kerry has said in ages. Too bad both parties on in Congress don’t walk that same talk.

Feb 26, 2013 10:10am EST  --  Report as abuse
jeff.cooper wrote:

The most sensible thing Kerry has said in ages. Too bad both parties on in Congress don’t walk that same talk.

Feb 26, 2013 10:10am EST  --  Report as abuse
Slam1263 wrote:

Well, too be honest.

We hired his Boss.

Feb 26, 2013 10:11am EST  --  Report as abuse
loweed wrote:

So says the boorish and haughty John Kerry!

Feb 26, 2013 10:12am EST  --  Report as abuse
loweed wrote:

So says the boorish and haughty John Kerry!

Feb 26, 2013 10:12am EST  --  Report as abuse
LightCavalry wrote:

Kerry should know, he’s the King of Stupid.

Feb 26, 2013 10:13am EST  --  Report as abuse
kmoore88 wrote:

Listen to Kerry folks. No one knows more about being stupid than Kerry.

Feb 26, 2013 10:13am EST  --  Report as abuse
commenter1223 wrote:

Of course we have the right to be stupid, just look at our leaders, Obama, Pelosi, Reid, Kerry, Bloomberg…OK I’ll stop before I run out of space.

Feb 26, 2013 10:13am EST  --  Report as abuse
robert12zzxc wrote:

Kerry is a fool. This is the sort of posture to project as the Secretary of State?

Feb 26, 2013 10:13am EST  --  Report as abuse
Nomee wrote:

So, Kerry is calling the occupy movement, “stupid”.

Feb 26, 2013 10:13am EST  --  Report as abuse
TheReckoning wrote:

I think he’s referring to the Westboro whackos who demonstrate at military funerals.

Feb 26, 2013 10:14am EST  --  Report as abuse
TheReckoning wrote:

I think he’s referring to the Westboro whackos who demonstrate at military funerals.

Feb 26, 2013 10:14am EST  --  Report as abuse
Yirmin wrote:

Of course he defends the right to be stupid, without stupid voters he would have never been elected an would likely been a greeter in Wal-Mart.

Feb 26, 2013 10:14am EST  --  Report as abuse
Tangaroa wrote:

Kerry should know….

Feb 26, 2013 10:14am EST  --  Report as abuse
worddust wrote:

Commiecrats like Kerry are working very hard to make ALL Americans equally poor AND equally stupid using the monopoly of public education and payoffs to the teachers unions in exchange for progressive propagnda in the classroom. Germans, who perfected National Socialism (spell that NAZI) are obviously much better educated in John Kerrys’ mind and by Commiecrat standards than Americans.

Feb 26, 2013 10:14am EST  --  Report as abuse
saucy_fellow wrote:

Voting for this idiot and the rest of the gangster regime Proves just what idiots we are

Feb 26, 2013 10:15am EST  --  Report as abuse
tiktin wrote:

Mr. Kerry, who sold his soul to the devil for worldly glory, has now added hypocrisy to his repertoire.

Feb 26, 2013 10:16am EST  --  Report as abuse
bobdee wrote:

Right! Stupid to believe you spent “Christmas in Cambodia”; that you actually earned those medals in Vietnam; stupid to believe you threw your “phony” medals over the White house fence; stupid to believe you did not profit from insider info trading; stupid to believe you did not purposely try to avoid paying sales tax on your $6M yacht; stupid to vote you into office; …just plain and painfully stupid. Correct on one thing, at least.

Feb 26, 2013 10:17am EST  --  Report as abuse
kingdad wrote:

I can understand why Kerry and other Democrats see things that way. It’s the only way they get elected and re-elected is due to Stupid people being manipulated by their often, corrupt and devious ways. Keep ‘Em Stupid and Voting Democrat is the Party’s position!

Feb 26, 2013 10:19am EST  --  Report as abuse
GBlert wrote:

And Kerry and Obama exemplify that remark in more ways than one.

Feb 26, 2013 10:19am EST  --  Report as abuse
Indiana_Dave wrote:

*Americans have “right to be stupid”*

This is the first time I’ve ever agreed with this guy.

Feb 26, 2013 10:21am EST  --  Report as abuse
josetoyou wrote:

We also abound with our share of STUPID politicians…like kerry

Feb 26, 2013 10:22am EST  --  Report as abuse
HappyG wrote:

Considering you lied to your base all during the 2004 election cycle when you told them you had released “all” your military records and knew damn well you were lying, I guess you know all about stupid people…and how to disrespect them too. Hey John…why the long face? You knoew the truth had to come out someday…Thanks again to Tim Russett for pinnig your lies to your chest on 1/30/05.It starts on page #2.

http://www.nbcnews.com/id/6886726/ns/meet_the_press/t/transcript-jan/

Feb 26, 2013 10:24am EST  --  Report as abuse
Mikeyh0 wrote:

Stupid? Having a right to be stupid isn’t the same as proving it everyday. Truly. Stupid folks should have the decency to keep it to themselves. But Kerry just doesn’t seem able to. Too bad.

Feb 26, 2013 10:24am EST  --  Report as abuse
Mikeyh0 wrote:

Stupid? Having a right to be stupid isn’t the same as proving it everyday. Truly. Stupid folks should have the decency to keep it to themselves. But Kerry just doesn’t seem able to. Too bad.

Feb 26, 2013 10:24am EST  --  Report as abuse
sailordude wrote:

Except if you are stupid enough to make a film critical about Islam, then you crossed the line.

Feb 26, 2013 10:24am EST  --  Report as abuse
HappyG wrote:

Considering you lied to your base all during the 2004 election cycle when you told them you had released “all” your military records and knew damn well you were lying, I guess you know all about stupid people…and how to disrespect them too. Hey John…why the long face? You knoew the truth had to come out someday…Thanks again to Tim Russett for pinnig your lies to your chest on 1/30/05.It starts on page #2.

http://www.nbcnews.com/id/6886726/ns/meet_the_press/t/transcript-jan/

Feb 26, 2013 10:24am EST  --  Report as abuse
DanBAustin wrote:

Some people are indeed stupid than others. Take John Kerry for example. By tolerating stupidity, Kerry is asking us to tolerate him.

Feb 26, 2013 10:25am EST  --  Report as abuse

I’m really glad to hear this, because well over half of US citizens are dumb as buckets of mud.

Feb 26, 2013 10:26am EST  --  Report as abuse

I’m really glad to hear this, because well over half of US citizens are dumb as buckets of mud.

Feb 26, 2013 10:26am EST  --  Report as abuse

I’m really glad to hear this, because well over half of US citizens are dumb as buckets of mud.

Feb 26, 2013 10:26am EST  --  Report as abuse

I’m really glad to hear this, because well over half of US citizens are dumb as buckets of mud.

Feb 26, 2013 10:26am EST  --  Report as abuse

I’m really glad to hear this, because well over half of US citizens are dumb as buckets of mud.

Feb 26, 2013 10:26am EST  --  Report as abuse

I’m really glad to hear this, because well over half of US citizens are dumb as buckets of mud.

Feb 26, 2013 10:26am EST  --  Report as abuse

I’m really glad to hear this, because well over half of US citizens are dumb as buckets of mud.

Feb 26, 2013 10:26am EST  --  Report as abuse

I’m really glad to hear this, because well over half of US citizens are dumb as buckets of mud.

Feb 26, 2013 10:26am EST  --  Report as abuse
HarryO12345 wrote:

Ah yes, advice from a cowardly gigolo, just what the world needs. Well, if anyone knows about stupid it ought to be one of the people responsible for the failed socialist public school system. He’s just another example of the dire need for term limits.

Feb 26, 2013 10:29am EST  --  Report as abuse
kbworkman wrote:

Come on, of course he going to say that. He has to protect himself.

Actually, the stupid are the only ones who would vote for him or any other liberal, although they think they are the smartest people to ever vote.

Feb 26, 2013 10:33am EST  --  Report as abuse
kestrel27 wrote:

Yea, Kerry, the proof that Americans have the right to be stupid is, they vote for Democrats like you and Obama. By the way, didn’t you serve in Vietnam and was that before, or after, you threw someone elses medals over the fence at the White House?

Feb 26, 2013 10:34am EST  --  Report as abuse
Sirspeak wrote:

No need to tell anyone this. The proof is there for all to see. The election results of 2004, 2008 and 2012 are in and show millions voted for Kerry, and Obama, even repeatedly in the case of the latter. How stupid can you get?

Feb 26, 2013 10:34am EST  --  Report as abuse
NogginAbroad wrote:

From the Democrat point of view, I believe Mr. Kerry is wrong. Americans have a DUTY to be stupid.

Feb 26, 2013 10:35am EST  --  Report as abuse
NogginAbroad wrote:

From the Democrat point of view, I believe Mr. Kerry is wrong. Americans have a DUTY to be stupid.

Feb 26, 2013 10:35am EST  --  Report as abuse
NogginAbroad wrote:

From the Democrat point of view, I believe Mr. Kerry is wrong. Americans have a DUTY to be stupid.

Feb 26, 2013 10:35am EST  --  Report as abuse
NogginAbroad wrote:

From the Democrat point of view, I believe Mr. Kerry is wrong. Americans have a DUTY to be stupid.

Feb 26, 2013 10:35am EST  --  Report as abuse
NowYouKnow wrote:

I’m flabbergasted! I agree with what John F. Kerry said here. FYI, he inserted the middle initial “F” bacl when he ran for President (JFK…get it? It couldn’t hurt!).

Feb 26, 2013 10:36am EST  --  Report as abuse
frek149kie wrote:

I’m sure Germany already thinks we are stupid enough already without Senator “Blow-dry” gassing on to reinforce the notion.

Feb 26, 2013 10:37am EST  --  Report as abuse
kestrel27 wrote:

Yea Americans have the right to be stupid Kerry. They voted to put nimrods like you and Obama into office didn’t they? By the way, you served in Vietnam didn’t you? Was that before or after you threw someone else’s medals across the fence at the White House?

Feb 26, 2013 10:39am EST  --  Report as abuse
Ed57 wrote:

Kerry’s a good man, not a great judge of character (picked runningmate J. Edwards), but a good man. We could do a lot worse for secretary of state. And he’s right! We do have more stupid people here than ever!….thinking of all the extremists, both on the left and right.

Feb 26, 2013 10:39am EST  --  Report as abuse
rusino wrote:

……”in America you have the right to be stupid”! Well, Mr. Kerry is living proof!!!!!

Feb 26, 2013 10:40am EST  --  Report as abuse
royevatom wrote:

I really like Kerry and think he will do a good job. Being straight forward is a good thing especially with young people of any Nationality.
I am very happy that I have lived in a country that manages to force itself to live up to its Ideals.
All you people who don’t like Obama and the current Administration do know don’t you that your Polices and Ideology are dead. Change is happening to the U.S. and it is about time.
We can not go into the future led by Corporations who are profiteers, a Military that seeks to dominate the world and Conservative Ideology.
Profound issues such as immigration and many others can not be addressed by attitude; it takes intelligence and foresight which it obvious if we consider what the so called Conservative agenda has brought us.
Napalm comes to mind.

Feb 26, 2013 10:41am EST  --  Report as abuse
rusino wrote:

Kerry is living proof that American’s have right to be stupid!

Feb 26, 2013 10:42am EST  --  Report as abuse
Sigmond wrote:

Kerry had a right to be stupid at Yale and a right to be stupid when confronted by his fellow Swift Boat vets about his BS in Vietnam, especially his fantasy of being in Cambodia at Christmas.

Feb 26, 2013 10:46am EST  --  Report as abuse
DrBilly wrote:

Stupid is as studip does….you’re really stupid, Secretary Kerry. The whole world knows Americans act, think, and breathe stupidity. You don’t have to tell them that.

Fire this idiot if that’s all he’s got to say.

Feb 26, 2013 11:02am EST  --  Report as abuse
USAPragmatist wrote:

He is a 100% right, the vast majority of Americans, both left and right, really do not understand basic concepts. The problem with the right is that those that are supposed to know how to fix things, are too concerned with pandering to the stupids on the right that just want to have no government, yet they still depend on/are benefited by many government programs.

Feb 26, 2013 11:07am EST  --  Report as abuse
Ralphooo wrote:

It is encouraging to hear some honest talk from a Secretary of State.

The right to be stupid is our most-exercised freedom. It was high time someone mentioned it in public.

Feb 26, 2013 11:10am EST  --  Report as abuse
PPhermit wrote:

I see where the Obama haters are really active this morning !!
@Barnicaleb You show that you are one of the minority that belongs to the the Stupid Party by posting yor idiotic comment ten times in a row! Even the republicans are admitting they are the stupid party. The stupid ones hate to see an intelligent black person so much smarter than they are !

Feb 26, 2013 11:40am EST  --  Report as abuse
Tiu wrote:

Aspirational leader? or just a jerk serving a foreign master?

Feb 26, 2013 11:46am EST  --  Report as abuse
TexTide wrote:

Kerry, you’re right about ‘being stupid’ the people of Massachusetts keep voting you in as a senator

Feb 26, 2013 12:43pm EST  --  Report as abuse
RalphCramden wrote:

Kyrzakhstanis, on the other hand, don’t have that right.

Feb 26, 2013 12:45pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Whipsplash wrote:

90% of the comments above prove Kerry’s point.

Feb 26, 2013 12:57pm EST  --  Report as abuse
peterd45 wrote:

He is correct and he proves it on a daily basis. Almost as much a Biden does…

Feb 26, 2013 2:25pm EST  --  Report as abuse
fredy21 wrote:

Americans have rights but no duties?

Feb 26, 2013 2:29pm EST  --  Report as abuse
quatra wrote:

Was he justifying himself?

Feb 26, 2013 4:16pm EST  --  Report as abuse
fromthecenter wrote:

He’s right, not only do we have a right to be stupid. There is a very very large segment of he population that wear it like a badge of honor.

Feb 26, 2013 4:33pm EST  --  Report as abuse
DDG6Sailor wrote:

There is a very good reason why almost none of you understand the point he was making. He was talking about you.

Feb 26, 2013 4:58pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Globalman wrote:

Let me see, he returns from Vietnam throws away his medals and calls us all baby killers at congressional hearing. Forward to years later when he tries to run for president on his military record. Remember “reporting for duty line” at convention. His fellow Swift boaters reject his military prowess and record. The derogatory term Swiftboated is born. I would say he has deep experience with the American right to be stupid.

Feb 26, 2013 7:59pm EST  --  Report as abuse
boonteetan wrote:

Of course, Kerry is right, Americans have right to be stupid. After all, they have rights to be anything and to do anything they like. (ttm1943)

Feb 26, 2013 8:19pm EST  --  Report as abuse
MelodyOregon wrote:

You are correct Mr. Kerry.. that is why you have a job right now.

Feb 26, 2013 8:57pm EST  --  Report as abuse
eaglesfanintn wrote:

Gotta love all these comments proving Kerry right.

Feb 26, 2013 9:37pm EST  --  Report as abuse
blorgo wrote:

Yeah Kerry, don’t think we forgot about that time you said “armored humvees still can get blown up.” Wait, that was Rumsfeld. Carry on, agitated commenters, carry on.

Feb 26, 2013 10:44pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Norwegian75 wrote:

This is a strange string of comments to read. Didn’t the secretary of state just make a very basic point about people’s basic freedoms? And point to an aspect of American society that people in other parts of the world really look up to and in many instances wish they could enjoy themselves as they live in societies with less freedom?

Feb 26, 2013 11:46pm EST  --  Report as abuse
nirmasuma wrote:

Only a stupid American will say he has a right to be stupid.
Otherwise who stops you from being stupid. Our leaders are
given to making such silly statements thinking that they are
speaking very intelligently. If you read our Constitution
and the laws enacted thereunder correctly, you will find
that they do not bestow on us limitless freedom, but on the
otherhand define at every step what are the restrictions
that govern such freedom. If this interpretation of freedom
by Mr. Kerry, is the freedom for which the law makers think
we are yearning, no wonder the whole nation thinks the whole
bunch of them stupid.

Feb 27, 2013 1:17am EST  --  Report as abuse
NJ989 wrote:

Based on the results on the past two elections I’d say Kerry is absolutely right …. The majority of Americans are STUPID !

Feb 27, 2013 7:21am EST  --  Report as abuse
TOR01 wrote:

I think that this is one of the most inept statements from a US Secretary of State that I have ever come across.

Feb 27, 2013 1:26pm EST  --  Report as abuse

Right and the center of stupid is DC and people like him have cornered the market. As far as the people its only because we let people like this represent us and havent lynched them

Feb 27, 2013 6:05pm EST  --  Report as abuse
NinjaIndian wrote:

It’s fortunate that we have the right to be stupid, considering how many of us have no choice in the matter.

Feb 28, 2013 12:10am EST  --  Report as abuse
Statistician wrote:

I fail to understand the sarcastic remarks that seem to be all about this article. It strikes me that most comments were not based on a close reading of what was said, but were opportunistic shots at an easy retort. (The temptation is strong; it took all I had to keep from mentioning a particular political advocacy group.) One has the sense that a lot of people WANT to be offended because victimhood seems to be infecting so much of our political debate. The left has traditionally been known to carry a sense of victimhood, but the new right has brought it to a very high level of art.

It is hard to understand America and all its wonderful chaos when you come from a more ordered and ethnicly homogeneous society. On a bit of reflection, I think this is a clever way to actually describe the situation. (Had Mr. Kerry instead referred to John Erskine’s “Moral Obligation to be Intelligent,” I am sure he would be pilloried here as an elitist.)

Feb 28, 2013 8:32am EST  --  Report as abuse
Dosier wrote:

The right to be stupid? Sounds like an excuse to me. This is exactly what’s wrong with our country, IMO.

Mar 01, 2013 2:38am EST  --  Report as abuse
Dwimby wrote:

One of the reasons Kerry’s speech seemed somewhat strained was because he was talking to an audience that arguably is smarter than him. Germans watch America carefully. They already KNOW we have a right to be stupid and sure as h— didn’t need Kerry to tell them that.

Mar 01, 2013 3:45pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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