US: Teresa Heinz Kerry

Teresa Heinz Kerry has her detractors. From France, Christopher Jones writes: "The convention of the Democratic wing of the Institutional Party of the American Revolution (the other wing , the Republicans will have its own convention a little later) is a joke. As for Teresa Heinz Kerry, her antics with a conservative reporter were extensively reported in Europe. I was very upset at her nasty remarks about the enlightened leadership of Antonio Oliveira Salazar, possible one of the most marvelous leaders of the 20th century. She insinuated that little Senhorita Teresa would have gone to jail if she had dared to open her mouth about the big bad Portuguese dictator. I think she should go back to school. Because if she did she would learn that blacks in Moçambique, Angola or Guinea Bissau benefited from a cradle to grave welfare system, a method to achieve full Portuguese citizenship as an asimilado, health care and stable authoritarian government based on wholesome Portuguese values like a warm meal twice a day. She should apologize in public to Salazar's memory!" Randy Black writes: "As far as comparisons, I prefer the gracious, unpretentious nature of Laura Bush who minds her manners, insults no one, promotes reading skills and reading in particular, and otherwise stays out of the limelight.. Mrs. Kerry seems to be very full of herself in contrast. I suppose that I am a bit suspicious of those who attempt to buy the office, but do not expect to undergo the normal scrutiny that goes with the job".

RH:The decolonization of the Portuguese territories in Africa, like those of other European powers, brought with it a relapse into savagery. However, in Portugal the Salazar regime was a mixed blessing. Unfortunately I missed Teresa's remarks about him.

Glenye Cain takes issue with Randy Black's contention that Teresa Kerry does not fit the First Lady mold: "This idea of First Lady "molds" seems kind of dubious to me. Would Mr. Black say that Eleanor Roosevelt fit the "mold"? If she didn't, then would he say that was a negative thing? ". RH: Her appearance at the Democrat convention made a good impression on me. But I have a more important concern. The word "mold" has two quite different meanings, and for each an alternative spelling "mould" is permitted. This is one more example of the absurdity of English spelling. The fight to reform it makes the convention seem like badly spelt (spelled) noise,

Miles Seeley writes: "To leaven somewhat the harsh criticism being thrown at the US system of choosing a leader, and the nasty remarks about the Clintons and Teresa Heinz, I would like to add my comments. First, this convention strikes me as being sober and serious about the need for change in administration. Second, I think what Mrs. Kerry is doing with the Heinz fortune is wholly admirable, and she is apparently a hands-on executive of the Heinz foundations. Third, I don't care about the Clintons private life, but I was impressed by the speeches of both. Lastly, I was, like many others, deeply impressed by Barak Obama's speech and his accomplishments. I would like to think that young politicians like Obama can be uniters and not dividers. There are serious issues in this country, including health care, education, treatment of veterans, and of course the military and its role. Primary, to me, is our relationship with other nations and our understanding of the diversity of the countries of the world. I believe we are addressing these issues, and I am hopeful". RH: Understanding the diversity of the countries of the world? The 9/ii report criticized our failure to do so. Our elite universities have abolished their geography departments, and area studies, which were supposed to promote that understanding, have either been abolished or downgraded.

The great lesson to be learned from July 4 is the stupidity of talk about the end of history. The British monarchy could not see the way the world was going. King George was a popular and decent man. Known as farmer George, he was temperamentally more democratic than George Washington, who demanded more respect. Until the end of his life, he could not understand why the Americans had revolted. "The world turned upside down", as the British band played at Yorktown. The Whigs saw more clearly into the future, since the American revolution was a continuation of the English Revolution. By and large, they supported the American Revolution.

Today it is our turn to look into the future lest we too see the world turned upside down. The key issue is the distribution of money and its influence on politics. In the Middle Ages "valor" allowed a knight to seize land and in many cases to become king. His descendents lacked the quality of valor, indeed many had few and proved failures as rulers. We have the same problem in our society, the difference being that business acumen has replaced valor, and money has replaced land. The heirs inherit the money but often lack the qualities of those who amassed it. Where will this lead? In both the feudal and the capitalist system, marriage has been a way of acquiring money one has not earned.

This brings us to a case about which I seek information. It concerns the wife of John Kerry, who was born in Mozambique, presumably of Portuguese parents. What did they do? Where did Senator Heinz meet her? Much was made this week of the fact that the fortune he left her has swollen to $1 billion, which will be a Herculean club in the hands of Senator Kerry. If he wins the presidency, shall we conclude that it was simply a case of "Let the best man win"?

Ronald Hilton -