millions, perhaps billions, of people throughout the world who wish to elevate themselves to that highest pinnacle by claiming Irish ancestry.
It's only natural.
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John Kerry is not Irish. As has been widely reported, John Kerry's grandfather, the devout Catholic Franklin Kerry, grew up in central Europe as the Jewish Fritz Kohn, changing his name before immigrating to the U.S. in 1905. Kerry's mother is part of a wealthy Massachusetts family that traces its English roots back to the founding of the Bay State (marrying wealth seems to be a tradition among the Kerry men).
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One of his French cousins, Brice Lalonde, a former Mitterrand minister for the environment and now mayor of St. Briac, where Kerry grew up, says that Cousin John would be a better president than George Bush. The French and European socialists love our French-speaking senator whom they believe will usher in a new era of close international relationships. They are possessive of his mother, who grew up in Brittany.
From his birth through his military service and political career to dubious fund-raising with Robert Torricelli and schemes with George Soros, Kerry has lived a charmed existence. Questions are publicly asked of him, carefully crafted non-answers are returned and accepted and the matter is closed.
For years, in Massachusetts, Kerry has gathered votes predicated on his "Irish" ancestry. His grandparents came to America from Bohemia where they had the honorable Jewish name of Kohn, which they subsequently changed to Kerry. Says Kerry, "(T)hose of us, who are fortunate to share an Irish ancestry, we take great pride in the contribution that Irish Americans ... ."
Should that happen, the advertising campaign on the Paris subways has been wasted. As of this week, hundreds of ads read, "55,000 places in U.S.green card lottery available for 2004 in France. Call 017271555 or go to webpage www.carteverteusa.com." Just what we need -- 55,000 new residents and their families from France, and John Forbes Kerry too.