Political Ideology : John Kerry

Kyra Brakefield

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Background Information

John Kerry was born on December 11, 1943 in Denver, Colorado. Since his father worked in foreign services, he spent the majority of his childhood overseas. He grew up in a Catholic home, and his family was among the upper-middle class. His aunt was very wealthy, and paid the tuition for him to attend an elite boarding school. His interest in politics and his public speaking skills are some of the results in attending the school. He attended Yale University to study political science and afterwards joined the U.S Navy. Kerry fought in the Vietnam War and received many military honors, some of which were Silver and Bronze Stars, and three Purple Hearts.

As the result of his time in the war, Kerry became an activist for the care of veterans as they return home from the war. This is when he got his start in politics. According to his biography on the U.S Department of State website, "He also began a lifelong fight for his fellow veterans as a co-founder of the Vietnam Veterans of America, and later as a United States Senator who fought to secure veterans’ benefits, extension of the G.I. Bill for Higher Education, and improved treatment for PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)." He was and still is a headstrong leader of veteran rights.

John Kerry was Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts in 1982, then became a U.S Senator from Massachusetts from 1985-2013, and a presidential candidate of the Democratic Party in 2004 presidential election, but lost to Bush. He was appointed Secretary of State in 2012.

Political Ideology


John Kerry's political views best supports the LIBERAL ideology. There is evidence in this in his approach on same-sex marriage, his support in the authorization of the gun ban in the U.S, and his opinions on the need for affirmative action.
Secretary Kerry Celebrates LGBT Pride Month

Evidence #1

John Kerry is a strong supporter of same-sex marriage as shown in the video above. He encourages that LBGT pride be celebrated not just in one month throughout the year, but every month. He believes in equal rights for all, no matter the sexual orientation.
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Evidence #2

John Kerry's liberal approach to the gun ban strongly suggest his fight for security in the United States. As shown in the quote from an article in Right Wing News, Kerry is trying to ensure the safety of the citizens by giving up partial freedom over the ownership of guns. This supports the liberal ideology because liberals believe that more guns mean more violence.
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Evidence #3

According to On The Issues, and in the Presidential campaign against Bush in 2004, Kerry believes that affirmative action is necessary, like the liberal belief as well. Kerry knows that racism is not just something of the past, it is also very relevant today, and measures need to be taken to equal the opportunities for all races.