Since his very first appearance on the national scene - as a water carrier for the communists of North Vietnam - Kerry has continuously LIED and EXAGGERATED. And he's been caught, over and over and over again... He slandered the US military in 1971; he lies about being at World Series games, about meeting with foreign leaders or UNSC members, about being in Cambodia - to name just a few!
Yet his LYING has not ever hurt him.
Because since WW2 the Leftist meme has included a basic tenet of the post-modernist meme: a belief that there is no such thing as REAL TRUTH; they believe that truth is just subjective or culturally relative. People who do not believe in truth have no problem lying or voting for liars if it advances their cause. The Leftist cause is as it has always been: making the state bigger; having the state run by elites - it's fundamentally anti-libertarian and anti-democratic. And : it has failed miserably EVERY TIME, AND EVERY PLACE, AND IN EVERY MARKET IN WHICH IT HAS EVER BEEN TRIED.
Part of PERMANENTLY defeating Leftism requires permanently demolishing the culturally and morally relative post-modernist meme which underlies and underpins their ideology. Only after this is accomplished can the Free World have a truly united front in the GWOT.
ASIDE: Old Europe is also under the hypnotic sway of post-modernism and moral/cultural relativism. One reason they are drawn to it is because they are - after the bloody 20th Century - very war weary, and because they blame nationalism and ethnocentrism for all the blood-spilling.
Cultural relativism allows them to go on being who & what they are culturally - (Frenchy French or Germanic Germans) - without making it necessary to belittle their neighbors. By asserting that "all cultures (and value systems) are equal" they believe they can avoid a repeat of WW1 or WW2. That's why they reflexively seek accommodation and appeasement. Chamberlain epitomized this: his revulsion towards WW1 made him appease Hitler, rather than confront Hitler. As we all know, that appeasement didn't work - in fact it made WW2 worse than it might have been because Hitler was confronted later than he might have been, and he was much stronger militarily in 1941 than he was in 1936.
The same is true now - in the GWOT, or WW4. The Bush Doctrine is the anti-Chamberlain doctrine; it rejects the "let's wait & see" and the "let's only counter-attack after we've been attacked" strategies. The Bush Doctrine does this because of two things:(1) the Jihadoterrorists cannot be deterred; (because to the Jihadoterrorists death is a promotion). And (2) in an age where portable WMD's can kill millions, retaliation is not sufficient.
Bush's belief that there are such things as GOOD and EVIL is precisely WHY the Left hates him; Bush's belief is EXACTLY the OPPOSITE of post-modernism; it's why they think he's a rube, or a religious fanatic. Bush believes that there are such things as goodness and truth; the Left does NOT; in fact, they think this is what makes them SOPHISTICATED. Well... the Emperor who had no clothes on thought he was sophisticated, too! IOW: It's just as Orwell said - some things are so dumb only an intellectual can believe them!
Bush says: if the perpetrators of 9/11 - or of Beslan - are not evil, than evil does not exist. Because 9/11 and Beslan are real, all logical people must conclude that evil is real. And that only by confronting it and counter-attacking it can we EVER hope defeat it and thereby live in a world of peace and prosperity and liberty - something that all humans EVERYWHERE deserve.