However, they usually use the class warfare language, rather than the educational level language. But it is clear if you look at what Kerry said that he is equating education level with your living "class" as an adult:
"You know, education, if you make the most of it, if you study hard and do your homework, and you make an effort to be smart, uh, you can do well. If you don't, you get stuck in Iraq."
Education is the key to a better lifestyle. Kerry is saying that if you don't concentrate on education, study hard, do your homework, you will not "do well", meaning you will end up a poor person.
And what do poor people do, according to the Democrats? Join the military, because they have no other job choices. For example, this from the Democrat Leadership Council (with members such as Senator Clinton and Carper, Gov. Vilsack, and others):
In the 1950s, about one-half of the graduating classes of Princeton and Harvard entered the service for a tour of duty. Today, less than 1 percent do. Likewise, in 2003 only slightly more than 1 percent of members of Congress had a child serving. This is not a Democrat-versus-Republican issue. It is a class issue. Small-town, religious, and middle-class Democrats or Republicans are more likely to have someone in the military in their extended social group than wealthy partisans of either party living in big cities.
Or this comment from Congressman Democrat Charles Rangle:
"I truly believe that those who make the decision and those who support the United States going into war would feel more readily the pain that's involved, the sacrifice that's involved, if they thought that the fighting force would include the affluent and those who historically have avoided this great responsibility."
"Those who love this country have a patriotic obligation to defend this country. For those who say the poor fight better, I say give the rich a chance."
Then there is this from Congressman John Conyers, on the record:
What our bill does is address the growing disparity in socio-economic background between those who go to fight our nation's conflicts and those who send them. The statistics show that minorities and the working class segments of society constitute a disproportionate percentage of the military. African Americans represent 21 percent of the military as opposed to 13 percent of the civilian age population.
Only 24 percent of the persons in the military have parents in white collar management jobs, while that is true for 34 percent of the general military population. It is plain fact that the military does not come from the higher socio-economic status of society.
So Democrats are on record complaining about poorer, less educated people disproportionately serving in the military. So why shouldn't we beleive that Kerry meant to point out the economic disparity in military service when he clearly said that if you work hard in school, you can "do well", and therefore not have to take a job serving in the military?