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Kerry beats dead horse; horse files for purple heart

The old adage "if at first you don't succeed, try, try again" isn't always the best advice, especially in politics. In politics, if you try a political stunt and it goes nowhere, you probably should try something different.

Nobody told that to the Kerry campaign. Days after they sent Max Cleland to annoy Bush on his Crawford, Texas ranch with a letter demanding he specifically denounce the Swift Boat Veterans For Truth ads (and, by omission, endorse all the ads from the anti-Bush 527 groups are running), they sent another copy of the letter with a group of vets to Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney's office (Romney is campaigning with Bush here in Cow Hampshire on Monday). (See story here.)

Forewarned is forearmed, however, the vets were greeted by another group of vets calling themselves "Veterans for Working Senators" was there and armed with it's own letter demanding that Kerry either show up for work, give back his pay, or just up and resign (as Bob Dole did in 1996) while he's running for President.

A representative of the Governor's accepted the Cleland letter; the Veterans for Kerry-Edwards not only refused to accept the "Veterans for Working Senators" letter, they shouted down attempts to read it aloud.

One thing that stood out in the Boston Glob's coverage (remember, it's owned by the New York Times): they used the term "Kerry's high absence rate" without going into further detail. As I discovered last week with just minimal research, Kerry missed 64% of all roll calls from the first session of the current Congress and has missed 89.3% of all the roll calls to date in the second session. Apparently the Glob doesn't think that's germane to the story.

It does mention, however, that the Veterans for Working Senators were peacable, while the Veterans for Kerry-Edwards got into a shouting match with a state official who didn't immediately kowtow to their demands. I'm surprised that slipped through.

J.

(Aside to "George Washington:" this might be an appopriate place to issue your "Bush AWOL" challenge -- it's tangentially linkable to the topic of the posting. Toss it up here, and I'll give it the attention it deserves.)


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When John Kerry gave this s... (Below threshold)
firstbrokenangel:

When John Kerry gave this speech, my late husband was still in Vietnam. He had spent 6 years in the service, graduated OCS, was a paratrouper, ranger, US Army, Green Berets, Special Forces. He had been shot once and returned to duty. His two years as an ADVISOR are not on record although I do have the papers noting his discharge date, et al. My late husband's camp,(spoke fluent Vietnamese),where he taught the South Vietnamese to kill got overrun, somewhat like in "Platoon." I do not remember the name of the type of bomb used but it blew up in the air, not landing on the ground and blowing up. He was seriously, critically wounded and it was a huge surprise that he even survived this at all. It was because of John Kerry and others like him that made it so difficult for these US hero forces to come back and try to live in normal society. That was impossible. They have learned a lot since then for now they have a clear line to psychologists, psychiatrists, debriefing, repatriation into family, then society. But back then,a soldier was afraid to even admit he was in Vietnam and was met with disdain. They were also afraid of getting "help" because it was "taboo." As time went by, he became mentally ill and dangerous to be around. In June of 1978 he was in a motorcycle accident from which he did not survive. Prior to the machines being shut off, his soul touched me and others letting us know he was finally at peace. It was people like John Kerry and his protesting group that made it very difficult for these heroic men to return home, changed, destroyed, in a drug-free world and none of them were the same ever again. This man, John Kerry, made it very difficult for all those who returned, those who are dead, those who are POW-MIA's, and the walking dead. They could not fit into society and they could not function. I blame John Kerry for that because he was the one who said he was speaking for ALL the Vietnam soldiers. John Kerry only spent 4 months in service compared to the heroic and deadly time my late husband spent there only to come home in shambles, spirit broken and the world hating him for doing his job. His life was destroyed by people like John Kerry. The time John Kerry spent in Vietman, was only a partial time that others spent time there in that war. We lost over a 10 year generation of men due to that war and he betrayed all our vietnam veterans, still there and those who were coming home and to the names that are now on the Vietnam Memorial Wall. There are hundreds and thousands of men who were destroyed by John Kerry and his protesting group. I find this extremely painful in every way because I saw what it did to my husband and cousins and friends who did return while also buring others. These men were heros and John Kerry was not but acted like he did. This can never be forgiven. We owe them and only now are we standing up for them when we should have stood up for them all along. He destroyed so many lives with just 4 months of service to his country.

John Kerry is not speaking for all the vietnam vets, nor should he ever be. He speaks of coalition forces today as he did then. He says that Bush does not have coalition forces now in
afghanistan and Iraq when all together, there are 82+ nations in Iraq. That is no small feat so how is he going to make it better? He has no plan anymore than he had when he said he was a spokesmen for the Vietnam vets. HOW DARE HE PUT DOWN OUR SOLDIERS WHO DIED FOR OUR COUNTRY? OR THOSE WHO BECAME NUTS WHEN THEY RETURNED? OR PEOPLE LIKE MY LATE HUSBAND??? He put so many of our boys in danger over there and destroyed the morale of those who did make it home. How can he live with himself - doing this while still pulling a Naval Reservist pay??? This man has no real clue and he never will. He did whatever he had to, to get the hell out of Vietnam then blamed the soldiers for any and all atrocities committed in wartime when there was only one choice - it's either them or you and since you do not want to die, it was them. His biggest mistake was not only protesting and talking in front of congress but in betraying his fellow soldiers who were still over there in the field of battle, the POW's and MIA's. He was wrong and his is wrong now.

John Kerry also mentioned the last person killed in the Vietnam War. He was from Woburn, MA and went to school with me. He was a marine. I was in the hospital having my wisdom teeth done and he came to the hospital to visit me and to say goodbye since he was returning to Vietnam. At the Fall of Siagon, he was the very last person, the last soldier, the last marine to be killed in that mess. He was only 19 years old. In books regarding Vietnam, you'll find a picture of him at the end of the books.

And this betrayer is going to run for President of this great country of ours? I THINK NOT!
~C

As to his voting record in the Senate, that pretty much speaks for itself - meaning the only thing he cares about is himself.

firstbrokenangel, you have ... (Below threshold)
-S-:

firstbrokenangel, you have written what is in the hearts and on the minds of many of us. I can't thank you enough, and I do feel with you and nearly identically to what you express here.

Kerry's braggadiccio about his "military might" and the rest is despicable in light of what he did with his life. And, apparently, quite by choice. It's not a case of someone "protesting" government policy, what Kerry is responsible for, but for betraying and actually bringing about the deaths of those who he should have been in relationship with. I can't think of any greater deception, any more mightier deception than what Kerry did then, and continues to do now -- not perceiving what he insists was "protest" about our government as the vehicle it actually was: betrayal of country and fellows.

He can (and does) paint it up to be some cheeky, intellectual deed all he wants but the actual people who risked their lives under similar conditions know otherwise. Among others. How many heroes -- the real ones -- have died without so much as a headstone, a notice, a parade or even mention -- and never boasted about their heroics, their "grand" military service, but simply served with honor. With honor, never betraying those who relied on them, never using the military to bring shame upon an entire country.

Kerry's grandiose statements about requiring the U.S. to be under some authority by the U.N. for military deployment is similar and ongoing testimony to his very cowardly, truly cowardly character.

My God, I'm in awe. Why can... (Below threshold)
Jumbo:

My God, I'm in awe. Why can Kerry and his people not understand?




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