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The Communists Can Count on Kerry
FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | 2/02/04 | Don Feder

Posted on 02/02/2004 1:40:39 AM PST by kattracks

I’m a citizen of Massachusetts. (God help me.) For going on 30 years now, I’ve watched John Kerry’s career with a mixture of fascination, revulsion and amusement.

John F. Kerry. The “F” stands not for fraud or fabulously coiffed – as one would suspect -- but for the Forbes family of Boston-Brahmin fame. His mama was one of the Back Bay elite, don’t you know.

However – a la the chameleon-like Zelig of the Wood Allen movie – nothing about Kerry is what it seems. He’s Irish, right? Well, actually, he’s part Jewish. (His paternal grandparents were Kohn, before they goy-icized their name.)

He’s a war hero who became an anti-war activist, when it looked politically advantageous. He’s a man with a common touch -- who married two rich women. One he dumped, when she was suffering from depression, after she bore him two kids.

A graduate of the snooty St. Paul’s and Yale – member of Skull and Bones, currently married to a lady worth over half-a-billion dollars -- nevertheless, he can prattle about this nation belonging “not to the privileged few, but to all Americans.”

He’s a moderate with a voting record more liberal than either Ted Kennedy of Dennis The Red Kucinich. Kennedy’s lifetime congressional rating from the if-it-moves-tax-it Americans for Democratic Action is 88 percent – compared to 93 percent for Mr. Middle of the Road.  Kucinich’s lifetime score from the American Conservative Union is 15 percent. Kerry’s is 6 percent.

Is there anything about the war-hero/VC symp, “Irish”-Jewish-Brahmin, left-wing moderate, pro-abortion Catholic, patrician-tribune-of-the-people that’s real?

Actually, there is a stark consistency that runs through Kerry’s career – He’s an opportunistic, back-stabber who never met a commie he didn’t like. He also has chutzpah to spare.

In the late Sixties, Naval Lt. JG Kerry went to Vietnam, probably to round out a resume for the political future he was planning even then. He picked up some tin, which he later tossed over the White House fence as part of an anti-war demonstration. But, wait, they weren’t his medals, he latter revealed, but someone else’s who couldn’t make it to the protest. (This  caused  a Boston politician to quip: “Just like a Yankee. Throw’s away things that aren’t his.”)

One of Kerry’s medals was for killing an enemy soldier who supposedly was armed with a rocket launcher. Except, evidence suggests the fearsome foe was wounded at the time and may have been shot in the back. Perhaps this was a dress rehearsal for young Benedict’s eventual betrayal of the guys he fought with.

Anyway, upon arriving home, Kerry sniffed the political wind in Massachusetts – the only state McGovern carried -- and decided there was hay to be made opposing the war. Without missing a beat, the hero enlisted in Vietnam Veterans Against the War, nobly serving with such VC-lovers as Jane Fonda and Ramsey Clark in the so-called Winter Soldier Investigation. Wonder if they’ll campaign for Johnny this year? The nascent New Leftist had no qualms about marching with scruffy Marxists carrying Viet Cong flags and signs with slogans praising Ho Chi Minh, Kim Il Sung and Fidel.

But it wasn’t enough to merely oppose the war. Kerry had to smear his former comrades-in-arms as a bunch of degenerate, mutilating baby-killers.

The man who’s now running on his war record – and mentions his medals in every other breath – told a Senate hearing that Americans then  bleeding and dying in the rice paddies were the moral equivalent of the Waffen-S.S.

In his testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (April 23, 1971), Kerry charged that American soldiers had “raped, cut off ears, taped wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned up the power, cut off limbs, blown up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages, shot cattle and dogs for fun, poisoned food stocks and generally ravaged the countryside of Vietnam.” Sounds like an Oliver Stone movie, scripted by Osama bin Laden.

No wonder a group of Vietnam vets turned their backs on Kerry when he spoke at the Vietnam War Memorial in 2002. Gen. George S. Patton (namesake of the World War II general) -- who led troops into combat in Vietnam – said Kerry “gave aid and comfort to the enemy.” Jeremiah Denton – who was being tortured at the Hanoi Hilton while Kerry was collaborating– could barely maintain civility toward the war hero, when they served together in the Senate.

If Americans in Vietnam were butchers and war criminals,  what about the Viet Cong?  Agrarian  reformers, one and all, according to the sage of Boston. In those halcyon days of pot and protest, Kerry insisted the conflict was a “war of the people” fought by indigenous peasant reformers. The senator-to-be apparently had never heard of North Vietnamese regulars, Soviet aid or the Ho Chi Minh trail.

Kerry demanded not only an American withdrawal, but the cut-off of all aid to Saigon. If the wicked puppet state fell, at most 2,000 to 3,000 of its lackeys might face recrimination, Kerry assured us.

After Saigon became Ho Chi Minh City, an estimated 700,000 went through communist reeducation camps. Many never came out. Over a million boat people fled the indigenous, peasant reformers. The fall of South Vietnam led to the fall of Laos and Cambodia – and the genocide of the killing fields. And Kerry is actually trying to sell this foreign-policy expertise as a presidential credential.

When it comes to communism, terrorism and thugocracies, Kerry is hopelessly naïve—or willfully blind. As a senator, he fought against American aid to the government of El Salvador during the communist insurgency of the 1980s. He also opposed support for the freedom-fighting Nicaraguan Contras.

At the time, he described the Salvadoran military as “some of the most blood-drenched men on the planet.” Were the leaders of the Marxist regime which ruled Nicaragua equally savage? Kerry never said so.  Daniel Ortega and Company must also have been indigenous, peasant reformers fighting “a war of the people.”

He’s never known to have  uttered a word of criticism about Cuban intervention in the Central American conflicts or spoke harshly of Soviet imperialism. Oh, and our rescue mission to Grenada was “a bully’s show of force against a weak, third-world nation,” according to the likely Democratic nominee.

While Ronald Reagan was winning the Cold War, as a senator, Kerry was trying to hamstring the effort. He opposed the MX missile, B-1 Bomber and a missile defense system. Had the war hero prevailed, the Kremlin would still be in business, and opening branch offices all over the world.

The foreign-policy genius was still going strong in the ‘90s.  In 1991, he voted against the first Gulf War. (Body-bags would becoming in by the thousands, the military expert predicted.) Chagrined at being on the wrong side of a popular war, and with the collapse of the World Trade Center still echoing  in his ears, Kerry voted to authorize the president to use military force to rid humanity of Saddam Hussein.

But wait, that’s not what he really meant, the senator now endlessly explains.  He was voting to give Bush the authority to spend the next decade in a futile quest for the UN’s approval. He was voting to give Bush the power to oust the loathsome tyrant once W had assembled a coalition including the valiant French, the altruistic Germans, the impartial and totally fair Belgians and everyone else from Eskimos to Fiji Islanders. AKA: How to support a war (in theory), while keeping your head-in-the-sand credentials intact for the surrender wing of the Democratic Party.

Besides attempting to undermine the war on terrorism on the Iraqi front – as he sabotaged the war against communism in Indochina – Kerry has even found time to bestow understanding on Columbia’s drug-dealing FARC terrorists. A year ago, in a speech in Boston, Kerry said Columbia’s narcotics-fueled insurgency “seems to be a renewal of a kind of chaos fueled partly by guerrillas who have legitimate complaints and the combination of drugs and war and the drug lord.” Can you say indigenous, peasant reformers? Of course you can!

Try imagining Kerry as commander in chief in the war on terrorism. What will he do, empathize with Al-Qaeda? (Surely, it has legitimate complaints.) Offer to send the junior Hamas members to St. Paul’s Prep School? Find rich widows for the mullahs and suicide bombers to marry? Or concoct stories of American atrocities in Iraq and Afghanistan to feed to a credulous Congress?

John Forbes Kerry/Kohn is a man whose time came and went – roughly 30 years ago. He could be elected president of Hollywood, president of the Ivy League, president of the National Council of Churches, president of the Dixie Chicks or president of CNN. But president of the United States? Only if the American people have a complete and total memory failure – if the nation has collective amnesia for the next nine months.


Don Feder is a former Boston Herald writer who's currently the host of a talk show on WTTT 1150Am in Boston, M-F, 6-9am.



TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2004; commiesforkerry; donfeder; farc; kerry

1 posted on 02/02/2004 1:40:39 AM PST by kattracks
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To: kattracks
Want to read more about Skull & Bones War Criminal Kerry check the links below...

 http://lists.village.virginia.edu/lists_archive/sixties-l/3221.html

 http://vietpage.com/archive_news/politics/2002/Dec/14/0002.html

 http://www.oilempire.us/kerry.html

 http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/Printable.asp?ID=5468

 http://oll.temple.edu/hist249/course/Documents/vietnam_veterans_against_the_war.htm

2 posted on 02/02/2004 2:12:36 AM PST by ATOMIC_PUNK (I may never have the Courage to say some words but i will always have it to say what i believe !!!)
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To: ATOMIC_PUNK; kattracks
Interesting article by Feder. It's a solid, yet abridged version of Kerry's 35-year political record of standing by the communists. But will the Republicans continue to "play nice" with the Dems this year by not mentioning any of these things?

Kerry has already begun his hateful propaganda campaign. The GOP is armed with Kerry's 30+ years record of public policy positions (and 19 years of actual votes). We can only hope that the GOP has plans to expose it and go on the *offensive* with it, instead of just sitting around waiting to be accused of something ridiculous and trying to respond *defensively*.
3 posted on 02/02/2004 2:35:03 AM PST by NH Liberty ("For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus..." [1 Timothy 2:5])
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To: kattracks
I like Don Feder, so I'm surprised at this weird rant.

John Forbes Kerry-Kohn actually killed Communists with his own hands.

Kerry's later transformation into pacifist geek was, in my view, a form of PTSD.

How many commies has Feder killed?
4 posted on 02/02/2004 2:35:45 AM PST by My Dog Likes Me
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To: kattracks
SHALOM!

Hi...Kattracks,

Excellent Article, thank you for posting it.

Now...If Only America would wake Up and see John (Ketchup Boy) Kerry for what he really IS...

A DEMON - RAT.

5 posted on 02/02/2004 2:56:04 AM PST by Simcha7 ((The Plumb - Line has been Drawn, T'shuvah/Return for The Kingdom of HaShem is at hand!))
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To: kattracks
bttt
6 posted on 02/02/2004 2:58:19 AM PST by Phyto Chems (What part of "illegal" don't you understand... :-)))
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To: My Dog Likes Me
PTSD?? Get real.
7 posted on 02/02/2004 3:05:41 AM PST by cajungirl (John Kerry has no botox and I have a bridge to sell you!)
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To: ATOMIC_PUNK
A strange and quite uneasy alliance, between the Islamofascists and the old International Communist apparatchik, lies in wait to ambush the US, should this nation waver in the least. The Islamofascists were unmolested for years, while the Soviets were engaging NATO and trying to buy influence in Third World countries with no developed industrial base. The Communist government of USSR misjudged how reliable the Islamofascists were to their cause, and turned their attention to quelling the uprisings in the Soviet hegemony that existed in the Middle East, most particularly Afghanistan. The USSR fought a World War II campaign, with massive armies and operating out of a central command, and was sucked dry because they failed to carry the war to the caverns and hills where the Taliban hid out.

For a number of other reasons, the Soviet Empire collapsed, but the Communists did not simply disappear. No longer in control of a nation of superpower status, they realized their future lay in mending fences with their former rivals throughout the Mideast, the Islamofascists. The disbanded Soviet army funneled a vast quantity of supplies to the militants, partly to raise funds, and to buy some sort of alliance. Much of this war materiel found its way into Iraq and the hands of a despot who was having his own problems with the US at the time, as well as fanning out to a number of other loose and privately funded militia with the common goal of driving out the "infidels".

This is where we find ourselves today, the Communists acting as brokers providing the war materiel to the Islamofascists, being repaid out of clandestine diversion of oil money, and other illegal trafficking, largely in drugs, and the US engaged in a multi-front war being fought at a relatively small scale, against insurgents and guerrilla forces that are increasingly, being forced out into the open because of superior technology, plus a determination to isolate and eliminate them as an effective adversary.

Yet we chance giving up all the gains we have made, by allowing persons of Socialist sympathies to regain power in the highest circles in the US, and to delay or end the effort to maintain effective control of the Islamofacists. If this is meant to be "justice", it is a pretty perverted definition of the term. It is not even good business, because that philosophy is not interested in the prospect of maximizing the greatest good for the greatest number, and profiting from the volume, as they are in preserving the status quo for the favored few at the top, through enforced scarcity and privation of the many.
8 posted on 02/02/2004 3:14:28 AM PST by alloysteel
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To: My Dog Likes Me
We pretty much have to depend on Kerry's word that he's a war hero. Do you think shooting a wounded man in the back warrants a Silver Star? He served 4 months in-country and weaseled his way home on a '3 wounds (no matter how insignificant) and you're home free' technicality. John Kerry is scum.
9 posted on 02/02/2004 3:34:12 AM PST by Jaxter ("Vivit Post Funera Virtus")
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To: My Dog Likes Me
Your view is very compassionate.He is not at fault for associating with Jane Fonda,who should have been tried for treason ,the peace initiative put forth by the communist,calling his comrades murderous baby killers and mutilators,faking throwing his medals over the fence..

His fellow comrades still fighting and dying over there,some imprisoned and tortured for years might possibly feel betrayed.

He had PTSD and all is ducky/sarcasm.

I despise his touting his Viet Nam war heroics without admitting he encouraged people,with his testimony and the work with Jane Fonda to spit on our returning GIs and call them baby killers.

91% are proud of their service and 97% were honorably discharged.

He gave suspect testimony that slandered all with the same brush.He helped break our sense of duty to the Vietnamese by our witholding promised funds when we withdrew and the North attacked again.

He had scroungy men in fatigues pose with an upside down American flag,mocking the famous WW2 flagraising on Iwo Jima for the cover of his first book.Hardly honorable nor respectful of WW2 vets.But he had PTSD.
10 posted on 02/02/2004 3:51:53 AM PST by MEG33 (God bless our armed forces)
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To: My Dog Likes Me
Kerry's later transformation into pacifist geek was, in my view, a form of PTSD
Oh, that's different. In that case I will vote for him for president . . .

</sarcasm>

11 posted on 02/02/2004 3:56:35 AM PST by conservatism_IS_compassion (Belief in your own objectivity is the essence of subjectivity.)
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To: Jaxter
#10 FYI
12 posted on 02/02/2004 3:57:05 AM PST by MEG33 (God bless our armed forces)
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To: MEG33
This scum could not be an effective dog catcher, never mind President. But the issue is not Kerry. The issue is, when will someone stand up and say something about what is going on with this country?

The only position that is being broadcast for the last 3 years has been the position of the exztreme left. All some congreeman or senator has to do is hold a news conference, tell it the way it is and sit back down and watch the fur fly.

This election is not about who will be president. It is about our freedom. Kerry wants to take it away, Bush want to preserve it.
13 posted on 02/02/2004 4:08:44 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz (Gore Lost! Deal with it!!!)
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To: kattracks
Wasn't his duty as an officer to report crimes that he witnessed?
14 posted on 02/02/2004 4:11:27 AM PST by GailA (Millington Rally for America after action http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/872519/posts)
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To: GailA
This was a project,not his personal witness.He was the leader spokesman.I think it was the Winter Project.Jane Fonda helped fund it and it was decredited later.There is info about it on links here.He was Vets against the war head.
15 posted on 02/02/2004 4:19:28 AM PST by MEG33 (God bless our armed forces)
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To: GailA
The links at the top and it was the winter soldier study.There is an interview where hbacks off calling what we did genocide but he says he committed crimes,etc.Read it ,its too much.
16 posted on 02/02/2004 4:23:19 AM PST by MEG33 (God bless our armed forces)
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To: kattracks
WOW!

What can I say?

"When it comes to communism, terrorism and thugocracies, Kerry is hopelessly naïve—or willfully blind".

Or worse, a collaborator?





Good find, great post

17 posted on 02/02/2004 4:29:14 AM PST by G.Mason ("The secret to success is knowing who to blame for your failures" - Old Democrat saying)
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To: G.Mason; My Dog Likes Me
It is a great article.It has been suggested Kerry was simply struck with PTSD.I think not.
18 posted on 02/02/2004 4:37:39 AM PST by MEG33 (God bless our armed forces)
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To: MEG33
"It has been suggested Kerry was simply struck with PTSD.I think not."

Nor do I

This is the classic "shell game".

We watch the "Dwarves", while the Clinton party destroys each of them from behind.

As has been suggested, for months, it will be a setup for the Clintons to retake the WhiteHouse in 2004.





Can Hillary and Bill really wait for 2008?

19 posted on 02/02/2004 4:52:38 AM PST by G.Mason ("The secret to success is knowing who to blame for your failures" - Old Democrat saying)
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To: G.Mason
As has been suggested, for months, it will be a setup for the Clintons to retake the WhiteHouse in 2004.

G., I don't know what the Clintoons will do in 2004. But one thing is sure: if Hildabeast doesn't run in 2004, her only window of opportunity for the White House is 2008.

Therefore, ergo, namely, and q.e.d., the Lying Scumbags cannot - repeat CANNOT - afford for Hitlery to run against a sitting Dumbocrap prexy in 2008.

So, with confidence, I predict that John F'n Kerry/Kohn/Heinz is toast.

20 posted on 02/02/2004 5:12:17 AM PST by Ole Okie
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To: kattracks
But, wait, they weren’t his medals, he latter revealed, but someone else’s who couldn’t make it to the protest.

So now we have two distinctly different stories from Kerry about the medals.

Just a week or two ago, Kerry's spokesman said on FNC that Kerry didn't actually throw his medals over the fence. He said that Kerry removed his medals from the ribbons and threw only the ribbons over the fence.

21 posted on 02/02/2004 5:41:19 AM PST by alnick (A vote for anyone but George W. Bush for president in 2004 is a vote to strengthen Al Qaeda.)
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To: alnick
no no no...that was THE story (i.e., ribbons/medals) for that week...lol I'm sure the media will work with him closely to determine which story will actually work better with middle America...stay tuned...the media is doing such a good job convincing Americans that this candidate is the ONE who can beat that "mean ole Bush who has taken away "our" country"....remember that he was almost a figment of our imagination three weeks before Iowa and now he is beating President Bush in the polls...now I, for one, am very impressed with the all powerful MEDIA! /sarcasm off
22 posted on 02/02/2004 6:15:01 AM PST by ozzysmom
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To: kattracks
I think Feder wants us (outside of Mass, where many know this) to know the real Kerry. A rant? - maybe, but perhaps he's tired of people praising Kerry without knowing the real Kerry.

I suspect that Kerry and many vets have or have had some PTSD issues, but for me, he's more of a Clinton-esque sociopath, being all things to all people if it gets him elected. I think he's a Kennedy wannabe.

Years ago when he married Theresa a lot of this came out at the time, including his presidential ambitions, because here in western PA the untimely death of Heinz and the surprising wedding not long after of Theresa and Kerry was well documented locally and viewed with suspicion by some who thought Kerry saw dollar signs and took advantage of a grieving widow. The Kohn/Kerry name change came up with the suggestion that the grandparents wanted to Kennedy-ize themselves to get in on that action. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree for John F. Kerry. It seems he likes to be thought of as a Kennedy type candidate and beams at the comparisons to JFK. I think, despite his war service, that he is a commie at heart and I shudder to think he is the current dem frontrunner. Look what he's done for Mass. I think that's what Feder is trying to say.

23 posted on 02/02/2004 7:19:54 AM PST by fortunecookie
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To: kattracks
Only if the American people have a complete and total memory failure

Do you mean like forgetting that Clinton advocated regime change in Iraq, and as well thought Iraq had WMDs?

24 posted on 02/02/2004 7:22:52 AM PST by lepton
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To: kattracks
Ummmm let take a guess ... Mr. Feder REALLY doesn't like Kerry???
25 posted on 02/02/2004 7:24:26 AM PST by Mo1 (Join the dollar a day crowd now!)
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To: My Dog Likes Me
PTSD? Why then did he speak against the War before he left to serve?
A lot of his classmates spoke of his intense political ambitions during his time at Yale.
Kerry '66: 'He was going to be president'
A sense of duty
In March 1965, as the war in Vietnam continued to escalate, Kerry won the Ten Eyck prize as the best orator in the junior class for a speech that criticized U.S foreign policy as arrogant and unrealistic.
"It is the specter of Western imperialism that causes more fear among Africans and Asians than communism, and thus it is self-defeating," Kerry said in his speech. "We have grossly overextended ourselves in areas where we have no vital primary interest."
The next year, Kerry discarded his original Class Day oration -- which had already been published in the Yale Banner -- for a new address echoing many of the sentiments of his prize-winning speech. In a speech that was unusually political for a Class Oration, he criticized the United States for intervening in Asian affairs and isolating itself from the world community.
"I think he was ahead of his time," Smith said about Kerry's attitude towards Vietnam. "I think he felt that the war was much more controversial at an earlier stage than anybody else."
But even before delivering his oration, Kerry had enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Despite his public misgivings about Vietnam, Kerry was preparing to enter the military soon after commencement.
While Kerry criticized the war and its goals, he was committed in his decision to serve. In contrast to Yale students two or three years later who more frequently tried to avoid the service at all costs, many members of the Class of '66 volunteered, Smith said.
"I was very proud of my decision to go into the Navy and I still am," Kerry said. "But keep in mind, when I joined the Navy, the first draft card hadn't been burned. Vietnam was nebulous. It wasn't yet the war it would become."
By volunteering, students could avoid the draft and enter the officer corps. But for the Class of '66, graduate school deferments were still available. If Kerry had not wanted to serve, he could have entered law school immediately after graduation.

It would appear that his time in the service was calculated in order to use it just as he is doing now.
26 posted on 02/02/2004 7:45:53 AM PST by armymarinemom (My Son Liberated the Honor Roll Students in Iraq)
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To: kattracks
He’s an opportunistic, back-stabber who never met a commie he didn’t like.

My hands are like ice. I have a sinking feeling that 49-51% of the voting public are the same way. Hope I'm wrong.

27 posted on 02/02/2004 8:43:51 AM PST by wizardoz ("Crikey! I've lost my mojo!")
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To: TheStickman
ping
28 posted on 02/02/2004 6:58:10 PM PST by visualops (Liberty is both the plan of Heaven for humanity, and the best hope for progress here on Earth-G.W.B.)
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To: armymarinemom; cajungirl; Jaxter; MEG33; conservatism_IS_compassion
Hey! I voted for Gov. Weld over Kerry when Weld ran for Kerry's senate seat years ago. I'm just trying to be objective.

For a young Kerry to disagree with the U.S. policy in Vietnam, but STILL join the Navy right out of Yale says something important about his character. Please remember the phrase "My country, right or wrong.." He didn't go to grad school or otherwise run.

As for the Purple Hearts, I recall a line in Lt Col David Hackworth's book "About Face." I don't have it in front of me, but Hack wrote that after he received his third PH, the Army wanted to reassign him. This was apparently DoD policy at the time. Hack managed to avoid reassignment somehow, but it wasn't easy. And he was a field grade officer at the time. A junior officer like Kerry wouldn't really have a choice but to leave, as per policy.

I, like many of you, find it hard to put Kerry in a comfortable HE HATE ME category, like I could Clinton (with his "I loath the military" letter to a ROTC officer).

I simply cannot figure out John Forbes Kerry-Kohn. I do know that he is a war hero. And you can't take that away from him.

29 posted on 02/02/2004 9:57:54 PM PST by My Dog Likes Me
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To: My Dog Likes Me
If you don't "get" Kerry by now you probably never will. What he did after his service is not the actions of a man fit for commander of our armed services. Our military had a hard time living through the Clinton years and it sure doen't deserve the abuse that kerry would heap upon it.
30 posted on 02/02/2004 10:11:42 PM PST by armymarinemom (My Son Liberated the Honor Roll Students in Iraq)
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To: My Dog Likes Me
Timothy Mc Veigh was a soldier who fought in Desert 1.
31 posted on 02/02/2004 10:46:32 PM PST by MEG33 (God bless our armed forces)
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To: MEG33
Desert Storm
32 posted on 02/02/2004 10:47:04 PM PST by MEG33 (God bless our armed forces)
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To: fortunecookie
A rant? - maybe, but perhaps he's tired of people praising Kerry without knowing the real Kerry.

Maybe a little of both?

33 posted on 02/02/2004 10:49:08 PM PST by Mo1 (Join the dollar a day crowd now!)
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To: My Dog Likes Me
Read the history.Kerry did ask to be released early.
34 posted on 02/02/2004 10:50:53 PM PST by MEG33 (God bless our armed forces)
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To: MEG33
And Lee Harvey Oswald was a former United States Marine.
35 posted on 02/02/2004 11:10:59 PM PST by My Dog Likes Me
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To: My Dog Likes Me
Real heroes don't go around bragging about their war record. Kerry reminds me of those pathetic creeps that hang around the Wall wearing old fatigues with medals all over them. Most of them were never in the military, let alone Vietnam. Kerry didn't become antiwar until long after he returned early (4 months) from Vietnam. He requested that he be sent home early after receiving 3 very minor wounds, two of which could have easily been self afflicted. I say again, the man is scum.
36 posted on 02/03/2004 3:11:10 AM PST by Jaxter ("Vivit Post Funera Virtus")
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To: Jaxter
To clarify my previous post: He didn't return 4 months early, he had a grand total of 4 months in-country.
37 posted on 02/03/2004 3:13:17 AM PST by Jaxter ("Vivit Post Funera Virtus")
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To: armymarinemom; My Dog Likes Me
It would appear that his time in the service was calculated in order to use it just as he is doing now.
I think you stopped reading that article a little too soon:
Yet for a class that grew up in the wake of World War II and the Korean War, military service seemed a patriotic duty that few of Kerry's classmates questioned despite growing ambivalence concerning the war itself, said his classmate Peter Day '66.

"There was a much larger sense of obligation, that it was your turn just as the generations before had done it," Day said.

So when William Bundy -- assistant secretary of state and uncle of Harvey Bundy -- visited Kerry and his suitemates and said the country needed them to enlist in the officer corps, Kerry listened. "I think that -- it would have been almost five times harder for him not to have gone than to go," Smith said. "The predilection of our class was much more old-school."

We have to treat history with respect. Kerry's problem then was that he was a Kennedy Democrat, and Kennedy and Johnson had transformed Vietnam from a sideshow into a full-blown American commitment of half a million men--an indefinite commitment not to victory but to a draw. Kerry's failure of vision was not in seeing that Vietnam was FUBAR--he was correct in that assessment--but in his elitism.

Kerry's failure of vision was that he could more easily reject the things you and I love about Ronald Reagan than he could entertain the idea that "great" Democrats like Kennedy and Johnson were actually incompetent.

Kerry's failure was Kennedy's failure--they are one and the same. And we always knew that eventually we would have to face down the Kennedy myth once and for all. The tragedy is that George H. Bush was not up for that game; had he been a full-blown Reaganite he would have been a two-term president and would have let the air out of the Kennedy mystique once and for all.

38 posted on 02/03/2004 5:58:33 AM PST by conservatism_IS_compassion (Belief in your own objectivity is the essence of subjectivity.)
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To: Mo1
Yeah, probably both rant and rave. But useful info that I'm sure Kerry hopes people will forget, and many dedicated Dems will forget even if they disagreed with him in the past. Blind sheeple.
39 posted on 02/03/2004 7:08:08 AM PST by fortunecookie
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To: wizardoz
I have that same creepy feeling. I fear a slim majority will feel that way. And forget or even admire how he 'socialized' Massachusetts. People seem to like that he is (by his own intentional design) Kennedy-esque. Another perfect chameleon with commie tendencies to be the Dems best hope. Barf. Who will his running mate be...? (Iciness spreading...)
40 posted on 02/03/2004 7:11:59 AM PST by fortunecookie
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To: fortunecookie
But useful info that I'm sure Kerry hopes people will forget, and many dedicated Dems will forget even if they disagreed with him in the past. Blind sheeple.

I'm sure they are hoping many are forgetful about Kerry's past

41 posted on 02/03/2004 10:08:13 AM PST by Mo1 (Join the dollar a day crowd now!)
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To: Mo1
So many people (sheeple?) will be eager to believe any propaganda or press release that is newly released by the sympathetic, liberal media because they want to believe the 'best' about their man, Kerry, and any contradictory information they may have, even if they experienced it first hand, will be pushed aside. Remember the whole 'mean-spirited' thing from the previous pres election? Anything that contradicted the shiny, new image given the dems by the media was mean spirited, especially if it came from republicans or conservatives, even if proven true by voting records or full-text quotes.
42 posted on 02/03/2004 11:09:48 AM PST by fortunecookie
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