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HUMAN EVENTS Names Its Man of the Year: John O'Neill
Human Events Online ^ | Dec 23, 2004 | Sean Hannity

Posted on 12/23/2004 10:28:20 AM PST by mumzie

When it comes to choosing leaders, integrity comes first--and no man showed more integrity in 2004 than John O'Neill, the 2004 HUMAN EVENTS Man of the Year.

He helped to teach us the truth about John Kerry and counter the lies Kerry spread about the image of the Vietnam veteran, whom Kerry maligned three decades ago when, as an anti-war agitator, he presented slanderous testimony in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Kerry wanted voters to see him as a war hero who stood by his "band of brothers." But John O'Neill and the Swift Boat veterans had a different view--of a John Kerry who had a questionable record in Vietnam and betrayed his fellow vets when he came home to falsely accuse them of routinely committing war crimes.

Matter of Honor

For O'Neill and the scores of Swift Boat veterans who signed up with Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, it was a matter of honor not to let Kerry escape scrutiny. The Swiftees went public with their story in May 2004. Armed with solid evidence, they revealed that Kerry had exaggerated his Vietnam War record and lied about alleged atrocities committed by the American military. The liberal media mostly ignored the charges and the Swiftees. Undeterred, O'Neill took his message directly to the American people. He and Jerome Corsi co-authored the meticulously documented book Unfit for Command. Human Events Online released chapters just before the book's publication. And O'Neill and the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth raised funds to buy time on cable TV to run ads to make their case.

After the book and the ads were launched, even some Republicans balked at defending them. They feared that the Swiftees' efforts would backfire on the GOP and the President. But O'Neill was not cowed.

I had the privilege of giving John O'Neill and the Swift Boat vets their first interview about Unfit for Command on our FOX News show "Hannity and Colmes." Unfit for Command bolted to No.1 on Amazon and then No.1 on the New York Times bestseller list.

Instead of addressing the substance of the book, the Kerry camp tried to discredit O'Neill. Kerry's campaign demanded that Regnery, the book's publisher (and a sister company of HUMAN EVENTS), pull the book off the shelves (something no one ever heard President Bush demand about the avalanche of liberal books attacking him). Television stations that aired the Swiftees' ads were threatened with lawsuits. O'Neill, who had voted for Al Gore in 2000, was accused of being a long-standing Republican stooge, part of the "vast right-wing conspiracy."

O'Neill was undaunted. The truth was on his side and he never stinted from speaking it. While O'Neill routinely placed himself in the line of media fire, Kerry refused to give interviews on the subject, preferring instead for the liberal press to attack O'Neill on his behalf.

And attack they did.

On CNN's Crossfire, host James Carville shouted at O'Neill and then refused to listen to O'Neill's calm and measured responses. O'Neill knew why: "You shouted me down because you don't want to hear the answer. You can't survive the answers."

On MSNBC's "Scarborough Country," political analyst Lawrence O'Donnell repeatedly interrupted O'Neill to call him a "liar." O'Neill remained calm and stuck to the facts.

The abuse kept coming. On PBS's NewsHour, Boston Globe columnist Tom Oliphant declared that O'Neill did not meet the standard of clear and convincing evidence. "Almost conclusive doesn't cut it in the world's parts of journalism where I live," sniffed Oliphant. In fact, John O'Neill had interviewed some 60 people, compiled more than a dozen affidavits, and assembled a body of facts that put the Kerry campaign on the defensive, no matter how much the media tried to shield Kerry and fight on his behalf.

In the end, no amount of liberal propaganda could negate the plain facts assembled by O'Neill. All the slights, tantrums and tirades of the liberal media couldn't besmirch O'Neill's integrity. His efforts helped turn the tide of the presidential election.

For O'Neill, just as important was defending the honor of his fellow veterans. "For more than 30 years, most Vietnam veterans kept silent as we were maligned as misfits, drug addicts, and baby killers. Now that a key creator of that poisonous image is seeking the presidency we have resolved to end our silence," wrote the Swift Boat Vets on their website. The veterans finally won.

John O'Neill's life, in its quiet dignity, is far more representative of Vietnam veterans than Kerry's riches-to-power story. It is O'Neill--not Kerry and the anti-Vietnam War protesters--who speaks for the lives of the hundreds of thousands of veterans who came home from Vietnam, having served their country honorably.

Honorable and Just

Lost in all the liberal media's vitriol is that O'Neill himself earned two bronze stars for his service in Vietnam. But unlike Kerry, he quietly put those medals away upon his return from Vietnam and enrolled in law school at the University of Texas. He graduated first in his class, clerked for then-Associate Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist, and went into private practice in Houston, where he's been ever since.

John O'Neill raised a family and, earlier this year, donated a kidney to his wife. He made no money from the sale of Unfit for Command. He donated all his royalties to the Navy and Marine Relief Fund, which provides financial and material assistance to Navy and Marine families in need. O'Neill believes that the Vietnam War was honorable and just, and while America lost the battle in South Vietnam in which he took part, he's proud of America's triumph in the greater war against communism.

He risked his life for the cause of freedom in Vietnam, and back home he risked all he had built in a 30-year career to advance the cause of truth. For this, he truly deserves to be HUMAN EVENTS 2004 Man of the Year.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2004review; humanevents; johnoneill; kerry; manoftheyear; oneill; swiftboat; swiftboatvets; swiftees; swiftvets; unfitforcommand
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This is as it should be. John O'Neill - courage under liberal fire. Awesome man. Thanks, Swiftees!!!
1 posted on 12/23/2004 10:28:22 AM PST by mumzie
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To: mumzie

Great choice!


2 posted on 12/23/2004 10:29:40 AM PST by austingirl
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To: mumzie

I could not agree more.


3 posted on 12/23/2004 10:33:32 AM PST by Bahbah
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To: mumzie

The more I learn about this guy, the bigger in stature he becomes.


4 posted on 12/23/2004 10:33:38 AM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: Howlin; eddie willers; cajungirl; wirestripper; Southflanknorthpawsis; Peach; prairiebreeze; ...

Swift Vets ping.


5 posted on 12/23/2004 10:33:43 AM PST by Interesting Times (ABCNNBCBS -- yesterday's news.)
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To: mumzie; Mo1; Howlin; Peach; BeforeISleep; kimmie7; 4integrity; BigSkyFreeper; RandallFlagg; ...
Cool!
PING...
6 posted on 12/23/2004 10:34:17 AM PST by OXENinFLA
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To: mumzie

7 posted on 12/23/2004 10:35:07 AM PST by OXENinFLA
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To: Interesting Times

BTT!!!!!!


8 posted on 12/23/2004 10:35:16 AM PST by E.G.C.
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To: mumzie

They got that right.


9 posted on 12/23/2004 10:35:59 AM PST by Marylander
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To: mumzie

As it should be......


10 posted on 12/23/2004 10:36:52 AM PST by The Wizard (DemonRATS: enemies of America)
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To: OXENinFLA
O'Donnell: "YOU'RE A LIAR, YOU'RE A LIAR, YOU'RE A LIAR, YOU'RE A LIAR, YOU'RE A LIAR, YOU'RE A LIAR, YOU'RE A LIAR, YOU'RE A LIAR, YOU'RE A LIAR, YOU'RE A LIAR, YOU'RE A LIAR, YOU'RE A LIAR"

Very convicing argument...

11 posted on 12/23/2004 10:37:35 AM PST by frog_jerk_2004
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To: frog_jerk_2004

I think you forgot "CREEPY" in there somewhere.....


12 posted on 12/23/2004 10:38:36 AM PST by OXENinFLA
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To: mumzie; Interesting Times; Ernest_at_the_Beach; MeekOneGOP; PhilDragoo; RonDog

Great Choice!


13 posted on 12/23/2004 10:39:12 AM PST by Grampa Dave (Rummy Phobia is the new mental disorder of the left. It is similiar to Hate GW Syndrome!)
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To: mumzie

No way, I vote for Paul O'Neill. A fine treasury sec who spent time with Bono lamenting african poverty, with Lambda lamenting the aids "crisis", and with the democrats lamenting his former Boss' manliness.


14 posted on 12/23/2004 10:39:34 AM PST by pissant
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To: Interesting Times; mumzie

Excellent choice!

Thanks for the ping and post!


15 posted on 12/23/2004 10:41:38 AM PST by The Mayor (let the wisdom of God check our thoughts before they leave our tongue)
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To: mumzie

John O'Neil and the Swiftees deserve the thanks of all Americans.

Hopefully they will take our fight to mass. and get John Krry out of the Senate.


16 posted on 12/23/2004 10:44:52 AM PST by sgtbono2002
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To: mumzie

Good choice. Man's a rock.


17 posted on 12/23/2004 10:47:06 AM PST by johnb838 (To Hell They Will Go. Killmore.)
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To: mumzie

This is a great choice!

The Swiftees were awesome, taking heat from Democrats and Republican to bring out the truth about the traitor the Dems were running for President.


18 posted on 12/23/2004 10:54:01 AM PST by FR_addict
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To: mumzie

I'm a proud contributor to SwiftBoat Veterans for Truth. A very proud contributor.

BUMP!


19 posted on 12/23/2004 10:57:42 AM PST by prairiebreeze (Brought to you by The American Democrat Party, also known as Al Qaeda, Western Division.)
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To: mumzie


John O'Neill and the courageous Swift Boat Vets not only helped defeat the liberal's liberal John Kerry, they won the Vietnam War here in America.

Valor!


20 posted on 12/23/2004 11:02:22 AM PST by taxcutisapayraise
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To: mumzie

Merry Christmas to John O'Neill and his band of brothers.


21 posted on 12/23/2004 11:04:31 AM PST by Diva Betsy Ross (I am not NOT PC.. And Proud of it!: Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah!)
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To: mumzie

John O'Neill is a great American.


22 posted on 12/23/2004 11:08:59 AM PST by ladiesview61
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To: mumzie
People will examine the way that O'Neil's small ad buy, word of mouth, and the new media outsmarted the MSM as a blueprint for other elections.

O'Neil is a Hero. He beat the crap out of the liberal media by using their own airwaves. Genius!

23 posted on 12/23/2004 11:09:51 AM PST by Once-Ler (My name is Once-Ler, King of Kings. Look on my works, ye Mighty, and dispair!)
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To: mumzie
I think we owe the Bush victory to John O'Neill and the Swiftees. The few bucks that we gave them was the best money spent in this election. Talk about "Bang for your Buck"!


24 posted on 12/23/2004 11:11:26 AM PST by Chinito (6990th Security Squadron - RC135 - Combat Apple '69)
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To: Chinito

Yup. They managed to nullify about 100 million in RAT 527's with 100,000 dollars, and the TRUTH.


25 posted on 12/23/2004 11:13:43 AM PST by Kozak (Anti Shahada: " There is no God named Allah, and Muhammed is his False Prophet")
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To: mumzie

John O'Neill, if you're lurking, Merry Christmas to you and all the SwiftVets. You did God's work.


26 posted on 12/23/2004 11:17:27 AM PST by OKSooner
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To: Interesting Times

Big Swifties ~ Bump!


27 posted on 12/23/2004 11:22:11 AM PST by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: mumzie

But not for the courage of John O’Neill and the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, I, and thousands of other Vietnam Veterans, would still be wearing the lie that John Kerry hung on us over thirty years ago. Vietnam Veterans will forever owe John O’Neill a debt of gratitude for what he has done for us.


28 posted on 12/23/2004 11:27:42 AM PST by DJ Taylor
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To: Interesting Times

Awesome! Thanks for the ping. :-)


29 posted on 12/23/2004 11:53:27 AM PST by calcowgirl
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To: mumzie
John O'Neill and "his" band of brothers showed the world, they had the cojones to stand up to the liberal establishment and speak the truth. O'Neill proved time and again, he is a man of honor and integrity.

ps - James Carville, Lawrence O'Donnell and Tom Oliphant are pissants.

30 posted on 12/23/2004 11:55:22 AM PST by Reagan Man ("America has spoken")
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To: Reagan Man

I think the lesson that the Democrats will walk away from this election with...is that they won't run another guy who did time in the military. Its a stupid lesson...but I think they actually believe that the whole military tag that they used to help Kerry and hurt Bush...was a joke. By 2008, they will line up five candidates who have no military background whatsoever. It'll be social issues and the economy that they run on.


31 posted on 12/23/2004 12:01:51 PM PST by pepsionice
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To: prairiebreeze

Best return on investment I ever had.

Without the SwiftVets, we might have President Kerry starting January -- shudder!


32 posted on 12/23/2004 12:02:51 PM PST by FairOpinion
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To: mumzie

Good Move. John effin Kerry may have been the single most responsible person for the image of Viet Nam Veterans as baby-killing monsters.

His testimony in front of Congress was pivotal in shaping this description of veterans.

Watching the P.O.S. movie "Born on the 4th of July" with Tom Cruise recently was disgusting- In one scene he has an argument with another vet about how many babies they killed or were ordered to kill. I would like to know one veteran who ever ordered such a thing.


33 posted on 12/23/2004 12:07:05 PM PST by Mr. K (Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. god Bless America, Our Troops, W, and Ann Coulter!)
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To: mumzie
Wonderful choice...well deserved. History will be very kind to the John O'Neill and the Swifties....they and all of Vietnam Vets who supported them may have changed the course of history in the Middle East.
34 posted on 12/23/2004 12:18:45 PM PST by RVN Airplane Driver (Thanks America for not slapping us in the face again.)
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To: Grampa Dave
Great Choice!

Mega dittos! John O'Neill and HIS brothers had truth, honor, and justice on their side. I watched his interviews and throughout the liberal harangues, he kept his dignity; the liberals lost theirs.The best money I ever spent was my contributions to them. The book was awe-inspiring as well.

35 posted on 12/23/2004 12:18:48 PM PST by Carolinamom (Merry Christmas to all y'all!)
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To: mumzie
...For this, he truly deserves to be HUMAN EVENTS 2004 Man of the Year.

I remember the horrified panic that set in when the poll numbers started to flip. Kerry had been riding high and the first person they blamed was Mr. O'Neil.

Kerry chose his so called "war record" as the battlefield and the Swiftvets Popped a flare above him. It cost him the election. Thank you Mr. O'Neil!

36 posted on 12/23/2004 12:25:45 PM PST by Tom Bombadil
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To: mumzie

O'Neil and the swifties rate right up there with the greatest patriots of our country, in my opinion. I truly admire and respect these great men. They are the William Wallace bravehearts of our day.


37 posted on 12/23/2004 12:42:11 PM PST by sasportas
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To: mumzie
YES! Great choice!
38 posted on 12/23/2004 12:42:19 PM PST by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink.)
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To: Interesting Times
Thanks Scott...and to think you were able to work with O'Neill, Corsi and the rest of the Swiftvets for all those months.

It is a damnable shame that most Freepers have no idea of your contribution to the Swiftvets.

39 posted on 12/23/2004 1:08:08 PM PST by Seeking the truth (0cents.com - 3.5" gold plated "REAL" Pajama Patrol Badges coming soon!)
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To: Carolinamom

Those weren't donations to the Swift Vets.

They were investments in protecting our country from Kerry, Michael Moore and other dangerous lunatic lefties.


40 posted on 12/23/2004 1:28:51 PM PST by Grampa Dave (Rummy Phobia is the new mental disorder of the left. It is similiar to Hate GW Syndrome!)
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Comparing the Swift Vets to William Wallace is an excellent comparison:

O'Neil and the swifties rate right up there with the greatest patriots of our country, in my opinion. I truly admire and respect these great men. They are the William Wallace bravehearts of our day.

41 posted on 12/23/2004 1:30:36 PM PST by Grampa Dave (Rummy Phobia is the new mental disorder of the left. It is similiar to Hate GW Syndrome!)
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To: Grampa Dave; mumzie

A well deserved award....


42 posted on 12/23/2004 1:33:09 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (A Proud member of Free Republic ~~The New Face of the Fourth Estate since 1996.)
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It is a damnable shame that most Freepers have no idea of your contribution to the Swiftvets.

Yes, I am afraid I am one of those..... so little time.

But anyone that had a hand in helping John O'Neill and the SwiftVets is owned considerable gratitude....THANKS!!!

43 posted on 12/23/2004 1:38:32 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (A Proud member of Free Republic ~~The New Face of the Fourth Estate since 1996.)
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To: mumzie

John O'Neil for Attorney General......


44 posted on 12/23/2004 1:55:41 PM PST by reagandemocrat
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Thanks, I.T. Good news!

45 posted on 12/23/2004 2:57:08 PM PST by MeekOneGOP (There is only one GOOD 'RAT: one that has been voted OUT of POWER !! Straight ticket GOP! )
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Congrats to our hero, John O'Neill.

You should have been first runner-up, Scott, for the amazing amount of work you did......including your Winter Soldier website which coordinated vets and information all over the country in the effort to expose the pathetic Lurch.

When there's a major job to be done, look for a knowledgeable freeper to fill it, and do the job well.

Leni

46 posted on 12/23/2004 3:17:22 PM PST by MinuteGal
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 What would William Wallace say? 



 Long version of William Wallace audio 


47 posted on 12/23/2004 3:25:47 PM PST by devolve (http://pro.lookingat.us/ElvisChristmas.html http://pro.lookingat.us/TheKing.html)
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God bless John O'Neill and all the Swift Boat Vets!

John O'Neill exemplifies character, integrity and honor and I'm proud he's on our side! If you're reading sir, please accept my humble gratitude, and the best wishes from a grateful nation.


48 posted on 12/23/2004 4:11:12 PM PST by Humidston (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1282122/posts - Blood on the Potomac!)
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To: mumzie

It is so refreshing to see truth win out once in a while.

I will never forget The Swift Boat Vets. I swore that I would renounce my citizenship and leave the country should a traitor become Commander in Chief.

God Bless the Swift Boat Vets.


49 posted on 12/23/2004 4:25:33 PM PST by Dont_Tread_On_Me_888 (John Kerry--three fake Purple Hearts. George Bush--one real heart of gold.)
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"In the end, no amount of liberal propaganda could negate the plain facts assembled by O'Neill. All the slights, tantrums and tirades of the liberal media couldn't besmirch O'Neill's integrity. His efforts helped turn the tide of the presidential election.

For O'Neill, just as important was defending the honor of his fellow veterans. "For more than 30 years, most Vietnam veterans kept silent as we were maligned as misfits, drug addicts, and baby killers. Now that a key creator of that poisonous image is seeking the presidency we have resolved to end our silence," wrote the Swift Boat Vets on their website. The veterans finally won.

John O'Neill's life, in its quiet dignity, is far more representative of Vietnam veterans than Kerry's riches-to-power story. It is O'Neill--not Kerry and the anti-Vietnam War protesters--who speaks for the lives of the hundreds of thousands of veterans who came home from Vietnam, having served their country honorably.

Honorable and Just."
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50 posted on 12/23/2004 4:37:11 PM PST by JLO
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