Skip to comments.Not So Swift Boater
Posted on 07/30/2011 11:29:16 AM PDT by Phil Harmonic
Those of us masochistic enough to have watched the 2004 Democratic convention might faintly recall the name Captain Wade Sanders.
While Sanderss record as a Democratic hack suggested he might have political reasons for supporting Kerry, Sanders also had a stellar military record, having been awarded a Silver Star in 1992, and his credibility wasnt much in question.
Thats why The Scrapbook feels compelled to point out the ignominious denouement of the Wade -Sanders career. Yes, its true that Sanders is currently doing time in a federal penitentiary after admitting to being in possession of child pornography. As bad as that is, its not nearly as remarkable as what just happened to Sanders.
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There was an article posted on this guy last week and in the discussion, I learned for the first time the John Kerry was dishonorably discharged and then pardoned by Jimmy Carter. I was surprised to not have heard of it during the campaign.
That’s been often alleged but never proven.
It was speculated about. This is why Kerry refused, refuses, to release his service records.
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I don't think this is a known fact. Kerry would not release his records; so it is only conjecture (I think).
The scrutiny of Kerrys war record was not only warranted but richly deserved comeuppance. If you still refuse to believe Adm. Roy Hoffman and the rest of the honorable Swift Boat veterans that Kerry didnt tell the truth about his war record, go ahead and take Captain Wade Sanders word for it.
Certainly probable. But, in the absence of Kerry releasing his records, it's not proven.
He called the swift boaters liars. It would be easy to speculate that some of them went back and did some research on this guy's war record too.
Kerry has long reminded me as a member of a particular type of hippy that I encountered as a teenager.
Basically, this type of hippy was pretty much completely amoral, didn’t believe in anything. Thought society was a fraud, thought America was a lie, thought the concepts of honesty and integrity were jokes. Oh yeah, hippies of this type also believed absolutely that they were immeasurably smarter than anyone else.
They thought that getting away with obnoxious, unethical, immoral, or even criminal behavior was something to be proud of and proved how clever they were and how dumb everyone else was.
Kerry, and this guy Wade Sanders, strike me as being from precisely that mold. For them, the entire military was made up of a hoard of stupid fools, and if they could lie their way into combat medals that would guarantee them glory and bennies when they got back to the world, they deserved it for having to subject themselves to the indignities of military service.
That the citizens of Massachusetts continue to vote Kerry back into his senate seat tells you a lot about them. They’re no different, for the most part, as far as I can tell. The hippy movement was huge in Massachusetts back in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, with the student population of the Boston region leading the way. That’s the environment that Kerry came out of.
“It would be easy to speculate that some of them went back and did some research on this guy’s war record too.”
First, Sanders did serve honorably and commendably (as did some 2,500,000 of his peers notwithstanding the infamous testimony of one John Forbes Kerry) receiveing both a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star for his service...both of which were deemed legitimate by the same review. For that he deserves our respect and gratitude.
However, the revocation of his Silver Star brings a whole new perspective (or should anyway) to his viscious excoriation of the Swiftvets as dishonorable smear merchants
while, at the same time, he was being touted by the Kerry campaign as a Silver Star awardee whose impeccable honor, integrity and credibility were inviolate.
Boy, that sure makes me think of a dead kennedy.
Are you saying that W willfully resisted releasing his military records?
It wouldn't matter if W "resisted" releasing all of his records. The leftists would have leaked them anyway, or just doctored some up out of whole cloth.
Nicely stated...and I doubt history will fail to recognize it as well.
Whose records are you talking about?
Kerry’s or W’s?
Bush released a ton of records. I had the impression that delays were caused by the Air NG being disorganized.
Bush ordered the release of all of his records. We even have his college transcripts, which he didn’t try to hide (unlike John F’in Kerry). He was never busted. Those who served with him said he requested transfer to a squadron serving in VN, because the planes he flew were never used in Nam. That was the reason he never saw combat.
"W" usually refers to GW Bush; there is however no information I'm aware of that Mr. Bush (junior, not Pere) was ever in the Navy.Murtha refused to release his records. Boama refuses to release his records. I see a pattern here. The truth seems to be a casualty during elections.
Am I to infer that you refer to Wade (Sanders)?
Are you saying that W willfully resisted releasing his military records?
Sorry about that. A short term memory here. W was hounded by the media and went out of his way for the release of every page. John Hanoi Kerry went out of his way to lie about his record and it took a freedom of information law suit to get his sanitized records released.
I was thinking too far ahead and did not get the first right. A Buddy of mine had his father and twin brother that were both on Swift Boats. My Buddie lost his twin brother MIA in Viet Nam.
Hey, Dan Rather, what are you doing here at FR?
Isn’t it amazing what the media let’s the left get away with?!
Did Ran Dather report of John The traitor Kerrie's fake but accurate Courts Martial papers?
Sounds like "Yippies." They took themselves far too seriously.
The following month, in a letter to the editor of the Boston Herald, Sanders harrumphed:Yes, I am a member of Kerry's ready reserve of Swift Boat vets and unlike those who served with the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth and their ilk, I serve with honor, integrity and exercise sound judgment. Fox would do well to reacquaint himself with those qualities.Best of the Web Today
Your post appeared to be channeling Rather WRT W.
It might be, if there were any reason to suppose that journalism actually was objective, as it claims.
But then, the very claim of objectivity is proof that journalists aren't even trying to be objective. If they were trying to be objective, they would be declaring their interests, not claiming not to have any.
If they were trying to be objective, they would admit that their interest is not in informing the public but in flattering it in its ignorance, and pandering to its vices. And, rather than promoting the Democratic Party, they would condemn it for acting on precisely the same impulses which rule journalism.
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