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Shame On Him. Kerry Picked The Wrong People To Insult
WSJ Opinion ^ | 11-3-06 | Ronald R. Griffin

Posted on 11/03/2006 8:51:57 AM PST by grandpa jones

BY RONALD R. GRIFFIN Friday, November 3, 2006 12:01 a.m. EST I missed the joke. You must forgive me, for there just is not a lot of room in my life for even good jokes--and there is absolutely no room for "botched jokes"--when the subject of the joke is my son who was killed in Iraq. I know exactly what came out of Sen. John Kerry's mouth, and in those words there is no interpretation required. His attempt to convince us--and, I believe, to convince himself that that there was really a botched joke buried deep within his insult is in fact a reaffirmation of his ever-present condescending nature. He actually believes that we are stupid enough to agree with him and start laughing simply because he said it was a joke. Mr. Kerry said exactly what he meant and meant exactly what he said. In those words Mr. Kerry did in fact wash completely away the facade of his support of our magnificent troops and revealed for all to see his true colors. All one had to do is look into the face of Mr. Kerry as the last word came out of his mouth, and it was painfully obvious that he knew that he had just disparaged the entire military. As the firestorm grew, the calls for an apology filled me with unease. It is not up to him to determine if an apology is in order. That decision most certainly rests with the millions of individuals he offended, and then they would decide if they were going to accept one or not. As Sen. Kerry began his soon-to-be-reversed "I apologize to no one" rebuttal to a call for an apology, I was driving by the memorial built in honor of Kyle, my son,

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TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: democrats; insult; kerry; military
God bless you and your family, Mr. Griffin, and your memories of Kyle. Thank you for these moving and powerful words, written from your heart
1 posted on 11/03/2006 8:51:58 AM PST by grandpa jones
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To: grandpa jones

I read this at 0530 this morning.

Spot On...and this is PRECISELY why most military people are conservatives, detest liberals, and look down on their ideologies.

Liberals, for the most part, dislike, distrust and deamean the military. The liberal politicians view national defense and the military as something to be spun to elicit the maximum amount of votes at election time.

My experience is that conservatives universally respect military personnel, understand the concept of self-defense (and by extension, National Defense) and are grateful for the military and those who serve in it.


2 posted on 11/03/2006 8:57:47 AM PST by rlmorel (The US Media...Where you get Million Dollar Words From people with a Ten Cent Fart for a brain.)
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To: grandpa jones

And interestingly...many military people can spot a fake of a phony person. Perhaps it is because you often have to depend on those around you in ways civilians do not have to, but...when an officer shows up who is a phony, the enlisted people see it right away.

They saw Kerry right away. And most of them see who President Bush is.


3 posted on 11/03/2006 9:00:06 AM PST by rlmorel (The US Media...Where you get Million Dollar Words From people with a Ten Cent Fart for a brain.)
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To: rlmorel
Yes, I couldn't agree more. I wrote this piece at about the same time you were reading Mr. Griffin's article. And, although I can only imagine his grief, the sentiments expressed are similar.
4 posted on 11/03/2006 9:08:39 AM PST by grandpa jones (Responding To The Epic Threat)
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To: grandpa jones

Sadly, bump.


5 posted on 11/03/2006 9:08:55 AM PST by Enterprise (Let's not enforce laws that are already on the books, let's just write new laws we won't enforce.)
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To: rlmorel
You got that right. My litmus test to see if a person is a REAL Conservative is how they feel about the US Military! Sometime liberals will lie about being pro-religion, pro-life or pro-2nd amendment but their statements about the brave men and women who serve reveal their true political colors.
6 posted on 11/03/2006 9:09:00 AM PST by 2001convSVT ("People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence")
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To: grandpa jones

Is that your blog?


7 posted on 11/03/2006 9:11:10 AM PST by rlmorel (The US Media...Where you get Million Dollar Words From people with a Ten Cent Fart for a brain.)
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To: 2001convSVT

Agreed.

In my mind, if someone is pro-military and displays respect (cannot be faked...you can tell) then it is likely they are a conservative.


8 posted on 11/03/2006 9:13:45 AM PST by rlmorel (The US Media...Where you get Million Dollar Words From people with a Ten Cent Fart for a brain.)
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To: grandpa jones

Thanks for bringing this article to our attention. It is one heck of a good letter!


9 posted on 11/03/2006 9:16:17 AM PST by Republic (A standing senator who openly wounds our military should be impeached!)
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To: rlmorel

yes. Me and another Freeper, vimto, publish it.


10 posted on 11/03/2006 9:27:41 AM PST by grandpa jones (Responding To The Epic Threat)
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To: 2001convSVT

Liberals do not have the character nor moral fortitude to either be in the military or support it. They are selfish, condescending and hateful. My family and I are very close with a neighbor and her family. Her 20 yr. old son enlisted in the Marines after 2 years of college. He had plans (and the grades) to be a Trauma Dr. He told us his desire to serve his country was too overwhelming and he would wait to finish school. He felt his country needed him and this was something he had to do. Right now he is at Camp Lejune, he is his class leader and a wonderful, wonderful man. Most of us know somebody who is serving and we know they are truly selfless in what they do. I for one would love to slap Kerry and all of his minions upside the head. None of them are fit to wipe the mud off the bottom of these men and women's boots.


11 posted on 11/03/2006 9:36:32 AM PST by panthermom
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To: grandpa jones

I agree completely with your remarks. This writer said what I think of John Kerry with much more eloquence than I could ever do. God bless this man, his family and the heros (and families) of every person serving in the military!


12 posted on 11/03/2006 9:39:47 AM PST by Sunshine Sister
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To: readingpuppy

ping! K, this is your first official ping since I thought you would enjoy reading this. Normally the message would just say "Ping". This Ping brings you to the article so you can read it. Call me later and I'll walk you throught the how to post a reply and/or ping. C


13 posted on 11/03/2006 9:42:51 AM PST by Mrs. B.S. Roberts
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To: grandpa jones
Well, very well done, I would say.

Your dad and my dad...they were indeed the greatest generation...I miss my dad very much, he was buried six years ago the day after Veterans Day in Arlington. I always think of him this time of year. November, clear, windy and gray. It just seemed to fit him, Navy man that he was.


14 posted on 11/03/2006 9:49:12 AM PST by rlmorel (The US Media...Where you get Million Dollar Words From people with a Ten Cent Fart for a brain.)
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To: grandpa jones

My tagline...


15 posted on 11/03/2006 9:50:49 AM PST by talleyman (Kerry & the Surrender-Donkey Treasoncrats - trashing the troops for 40 years.)
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To: grandpa jones

May God Bless our troops, May God Bless President Bush and May God Bless America...

Some good has come out of this: Kerry is done as a national politician and for that I am grateful. America got a second look into his soul and saw him more clearly this time around.


16 posted on 11/03/2006 9:52:19 AM PST by Former MSM Viewer ("We will hunt the terrorists in every dark corner of the earth. We will be relentless." W 2001)
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To: grandpa jones

RIP Kyle Griffin.

17 posted on 11/03/2006 9:53:03 AM PST by MS.BEHAVIN (women who behave rarely make history)
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To: grandpa jones
Sen. Kerry has really picked on the wrong crowd this time. Not so much the individual soldiers he so clearly insulted, for they are great judges of true manhood, and in him they have found him wanting. When he ran for president, they voted against him by almost 4 to 1.
They will laugh him off, but their loved ones are a different matter.

And this is why the democrats distanced themselves from Kerry.

18 posted on 11/03/2006 9:54:55 AM PST by DejaJude (Admiral Clark said, "Our mantra today is life, liberty and the pursuit of those who threaten it!")
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To: grandpa jones

Its wasn't enough for Jon to make fun of the soldiers, he had to put their families through hell as well. All I can say is without a doubtour soldiers are fighting for what is good, decent and right. They are fighting for our freedom and they have my prayers and thankfullness. The Lord bless America,our leaders and our soldiers! And please Lord, help us defeat our enemies.


19 posted on 11/03/2006 9:56:11 AM PST by trustandobey
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To: MS.BEHAVIN

Yes. We are all respectful of the memory of Kyle Griffin, who he was as a person (even if we did not know him personally) and the context his life has for the rest of us outside his family. We understand, and grieve for his family who must go on without him, never forgetting to think of him and the others with respect and gratitude each and every day. They gave so much, and we have to give so little.


20 posted on 11/03/2006 9:57:56 AM PST by rlmorel (The US Media...Where you get Million Dollar Words From people with a Ten Cent Fart for a brain.)
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To: rlmorel
They were, indeed. And we are the beneficiaries of their loving and patriotic sacrifice.

I can't get over the emotions that kerry's remarks have stirred in me. I haven't slept. I just want to strike back in the only way that I know how. With the keyboard.

Thank you for your kind words.

Go Navy.

I miss you, Pops.

21 posted on 11/03/2006 9:58:54 AM PST by grandpa jones (Responding To The Epic Threat)
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To: grandpa jones
"Mr. Kerry said exactly what he meant and meant exactly what he said. "

First I am sorry about your sacrifice and that of your son, but because of him and others before and those that come after, I can write this to you without the fear of someone coming to take me away to a re-education camp, or worse.

What you said about John Kerry could not be more right on the money, the man is a traitor and should be treated like one.

22 posted on 11/03/2006 10:00:05 AM PST by DaiHuy (I have never seen a situation so dismal that a policeman couldn't make it worse)
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To: DaiHuy

Grandpa, I realize that you didn't write the article, but I forgot to address it to Mr. Griffin.


23 posted on 11/03/2006 10:01:57 AM PST by DaiHuy (I have never seen a situation so dismal that a policeman couldn't make it worse)
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To: grandpa jones

Blurred eyes here.

Yes...to your keyboard. Even if the only way we can do it is to vote, we each have to have a way.

I live in Massachusetts, so I have an opportunity to be able to address Mr. Kerry that others don't...I am a constituent, and will exercise that right.


24 posted on 11/03/2006 10:02:49 AM PST by rlmorel (The US Media...Where you get Million Dollar Words From people with a Ten Cent Fart for a brain.)
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To: grandpa jones

For Kyle:

http://www.clermontyellow.accountsupport.com/flash/UntilThen.swf


25 posted on 11/03/2006 10:05:13 AM PST by groanup (Limited government is the answer. What's the question?)
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To: grandpa jones
On Wednesday I called Karen to ask what she thought of Sen. Kerry's remarks. I was shocked that she had no idea what I was talking about, for she hardly watches any news anymore. I read her the quote from Mr. Kerry and shut up as she digested and interpreted the words. She then simply said, "Shame on him for insulting my boy. He just called my boy stupid. Shame on him."

John Kerry can attempt to apologize in as many forms and as many times as has the breath but he can be assured that the pain that he has inflicted upon this wonderful woman will forever be part of the pain that she endures each day and in reality there was no reason for it to happen.

That about says it all.

26 posted on 11/03/2006 10:10:42 AM PST by Hugin
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To: DaiHuy
I understand.

WSJ has a comment section if you would like to address your remarks directly to Mr. Griffin. Just follow the link to the original article, and scroll down to the bottom "your comments". Warm regards,
nuke (gpj)

27 posted on 11/03/2006 10:12:46 AM PST by grandpa jones (Responding To The Epic Threat)
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To: grandpa jones

This editorial really needs to be read in full.

Jon Carry is a despicable human, and an American piece of filth.


28 posted on 11/03/2006 10:20:28 AM PST by sissyjane (Don't be stuck on stupid!)
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To: groanup
Until Then
Somebody hand me some kleenex, please.

...If you don't mind, I'd like to post that.

29 posted on 11/03/2006 10:22:23 AM PST by grandpa jones (Responding To The Epic Threat)
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To: grandpa jones

Let's not forget that Clinton Cabinet member Donna Shalala said that, paraphrasing, "...We didnt send this nation's best & brightest to VietNam...."

Her 'correction' was she meant to say t"the kids of the best & brightest...."


YEAH, RIGHT...

This is what they really believe.


30 posted on 11/03/2006 10:25:17 AM PST by Former MSM Viewer ("We will hunt the terrorists in every dark corner of the earth. We will be relentless." W 2001)
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To: grandpa jones

I'd like that posted everywhere. Please do it.


31 posted on 11/03/2006 10:26:27 AM PST by groanup (Limited government is the answer. What's the question?)
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To: Hugin
Yes it does.
I'm not an overly emotional person, but this article just broke my heart. I can only imagine how the Griffins must feel.
32 posted on 11/03/2006 10:27:22 AM PST by grandpa jones (Responding To The Epic Threat)
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To: grandpa jones

I started a thread a couple of days ago with it but I put it in vanity and it didn't go anywhere.


33 posted on 11/03/2006 10:27:36 AM PST by groanup (Limited government is the answer. What's the question?)
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To: groanup

Man, that was awesome, it surely needs its own thread.

Thank you so much, I am emailing it to friends and family.


34 posted on 11/03/2006 10:40:37 AM PST by roses of sharon
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To: groanup
Thank you so much. I have posted Until Then Here
35 posted on 11/03/2006 10:46:57 AM PST by grandpa jones (Responding To The Epic Threat)
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To: grandpa jones

The lyrics are here:

http://www.brutallyhonest.org/brutally_honest/2004/11/homeward_bound.html


36 posted on 11/03/2006 10:52:38 AM PST by groanup (Limited government is the answer. What's the question?)
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