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April 16th, 2004 8:52 pm

In case you didn’t know…. Kerry served in Vietnam

On Feb. 27, 1992, Kerry defended then presidential candidate Bill Clinton against an attack by his Democratic rival Sen. Bob Kerrey who peppered Clinton with uncomfortable questions about whether the Arkansan had evaded the draft. Kerry hit back at his Senate colleague, saying: �I am saddened by the fact that Vietnam has yet again been inserted into the campaign….” Again, in October, 1992, Kerry said to George H.W. Bush, “You and I know that if service or non-service in the war is to become a test of qualification for high office, you would not have a vice president, nor would you have a secretary of defense, and our nation would never recover from the divisions created by that war.� source

Of course, this was before Kerry was the presumptive Democrat nominee. Now you can’t listen to even a 10 second soundbite without John Kerry reminding you of his service. The ironic thing is Democrats are hanging on to every referral to war medals and clinging to every pronouncement of Kerry’s qualifications for the Presidency, simply because he went to Vietnam and George W. Bush didn’t. It’s now become a litmus test for the Democrats, when 12 and 8 years ago military service didn’t matter, and in fact defense of a man who illegally avoided the draft and expressed in writing his “loathing for the military” was applauded.

But don’t take my word for it, listen to what Howard Dean said about it. �Before he became a political candidate for president, John Kerry clearly believed that military service should not be used for political gain,� said Jay Carson, a spokesman for Dean, the former governor of Vermont. �And he was right about that,� Carson added. �Unfortunately, now John Kerry and his campaign have a strategy to use that record to further his political career.� source

Now Kerry’s playing the role of the victim. The Democrats love the victim mentality. Kerry’s travelling the nation whining about how the Republicans are hurting his feelings. How they’re saying mean things about him. To make it worse, he’s set up the strawman argument saying Republicans are “questioning his patriotism” so he can make them look like evil nazis. source

There’s just one problem with that…. it’s not true.

Sure, Republicans have questioned Kerry’s voting record in Congress on issues dealing with military, defense and homeland security. Of course Republicans are assailing his constant ability to flip-flop for political expediency, always trying to adapt to the latest polling data. He claims that’s “questioning his patriotism” simply so he can go back to his standard mantra of reminding us all he served in Vietnam - a political tactic he deplored others for doing in the past.

No, John Kerry, we’re not attacking your patriotism, we’re questioning your record. We’re analyzing how your past inconsistent political actions can predict your future as President. And we don’t like what we see.

So instead of this continuous whine about people hurting your feelings by calling you a hypocrite for saying Vietnam shouldn’t be used for political gain, then turning around and making it your campaign centerpiece….. instead of pretending people are questioning your patriotism because they want to know why you vote so inconcistently on issues (when you bother to show up and vote, that is)….. instead of moaning about all the tough questions you’re facing….

just take your own words and see if they mean anything….

“They don’t think twice about trying to pretend to America that I somehow don’t care about the defense of our nation,” Kerry said, paraphrasing wording in the Star Spangled Banner…. [while] he recalled his service under the U.S. flag and seeing flag-draped coffins of friends returning from Vietnam. “When I look up, that flag is still there and it belongs to all Americans,” he said, pointing to a flag near the stage. “Not to them, not to a party. It belongs to us.” Kerry told the crowd of more than 5,000 that “asking questions about the direction of our country is patriotism.”

For once, you’re exactly right, Mr. Kerry…. and that’s just what Republicans are doing - they’re “asking questions about the direction of our country.” Pretty patriotic, don’t ya think?

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