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Originally posted by Jack Martin
Hey, Grady, I'll have to agree with you on that note, but my point is more that this country cares too much about magnifying the dirt brought home on the candidate's childhood play-clothes. I'm not speaking out for or against Senator Kerry or President Bush. (Although, I have to say: we sure need a Ron Reagan in this country right now).
Originally posted by netbound
I don't know about another Reagan. I don't think our economy could stand it. Another John F. Kennedy, IMHO, would be the ticket.
” Kerry is a shameless self-promoter …”
Grady, what politician isn’t? They call it “ambition”. It goes with the territory.
Now, as far as Kerry speaking out against the war when he came back to the states is concerned, there’s another way to look at it. The Vietnam war was a nightmare in US history. Not many people back in that era viewed it as a just war, including soldiers. The fact is, there were indeed a lot of atrocities and war crimes commited during that war. It was an ugly, grueling war that the US was not prepared to fight, and had not the will to win. The government tied the hands of the military and sent many soldiers over there for slaughter. The frustration and stress the soldiers endured was almost too much for a human to bear. Consequently, pushed to the edge, many villages with innocent people were burned, blasted and napalmed.
“Vietnamese children fleeing an American-ordered
napalm attack on the village of Trang Bang, 1972.”
Many innocent people lost there lives to US military personnel who picked them off as target practice. This is a known fact. Another fact is that John Kerry volunteered for service there, rather than ducking it. Whether you think he deserved his medals or not, that’s an issue that should be taken up with the United Staes military, not Kerry. The military awarded him those medals. If he didn’t deserve them, then they shouldn't have awarded them.
If Kerry truly felt that the Vietnam War was a mistake, then he had every reason and right to let it be known. After all, he served over there and witnessed it first hand. He put himself in the line of fire. As far as I know, Kerry has always supported the Vietnam vets; it’s the war he didn’t agree with. And if other vets resent him for that, then I think they misunderstand the message.
It’s not that I’m a big fan of Kerry, but I do think he deserves to be heard and not ridiculed over his war record. At least he has a war record.
Like I said at the outset, IMO we need another John Kennedy. Either way you go, our choices are pretty limited this year ...