[Vision2020] Kerry's military record, redux.

Carl Westberg carlwestberg846@hotmail.com
Tue, 27 Apr 2004 09:45:59 -0700

Amen, Joan.  I was ecstatic when I flunked my draft physical in 1969, 
because my lottery number wasn't too good, and I, along with the majority of 
the country by then, was opposed to the Vietnam war.  Like Pat Kraut, I had 
many relatives and friends who used student deferments to keep from going.  
All well and good.  But I also will never disparage someone who did serve, 
and, as John Kerry did, serve well.  It's absolutely appalling to hear Dick 
(I had other priorities) Cheney and other paper war tigers attack John 
Kerry's military record.  It's downright surrealistic.  Only 27 weeks to go 
before the election, and the nastiness is just beginning....                 
                      Carl Westberg Jr.

>From: "Joan Opyr" <auntiestablishment@hotmail.com>
>To: "Vision2020 Moscow" <vision2020@moscow.com>
>Subject: Re: [Vision2020] Kerry's military record, redux.
>Date: Tue, 27 Apr 2004 09:24:09 -0700
>Pat tells us:
> >My brother took a 'college deferment' also...a lot of people did. It was 
>popular at the time.
>In politics, everyone throws rocks, but you don't let your ass give 
>instructions to your elbow.  The point isn't whether or not those eligible 
>for the draft during Vietnam took a deferment.  The point is that some men 
>who did not serve, men who in many cases used family money and family 
>connections, who moved heaven and earth to avoid going, now have the gall 
>to belittle the military records of men like John Kerry and John McCain.  
>Dick Cheney says he had "other priorities" than military service during 
>Vietnam.  That's fine, but who the hell is he now to throw rocks at a man 
>who earned three Purple Hearts and the Bronze and Silver stars?  Who is 
>Dick "Five Deferments" Cheney to lecture Lt. John Kerry on the subjects of 
>strong leadership and courage under fire?
>Cheney, Limbaugh, DeLay, and etc., are certainly qualified to critique 
>Kerry's economic plans.  They can and should critique his Senate voting 
>record, his social stances, and his thinking on the environment.  By all 
>means, let them crack wise about his hairdo or his Botox.  But as far as 
>his military service in Vietnam is concerned, they've crossed the line 
>between legitimate scrutiny and disgraceful, craven, hypocritical insult.
>Many of us recall the poor treatment Vietnam-era veterans received when 
>they returned home.  That was the war and they were the soldiers that 
>everyone wanted to forget.  Well, guess what?  You can still disparage 
>Vietnam-era service with relative impunity -- if you're a rootin', tootin', 
>Republican cowboy who likes to play dress-up and who talks a big game.
>Look under the ten-gallon hat, folks.  I'm willing to bet money that you'll 
>find no cattle.
>Joan Opyr/Auntie Establishment
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