Last night I saw Col. Ollie North say that he was awarded five Purple Hearts, but he would only accept two-to ensure he could ‘stay with his men’. I started thinking about S.H. at Walter Reed and how he will soon be on his way back to Afghanistan with a metal rod in his arm because ‘he can’t leave his men’. I remember my dad telling me stories of the two weeks before a soldier was set to leave Vietnam and how he would part from the unit a bit –guilt because he had to leave his brothers…this is dedication and devotion that I can only hope that I would posses in a similar situation. This loyalty seems to be the common bond that forms the much talked about ‘band of brothers’. This is the reason that the discussion regarding John Kerry’s Purple Hearts is so very important…
Now that the first Purple Heart is seriously in question –due to Kerry’s own words, we have to examine the type of man that would request his own awards and leave. He spent not one night in a medical facility and not a stitch was sewn and he left his ‘band of brothers’. This is not a “smear” or a “slime” (words the DNC has ‘audience-tested’ –how sick is that!) –this is a legitimate CHARACTER DEBATE. News outlets interview soldiers nightly who have taken fire and hits in
An old interview that Kerry did has resurfaced to shed more light on the Senator…he says, “I thought that it would be doubly advantageous to serve and then to protest”. I don’t know why this would surprise me as that is precisely what the “I voted for the 87 billion before I voted against it” was about. Pacify all –commit to none. This pacifist/appeaser quality is not one for a Commander in Chief. This is a bad character trait –not a positive one…This does not make him nuanced or open-minded –this makes him a wishy-washy flip flopper. This makes him a politician in the worst connotation of the word.
Kerry has criticized Bush for sitting in a classroom for seven minutes after Andy Card whispered, ‘
The other side can call this SBVFT debate ‘slime’ and ‘smear’ (those audience tested and approved words). They can talk about Ginsburg and rich GOP donors, but they know that the debate is relevant and that’s why their screams are so loud. They know that it will be virtually impossible for any vet to vote for a man who requested a Purple Heart when there was no enemy fire –and used it to leave his ‘brothers’ after four short months. They know that it will be hard for Americans to take criticism of the President over seven minutes to heart, when he sat dumbfounded for forty-three. They know that watching video footage of the man that Kerry has called to resign dragging survivors from the Pentagon while it was still in flames –will only serve as a stark contrast to the man who left the Capitol and left on a plane from Vietnam. They know that the term flip-flopper has stuck because it’s true and not because the GOP has more money. Kerry has neither resolve nor loyalty. He has presented no agenda –other than ‘anything you can do I can do better’. He has put forth nothing of substance from his twenty years taking up a Senate seat. And his worst offence is that he is a man that has sucked off women his entire life. If the President doesn’t get re-elected, it won’t be Kerry that wins –it will be anybody but Bush.
Also -I want to thank CB for maintaining 'My War' as long as he did. I am sure I speak for everyone when I say that we are ALL sorry to see him go. I am quite confident that he will have many opportunities waiting for him stateside!