Curt G. sends this one. The letter below contains the exact sentiment that I have been stating for months. Medals and wounds aren't really the qualities we look for in a President (or Bob Dole would be President right now). But John Kerry leaving his men early while he could still lead, heading home and
testifying to lying about their atrocities is an offense that cannot be forgotten or ignored. Then, add his voting record and non-support of the military and veterans on top of all of that.
August 25, 2004Update: And Jim W. sends that the Hanoi Hilton POWs are launching a web site this week called Stolen Honor which will be yet another veteran site against the Kerry Campaign. Keep checking the URL - it should be up later this week.
Senator John Kerry
304 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Dear Senator Kerry,
We are pleased to welcome your campaign representatives to Texas today. We honor all our veterans, all whom have worn the uniform and served our country. We also honor the military and National Guard troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan today. We are very proud of all of them and believe they deserve our full support.
That’s why so many veterans are troubled by your vote AGAINST funding for our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, after you voted FOR sending them into battle. And that’s why we are so concerned about the comments you made AFTER you came home from Vietnam. You accused your fellow veterans of terrible atrocities – and, to this day, you have never apologized. Even last night, you claimed to be proud of your post-war condemnation of our actions.
We’re proud of our service in Vietnam. We served honorably in Vietnam and we were deeply hurt and offended by your comments when you came home.
You can’t have it both ways. You can’t build your convention and much of your campaign around your service in Vietnam, and then try to say that only those veterans who agree with you have a right to speak up. There is no double standard for our right to free speech. We all earned it.
You said in 1992 “we do not need to divide America over who served and how.” Yet you and your surrogates continue to criticize President Bush for his service as a fighter pilot in the National Guard.
We are veterans too – and proud to support President Bush. He’s been a strong leader, with a record of outstanding support for our veterans and for our troops in combat. He’s made sure that our troops in combat have the equipment and support they need to accomplish their mission.
He has increased the VA health care budget more than 40% since 2001 – in fact, during his four years in office, President Bush has increased veterans funding twice as much as the previous administration did in eight years ($22 billion over 4 years compared to $10 billion over 8.) And he’s praised the service of all who served our country, including your service in Vietnam.
We urge you to condemn the double standard that you and your campaign have enforced regarding a veteran’s right to openly express their feelings about your activities on return from Vietnam.
Texas State Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson
Rep. Duke Cunningham
Rep. Duncan Hunter
Rep. Sam Johnson
Lt. General David Palmer
Robert O'Malley, Medal of Honor Recipient
James Fleming, Medal of Honor Recipient
Lieutenant Colonel Richard Castle (Ret.)
One last site to visit, Ruth D. sends that the entire book - The New Soldier - that John Kerry wrote about his anti-war and anti-American activities is available on-line to read here. This is the book that the Kerry Campaign has sued web sites for showing and has alledgedly attempted to purchase all available copies.
Read it. Especially if you are military, were military or are a supporter of the military. It'll be sure to energize you against putting this man in the White House. Also, Bobby Sr. sends this link to the FBI files on the men who contributed to the New Soldier...it'll give you some perspective on the "soldiers" in the Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW).
Read it and and send to anyone who is voting for or sitting on the fence about John Forbes Kerry. Then, send 'em Hugh Hewitt's book.
Update 4PM: LTC Buzz Patterson, in his book Reckless Disregard, states:
John Kerry recently commented that he didn't "know what it is that all these Republicans who didn't serve in Vietnam or fighting any war have agianst us who did."That's what us veterans have been saying all along.
Well, sir, I'll see your four months in Vietnam and raise you the twenty years I spent serving as an Air Force pilot flying in conflicts as far-ranging as Grenada, Somalia, Bosnia, and Haiti.
What I have against you, to be concise, is your post-Vietnam War treason, your complete and demonstrated lack of support for the U.S. military in your nineteen years in the Senate, and my expectation that you will return our national defense to the criminally ineffectual days of the Carter and Clinton administrations.
It is equally important to consider whom our adversaries would want in office...
Mark my words, this is just the beginning.