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September 03, 2004


Shannon Love

That JFK, what an religious extremist! Bible verses in a Presidential speech!

The constitution must have trembled.

john fears

I'm a lifelong democrat from Oklahoma though I am always out of sync with the anti-war at any cost wing of my party on national defense because I am also a former Marine officer who served in Vietnam. I am not a hero, but I had the good fortune to be surrounded by them. John Kerry, and the group he co-founded, Vietnam Veterans Against the War (many of whom were not even Vietnam veterans) were not heroes, but essentially labeled 2.5 million Vietnam veterans as war criminals on Dick Cavett and before the Senate as well as in "protests" in 1971 and 1972.

John Kerry clearly scammed purple hearts to leave after only 4 months, and, apparently, scammed other medals while others fought in truly heroic fashion, sometimes receivig no medal at all, for 12 or 13 month tours and during extended tours. One Marine in my company fought for 42 months.

John Kerry is neither a hero, nor a man who should serve as Commander in Chief. He didn't apologize to his fellow officers and enlisted men of Coastal Division 11 or any other Vietnam veterans for his slurs after the war. If he apologizes, I will forgive, but I will neither forget, nor will he receive my vote. As long as I live and breathe, I will dissuade anyone from voting for a man who lacked any sense of duty, integrity, discipline, loyalty, and honor.

Rick Richman

Thanks to a good friend's email today regarding this post, I looked up GWB's 2001 inaugural address, and found some similar themes:

"We have a place, all of us, in a long story -- a story we continue, but whose end we will not see.

"It is the story of a new world that became a friend and liberator of the old, a story of a slave-holding society that became a servant of freedom, the story of a power that went into the world to protect but not possess, to defend but not to conquer.

"It is the American story -- a story of flawed and fallible people, united across the generations by grand and enduring ideals. . . .

"Through much of the last century, America's faith in freedom and democracy was a rock in a raging sea. Now it is a seed upon the wind, taking root in many nations. . . .

"[T]he stakes for America are never small. If our country does not lead the cause of freedom, it will not be led. . . .

"We are not this story's author, who fills time and eternity with his purpose. Yet his purpose is achieved in our duty, and our duty is fulfilled in service to one another. . ."

"This work continues. This story goes on. And an angel still rides in the whirlwind and directs this storm."

For someone who can't speak English, he sure gives remarkable speeches: the Inaugural, the National Cathedral speech, the September 20 address to Congress, and last night.


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