This morning, I found some suggestions for a blog from my friend in my inbox, sort of a guideline blog, if you will. He kept it concise, short and sweet. (He thinks I have the gift of gab and it shows in my writing. 'Magine that!) Folks, it’s so good, I’m not gonna touch it. We’ll let this former Marine’s words stand just as they are. I’m not one to tinker with something when it works! So, without further ado, here is his e-mail to me in its entirety. Thank you, Jon. You are a gem! :)
John Kerry takes center stage at the DNC. In the backdrop are Vietnam Veterans lined up to show their support for the Senator’s Whitehouse bid. Then come the famous words that might haunt Kerry for the rest of his days, "I’m John Kerry and I’m reporting for duty!"
With America embroiled in the War on Terror and our soldiers fighting and dying to make this world a better place, Kerry harkens us back to a time most Americans would rather forget, but very few can. Today’s America and all our issues and problems take a back seat while this man rehashes his Vietnam experience. Shrouded in controversy, he still chose this route.
This strategy isn’t new to the DNC, for in 2000 we went down this very road. During the 2000 elections, Mr. Bush's time in the National Guard was closely scrutinized and many accusations made against him regarding it. His opponent, Mr. Gore, proudly touted his 4 month stint as a journalist in Vietnam.
Perhaps motivated by the attacks on his honor and credibility, Mr. Bush signed what is known as a DD Form 180 (a release of military records form) during the 2000 election in order to take the wind from the DNC sails and put the matter to rest for good.
That brings us right back to 2004, with the DNC railing on Mr. Bush's time in the Texas and Alabama Air National Guard. Relentless and often deceitful in its methods, the DNC once again dredged up anything from anyone that would tend to shed a cloud on Mr. Bush.
I believe the time has come to turn the tables and put Mr. Kerry's service records under the microscope. Alas, this is where the rub comes in. A self-proclaimed war hero decorated for his heroism, Mr. Kerry still refuses to sign a DD Form 180. Why? What is Mr. Kerry hiding? One would tend to think a decorated war hero running for president and using his service in Vietnam as a mainstay in his campaign would gladly release his records to show the American public exactly what caliber of man we would be getting for our new president.
Of course without the release of records, we're only left to speculate. There are, however, some basic facts that we do know for sure. We do know Mr. Kerry, then Lt. Kerry, came home to America after receiving his third purple heart for wounds received while in combat in Southeast Asia. We do know that Mr. Kerry purchased and used an 8mm camera while in Southeast Asia and recorded re-enactments of his so-called "heroics."
We know as well that Mr. Kerry, upon arrival in the US, wasted no time in making himself seen in political circles. We know too that he testified before Congress regarding atrocities committed by US servicemen upon the Vietnamese people.
We know he went on the Dick Cavett show and confessed to committing these atrocities personally. We know that he, on more than one occasion, met with leaders of the North Vietnamese Army.
But the one fact that very few people know is that Mr. Kerry signed up for a 6 year hitch in the Navy, with that time running concurrently from 1966-1972. But, Mr. Kerry's discharge is dated from 1977. Now, as we all know, 1977 was the year that then president Jimmy Carter signed a blanket amnesty for all draft evaders and awarded upgrades to many Veteran's discharges.
With this in mind, why was Mr. Kerry's discharge dated from 1977 when he was released from the Navy in 1972 with zero time to be spent on inactive reserve? We saw his story change on what seemed a weekly basis. First he threw his medals over the fence at the White House. Then it wasn’t the medals (as they’re displayed in his office) but the ribbons that accompanied them. Given time, I could see that story changing to, "Mr. Kerry laid his medals and ribbons on the ground and threw HIMSELF over the fence."
With so much to ponder, I’ll now leave you good people with one last thought, perhaps the most famous John Kerry quote of all: "American soldiers cut off heads, cut off arms, raped and murdered women, and razed villages in a fashion reminiscent of Ghengis Khan"
What is John Kerry hiding?
There you have it. Like Jon, I believe Kerry is hiding something. We already know he's a liar, so how hard is it to believe he's covering up something else? Not too hard for this Red Stater!
Another thought popped into my head while thinking about this. It looks as if Kerry is gearing up for another run for the White House. Do you think he’s smart enough to realize the American people aren’t going to give him the time of day unless and until he releases ALL of his records? For some reason, I doubt it. He’s been allowed to play us like a fiddle so far. I can’t see him decidin' to give up fiddlin’ any time soon.