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August 25, 2004

Letter to Kerry

Heh!. This is too funny - so the dems have Max Cleland make a great big show of going to the Bush ranch to give them a letter begging them to halt the swift vets. Everyone thinks its going to be this great political show. Only problem is that when he gets there, he is given a letter to bring back to Kerry. Of course he refused to accept it which just added to the bumbling nature of the event. And boy is the letter a doozy. Link here and reprinted in its entirety below. My empasis added. Didn't anyone ever explain to the Kerry team that you NEVER EVER pull a political stunt that you don't control 100%?

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.

Sincerely,

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.)

05:37 PM in 2004 Election | Permalink | TrackBack

Yippee!!!! 97X back online

My heart was crushed many months ago when Woxy.com in Cincinnati went off the air. The radio station was sold and the new owners did not plan on continuing their internet radio station. Well, I just learned that they are back online - I think the old owners went online with an internet only station. I can once again program away the hours listening to some of the best alternative and indie rock available anywhere. If you're into alt rock, visit woxy.com and give a listen.

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527 and the first amendment

Robert Samuelson, in the WaPo, examines how 527 ads can't easily be disentangled from issues of free speech and the 1st amendment. He brings up important issues that should be considered while people deride and call for the prohibition of these ads.

We have entered an era of constitutional censorship. Hardly anyone wants to admit this -- the legalized demolition of the First Amendment would seem shocking -- and so hardly anyone does. The evidence, though, abounds. The latest is the controversy over the anti-Kerry ads by Swift Boat Veterans for Truth and parallel anti-Bush ads by Democratic "527" groups such as MoveOn.org. Let's assume (for argument's sake) that everything in these ads is untrue. Still, the United States' political tradition is that voters judge the truthfulness and relevance of campaign arguments. We haven't wanted our political speech filtered.

Now there's another possibility. The government may screen what voters see and hear. The Kerry campaign has asked the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to ban the Swift Boat ads; the Bush campaign similarly wants the FEC to suppress the pro-Democrat 527 groups. We've arrived at this juncture because it's logically impossible both to honor the First Amendment and to regulate campaign finance effectively. We can do one or the other -- but not both. Unfortunately, Congress and the Supreme Court won't admit the choice. The result is the worst of both worlds. We gut the First Amendment and don't effectively regulate campaign finance.

The Union Leader also weighs in with similar sentiments.

09:20 AM in 2004 Election | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Democratic Realism: An American Foreign Policy for a Unipolar World

Claudia Rosett reminded me about this great speech by Charles Krauthheimer. Ms. Rosett states "whether you agree or not, Mr. Krauthammer provides a brilliant and lucid account of America's character, culture and choices in this post-Sept. 11 world." It is one of the best analyses I have ever read on the current post-9/11 environment. Also read Ms Rosett's full piece in the WSJ for some good things to do to escape the Vietnam spats.

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If you can't beat them, join them...

Having tried unsuccessfully to get 527 sponsored ads banned, Republicans are now ready to jump in with both feet. The NY Times reports on some new Republican backed 527s that expect to pour a ton of money into advertisements in battleground states. Thank god I don't live in a battleground state - things are going to get extremely nasty.

08:59 AM in 2004 Election | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Thatcher's Son Plotting Coups?

This is a weird one.

08:56 AM in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Democrats Running a Campaign of Fear

It is amusing to hear the complaints that the Republicans are running a campaign of fear. I hope most people can see through the smoke screen. In the past day, a person criticized me for not wanting to elect Kerry and said I'd be sorry after Roe v. Wade was overturned and my child had to get a back alley abortion. This person was basing their decisions on their unlikely fear that suddenly ever woman in this country would have to go through back door abortions in 4 years. Then another friend told me he heard a piece on NPR which outlined all the programs that would be gutted under another Bush administration. Headstart would be destroyed, didn't that bother me? And now this piece that the Command Post brings to our attention from the AP - Dem Mailing Warns Vote or Be Drafted.

And of course, there are the constant barrages from the civil libertarians that we will all lose our civil rights in a second Bush term. Or the environmentalists that are sure another 4 years of Bush will result in the worst type of environmental degradation that could only be paralleled by what happened in the Soviet Union under Stalin.

Are these people serious? The problem is that they have good arguments but ultimately undermine them with the fear mongering. Now who exactly is running on the politics of fear again? The dems are all about fear this election.

08:19 AM in 2004 Election | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

August 24, 2004

Kerry Would NEVER Question the President's Service During Vietnam

Of course, Kerry would NEVER think of doing such a thing. I am astonished, shocked and disturbed. I mean, Democrats would never do anything that hits below the belt. They are as pure as the driven snow. And their 527 orgs ONLY ever tell the truth - just like Michael Moore...

Kudos to Instapundit for the link.

11:01 PM in 2004 Election | Permalink | TrackBack

Kerry Wants Bush to Save Him

From the WSJ Opinion Journal:
Has anyone stopped to ponder just how pathetic this is? For years we've been hearing from the Democrats that President Bush is a dummy, an illegitimate president, a liar, a military deserter, a "moral coward" and another Hitler--but now Kerry is begging Bush to use his moral authority to get him out of a fix that he himself created by running a campaign based almost entirely on "war hero" braggadocio.

Bush, of course, is wise not to do so. This isn't his battle; it's Kerry vs. Vietnam veterans--and Bush, as the Democrats never tire of reminding us, is not a Vietnam vet. The president has graciously given Kerry the benefit of the doubt, as the Times notes:

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Dismantling Russian Nuclear Subs

Given the terrifying propensity for these older Russian subs to sink, 01:16 PM in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack