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  • A Soldier's Letter to Sen. Kerry

    Subject: A Soldier's Letter to Sen. Kerry

    Dear Senator Kerry:

    Since it has become clear that you will probably be the Democratic nominee for President, I have spent a great deal of time researching your war record and your record as a professional politician. The reason is simple, you aspire to be the Commander in Chief who would lead my sons and their fellow soldiers in time of war. I simply wanted to know if you possess the necessary qualifications to be trusted in that respect.

    You see, I belong to a family of proud U.S. veterans. I was a Captain in the Army Reserve, my father was a decorated Lieutenant in World War II; and I have four sons who have either served, or are currently serving in the military. The oldest is an Army Lieutenant still on active duty in Afghanistan after already being honored for his service in Iraq. The youngest is an E-4 with the military police. His National Guard unit just finished their second tour of active duty, including six months in Guantanamo Bay. My two other sons have served in the national guard and the navy.

    In looking at your record I found myself comparing it not only to that of my father and my sons, but to the people they served with. My father served with the 87th Chemical Mortar Battalion in Europe. They landed on Utah Beach and fought for 317 straight days including the Cherbourg Peninsula, Aachen, the Hurtgen Forest, and the Battle of the Bulge. You earned a Silver Star in Vietnam for chasing down and finishing off a wounded and retreating enemy soldier. My father won a Bronze Star for single handedly charging and knocking out a German machine gun nest that had his men pinned down. You received three purple hearts for what appears to be three minor scratches. In fact you only missed a combined total of two days of duty for these wounds. The men of my father's unit, the 87th, had to be admonished by their commanding officer because: "It has been brought to our attention that some men are covering up wounds and refusing medical attention for fear of being evacuated and permanently separated from this organization..." It was also a common problem for seriously wounded soldiers to go AWOL from hospitals in order to rejoin their units. You used your three purple hearts to leave Vietnam early.

    My oldest boy came home from Iraq with numerous commendations and then proceeded to volunteer to go to Afghanistan and from there back to Iraq again. My sons and father have never had anything but the highest regard and respect for their fellow soldiers. Yet, you came home to publicly charge your fellow fighting men with being war criminals and to urge their defeat by the enemy. You even wrote a book that had a cover which mocked the heroism of the U.S. Marines who raised the flag on Iwo Jima. Our current crop of soldiers has a philosophy that no one gets left behind; and they have practiced that from Somalia to the battlefields of the Middle East. Yet as chairman of a Senate committee looking into allegations that many of your fellow servicemen had been left behind as prisoners in Vietnam, you chose to defend the brutal Vietnamese regime. You even went so far as to refer to the families of the POWs and MIAs as Professional malcontents, conspiracy mongers, con artists, and dime-store Rambos.

    As a Senator you voted against the 1991 Gulf War, and have repeatedly voted against funds to supply our troops with the best equipment, and against money to improve our intelligence capability. I find this particularly ironic since as a Presidential candidate you are highly critical of our pre-war intelligence in Iraq. However, you did vote to authorize the President to go to war, but have since proceeded to do everything you can to undermine the efforts of our government and our troops to win. Is this what our fighting men and women can expect of you if you are their Commander in Chief? Will you gladly send them to war, only to then aid the enemy by undermining the morale of our troops and cutting off the weapons they need to win?

    Our country is at war Senator, and as has been the case in every war since the American Revolution, a member of my family is serving their country during the war. Now you want me to trust you to lead my sons in this fight.

    Sorry Senator, but when I compare your record to those who have fought and died for this nation, and are currently fighting and dying, the answer is not just no, but Hell No!

    Sincerely,

    Michael Connelly February 14, 2004 Dallas, Texas

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    I am moved to simply say, Good Post.
    Vote Sinister. Failing That, Vote Ghastly - It Makes Sense

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    • #3
      Excellent post! :thumb:
      "Anything worth fighting for is worth fighting dirty for"
      "The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step, and a lot of bitching"

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      • #4
        Well written
        Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedy. -- Ernest Benn

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        • #5
          Excellent. Wish more ppl could see this. Wish even more ppl knew more about John Kerry, War Zero.
          "To know the weapons the enemy has is already to beat them!"

          http://www.anft.net/f-14/f14-photo-vf213-01l.jpg

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          • #6
            Enlightening to say the least.
            http://canadiangenealogyandresearch.ca

            Soviet and Canadian medal collector!

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            • #7
              Devil's Advocate

              While personnaly supportive of our boys in Iraq, and hoping to serve my country some day (I wanaa be an Airborne Ranger, gonna live a life of danger), I have been taught to try and see both sides of the story. Do you have any supporting evidence to this letter? Can you tell me the name of the book, so I can see for myself whether or not Kerry is bashing the marines? Also, Kerry probably had nothing to do with the medals he recived. He probably was just one of the many who got sucked into the termoil of the ages.

              Now, to prove that I don't support Kerry. He has gone too far in bashing National Gaurdsmen and Reservists by attacking Bush's record. My dad is a reservists, and I think that they support thier nation by not only being ready to fight, but also supporting the nation in other ways. Many reservists help out in vital industries when not serving.

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              • #8
                Excellent letter. More people need to see the light that this man has seen. :thumb:

                Mark
                Deo Vindice
                Si vis pacem, para bellum. (If you want peace, prepare for war.)

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                • #9
                  Not to get off the point here.........but the Magazine "America's 1st Freedom" quotes:

                  Kerry has voted 51 out of 55 times against the gun-owners on the Senate floor.

                  Where Kerry says he "will defend hunting rights," the support of "animal rights" activists tells a different story. The Humane Society of the United States and Fund for Animals---both rabidly anti-hunting---gave John Kerry a 100% mark for the first session of the current Congress.

                  Kerry voted to extend the Clinton gun-ban on semi-autos, to make now-legal sales at gun shows criminal acts, and voted to support Ted Kennedy's ammunition ban, which would have prohibited most centerfire hunting rounds.

                  During his national media performance on the Senate-floor, Kerry broke a missing-in-action streak that saw him absent from the Senate for 65% of all votes in 2003 and every single vote up to that date this year. Out of 20 roll-call votes in 2004, gun ban votes were the first he cast in the Senate all year.

                  Mark
                  Deo Vindice
                  Si vis pacem, para bellum. (If you want peace, prepare for war.)

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                  • #10
                    Nice letter. I agree about Kerry he's pretty bad, But can't we find someone besides that silver spoon Bush?
                    Everyone vote for anyone but those two, if enough people did this maybe we could have a president who's not a Republican or a Democrat.
                    That would be heaven on earth.

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                    • #11
                      Yeah. Somehow I don't think that'll help things much.



                      Although on the other hand... how much worse could it be?
                      “To discriminate against a thoroughly upright citizen because he belongs to some particular church, or because, like Abraham Lincoln, he has not avowed his allegiance to any church, is an outrage against that liberty of conscience which is one of the foundations of American life.”

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                      • #12
                        I myself stand politically right in the center. But it comes down to one thing, who do you want as your president? Bush who was broken/changed so many enviromental statutes and regulations, basically frozen stem cell research that could cure almost all of the known diseases and disibilities etc. Or do you want Kerry who will bow before the UN and beg for help regardless of how it makes us look before the international community, a man who has voted time and time again to cut my salary (USMC) hell im below the poverty level, I rate food stamps and wellfare and even voted against the funds we needed to help our troops in Iraq (Body Armor I would not have gotten if he had his way) The question comes down to one thing. Who will make you safer. And im sorry to say its Bush. If you vote for Kerry its a vote that will be detramental to America. Until you serve there keep your mouth shut because you have no clue.

                        "Armchair generals fancy me not for they have no idea what they speak of until they serve." Patton

                        Semper Fi Boys

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Marines
                          Until you serve there keep your mouth shut because you have no clue.

                          While I respect your views on politics; I can't respect the above. This is the United States where the tenants of free speech are held dear.

                          Cheers!


                          Eagles may fly; but weasels aren't sucked into jet engines!

                          "I'm not expendable; I'm not stupid and I'm not going." - Kerr Avon, Blake's 7

                          What didn't kill us; didn't make us smarter.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Marines
                            I myself stand politically right in the center. But it comes down to one thing, who do you want as your president? Bush who was broken/changed so many enviromental statutes and regulations, basically frozen stem cell research that could cure almost all of the known diseases and disibilities etc. Or do you want Kerry who will bow before the UN and beg for help regardless of how it makes us look before the international community, a man who has voted time and time again to cut my salary (USMC) hell im below the poverty level, I rate food stamps and wellfare and even voted against the funds we needed to help our troops in Iraq (Body Armor I would not have gotten if he had his way) The question comes down to one thing. Who will make you safer. And im sorry to say its Bush. If you vote for Kerry its a vote that will be detramental to America. Until you serve there keep your mouth shut because you have no clue.

                            "Armchair generals fancy me not for they have no idea what they speak of until they serve." Patton

                            Semper Fi Boys
                            Marines

                            Although I understand your frustration and the fact that if you haven't served, then you have no right to talk, I must agree with RStory. All members here have a right to freely express their views regardless if you or I disagree with them. I know you understand. Regards.
                            http://canadiangenealogyandresearch.ca

                            Soviet and Canadian medal collector!

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