Skip to comments.THE JOHN KERRY FACTS SHEET
Posted on 01/27/2004 8:18:39 AM PST by cody32127
JOHN KERRY CAN DEFEAT GEORGE W. BUSH IN NOVEMBER.
Republicans are playing a dangerous game. As John Kerry's COMMUNIST connections through the "anti-war movement" in the 70's come to light; conservative and GOP pundits are advising those who know the facts to stay quiet, under the false assumption that releasing the facts AFTER John Kerry wins the Democratic nomination for President will assure a Bush victory.
In all due respect to these pundits and party leaders, this same strategy assured Bill Clinton's victory in 1992. Party pundits knew of Bill Clinton's checkered past in 1991 but waited for a "more appropriate time" to make these facts known to the American Public, and when these facts came to light, Clinton was ready to tackle them head on.
Kerry is no fool. We can not afford to give him six months to "spin" history and frame the debate. The time to take action to get the word out about John Kerry is NOW.
CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING ..
After he came home from Vietnam, Kerry led numerous antiwar protests and earned high praise in front-page coverage in the Communist Party/USA newspaper Daily World.
The December 12, 1971 Boston Herald-Traveler reported that Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW) with Kerry as its leader, participated in anti-war rallies actually organized by the Communists themselves.
The Boston Herald-Traveler stated that the Kerry-led demonstrations were "characterized by an abundance of Vietcong flags, clenched fists raised in the air, and placards plainly bearing legends in support of China, Cuba, the USSR, North Korea and the Hanoi government."
The Boston Herald-Traveler quotes Kerry's admission that he welcomed the Communists into the VVAW, noting that any attempt to exclude them would result "in seriously dividing and weakening the movement."
Testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on April 23, 1971, Kerry claimed there was no communist threat.
Sen. John McCain revealed that his North Vietnamese captors had used reports of Kerry-led protests to taunt him and his fellow prisoners.
Retired General George S. Patton III angrily noted that Kerrys actions had given aid and comfort to the enemy.
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With all due respect to the author of this article, he's full of crap. In 1992, Bill Clinton received support from the 30% of the U.S. voters who would have voted for him no matter what they knew about him, even if he turned out to be Osama bin Laden in disguise -- we'll call these people the "Blue Dress Democrats." He then received support from the 13% of U.S. voters who may have been well-meaning in their hearts, but who were dumb as a bag of rocks and were completely taken in by a smooth-talking @sshole from Arkansas who could cry out of one eye, bite his lip, and "feel their pain."
The GOP lost in 1992 because 43% is a miserable showing in most years, but will beat 37% in a three-way race every time.
ANALYSIS: Kerry proves a complex potential candidate
By MELISSA B. ROBINSON, Associated Press
Last Updated 10:35 p.m. PDT Monday, June 16, 2003
WASHINGTON (AP) - A decorated Vietnam veteran who protested the war. A liberal-leaning Democrat who cautiously backed President Bush's Iraq war resolution. Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, both hawk and dove.
To some, those views show the potential presidential hopeful as thoughtful and complex. Or contradictory, say others.
"We learned something about the lies of our government and the savagery of war," said Brian Willson, who knew Kerry as an organizer of Vietnam Veterans Against the War in 1971 and worked with Kerry on veterans' issues and for his 1984 Senate campaign.
"We would expect him to adhere to those lessons," said Willson, 61, a Vietnam veteran and peace activist in Arcata, Calif.
Kerry entered the Navy in 1966 after college and served on a gunboat in Vietnam's Mekong Delta, said he is not bothered by criticism.
"I learned a long time ago that you do what's right in your gut, and you let the chips fall where they may, and you don't worry what people think," he said.
In a speech last week recommending middle-class tax cuts, greater energy independence and expanded health care coverage, Kerry accused President Bush of using the threat of war in Iraq to distract attention from economic problems.
Even so, some supporters think Kerry's own combat experience, and work on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, could help convince voters that he could lead in a crisis. Of those currently considered potential Democratic candidates, only Kerry and Al Gore, an Army journalist, were in Vietnam.
Former Nebraska Sen. Bob Kerrey, a Vietnam veteran who is president of New School University in New York City, said Kerry learned from Vietnam.
"He understands the world better as a consequence," said Kerrey. "There's a lot of gray areas in life. Vietnam was a very humbling experience."
Since Vietnam, Kerry has supported most U.S. military ventures, in Bosnia, Kosovo, Panama, Somalia, Haiti, Grenada. In Kosovo, he went further than the Clinton administration, arguing that ground troops should remain as an option for stopping former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic's violent crackdown on the Serbian province's ethnic Albanian majority.
On Iraq, Kerry opposed the main resolution authorizing force in the Persian Gulf in 1991. But he has since criticized both former President Clinton and his successor, President Bush, for missed opportunities to disarm President Saddam Hussein. Recently, Kerry voted with 28 other Democrats and 48 Republicans for Bush's war resolution on Iraq.
Rick Weidman, director of government relations for Vietnam Veterans of America, said the question is not whether the use of force is ever justified, but whether, in a specific case, there is a plan in the national interest that warrants the cost of lives.
"It's different for every conflict," said Weidman, who has known Kerry for 30 years.
Other veterans cannot forgive Kerry for his protest days when he tossed medals - they were not his own - over a police barricade outside the Capitol in 1971.
"I don't see how he can take any position that we must support the troops on the battlefield," said Ted Sampley, 56, of Kinston, N.C.
Sampley, who did two combat tours in Vietnam, has been a longtime critic of Kerry's protests and his work as co-chairman of the Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs.
Kerry and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., a former prisoner of war, became convinced in the early 1990s that some men may have been left alive in Vietnam but probably had died since. Sampley argues Vietnam should have been compelled to account for the fates of those captured but never returned.
McCain's North Vietnamese captors taunted him with press accounts of the medal tossing, and he has said he disagreed with Kerry's anti-war activities. But after years of working together, especially on the POW issue, the two have grown close.
For those who served with Kerry in Vietnam, his subsequent protests, or views on other conflicts, are irrelevant.
Del Sandusky, 58, of Elgin, Ill., served under Kerry on a patrol boat in 1969. When another boat hit a mine, Kerry ordered the dead and injured brought aboard and the sinking boat towed, about six miles, to the Gulf of Tonkin.
Because Americans had died on the boat, Kerry would not leave it behind for the enemy.
"All the boat crewmen volunteered to help in any way we can" with Kerry's campaigns, said Sandusky. "Whatever he wants, we'll help him with. Because we believe in him."
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