Monday, September 06, 2004
Let's see here, what's the worse thing you can say about John Kerry? Well, there's lots to choose from, if you're a Kerry-hater and you like Fox News fantasies.
He didn't bleed enough to earn his Purple Hearts.
He "betrayed" his fellow soldiers by protesting the war. (This argument conveniently ignores the fact that thousands of Vietnam veterans supported, and still support, John Kerry. It's acceptable for the warhawks who fought in Vietnam to be angry about his courageous stand against the war. But this continuous use of the theme of "betrayal" is pretty slimey. What's real betrayal? Real betrayal is the cruel and political attacks on a fellow veteran just because you disagree with his politics. Why do the Swift Boat Veterans for Troof hate freedom so much? They only help the terrorists when they abuse our democracy in this shameful manner!)
He voted against a few weapons appropriations bills, you know, the ones with the over-priced, inefficient, outdated weapons systems? (And the Republican attack dogs are, as usual, neglecting to mention that vice preseident Cheney voted against many of the same appropriations. Can you handle the truth? Check out the link elsewhere on this blog. Must be another one of those things that's okay for Republicans but not for Democrats. I guess I just don't understand politics. Thank God for Fox News and Sean Hannity to help me understand!)
Kerry flip-flops! (Which, like so many other things, is only bad when a Democrat does it! Ask Bush about the 527s. He supported them in 2000, before the Republicans realized how much more money the Democrats would be able to raise. Now, he says they're bad! What else? So many flip-flops for this man!)
There's probably a few more fake reasons to hate Kerry, but they're all just as lame.
So, now, let's talk about Bush just for a minute. I don't really want to hammer the President too much, so I'll provide a single example of the kind of "man" the Republican leadership is trying to foist on us for another four wars, er, years.