Kerry: “What saddens me most is that Democrats, above all those who shared the agonies of that generation, should now be refighting the many conflicts of Vietnam in order to win the current political conflict of a presidential primary. The race for the White House should be about leadership, and leadership requires that one help heal the wounds of Vietnam, not reopen them; that one help identify the positive things that we learned about ourselves and about our Nation, not play to the divisions and differences of that crucible of our generation. We do not need to divide America over who served and how.”
He closed: “We do not need more division. We certainly do not need something as complex and emotional as Vietnam reduced to simple campaign rhetoric. What has been said has been said, Mr. President, but I hope and pray we will put it behind us and go forward in a constructive spirit for the good of our party and the good of our country.”
Somebody needs to get this speech over to Terry McAuliffe at the DNC and to the media. Does Terry not remember that Michael Moore’s charge that Bush was a “deserter” sunk Wesley Clark? Someone has to roll the audio of McAuliffe as I did in the audio link below, and debunk his unfounded charge that Bush went AWOL.
I rolled audio of Terry’s attacks on George W. Bush’s service in the National Guard ? service for which he received an honorable discharge. Put quite simply for the mainstream media (who won’t come to this conclusion on their own), John F. Kerry condemned the very politicization of the Vietnam War in 1992 that he’s engaging in today. Again, we have to get this to the press ? because on their own, they’d never see the significance of this speech.
This is like the GOP trying to find someone to destroy FDR in the middle of World War Two. I mean, who was the last Democrat war hero? You’d have to say George Marshall or John McCain. McAuliffe claimed he was responding to RNC-head Ed Gillespie’s charge that he’s “the John Wilkes Booth of character assassination” by saying he’ll make an issue of it if the GOP keeps citing Kerry’s record. They think bringing up Kerry’s throwing somebody else’s medals over the fence, is dirty politics. Are the American people not allowed to look at a candidate’s record to see where he stands?