John Kerry

As a veteran, I must admit I am very upset about John Kerry’s comments.  Upset, isn’t actually the best word I can think of, but its a more appropriate word than the “colorful” language I could use to express my true feelings.  However, its not the actual comments that have me blood boiling mad today, its the political garbage that came along with the comments. 

Let me state for the record, I didn’t find anything particularly offensive about what Kerry actually said, nor do I see a cover up in his response.  It was a political blunder, misstep, a joke gone bad, whatever you want to call it.

My problem is with how the parties dealt with the comments.  The GOP true to form, made this the headline news for the last couple of days.  Every pundit, analyst, talk show, etc.  has been talking about it.  Why are these comments so important?  We are less than a week away from a major election and with the Republicans looking to loose this one, the Sith lord(Karl Rove) and his Dark Apprentices, are at it again.

Gay marriage isnt working, Rush Limbaugh screwed up the stem cell card with his attack against MJ Fox, so what can the Republicans possibly do to keep the attention off them…well attack Kerry.  Clinton will be next yet again.  He will somehow be blamed for making Kerry say these comments.  I mean what else does the “morals” party have to run on?  After the Foley scandal, Iraq, the economy, and the “War on Terror”, can we really blame them for wanting to keep the spotlight off themselves?

What bothers me is the fact that the American people or better yet there supporters and sheep can’t even see through the pile of garbage and hypocrisy they are being fed by people like Limbaugh, Hannity, Fox “news”, and the rest of the shepherds.  They are so quick to make news of Kerry’s self admittant joke blunder, but how many blunders have the President made in the last 6 years?  I’m not even going to attempt at cataloging them, I don’t have the time to sit here for the rest of this month typing.  Let’s just ignore the physical policy blunders and focus on speech alone as the GOP is doing. 

How many times have the President said things that embarrassed the American public?  How many times has he insulted us with comments and jokes about him not finding WMD or how the wealthy are his base, or how he is the decider and we shouldn’t question him?  How many times has he blatantly insulted our intelligence?

To make matters worse, you have these guys who have never even worn a Military Uniform and serve this great nation many of whom were draft dodgers, opening their mouths to criticize Kerry who actually served!  How dare we even allow these guys to open their mouths concerning veterans and how we feel when they avoided being one.  The only one who had that right to comment was Senator John McCain (R) Arizona, however, rightfully so, Kerry told McCain that he is asking the wrong one for an apology.

We have failed policies that have our troops in harms way without the proper resources, yet no one is asking for an apology.  We have an administration and Secretary of Defense without a strategy, yet no one is asking for an apology.  While all this non-apologizing is going on, these same veteran “lovers” who have never served themselves have the worst voting records concerning veterans and are constantly cutting funds to the Veterans Administration, leaving many veterans left in the cold after serving their country.

How many times are we going to fall for this one?  They will do and say anything to stay in power.  This means they have to divert us with meaningless spin to keep us from looking at them.  They know we see the 800 pound gorilla in the room, but as long as we look elsewhere they are safe.  Its like in the Bible where Jesus(pbuh) says how the hypocrits strain out a gnat but swallow a camel.

Lets look at the record for those that are so in love with us veterans:

Senatorial Voting History, On Five Veteran Related Issues, Graded By The DAV

 Alabama Senators Score
Jeff Sessions (R-AL) 40%
Richard Shelby (R-AL) 40%

Alaska Senators Score
Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) 40%
Ted Stevens (R-AK) 40%

Arizona Senators Score
John McCain (R-AZ) 20%
Jon Kyl (R-AZ) 60%

Arkansas Senators Score
Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) 80%
Mark Pryor (D-AR) 100%

California Senators Score
Barbara Boxer (D-CA) 80%
Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) 80%

Colorado Senators Score
Ken Salazar (D-CO) 80%
Wayne Allard (R-CO) 60%

Connecticut Senators Score
Christopher Dodd (D-CT) 80%
Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) 80%

Delaware Senators Score
Joseph Biden (D-DE) 75%
Thomas Carper (D-DE) 80%

Florida Senators Score
Bill Nelson (D-FL) 100%
Mel Martinez (R-FL) 60%

Georgia Senators Score
Johnny Isakson (R-GA) 60%
Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) 60%

Hawaii Senators Score
Daniel Akaka (D-HI) 80%
Daniel Inouye (D-HI) 80%

Idaho Senators Score
Larry Craig (R-ID) 20%
Mike Crapo (R-ID) 20%

Illinois Senators Score
Barack Obama (D-IL) 80%
Richard Durbin (D-IL) 80%

Indiana Senators Score
Evan Bayh (D-IN) 80%
Richard Lugar (R-IN) 60%

Iowa Senators Score
Charles Grassley (R-IA) 40%
Tom Harkin (D-IA) 80%

Kansas Senators Score
Pat Roberts (R-KS) 60%
Sam Brownback (R-KS) 40%

Kentucky Senators Score
Jim Bunning (R-KY) 40%
Mitch McConnell (R-KY) 60%

Louisiana Senators Score
David Vitter (R-LA) 40%
Mary Landrieu (D-LA) 80%

Maine Senators Score
Olympia Snowe (R-ME) 80%
Susan Collins (R-ME) 60%

Maryland Senators Score
Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) 80%
Paul Sarbanes (D-MD) 80%

Massachusetts Senators Score
Edward Kennedy (D-MA) 80%
John Kerry (D-MA) 75%

Michigan Senators Score
Carl Levin (D-MI) 80%
Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) 100%

Minnesota Senators Score
Mark Dayton (D-MN) 80%
Norm Coleman (R-MN) 40%

Mississippi Senators Score
Thad Cochran (R-MS) 40%
Trent Lott (R-MS) 60%

Missouri Senators Score
Christopher Bond (R-MO) 40%
Jim Talent (R-MO) 60%

Montana Senators Score
Conrad Burns (R-MT) 60%
Max Baucus (D-MT) 80%

Nebraska Senators Score
Ben Nelson (D-NE) 60%
Chuck Hagel (R-NE) 60%

Nevada Senators Score
Harry Reid (D-NV) 80%
John Ensign (R-NV) 40%

New Hampshire Senators Score
John Sununu (R-NH) 40%
Judd Gregg (R-NH) 40%

New Jersey Senators Score
Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) 80%
Robert Menendez (D-NJ) 80%

New Mexico Senators Score
Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) 80%
Pete Domenici (R-NM) 40%

New York Senators Score
Charles Schumer (D-NY) 80%
Hillary Clinton (D-NY) 80%

North Carolina Senators Score
Elizabeth Dole (R-NC) 60%
Richard Burr (R-NC) 60%

North Dakota Senators Score
Byron Dorgan (D-ND) 80%
Kent Conrad (D-ND) 80%

Ohio Senators Score
George Voinovich (R-OH) 60%
Mike DeWine (R-OH) 60%

Oklahoma Senators Score
James Inhofe (R-OK) 40%
Tom Coburn (R-OK) 40%

Oregon Senators Score
Gordon Smith (R-OR) 40%
Ron Wyden (D-OR) 80%

Pennsylvania Senators Score
Arlen Specter (R-PA) 60%
Rick Santorum (R-PA) 40%

Rhode Island Senators Score
Jack Reed (D-RI) 80%
Lincoln Chafee (R-RI) 60%

South Carolina Senators Score
Jim DeMint (R-SC) 60%
Lindsey Graham (R-SC) 40%

South Dakota Senators Score
John Thune (R-SD) 60%
Tim Johnson (D-SD) 100%

Tennessee Senators Score
Bill Frist (R-TN) 60%
Lamar Alexander (R-TN) 40%

Texas Senators Score
John Cornyn (R-TX) 60%
Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) 60%

Utah Senators Score
Orrin Hatch (R-UT) 50%
Robert Bennett (R-UT) 40%

Vermont Senators Score
James Jeffords (I-VT) 80%
Patrick Leahy (D-VT) 80%

Virginia Senators Score
George Allen (R-VA) 60%
John Warner (R-VA) 60%

Washington Senators Score
Maria Cantwell (D-WA) 80%
Patty Murray (D-WA) 80%

West Virginia Senators Score
John Rockefeller (D-WV) 100%
Robert Byrd (D-WV) 80%

Wisconsin Senators Score
Herbert Kohl (D-WI) 80%
Russ Feingold (D-WI) 80%

Wyoming Senators Score
Craig Thomas (R-WY) 40%
Michael Enzi (R-WY) 40%

IAVA (averages)
* Democrat 87%
* Republican 58%
* Independent 87%
* Overall 71%

* Democrat: 82%
* Republican: 49%
* Independent: 80%
* Overall: 64%

Just some food for thought…


One Comment

  1. Salaam Alakium,

    “They are so quick to make news of Kerry’s self admittant joke blunder, but how many blunders have the President made in the last 6 years? I’m not even going to attempt at cataloging them, I don’t have the time to sit here for the rest of this month typing.”

    A very true statement. Kerry shouldn’t have said what he said, but I think apologies should start with Bush. Not that apologies can reverse what he did. He has to leave office so we can all breathe better. This is just another ploy by repubs to take attention away from failures. But I don’t have much hope in dems either. I think the whole political system has to be revised.

    Wa Salaam


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