August 13, 2004

Fool Me Once

I haven't said much on Kerry and his ever changing Vietnam memories since so many people are doing a much better job than I could. But I did have a few random thoughts I wanted I'd share.

Back in the day, when the Monica thing broke, and Clinton got on TV and told us he'd never had sex with "that woman", I believed him. Yeah, I was stupid, I know. But even though I didn't vote for him, he was still the President, my President, and maybe I couldn't let myself believe he'd make such a bald faced lie on national TV. It didn't take long for me to discover how naive I'd been. And then we were told that his lies didn't really matter because it was all about sex. A "personal" matter between adults.

Turn the clock to today. John Kerry wants to be President, supposedly my President, though I'm not sure I believe that anymore. He's made Vietnam the centerpiece of his campaign. He reminded us again and again about his time there, and how that qualified him to be President. Okay, me personally, I don't think military service automatically confers Presidential ability. And I remember the Dems making sure we didn't think so when war heros like George H. Bush and Bob Dole were the candidates in question. I want to know what the man wanting the highest office in our land has done lately. Especially when we're at war now. But John Kerry felt differently, so did his party. After all, they've tried to denigrate President Bush's service from day one. They've tried every trick in the book to compare his service unfavourably to Kerry's, they've trotted out men who served with Kerry, and their whole convention was a testament to Kerry's service in Vietnam. Now, of course, it turns out Kerry is still lying, as a man in his fifties. As much as I dislike him, naive old me never really expected it. I know he lied back when he was protesting the war, but the fact he's still doing it just floors me. I guess it shouldn't.

This time, it isn't "just about sex", so I wonder what excuse the Dems will come up with to justify these lies? And what contortions the media will go through to keep the spin going for "their" candidate.

Later: edited this a bit for clarity -- or tried to -- after reading Peter's comment. Sometimes writing at work doesn't always result in the clearest posts.

Posted by Ithildin at August 13, 2004 10:41 AM | PROCURE FINE OLD WORLD ABSINTHE

Mr. Kerry's lies about that conflict are nothing new. Mr. Kerry's sworn testimony to that Senate Committee in, what '71 was a pack of lies. He surrounded himself with people who never even served in the Southeast Asian War Games all claiming war crimes. Some of his 'witnesses' never even spent a day wearing Uncle's suit.
I served in that war, while I'm certainly no hero I'm still bitter over the claim that we all engaged in war crimes as a matter of course. I had good friends, teenaged PFCs and Lance Corporals killed trying to protect noncombatants, Mr. Kerry slandered them. With his claim that we were rapists and torturers he sullied the memories of every family that lost a son, a brother or father.
Now he wants to run as a war hero. I got his war hero right here. (points at seat of pants)

Posted by: Peter at August 13, 2004 5:30 PM

I'm a 38 year old Massachusetts native; my entire adult life John Kerry has been one of our two (distinguished....) Senators. I cannot name one thing he has done that has helped those of us from his state in the 19 years he has been in the Senate. I have no idea who this guy running around the country, claiming to be such a hero, is, but he doesn't look or sound a bit like the Senator Kerry we in Massachusetts have known. This war hero with the lies seared into his memory? We'd be better off with him letting down our beloved Commonwealth than the whole country.

Posted by: Erik Smith at August 14, 2004 10:33 AM

Erik, thanks for your perspective.

Posted by: Ith at August 14, 2004 11:12 AM


Why don't you tell us how you really feel ;-)

Ith, I don't get here often enough but I think you do a great job. Always pithy and to the point.


Posted by: azygos at August 14, 2004 2:01 PM

Azygos, thanks!

Posted by: Ith at August 17, 2004 4:40 PM