Sunday, February 22, 2004

One of the many reasons why I back John Kerry 

He's not going to back down when the chickenhawks attack his commitment to defense:.

“I'd like to know what it is Republicans who didn't serve in Vietnam have against those of us who did. I'm tired of Republicans trying to divert attention from the real issues -- here in Georgia you've lost 70.000 jobs, you've got 1.3 million Georgians without health insurance -- and that's what this race should be about. These are the real issues they should be willing to talk about instead of engaging in the politics of fear and questioning our commitment to fighting for the country we fought for in uniform.

“One way or another we're going to have a debate about the future not the past. We’re not going to let them make this about a war 34 years ago, when we need to talk about the war today.

"Republicans like to question the patriotism of Democrats who question the direction of our nation. They put Max Cleland in an ad with Osama bin Laden to question his commitment to the defense of our country. This President came to Georgia to campaign for Saxby Chambliss and didn't say a word about it. Now his surrogates are at it again. Well, I don't think that politics of fear has any place in our country, and I'm still waiting for the Republicans to tell me what more Max Cleland has to leave on the battlefield of Vietnam to prove his commitment to our country."

Pretty much, it's a great big middle finger and a challenge to anybody in the GOP (especially it's chickenhawk leadership: Bush, Cheney, DeLay, Lott, etc.) to "come get some", to quote Ash in the Evil Dead series. If they want to make this about whose patriotism is the biggest, let's count battlefield wounds and be done with it.

This sort of absolute crap needs to be countered exactly like this - quickly, forcefully, and without any sense of tolerance - and should have been countered by Gore in 2000 when they alloed Bush to successfully deflate his war credentials then.

I'm energized, and I can't wait for the Kerry/Bush debates.

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