Friday, August 06, 2004

I'm Angry!

And it's not because of the lack of sex. Seriously, here's the latest letter to the editor that I wrote. Hoping to be published, I toned down the rhetoric and edited it to 250 words.

To The Palm Beach Post:

The Republicans, once again, are attempting to smear a legitimate American War Hero. The laughably named “Swift Boat Veterans for Truth ” are just the latest in a long line of conspirators willing to allege anything in order to help Republicans maintain control of government.

The men who served on Sen. John Kerry’s swift boat actively support his Presidential campaign. By contrast, the “Swift Boat Veterans for Truth” consist only of individuals who served on other swift boats not commanded by Kerry.
It began in 2000 when President Bush’s crew viciously attacked its main GOP rival, Sen. John McCain. When faced with a dire struggle in the crucial state of South Carolina, Bush stood by a Vietnam vet who claimed that McCain had “come home and forgot us”. Not surprisingly, Sen. McCain has denounced the attack ad leveled against Kerry. During the 2002 mid-term elections, they had the audacity to question the patriotism of Sen. Max Cleland. It wasn’t enough that the man gave three limbs for his country in Vietnam. Saxby Chambliss, his GOP opponent, ran an ad placing Cleland’s face with those of Osama Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein.

“Chickenhawks” may be the most appropriate word to describe these Republicans who continually question the patriotism of good men. The contrast between these two men is clear. Sen. Kerry chose to serve in Vietnam while men like Bush found a way out. On the other hand, Bush cannot even vouch for his Texas Air National Guard duty during the 1970’s.


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