October 19, 2006
Democrats are pulling out all the stops to win back control of Congress. In an email received today, from Jack Murtha through JohnKerry.com, titled, “Give them a swift kick.”
If you don’t notice it, the reference to “swift kick” is a subtle bash of the Swift Boat Veterans and POWs for Truth, the grassroots group that organized to oppose John Kerry’s campaign for President in 2004. As I have said recently, the group is comprised of over 250 Highly Decorated and Honorable Viet Nam Veterans.
Murtha’s email begins:
“Do you believe that a veteran who dares to speak out against the Bush administration forfeits his or her right to be honored for service to America?”
I see no one dishonoring any Veteran for their service, except for John Kerry, Jack Murtha and Wesley Clark, shown in my previous two posts. We see it in their prostitution of the phrase “Swift Boating,” making it derogatory towards the over 250 Veterans mentioned above.
I might ask Mr. Murtha here, “Do you believe that a group of veterans who dare to speak out against the Democratic Party forfeit their right to be honored for service to America?”
The answer is in the effort these men make in trying to convince you that only Democrats are Veterans who have served America. It is in their treatment and denigrating words towards any and all Veterans who oppose them. It is in their stand that only the 4 or 5 Veterans running for Democrat seats have any “moral authority” to speak.
“When the so-called "Vets for the Truth" started attacking me, my record, and my right to speak the truth about the war in Iraq, The Patriot Project fought back. They exposed how "Vets for the Truth" had been set up and who was behind the funding of it. (Here's a hint: the group is really run by a man who describes himself as "good friends" with Karl Rove.)(emphasis added)
When these scumbags organized a rally here in Pennsylvania, The Patriot Project went to work again.”
Here is a prime example of what I said above. The Veterans in the group Vets for the Truth, after before being erroneously linked to the Swift Boat Vets, are “scumbags?” Is this how Mr. Murtha feels Veterans that oppose him should be listed, as “scumbags?”
Tell me, Mr. Murtha, where did your words of do Veterans who speak out forfeit their right to honored for their Military Service? Vets for the Truth were founded by Larry Baily, who served as the former Commanding Officer of Naval Special Warfare Center in Coronado, CA, where Navy SEALs undergo basic and advanced training. He has been awarded the Bronze Star with Combat “V,” the Legion of Merit, two Meritorious Service Medals, and numerous other decorations and awards. He retired from the Navy in 1990 after 27 years Service.
This is the type person Jack Murtha calls “scumbag?”
On the other hand, Murtha has accused active Military of committing “cold blooded murder” in Iraq before any investigations were completed. He did this, not on the internet, not at a press conference nor sitting at a bar with his Congressional cronies, he said it on the Floor of the House of Representatives where it will be forever recorded in the Congressional Record.
After his anti-American statements made before Veterans in Miami, Florida were reported, in typical leftist fashion, he whined he was “misquoted.” The words he spoke were, "Every one of our allies think that the United States being in Iraq is more dangerous to world stability and world peace, every one of our allies; Great Britain, every single country... They think it's more, uh, we're more dangerous to world peace than North Korea or Iran. That says something."
When called on it, he claimed to be “citing polling data,” which begs the question, if he doesn’t share that thought, why cite it and why not openly disagree with it when spoken?
Murtha is an un-indicted co-conspirator in the ABSCAM scandal back in the 1980s. Word has it he made a deal for himself to avoid prosecution, but I don’t say that as a fact.
Mr. Murtha too is a decorated Veteran and unlike him, I do not call him a “scumbag.” But, I would also like to point out that merely being a Veteran doesn’t give one a pass on common decency or conduct. Evidence Decorated Veteran Duke Cunningham, a Republican, currently serving time for his misdeeds.
Being a Veteran myself, I find Murtha’s calling other Veterans “scumbags” due to their opposition of him despicable.
It is an outright lie to list millions of Veterans as “scumbags,” “liars,” or whatever because they don’t support Democrat candidates. We share the same right to speak out and support or oppose any candidate we wish. We have the right to speak out publicly without being denigrated, made to look like hacks or given the appearance that we did not serve honorably.
It was John Kerry, who in 1971, said, “The country doesn't know it yet, but it has created a monster, a monster in the form of millions of men who have been taught to deal and to trade in violence…” painting those of us who served in Viet Nam much longer than he did as “baby killers,” “cold blooded killers” and worse.
Murtha categorizing Vets for the Truth as “scumbags” because they oppose his continued service in the House of Representatives is nothing more than a continuation of the lies and deceit that have mislabeled millions of honorable men who served with pride and honor in a far off battlefield.
Murtha ends with:
“I urge you to take a stand against anti-veteran hate groups right now.”
We are, Mr. Murtha. We are organizing and opposing the Party that has lied about us, that supports politicians who have lied about us and who dishonors those serving today with their lies. We are opposing the modern Democratic Party.
Murtha has outlived his usefulness in Congress. His personal agenda’s take precedence over the good of the country and he must go! If you live in Pennsylvania, I urge you to Vote for Diana Irey.