Tuesday, May 29, 2007

John Kerry, The Cost Of Speaking Out



May 29, 2007

Received via email today is John Fraud Kerry’s latest whining email, title “The Cost Of Speaking Out On Iraq.” That this fraud has the unmitigated gall to complain about others “speaking out” just astonishes me. Kerry’s arrogance knows no bounds!

Says Kerry, “… at a time when direct talk is so vital, there is still an effort to marginalize those who speak out against the policy of the Bush White House and the GOP.”

Did he forget a small group of highly decorated Combat Viet Nam Veterans known as the Swift Boat Veterans and POWs for Truth? When asked about another run for president and facing the Swift vets again in September 2006, he replied, "I’m prepared to kick their ass from one end of America to the other."

During Senate Hearings on the nomination of Sam Fox for Ambassador to Belgium, who was it that grilled Mr. Fox over campaign contributions to Kerry’s opposition, effectively ending his nomination? Why, it was Kerry!

What of Steve Gardner, the one who spent the most time with Kerry on his boat in Viet Nam, but opposed Kerry? Care to discuss him, Kerry? What price did he pay “speaking out” against you?

He adds, “The price of speaking out? General Batiste was fired from his job at CBS.”

This is the gist of email, whining about CBS asking retired left-wing activist General John Batiste, to step down from the position they hired him for, News Consultant.

Kerry fails to mention that Batiste appeared in an anti-Bush ad, in direct violation of CBS News standards. CBS News Vice President, Standards and Special Projects Linda Mason said, “we ask that people not be involved in advocacy,” adding, “We might still go to the general to ask about things, but not as a consultant to CBS News.”

To most of us, you break the rules, you pay the price. Apparently that is not to be in the liberal world of John Kerry (who served in Viet Nam).

He goes on to whine about the Dixie Chicks being ostracized by disgusted fans, Murtha’s moonbattiness being exposed and more.

Then, Kerry says, “I know from experience how hard it can be to speak out against a war when there are many powerful forces trying to silence you. But I also know how important speaking out can be -- especially when it comes from those who know what it means to wear the uniform of our country.

If he thinks that is difficult, try speaking out FOR this War to be won! Those of us who have also worn the uniform are ridiculed, called warmongers, spit at still (and I don’t give a damn what BS Jerry Lembcke says), reviled and subjected to harassment, as happened during and after the 2004 campaign, in which Kerry lost. Ask Carton Sherwood, producer of the video, Stolen Honor. Ask Sinclair Broadcasting, who was threatened with a federal probe for planning on airing the documentary in 2004, shortly before the election. Read about the lawsuits filed over this documentary and subsequent dropping, when Kerry’s co-horts found out they were give depositions under oath.

All of those mentioned also “wore the uniform of the country” and wore it with pride, unlike Kerry as he lied about Viet Nam and those of us who served there much longer than he did, before the Fulbright Commission on April 22, 1971. Perhaps he can also explain, since it is “so hard to speak out,” just why there was not one instance of testimony contrary to his? Why wasn’t John O’Neill allowed to give his testimony also?

Yes, in today’s world, as during the anti-war hysteria over Viet Nam, speaking out against is far easier than speaking for.

Most disturbing in this email, given that he speaks out against other advocacy groups and was opposed to 527 groups, is a link appearing twice in the email that says, “ Join MoveOn's effort to support a brave career military man who provides one of the most credible and courageous of those voices,” and “So join our friends at MoveOn.org in calling for the reinstatement of General John Batiste.”

John Kerry, you are one of the supreme hypocrites of all time!

Lew

The email in its entirety,

"John Kerry" {info@johnkerry.com}
To: lewwaters@I’llnevertell.com
Subject: The Cost of Speaking Out on Iraq
Date: Tue, 29 May 2007 16:58:41 -0500

Hi Lew,
The events of last week demonstrate to all of us that we still have miles to go to win the struggle to force a new direction for our policy in Iraq.

Unfortunately, at a time when direct talk is so vital, there is still an effort to marginalize those who speak out against the policy of the Bush White House and the GOP.

Join MoveOn's effort to support a brave career military man who provides one of the most credible and courageous of those voices.

A few weeks ago, the very effective grassroots veterans organization VoteVets released a series of ads featuring retired military leaders speaking out about the broken policy in Iraq. One of them, General John Batiste, spoke forcefully about Bush's "failed strategy that is breaking our great Army."

The price of speaking out? General Batiste was fired from his job at CBS.

Now, there are other retired military members voicing support for the policy of George Bush, and none of them have been fired for it.

This is another in a long line of attempts to make speaking out costly to those who do it, from the Dixie Chicks being pulled from radio play lists to the savage attacks on Jack Murtha -- the smear of Matt Dowd after he spoke out against his old boss -- or the way in which retired military leaders who dared call for Don Rumsfeld's resignation were dismissed and even attacked as disloyal, painted as threats to civilian control of the armed forces. That is cheap and it is shameful.

At a time when the administration cannot let go of the myths and outright lies it broadcast in the rush to war in Iraq, those who know better must speak out.

I know from experience how hard it can be to speak out against a war when there are many powerful forces trying to silence you. But I also know how important speaking out can be -- especially when it comes from those who know what it means to wear the uniform of our country. We need more truth about Iraq, not silenced voices.

So join our friends at MoveOn.org in calling for the reinstatement of General John Batiste.

If we stand together and speak with many strong voices, all calling for a new direction in Iraq, we will bring change.

Sincerely,

John Kerry

2 comments:

The Gentle Cricket said...

"If he thinks that is difficult, try speaking out FOR this War to be won"
Try speaking out in support of the GWOT in San Francisco!

Lew Waters said...

Trust me Cricket, living as close to Portland, Oregon as I do, I really do sympathize with you and Cinnamon both down there.