This story is going to get a lot of
Now, I’ve said this before and I’m going to keep saying it. It’s not
right — it’s improper, unseemly, unethical and dishonorable — for a party
with a Bush-Cheney ticket to mock John Kerry’s service.
Yes, I know the temptation is strong; and I know there are all sorts of
respects — including this latest one — in which Kerry’s military service
is pretty darn mockable.
But when all is said and done, he served. George W. Bush and Dick Cheney
didn’t, and they should have done. I say this as a Bush-Cheney voter. I
like the ticket, and I’ll be voting for it. I wouldn’t vote Kerry-Edwards
at the point of a gun. Yet if you ask me: “Doesn’t it take some of the
luster off the GOP ticket to know that when it came time for your guys to
put themselves in harm’s way at the nation’s call, they ducked it?” my
honest answer would be: “Yes, it does.”
And yes, of course I suspect Kerry’s motives in going to VN just as much as
you do. It is still the case that he went. It is still the case that if
some NVA round had passed six inches further to the left, he would have been
maimed or killed.
The honor that we accord to our serving men and women is, in my personal
opinion, indivisible. John Kerry is just as entitled to it as anyone else
who served. That’s how I see it, anyway.