Saluting with misty eyes
Insulting?? Yes they were... to Senator Kerry. Agressive? I don't believe so. As for me backing out of the situation??? I don't think so. To suggest that I back off before things get out of hand could be considered as an aggressive statement, although, I will choose not to see it as such.
As for my comments... Thereis absolutely nothing that I haev stated taht is not 100% fact, and that I cannot show you where I got the information.
The Boston Globe and the Boston Herals, from Senator Kerry's hometown of Boston, Mass specifically DID NOT support him in this election.
The Wall Street Journal stated that the Kerry Economic plan would hurt the economy.
Joh Kerry is very proud of the fact that he is a Roman Catholic, and uses it in his campaign. HOWEVER... As a Catholic, he supports abortion rights, AND gay marriages. Both of those issues are huge No-No's within the Catholic Church. His stance has even gotten some Bishops to suggest that Senator Kerry not be allowed to partake of Holy Communion. Again, it is on the record, and not the ramblings of an ultra-conservative, gun-toting, right-wing, environment-hating redneck. (BTW... I am more of a moderate, and I don't even own a weapon of any kind.)
Since I have opened my yap and made such hateful allegations, please allow my to elaborate with a few well chosen facts:
Senator Kerry voted against the middle class tax cuts that President Bush proposed (HR 1836, CQ Vote #165)
"I will roll back George Bush’s tax cut..." CNN's Paula Zahn Now 2/2/04
Switching Sides on Issues
-"I'm the only candidate running for president who hasn't played games, fudged around," said Kerry, a Massachusetts senator.
Assiciated Press 1/26/04
During his appearance on ABC’s Good Morning America Monday, John Kerry either refused or was just unable to reconcile the differences in a variety of statements Kerry’s made over the years regarding what he did with his military decorations in 1971 while leading the militant anti-war group Vietnam Veterans Against the War.
ABC News Good Morning America 4/26/04
-"And if elected president, I will nominate judges who will seek to expand rights and opportunities-not reduce them. In this area, anyone who values a woman's right to choose in particular or constitutional privacy rights in general will have the clearest possible choice between me and President Bush in 2004."
Sen. Kerry A Call To Service 2003, pg 182
-"I think people who go to the Supreme Court ought to interpret the Constitution as it is interpreted, and if they have another point of view, then they're not supporting the Constitution, which is what a judge does."
John Kerry yesterday said he'll back President Bush's call for $25 billion in extra funds to support U.S. troops in Iraq, after taking lots of heat for voting against $87 billion for the troops last fall. … Kerry took so much flak over the $87 billion that he tried to defend his "no" vote by saying, "I voted for the $87 billion before I voted against it."
Washingotn Post 5/14/04
-Sen. Kerry Boston Globe 4/9/03
Kerry "Recently Announced He Will Support Only Pro-Choice Judges To The Supreme Court." http://www.johnkerry.com
As for religion and Presidents and deaths, etc... President Richard Nixon was a Quaker who sent 10's of thousands of Americans to their death. President Kennedy was a Catholic who sent men to their death in the Bay of Pigs. President Clinton sent American servicemen to their deaths. What does one have to do with the other? One of the MAJOR stands of the Roman Catholic faith is anti-abortion/pro-life. That is not an opinion, that is a full blown, internationally recognized fact. It is also proven (read above) that Sen. Kerry, A CATHOLIC, is for abortions. that is why a recent Harris Poll shows that the majority of Catholics are against Senator Kerry. They aren't necessarily FOR president Bush... they are just against Sen. Kerry.
Now, as far as my thoughts that American fighting men are "collateral damage". You owe myself, and every other miltary veteran on this site an apology. There is NO discussion with that. To suggest that I would consider ANY American life to be worthless is the most abhorrant thing I think you have ever put on these pages. You also owe an apology to every memeber of the foreign military that is currently serving in Iraq... especially the 11 nations that have combat casualties besides the United States.
Collateral Damage?? Without getting into too many specifics, I spent six years in the service gto my country and have- on more than one occasion- had the blood of my compatriots on my uniform as I busted portions of my anatomy attempting to prevent them from dying from a gunshot wound that they had recived while in service to their country in a combat situation. One of these days, if happen to meet in a bar and I am blindingly drunk, I will show you my little pieces of colored cloth, and explain what each and every one of them is for, and what it was that I was doing that I earned them.
Perhaps I will even show you the newspaper clippings from the past year with my picture standing as part of the honor guard for an American miltary personnel who fell in Iraq and Afghanistan... including Capt. Christopher Seiffert USA, one of the very first casualites of the war... including Sgt. Andrew Baddock USA, a neighbor, who died attempting to save members of his unit.
Perhaps I will introduce you to Sgt. Robert Lerch USAF, my girlfriend's son, who was injured while in country.
There are two very prominent members of this site that have got, probably, more pieces of colored cloth that also have blood on their uniforms, and the memories to haunt them. I will guarantee you, Sir, that they do not feel that ANY american life is collateral damage.
There are also many members of this site who have written in support of the conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan who will tell you that THEY do not feel that ANY american life is "collateral damage".
You suggested that I would be better served backing off the situation before it got out of hand... Sir, I respectfully suggest that this situation just might get out of hand, however it will not be my doing. I was willing to allow everyone to have their own thoughts, and ideas about this event in our history, and to even engage in honorable and semi-friendly debate over it. As for you,Sir, I care not what your thoughts are, and will not be checking back on this, or any other thread where you have made statements, for I honestly could not care what you have to say... however, while you are saying and thinking those thoughts, be sure to thank one of those collateral damages who allowed you to have them.
Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again...