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Tuesday, August 24, 2004

KerryLied Rally in DC

Found at I love Jet Noise

August 24, 2004

KerryLied Rally in DC

Synchronicity is a weird thing. Just after completing my last post, I received an email from Laura Armstrong, who wrote this back in March:

I'm the daughter of Lt. Col. Roger J. "Black Bart" Bartholomew, a First Air Cavalry rocket artillery helicopter pilot who was killed in Vietnam on Thanksgiving Day 1968, when I was eight years old. I'm a former journalist with a military newspaper, a U.S. Marine widow, and I am appalled at Mr. Kerry's latest assertions that our president "has reopened the wounds of Vietnam." For months, I've heard President Bush talking about the present, while Mr. Kerry and the media want to focus on the past. I think we need to see the whole picture.
Liberal critics of American foreign policy have claimed they "support the troops"--but they're obviously hoping we have short memories. Many of us will never forget the hundreds of lawyers they dispatched to Florida in 2000 to make sure military absentee ballots did not get counted (some sources say that two out of three military voices in Florida were never heard). That was after the Clinton administration initiated rules making it more difficult to vote on overseas military bases.
As the kid of a real war hero who did not come back, I'd like to comment not on Kerry's service, but his postservice activities. Vietnam Veterans Against the War, Mr. Kerry's organization of choice when he returned from his shortened tour of duty in Vietnam (and his springboard to fame), was known to me even as a child. The organization, while providing a place for angst-ridden vets to land after coming home, had an awful effect on those of us who lost our fathers.
It was bad enough to hear our dads criticized by those who hated the military, but to hear vets allege rampant war crimes and call their fellow soldiers evil before all the world really twisted the knife. Mr. Kerry led the way, proud in the company of Jane Fonda and others we believed had caused the deaths of good men. This group's testimony tarnished honorable actions. After taking the oath to preserve and protect, they grandstanded, throwing service awards in a show of defiance that diminished each sacrifice. Their stories dominated while the stories of thousands of honorable vets went untold. I don't hold it against them after so many years, but I'm dead sure I don't want their darling Kerry, the man who voted against funding our guys in Operation Iraqi Freedom, to be our next commander in chief.
In 2004, nothing is more important than continuing to protect America and fight terrorism. President Bush has led, not perfectly but earnestly. He has put much on the line to do what he believes is right. And he needs our continued support in the months to come.

After a long grieving period, Ms. Armstrong is now engaged to an active duty Marine. She has asked me to spread the word about a rally to be held on September 12th in Washington DC. Ms. Armstrong, B.G. Burkett, author of Stolen Valor, and Jim Warner (a former POW whose mother was used by Kerry and the VVAW as propaganda) will be speaking at the rally. You can learn more here.

John Kerry told the world we were war criminals who raped, tortured and murdered in Vietnam. Now, thirty-three years later, we will tell America the truth. Join us at the rally we call:
KERRY LIED . . . while good men died

A gathering of Vietnam veterans from across America Where: Upper Senate Park, Washington, D.C. It is easy to get to, shady and pretty, with a great view of the Capitol dome in back of the speaker's platform.

When: Sunday, Sept 12, 2004 2:00-4:00 PM (EDT)

Why: To tell the truth about Vietnam veterans. To counter the lies told about Vietnam veterans by John Kerry

Sounds like a great idea to me. Please help spread the word in any way you can - this is important. From Laura's email:

We REALLY need to get people to turn out in support of the Swift Vets and the anti-Kerry Vietnam vets. The media has been complicit in portraying any vet who speaks against Kerry as "fringe" and the Kerry people have continued to keep tabs on me (this Greg Kane [from VVAW] guy contacted me after my piece was published and told me my "shot across the bow had them all sweating" and they "didn't know how to deal with me"). The real story of this campaign is the many millions of vets and active duty guys who HATE this man. Civilians really have no idea, but should be made aware.

You can contribute at the KerryLied site even if you can't attend the rally.

- Cassandra

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