Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

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Saturday, March 12, 2016

Hearsay


Recently, Oneonta Star columnist Chuck Pinkey referred to a gossip item regarding former Democratic presidential candidate, John Kerry, that was passed on by his son ten years ago.  The son worked security on Nantucket Island.  The owner of an establishment told Chuck’s son: “Nobody else allowed in!”  Because they were understaffed and overcrowded.  A limousine pulled up, and an apparently drunk man got out.  The son stepped into the man’s path and said: “I'm sorry, but we're full.  I can't let you in.”  After, the man staggered back to his limo.  The boss ran out screaming: “Do you know whom that was?  That was Senator John Kerry!”
Lies about John Kerry was the reason that I started writing and sending letters to the Oneonta Star in 2004.
In Vietnam, Kerry killed the enemy up close and personal, which very few in Congress have done.  Nobody has demonstrated greater compassion for those that have had to killed up close and personal than John Kerry.  He was assigned to the U.S.S. Gridley, and served in the Gulf of Tonkin, but upon returning to the U.S., Kerry requested service as a Swift boat commander.  Swift boats, were heavily armed aluminum patrol boats, carrying a 5 man crew.  While patrolling the rivers of the Mekong Delta, they often hit mines and came under rocket, mortar and machine gun fire.
Admiral Elmo Zumwalt calculated sailors on Swift boats had a 75 percent chance of being killed or wounded while on duty.  That explains how Kerry was able to earn a Silver Star, Bronze Star and three Purple Hearts in 4 months.
In 1971, Vietnam veteran John Kerry famously asked the Senate Foreign Relations Committee: “How do you ask a man to be the last to die in Vietnam?  How do you ask a man to be the last to die for a mistake?”

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