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Welcome to my blog, Protect and Defend. You don’t have to understand me. You only have to agree with me. I can live with losing the good fight, but I can not live with not fighting that good fight at all. - Publius

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Kerry doesn’t want poor, black, brown, or uneducated military

Kerry's '72 Army Comments Mirror Latest

Associated Press, November 2, 2006

WASHINGTON - During a Vietnam-era run for Congress three decades ago, John Kerry said he opposed a volunteer Army because it would be dominated by the underprivileged, be less accountable and be more prone to "the perpetuation of war crimes."
Kerry, a decorated Vietnam veteran who turned against the war, made the observations in answers to a 1972 candidate questionnaire from a Massachusetts peace group.
After Kerry caused a firestorm this week with what he termed a botched campaign joke that Republicans said insulted current soldiers, The Associated Press was alerted to the historical comments by a former law enforcement official who monitored 1970s anti-war activities
Kerry apologized Wednesday for the 2006 campaign trail gaffe that some took as suggesting U.S. soldiers fighting in Iraq were undereducated. He contended the remark was aimed at Bush, not the soldiers.
In 1972, as he ran for the House, he was less apologetic in his comments about the merits of a volunteer army. He declared in the questionnaire that he opposed the draft but considered a volunteer army "a greater anathema."
"I am convinced a volunteer army would be an army of the poor and the black and the brown," Kerry wrote. "We must not repeat the travesty of the inequities present during Vietnam. I also fear having a professional army that views the perpetuation of war crimes as simply 'doing its job.'…
Kerry filled out the candidate questionnaire at the request of Massachusetts Political Action for Peace, an anti-war group that decades later turned over its historical documents to university researchers.
AP obtained the document from someone who gathered it from archives during Kerry's unsuccessful 2004 presidential campaign against President Bush. Republicans in that election relentlessly assailed Kerry's role in the anti-war movement decades earlier…


Blogger Rogue Mariner said...

WHile I believe Kerry did blow the joke recently, I have to agree with Don Imus, Kerry just needs to go home, wind surf, ride a bike or whatever, because he's only making things worse by continuing to talk. On the other side of it, you know that the Republicans have had this little 34 year old tidbit ready to trot out, should the occasion present itself. I've never seen anyone give the opposition so much ammunition to destroy him with. It's like, Please, Kick my ass.

Fri Nov 03, 05:50:00 AM  
Blogger Bobkatt said...

Perhaps you weren't around when Gary Hart ran for president.

Fri Nov 03, 02:21:00 PM  
Blogger Bobkatt said...

With apologies to Stealers Wheel: Clowns to the left of me. Jokers to the right. Here I am, stuck in the middle with you.
This seems to be a battle of which side is the absolutely most disgusting, amoral, solve nothing piece of crap. The parties are two sides of the same coin. I had the pleasure of hearing Lou Dobbs on NPR's On Point with Tom Ashbrook. He has come to the same conclusion as I have, that the two parties have taken the voters for granted and need to be shook up. Since they have managed to all but eliminate the third party alternative in any debate what we should do is all go out and change our registration to independent. You can still vote for anyone you want but if 20 or 30 million voters changed registration it might wake them up to our dissatisfaction. We just might get some debate on items that need to be talked about and solved. Yeah I know that you might not be able to vote in primaries but the states might have to change that too if enough people were registered independent.

Fri Nov 03, 02:35:00 PM  
Blogger KEvron said...

that does it. kerry is not getting my vote....



Fri Nov 03, 07:35:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

Rogue, I’m all for keeping Kerry around. Kerry and Dean are Republican campaign commercials waiting to happen. But you notice, Dean has been surprisingly absent during this campaign.
Bobkatt, the problem with a third party is that if you have three, why not four? Why not five? Why not five hundred? Sure it would be nice to have more choices, but we really wouldn’t need more choices if we had better candidates. But, we won’t have better candidates so long as only the rich can run.

Sat Nov 04, 05:44:00 PM  
Blogger quakerdave said...

I agree with Kev. I will definitely not be voting for John Kerry this Tuesday.

Please remind me again: just what is he running for? What ballot is he on? Hmmmm?

Like, with a week before the election, this is the best the GOP can do? Jumping on this old chestnut, and some stupid, more recent comment? Kerry was a second-rate candidate who ran a third-rate campaign for President, after being a totally non-descript Senator for a really long time, during which he did next to nothing. Who cares what he says, other than Viagraboy Limbaugh, who - lucky him - was lucky enought to have Kerry take the heat off of him for his little "gaff," which, I would offer, was a heck of a lot worse. Yeah, he's not running either. He just talks for those who are.

Kerry then apologized, of course. He had to. The country still awaits an apology from King George, for six years worth of screw-ups which cost us a lot of lives.

Sat Nov 04, 11:27:00 PM  
Blogger Bobkatt said...

We already have four or five parties but the main two have successfully shut them out of any legitimate debate. The major parties decide who we can vote for and what can be discussed. Then we can decide on the lesser of two evils. Why do we need parties? It's always look at the other guy, he's worse than me.

Sun Nov 05, 12:05:00 AM  
Blogger Publius said...

QD, Rush just said that he thought Fox was exaggerating his disease for effect and after he made his comment he quoted from Fox’s book where Fox admits that he does not take his medication when he does commercials or interviews. So although in poor taste, Rush was at least correct. I think the stem cell debate has been over simplified. I want to know if the US government funds any other medical research and I want to know if the embryonic stem cells have a shelf life where they can no longer be used to create life but can still be used for research. I am still sitting on the fence on this issue because I just don’t know enough.

Tue Nov 07, 01:09:00 AM  
Blogger quakerdave said...

I am sure the reaction would be different from the Right had someone attacked Mr. Limbaugh over his addiction to prescription drugs. Or his multiple marriages. Or his importation from Costa Rica of Viagra which was prescribed to someone else. Or his doctor shopping. Or his dodging of the draft during Vietnam while supporting that war and every war since.

His compound in Florida must have VERY LARGE glass windows...

Sun Nov 12, 12:46:00 PM  

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