I thought 2004 would be the last of John F. Kerry–who served in Vietnam (and Cambodia) I’m told–but no; rising like a political third-string zombie he still haunts the Senate chambers contaminating its importance and history.
Worse, Kerry will soon be trotted out as Obama’s nominee for Secretary of State…. too bad for America, but a fitting twosome when you think if it.
He came to Fresno State to speak and as editor of the Daily Collegian, I assigned the interview of the week to myself.
I found him to be… how do I say this?… a prick.
Sorry if your kids are reading this (even if they should).
Dressed in the intentionally working class Levis and Army fatigue jacket, his lanky frame was very Gary Cooper but he tipped the scales at probably 20 pounds less.
He sat for the interview for about 20 minutes in my office; I don’t recall a thing about it; his remarks (there were few real answers) were right out of the lefty handbook: “The People of Vietnam”… “Paris Peace Talks“… “Withdrawal”… “genocide”.
I’d had better interviews with assistant profs in the FSU’s Oenology (look it up) Department.
I led him across the quad toward the Student Center ante room where he could gather himself before his speech at the amphitheater. I took a few pictures… which were about as boring as the lantern-jawed subject.
The student’s response to his talk about Vietnam was predictable; he was preaching to the choir.
But, his East Coast, patrician, condescending attitude rubbed the Vietnam veteran sons of blue collar workers the wrong way.
Most of my fellow vets had always been skeptical of his ‘Nam curriculum vitae, especially his three Purple Hearts, “earned” in as many months… no real leader would every use three paper cuts to get out of the war; I never anyone who even knew about the “three and out” rule. Had we, we would have thought it a lie.
Later, along with three million in-country Vietnam vets, I would learn that the circumstances that allowed him America’s oldest military decoration were indefensible. I needn’t belabor the details further.
Kerry had used his three “wounds” to grab a fast ticket out of Vietnam in 90 days, leaving his enlisted riverboat shipmates to their fate… unforgivable.
A Marine officer taking the same cowardly exit would have been despised, confronted and maybe even punched out for doing the same.
Over the next 40 years I never changed my opinion of John Kerry… elected to the Senate, friend of the Kennedys and Gary Hart(pence), and finally, 2004 dimocrat party presidential nominee.
For Lt. John F. Kerry, Vietnam was nothing more that a photo op on the road to a politic career (boosted by the plagiarism of the real JFK’s war record).
All this, combined with throwing his medals back at the White House in 1971 (which turned out to not be his medals, or ribbons, or whatever), and his later statements, behavior, and actions made the junior senator from Massachusetts a traitor to his comrades in my book, and a pariah to all vets.
As we said in ‘Nam… “payback is a M**********r”; and following the lead of the Medal of Honor Recipient “Bud” Day and the “Swiftboat Vets”… we sunk the USS Kerry in 2004, driving a stake into the heart of the effete bastard’s political aspirations… a wound he did not survive.
Nonetheless, the dimocrats have two teams… the Marxists and retreads like Kerry, Clinton, Reid and Schumer. When there is something that the Obamamarxists don’t care, about like Secretary of State (See: Ambassador, Benghazi), they go to the bench and pull out some has-been like Kerry.
There is a special place in VFW Hell for John Kerry; he’s there now; and to whatever extent possible, I hope somehow is aware of our ire…. like his buddy, Jane Fonda.
But… I doubt it.