If you think a relatively small expenditure can’t make a big difference, look at what a very small group, spending a little less than $750,000 has done to John Kerry.
Of course, that wouldn’t have been possible had Kerry not had the hubris to key a Presidential campaign on his service in a war 35 years ago in an attempt to make him seem a better potential Commander In Chief than George Bush.
Whatever the true facts surrounding Kerry’s swiftboat action in late 1969, there are two facts he cannot change and which simply do not resonate well with veterans and their families.
Fact one is that Kerry’s incountry service in Viet Nam was four and one half months in length when most of his peers serving in that war did a minimum of 13 months and many did two 13 month tours.
Fact two is that after Lt. Kerry returned to the United States, he testified that his fellow troops committed atrocities, without giving any specifics.
Now we did not serve in Viet Nam.
But we have many friends who did and some of them, after two tours came back missing limbs to a United States which, taking its cues from Kerry and his ilk, spit on them and called them baby killers.
It was, to be sure, not one of America’s finest moments.
We sent men into harm’s way and when they came back, we allowed people like Kerry and his followers to crap all over them as if they had done anything other than do what they were lawfully ordered to do.
It is one thing to have been against the war in Viet Nam.
This is America and we have the right to hold any political position we want.
But we do not have the right to mistreat the men who we ordered into harm’s way when they returned.
And John Kerry was in the vanguard of that movement.
Did he serve honorably in Viet Nam? The truth is that we don’t really know 35 years later. There is, however, a lot of smoke concerning that four and one half months which may be obscuring some fire.
But that’s not really the question.
The question is did John Kerry serve honorably when he testified that his fellow troops committed atrocities, giving no details at all, but creating an atmosphere where huge numbers of people who absolutely served this country honorably were spit on and called baby-killers by Kerry’s friends.
It is that question which Kerry would rather not answer.
And it is that question which makes that small expenditure by Swiftboat Veterans For Truth resonate so loudly.
Because it is bad enough to get shot at by the enemy.
But being shot at by your own officers truly is an atrocity.
One more thing.
There are a whole lot of people who support John Kerry but have their own agenda. They want the power and access which comes with a White House pass.
They really don’t care about John Kerry, what kind of a President he’d make, what kind of a Commander In Chief he’d make or whether the nation would be better off under a Democratic administration.
All they care about is what will happen to their careers if they back the right horse.
So, when you see people suddenly back a Senator who spent four and a half months in Viet Nam and then came back and accused his fellow soldiers of committing atrocities, you may want to ask why.
The answer may not be pretty.