Play It Again Sam! (A Look Back on John F. Kerry: February 25, 2004)
Ever since Governor Howard Dean’s surprising loss and even more shocking rant and primal screech later that night, Senator John F. Kerry (D-MA) has emerged as the man to beat following two consecutive victories in Iowa and New Hampshire. Assuming Kerry ends up winning the Democratic presidential nomination, who is this Senator John F. Kerry who came from out of nowhere to beat long-time former frontrunner, Howard Dean, in Iowa? Kerry, who along with his wife, is estimated to be worth roughly $500 million, is the richest major party candidate with a shot at winning in US electoral history.
Many might be surprised to learn that it is Kerry, not Dean, who has the most liberal credentials of the Democratic dwarves still running for President. His voting record is considerably to the left of such well-known comparative centrists as Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH). According to the congressional rating system published by the Americans for Democratic Action, which is the most widely used barometer of the left in measuring the degree to which members of Congress tow the liberal line, Kerry’s voting record is significantly to the left of even ultra-liberal icon, Senator Ted Kennedy who is not uncoincidentally one of Kerry’s most ardent cheerleaders on the campaign trail. In short, Kerry is little more than a liberal Massachusetts Michael Dukakis clone. In fact, he actually served as Dukakis’ Lieutenant Governor back in the early 1980s. According to the January 26, 2004 edition of The Washington Times, Kerry has voted against virtually every major defense program ever proposed during his 20-year tenure in the US Senate.
The prospect of Kerry winning election as America’s next President should be a substantially more frightening prospect to patriotic Americans than were the race to be won by the loony, but comparative moderate Howard Dean. When he first ran for Congress in 1970, he advocated doing away with the CIA and bringing all US troops abroad under the direct command and control of the godless anti-American United Nations. According to excerpts obtained by the Boston Globe in June 2003, Kerry told a college paper that it was time to “almost eliminate CIA activity.” He also stated that he wanted to see U.S. troops “dispersed through the world only at the directive of the United Nations.” Kerry also authored an anti-war book, “The New Soldier.” When he ran for Congress, he tried to suppress reproduction of the cover picture of his book, which depicts a bunch of druggies trying to mimic the pictorial of the Iwo Jima memorial with an American flag turned upside down in an attempt to mock the famous photo of the U.S. Marines at Iwo Jima.
Kerry, far from being a war hero, has a long history of being an anti-war, anti-American radical and traitor to his country as evidenced by his organizing militant anti-war rallies along with his Communist party (CPUSA) allies funded by “Hanoi Jane” Fonda. Kerry helped lead and organize a rally of hundreds of Vietnam vets who marched on the Capitol Mall in Washington with many displaying the Communist clenched fist salute. According to the December 12, 1971 edition of the Boston Herald Traveler, he marched alongside “revolutionary Communists” with “placards plainly bearing legends in support of China, Cuba, the USSR, North Korea and the Hanoi government”. The Communist newspaper, the Daily Worker, delightedly published photos of Hanoi John speaking to demonstrators and boasted that the marchers displayed a banner depicting a portrait of Communist Party leader Angela Davis, who is on record as stating, “I am dedicated to the overthrow of your system of government and your society.”
Vietnam Veterans Against John Kerry says: “As a national leader of VVAW, Kerry campaigned against the effort of the United States to contain the spread of Communism…Under Kerry’s leadership, VVAW members mocked the uniform of United States soldiers by wearing tattered fatigues marked with pro-communist graffiti. They dishonored America by marching in demonstrations under the flag of the Viet Cong enemy.” According to Stephen Sherman, a former Army officer and Vietnam veteran writing in the January 26th edition of The Wall Street Journal, “Many veterans believe these protests led to more American deaths, and to the enslavement of the people on whose behalf the protests were ostensibly being undertaken.” Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) revealed that his North Vietnamese captors had used reports of Kerry-led protests to taunt him and his fellow prisoners. Retired General George S. Patton III angrily noted that Kerry’s actions had “given aid and comfort to the enemy.”
On April 23, 1971, Hanoi John offered testimony to the US Senate denouncing our brave soldiers then fighting in Vietnam a bunch of rapists, murderers and war criminals that enjoyed torturing innocent civilians. Reciting the then-popular Communist propaganda line, he testified that US troops had “personally raped [Vietnamese civilians], cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires from portable telephone to human genitals and turned up the power, cut off limbs, blown up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages in a fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan.” Kerry later admitted he hadn’t personally witnessed any of the atrocities he claimed his fellow soldiers had perpetrated. He also testified that there was no Communist threat and that the US was no better than the Communists that it was fighting.
In his book “Stolen Valor,” B.G. Burkett points out that Kerry liberally used phony veterans to testify to atrocities they could not possibly have committed. He uttered these shameless lies about his fellow soldiers at a time when they were still fighting and dying in a just war against Communist tyranny in Vietnam and while many were still imprisoned and being tortured by the North Vietnamese Communists. U.S. Veteran Dispatch noted in 1996: “Kerry’s testimony, it should be noted, occurred while some of his fellow Vietnam veterans were known by the world to be enduring terrible suffering as prisoners of war in North Vietnamese prisons. Kerry was a supporter of the ‘People’s Peace Treaty,'” a supposed ‘people’s’ declaration to end the war, reportedly drawn up in communist East Germany. It included nine points, all of which were taken from Viet Cong peace proposals at the Paris peace talks as conditions for ending the war.”
What’s more, when Kerry served as Chairman of the Senate POW-MIA subcommittee in the early 1990’s, he did his utmost to discredit all evidence indicating that US POW-MIAs had indeed survived the war and remained in Vietnam in his quest to reward the Communist butchers in Hanoi with MFN trade status, all the while blocking any legislation requiring Hanoi to adhere to basic human rights. His actions in this regard along with those of co-conspirators former President Bill Clinton and Senator John McCain (R-AZ) amounted to a virtual sentence of death for our brave soldiers still being held prisoner in Communist Vietnam.
For all his supposed qualifications on national security, Sen. John F. Kerry potentially represents a greater danger to this country than any of the other six Democrat candidates still running for President. His Silver Star won in Vietnam hasn’t meant anything since he threw it over the Nixon White House fence in protest against the Vietnam War. Hanoi John’s militant pro-Communist anti-war protests and shameless lies against our Vietnam veterans got a lot of our brave soldiers killed in Vietnam. Now he wants to be your president so he can more effectively implement his radical, anti-American agenda. ***
David T Pyne currently serves as DUV-PAC Chairman, President of the Utah Republican Assembly, and as Vice President for the Association of the United States Army’s Utah Chapter. A former national security expert, he has served as President of the Center for the National Security Interest, worked as a defense contractor and International Programs Manager, as an International Analyst for the Office of the Secretary of Defense and Department of the Navy, and as a Research Assistant for the Center for Security Policy.