Monday, January 22, 2007

Hope is On The Way!

Recalling the 2004 election, I remember the thoughts of possibilities.

The possibility of having a President who was qualified to lead the nation. The possibility of restoring America to its rightful place in the world as a beacon of liberty and not an abuser of civil liberties. Restoring reason to an America that seemed to have become tone deaf to international relations. So many things that could have been that had to wait.

The Presidential field is crowded. John Edwards, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Bill Richardson, Joe Biden, and who knows who else will announce. And yet it is imperative that Senator Kerry join the race.

I really don't know which way the Senator from Massachusetts will decide on this difficult question. I only know that a lot is in the balance.

Senator Kerry has been the target of attacks from the right wing dating back to the days of Richard Nixon.
This is a photo of John O'Neill and Richard Nixon and Charles Colson at the time of the Nixon Presidency.

As reported about this creation of O'Neill:

"Former Nixon special counsel Chuck Colson has said that Kerry was an "articulate" and "credible leader" of those veterans calling for an end to the Vietnam War and therefore "an immediate target of the Nixon administration." As such, the Nixon administration found it necessary to "create a counterfoil" to Kerry. Colson recounted, "We found a vet named John O'Neill and formed a group called Vietnam Veterans for a Just Peace. We had O'Neill meet the President, and we did everything we could do to boost his group." Articles from the April 21 edition of the Houston Chronicle and the June 17, 2003, edition of The Boston Globe confirm close ties between O'Neill and the Nixon administration."

Senator Kerry has been the victim of endless attacks originating with the Dirty Tricks of Richard Nixon and continuing on in the present with the Lee Atwater protege Karl Rove.

John Kerry's greatest crime was his ability to serve our nation and earn medals in combat only to return and tell America that it was a mistake.

There is nobody running for the Presidency that has that type of credibility.

The Swift-Boating of Senator John Kerry continues to this day. As he fights for America to stop sending young American men and women to die for another mistake--Iraq.

Nobody running for President has that level of credibility.

Senator Kerry has a Senate record. You probably can find evidence of votes on different sides of issues as votes are taken out of context.

But that doesn't really matter.

Senator Obama made a great speech at the 2004 election and it is said he has "charisma".

But that doesn't really matter.

Senator Hillary Clinton would be the first woman President.

But that doesn't really matter.

Senator Bill Richardson would be the first Hispanic in the White House.

But that doesn't really matter.

Nothing matters as much as the war. And nobody has the credibility of Senator John Kerry at once again leading our nation out of a war of choice, started on misrepresentations. Americans are again dying for a mistake.

Senator Kerry is right about the environment. He is right on Women's Issues, Katrina, Civil Rights, Abortion rights, and the proper role of science in our schools and the role of religion in government. He is right on all of these issues and more.

But his understanding of the war in Iraq is unmatched by any candidate.

John Kerry may not be the most charismatic candidate. But when I have heard him speak I have found him to be full of charisma. He may not be the most nimble in delivering his lines or jokes in speeches; but when I have heard him speak, I have heard insight into complex issues facing our nation. He may have a wealthy wife; but when I have heard him address poverty, I have heard him speak about the need to provide healthcare for children and to address the problems facing the hardest-hit after Katrina.

Senator Kerry may indeed demur on running. He may decide that the pundits and political hacks have destroyed his chance for the White House. If so, that shall be our loss.

It is my hope, it is my prayer, that Senator Kerry will find it in himself to make that sacrifice of time and money. To once again brush off those that would choose to smear an American hero, and instead wade ahead, through the mud of politics and the lies and smears to reach out to all of us once again, sharing with us once more his dreams, hopes and aspirations for America.

America can become America once more.

Keep on Coming John! Run John, Run! America is waiting!



Anonymous Anonymous said...

You should be careful of your words. Kerry began running in Viet Nam, and never stopped. Most cowards and traitors have a habit of running.

10:22 AM  
Blogger LP said...

Bill Richardson is a governor, a former UN Ambassador, the former Secretary of Energy under Clinton, and a former Representative.

He has never been a Senator, however.

11:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also think it interesting that, according to the records and according to Chuck Colson himself, Nixon and his dirty tricksters did everything they could to "dig up dirt" on Kerry and ruin his reputation...but couldn't find a single thing.

Nor have their successor dirty tricksters.

11:59 AM  
Blogger BobsAdvice said...


I admire Senator Richardson. If he gets the nomination, I shall be working my hardest to see him succeed. I respect Hillary Clinton and have always been a big fan of President Clinton as well. I have nothing bad to say about Barack Obama who has captured the imagination of the American people. Same with Joe Biden.

I just believe that Senator Kerry is uniquely qualified for the job of President in these difficult times.

Thanks for writing.

Bob Freedland

2:02 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

"Nor have their successor dirty tricksters"

Except for the Swift Boaters! And I've asked you in the past, why did it take Kerry over 5 years to get his Honorable Discharge?

6:29 PM  
Blogger Freemen said...

John Kerry stood by while an American Citizen was tasered and arrested for having the gaul of speaking his mind in front of his emenence. No surprise from a man of his character.

10:47 AM  

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