Thank You Senator Kerry!
As reported, he stated on the floor of the Senate:
"Two years ago I sought the presidency to lead us on a different course.
I'm proud of the campaign that we ran," Kerry said.
"We came close, Mr.
President, certainly close enough to be tempted to try again," he continued.
"There are powerful reasons to want to continue that fight now. But I've
concluded that this isn't the time for me to mount a presidential campaign. It
is the time to put my energy to work as part of the majority in the Senate, to
do all I can to end this war and strengthen our security.
"The people of
Massachusetts have given me an incredible privilege to serve, and I intend to
work here to change a policy in Iraq that threatens all that I have cared about
and fought for since I came home from Vietnam," he said."
Thank you Senator Kerry! You have given all of your energy to this nation. Whether it was in Vietnam, for the State of Massachusetts, or as the 2004 Democratic Nominee, you sacrificed your own interests for what you believed was better for America!
After serving in Vietnam, you came back to testify about the wrong-headedness of our war effort in Southeast Asia. It was the patriotic thing to do. Some people didn't understand. There will always be some who believe that dissent is unpatriotic. The rest of us understood and applaud you for your courage as a young man.
In 2004 you were attacked and smeared by a right-wing machine without scruples. You chose the high road. Maybe you would have gained votes by jumping into the mud with the swift boaters but you did not believe American politics would be better for it.
In November, 2004, when the election in Ohio was decided amid the foul-ups and voter machine problems, you also chose the high road. Choosing to move on from the election was an act of Statesmanship, not an act of weakness. It is the job of Americans to repair the electoral process. It was not the time or place to throw this country into chaos. You again chose the high road. Some may differ with me, but I applauded you for your courage at doing what you viewed as best for the nation, although not necessarily best for you.
In 2006, after a botched joke, the swift boaters came out in an organized fashion attacking and distorting your words. This attack was coordinated from the highest offices in the land. Initially lashing out, you became convinced that it was best to get out of the spotlight in order to insure that Democrats would be elected to office. That the Veterans you supported would succeed. You sacrificed your own future for the benefit of those Democrats and for the instruments of change to proceed in this nation. Some may criticize the wisdom of your decisions, but we understood that your priority was others. As it always has been.
So today, you once again have stepped away from the race for Presidency, accepting the wisdom of others that you could be more effective this election as a United States Senator from Massachusetts working to end our mistaken war in Iraq rather than pursuing the Presidency in a difficult race. Once again we applaud you.
We cannot help but be disappointed knowing that this nation will not be led by a certain John Kerry from Massachusetts. But we are heartened that you shall be there for us, leading this nation on the floor of the Senate with an effort to make America better for future generations.
We had your back on this website since November, 2004. We shall continue to have your back going forwards. That is the way it is with brothers.