Lorie Byrd has a great post at Polipundit about a group e-mail from John Kerry wherein he is actually soliciting stories from military families who have experienced hardship as a result of military deployments engineered by the evil President Bush. Read Lories excellent comments on this.
After receiving the heads-up from Lorie I went back to my e-mail because I knew that I had recently received an e-mail from my idol, Mr. Kerry, but hadn’t read it. Sure enough, in my inbox was a message from his heroship himself, with a subject line: “They Put Their Lives on The Line.” Here’s the e-mail:
There is a contentious foreign policy debate going on in the Senate this week. It concerns the Bush administration’s insistence on advancing the careers of John Bolton and others who have failed to make our nation as safe and secure as it should be.
To me, it makes little sense to stand up for those who have not made our nation safer and more secure. But what should be beyond debate is the need for America to fully honor its commitment to those who do make America safer and more secure every day — the men and women of our military.
They put it all on the line for us. So, why do some in Congress — including those who are most vocal with their “support our troops” rhetoric — want to hold back on helping our soldiers and their families?
Those who have stood for us should know that we stand with them, today and always. Share the story of a family you know that has endured hardship in service to our nation.
This week, as the Senate debates military spending, I will be pressing to advance key elements of our Military Families Bill of Rights. When I do, I want to enter into the Senate record stories from families that know firsthand the hardships that our troops and veterans so willingly take on to keep America strong.
I hope you will take just a few minutes right now to share a story from your family or your community. It’s one way you can personally help them get the support they so clearly deserve.
We can begin by increasing the financial support military families receive. We can help them meet the increased expenses every military family faces when a loved one is deployed. We can extend military health insurance eligibility to all members of the National Guard and Reserve, whether mobilized or not. As many as one in five of them don’t have health insurance right now.
Whether it’s families here at home who can no longer pay their bills with their modest military salaries … or children left without health insurance because a reservist parent lost his or her coverage … or health care expenses going through the roof for an injury received in the line of duty … or simply being unable to afford a hotel room to be by the side of an injured loved one recovering from battlefield injuries in a V.A. hospital…
Any way you look at it, too many military families face challenges that we ought not to let them face alone.
Our Military Families Bill of Rights will stand by our brave men and women in uniform. And it will lend support to their families. Here’s another example. Our Bill of Rights will extend from 180 days to a full year the amount of time a family that has lost a loved one in combat can keep living in military housing. Isn’t that the least we can do?
Let’s give voice to our values. Let our troops and veterans know just how much you appreciate their unbelievable sacrifices. Share your personal story right now. I know it will help.
John Kerry wants to go back on the floor of the Senate and trash the Bush administration, implying that it is not providing adequate support for our troops. It’s one thing for this nuisance of a man to grandstand, but it is inexcusable for him to be exploiting the military and military families in the process.
When it comes to undercutting defense spending and general support for the military, John Kerry has few peers — and he has the audacity to charge this administration with a callous attitude toward the military?
Could someone please explain to this guy that no matter how much posturing he engages in about the military he’ll never convince people he is committed to their cause — just like he’ll never convince people with an ounce of discernment that he’s committed to Christian values, as he tried desperately to demonstrate in the waning days of the campaign.
I would suggest that John Kerry is shameless, but to utter the statement is to engage in boorish redundancy. Any guy who will manufacture and doctor his own military records and then seek to call attention to that record in the highest profile campaign in the universe (for the American presidency), is incapable of comprehending shame or demonstrating humility. Kerry’s actions here are contemptible.