In this modern and blase world, it seems that men, and women, can sometimes get away with anti-social behavior under the protection of the First Amendment. Our justice system isn’t perfect, but our carefully written constitution wisely allows people to speak until they hang themselves or occasionally redeem themselves.
Even those who publicly disgrace our flag suffer little but public scorn. Those who offer comfort to our enemies receive little punishment, unless they embarrass the FBI. The only punishment in most cases is that the person doing these unworthy actions lives long enough to see his earlier actions re-appear in all their glory on the internet.
This book cover shows the American Flag being held upside down by a group of anti-war protesters who were publicly praised by Vo Nguyen Giap, the North Vietnamese general in charge of the military campaign that finally drove the U.S. out of South Vietnam in 1975.
Presidential candidate John Kerry wrote this book.
Update: He also testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee about the excesses committed by servicemen in Vietnam. What he failed to say was where he got his information about these atrocities. It turns out that he was spouting disinformation created by the KGB to disrupt the US war effort. Ion Mihai Pacepa, a spy chief and a general in the former Soviet satellite of Romania, produced the vitriol Kerry repeated to the U.S. Congress almost word for word.
I don’t fault him for protesting the war – it’s the fact that he now speaks only about his meritorious service in Vietnam, never about his anti-war activities. If he was sincere then, why not speak out now?
Kerry would have us believe that he has the military experience and maturity to conduct the affairs of our nation. I don’t think so. I distrust a person who changes his position and then denies that he ever held the old views. This book is now a source of embarrassment for him.
It takes a lot of moral fiber to be president and hold firm to what you feel is the right thing to do. I think there are other candidates who will make better presidents.
Thanks to Cox & Forkum for the link.