By John Paul Culotta
Our own Rockaway Irregular wrote a recent column that appears to be based on the Grand Old Party’s game plan for this year’s election. The strategy is to make the Democratic candidate the issue of the campaign- not the major problems facing this nation. Physical and economic security are the issues.
If the Republicans insist on raising personal history and characteristics as the main focus of their strategy, the Democrats have ammunition to use against the Bush-Cheney regime.
Much is made of Mr. Kerry’s Boston Brahmin heritage. The accusation that he flaunted his Irish sounding name before an Irish audience as proof of deceit is comical. All of us are Irish on Saint Patrick’s Day! Bush, the second, despite his Texas homeboy demeanor, comes from a distinguished New England Dynasty. His mother, the former First Lady, is a Pierce, related to a former President, Franklin Pierce. His grandfather was a senator from Connecticut. Dad was a former President, vice-president, US Ambassador to China and the United Nations, and CIA Director. There should be no need to mention his father’s corporate credentials. Should I mention the Carlyle Group? What about the Bush family connection to the savings and loan fiasco? The Bushes characterize themselves as the Un-Kennedys. In fact, their pedigree is more impressive.
The assertion that Senator Kerry chose to join the Navy for political gain is vile. The Democrats can certainly claim this of our commander in chief. It is public knowledge that he served his nation as a reservist during the Vietnam conflict campaigning for Republican candidates in Alabama. Political ambition in our youth appears to be a liability only for Democrats.
Senator Kerry is a war hero. To imply that his request to invoke a military rule that after being wounded three times a soldier can request a reassignment as cowardly, is disgraceful. Many veterans who actually fought on a battlefield have expressed their feelings and are anti-war. General-President Dwight Eisenhower warned us of a military-industrial complex. General Grant stated he hated war. Both Eisenhower and Grant were Republicans. It is admirable that despite some youthful hyperbole, that Kerry would recoil from the horror that is war.
The vote Mr. Kerry took for the Congressional resolution authorizing the President to take military action against Saddam Hussein was based on incorrect intelligence regarding weapons of mass destruction. IF the information was faulty intelligence on Mr. Bush’s watch or a misrepresentation by the administration is a valid question for the public to decide.
Mr. Kerry is for a strong military as Senator McCain, a Republican, stated recently.
Republicans be forewarned-stick to issues.