I put my $$$ on Bush. Kerry is just a figurehead wanting publicity and his deeds and photo ops are staged or not really impressive at all. Just because he was supposed to be a real asskicker in RVN, he does not impress me. I received a PH and one device........as you only ever receive one of any medal, each consecutive award gets another device, so you don;t wear three PH's or whatever just one, the initial one, and each device on that original medal denotes additonal awards, so its a matter of wording it. Correctly it should be he received the purple heart and two devices which would = he was eaned (cut me some slack on using the word earned as its more like given) this medal 3 times.
I had been to RVN for two tours or a total of 27 months 68 to 1970, and I seen lots of awards given out that was just bull****........aslots of commanders handed out awards and medals like like they had a specified quanity they were mandated to give. I have seen folks go without them who certainly should have gotten them, and of course those that earned them and got them. I was not there with Kerry and can only rely on what I read and hear and simply put his awards fall into the catagory of awards thatw ere handed out by a mandate on a quota. I turned down a chance to have my initial PH awarded to me........Yes, I got shrapnel and yes I bled in a combat situation however it was more or less self inflicted but it all depends on how one was to look at it, and how good someone was at writing up the citation and filling in the paper work. It was common that there was folks that did nothing over there but write citations for awards for their entire tour. Vietnam was a conflict which a lot of commanders used to write their future military career tickets with.....and the more awards a commander handed out the more it looked like he was into the thick of things and commanded a horde of ass kicking dedicated GI's, so in the end that commander looked awfully good. It was also at a time when whatever the big brass asked for they got, and ther DOD was steadily handing out these citations........afterall who is gonna question a top dog in a combat zone, certainly not the desk jockeys. Of all the award I got, there is only one that meant anything to me and that was the C.I.B. badge.........none of the others meant a hill of beans. I used to wear it on my USAF uniform as well as I was entitled to wear it, and it used to really gripe a lot of the USAF personel.....I have seen how they hand out medals to USAF personel just for doing their job.......Who ever heard of getting an Air Force commendation medal just because you actually did your job...absurd. Yes the Army does it to as well as the Marines and Navy........and I think today the presentation of getting or earning an award or medal is just nnot like it was during WWII.
Don;t ask me how I got off the basic topic of who could kick who's butt, I just did..........but this is exactly what I see when I hear about Kerry.........its bull hockey!
This looks like a good program to correct the malady that afflicts so many:
The Program: Overcoming Liberalism - A 12 Step Program
Step 1: Admitting that you're a liberal
This is the first step for every liberal on the way to recovery. It is important to understand that you're not "progressive," "moderate," or "enlightened." You're a liberal, and you need to be honest with yourself about that fact.
Step 2: Pledge to support your beliefs with facts
Realize that truth is more important than moral superiority and is the only way to come over to reality. You must research beyond propaganda from the Sierra Club, Hillary Clinton, and CNN (the Communist News Network) to understand things as they really exist in the world. You can no longer argue based on "feelings" or emotion. You will actually need to back up your arguments with real information. This is a difficult step, because it means you can't be lazy any more.
Step 3: Love America
This may be the most difficult step for those of you who are hippies and peaceniks. Admitting that the country you hate actually stands as a beacon to defend freedom throughout the world can make some of you physically ill. You might want to make a visit to a military cemetery to better understand that these men and women gave their lives so that you could spew hatred. Otherwise, you would currently be living in a police state that would never let you wear that nasty patchouli oil, let alone speak out against your government.
Step 4: Take a college level economics class
I've always defined a Socialist as someone who's never taken an economics class. Most Socialists I've spoken with would have a hard time balancing their checkbooks, let alone explaining the simple concept of supply-and-demand. It's time to flush your complete ignorance of basic economics down the toilet and understand how the world actually functions. This concept will be very important for the next steps that involve communism, facts about corporations, and the inefficiencies of government.
Step 5: Say "no" to Communism and Socialism
While this concept is obvious to most of the free world, it is an important step in your recovery process. If you have difficulty with this step, spend a week living and working in Cuba.
Step 6: Corporations are not evil
If you're reading this article online or in an e-mail, it's thanks to corporations. If you get some kind of paycheck, you can thank corporations. If you work for a non-profit or the government, you still have to thank corporations. The non-profit sector and the government wouldn't have any money to pay you without corporations. It is also important that you understand that making a profit doesn't equate to "greed" or exploitation. Capitalism has created the greatest society in our world's history. Even communist countries need corporations to survive, so enjoy a nice, hot cup of reality.
Step 7: The government is inefficient
If you are one of those liberals who believe the government should tax us more in order to take care of society, you need to pay special attention to this step. You need to realize that government bureaucracy will waste most of your tax dollars, while the private sector will put your money to much better use. Even most Democrat politicians understand this to some degree, which is why Hillary's socialist health care proposal was voted down by a majority of both Democrats and Republicans. Go to your local post office or call the IRS to ask a tax question if you need a reminder about government inefficiency.
Step 8: The earth is not your "mother," and she's not dying
The time has now come to stop your donations to Greenpeace, the Sierra Club, and every other EnviroNazi organization to which you belong. Face the reality that the earth, society, and our environment are better off today than ever in recorded history and that they are continuing to improve. I realize that many of you tree huggers will have a very difficult time letting go of the Douglas Fir on this one. I would suggest reading The Skeptical Environmentalist by Bjorn Lomborg. Mr. Lomborg is a former member of Greenpeace and is currently a statistics professor at a university in Denmark. He set out to prove the world was in bad shape and ended up surprising himself by proving the exact opposite.
Step 9: Stop smoking the wacky tobaccy
Okay, some of you might need to enter another 12-step program to complete this step. Marijuana is distorting your sense of reality, and you need to stop using it. Besides, you'll save a fortune on snacks.
Step 10: Eat a hamburger
If God didn't intend for us to eat animals, he wouldn't have made them out of meat. You can put your sprouts and tofu on the hamburger, but get some meat into you. You'll look and feel better than you ever imagined. You can always remind yourself that Adolf Hitler was a vegetarian to get you through this step.
Step 11: Stop re-writing political history
It's now time to admit that Bill Clinton is a lying-cheating-sexist racist rapist jackass, Hillary Clinton is one of the worst role models for women in this country, Al Gore really did lose the 2000 election by every vote tabulation you attempt, Ronald Reagan ended the Cold War and didn't create the homeless problem, John McCain is not a typical Republican, and Jimmy Carter is a nice man but has one of the worst presidential records of anyone in history.
Step 12: Be a missionary
Once you have completed the previous steps to overcoming liberalism, it's time for you to share this awakening with others who are not as fortunate. Go out amongst the liberal sheep and spread the good word of your freedom from the chains of ignorance that once bound you. Congratulations, and welcome to reality.
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