Kerry's campaign has been one long string of deceits. But Kerry made a crucial error: He counted out cosmic justice. Nearly three decades after the end of the Vietnam War, the veterans Kerry degraded are back. A group of 250 Vietnam veterans known as the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth are speaking up, letting America know that what happened in Vietnam and its aftermath has not been forgotten. They claim that John Kerry is no war hero -- that, in fact, he is a back-stabbing glory-seeker. And their voice is being heard: "Unfit for Command," their book, has dominated the best-seller charts ever since its release. To add to the irony, Swift Boat Vets for Truth is a 527 organization -- a direct parallel to the Moveon.org, pro-Kerry monster.
The Kerry campaign has been unable to cope with the problem of "midah k'neged midah." Instead of confronting the charges leveled by the Swiftees -- just release your records, Sen. Kerry! -- he has questioned their integrity, trying to pull a Hillary Clinton-esque charge of "vast right-wing conspiracy." Instead of welcoming the debate -- just release your records, Sen. Kerry! -- he has attempted to stifle it, filing a Federal Election Commission suit baselessly alleging that the Bush administration is behind these veterans (yet another instance where Kerry has no problem insulting vets if they disagree with him). Instead of putting forth a convincing argument in his own defense -- just release your records, Sen. Kerry! -- he has called upon the publisher of "Unfit for Command" to pull it from stores.
Now that "midah k'neged midah" has come crashing down about John Kerry's ears, he wants to stop talking about Vietnam. Pathetically, he told an audience in New York that it is Bush who is "misleading the American people, hiding behind front groups, saying anything and doing anything to avoid the real issues that matter, like jobs, health care and the war in Iraq."
Sen. Kerry, I've been waiting for months to hear you speak to the real issues in this campaign. But you don't have any real answers, and so you've continually hearkened back to your halcyon days on the Mekong Delta. Sen. Kerry, you wanted to relive the Vietnam era, and now, you've got it. All you have to do is release your records. Now's the time: Either put up, or shut the hell up.