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"But if the cause be not good, the king himself hath a heavy reckoning to make, when all those legs and arms and heads, chopped off in battle, shall join together at the latter day and cry all 'We died at such a place;' some swearing, some crying for a surgeon, some upon their wives left poor behind them, some upon the debts they owe, some upon their children rawly left. I am afeard there are few die well that die in a battle; for how can they charitably dispose of any thing, when blood is their argument? Now, if these men do not die well, it will be a black matter for the king that led them to it; whom to disobey were against all proportion of subjection." (Henry V, Act V, Scene 4)

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Jeff Martinek Letter 9/03/04

To the editor:

It would be hard to pick the most repellant moment of a Republican National Convention which set new lows for evasion, dishonesty, and sheer viciousness.

For some it was Arnold’s Schwarzenegger's cruel and smarmy line labeling those who worried about their economic futures “girly men”--- take that, laid-off auto workers!
For others it was the foaming-at-the-mouth rant by keynote speaker Zell Miller, the same man who said at the ’92 DNC that the Republican party was the party of “cynicism and skepticism” which has “mastered the art of division and diversion, and . . . robbed us of our hope.”

But for me it was the “Purple Heart Band-Aids” distributed to the delegates by Morton Blackwell, a longtime GOP activist associated with Senior White House Advisor Karl Rove. According to AP reports, these bandages, emblazoned with purple heart, mocked the service of John Kerry and were accompanied by a message which read: “It was just a self-inflicted scratch, but you see I got a Purple Heart for it.”

Could anything more disgraceful be imagined? Let’s not forget this about a party that mocks the sacrifices of American war heroes, starts optional and ill-conceived wars, and bans photos of military caskets:

Newt Gingrich: Did Not Serve
Karl Rove: Did Not Serve
Paul Wolfowitz: Did Not Serve
Dennis Hastert: Did Not Serve
Tom DeLay: Did Not Serve
John Ashcroft: Did Not Serve
Dick Cheney: Did Not Serve
George Bush: Supported The War in Vietnam, but used family influence to avoid service there.

And those who poison the airwaves with anti-Kerry bile:

Rush Limbaugh: Did Not Serve
Bill O’Reilly: Did Not Serve
Sean Hannity: Did Not Serve
Michael Savage: Did Not Serve
Joe Scarborough Did Not Serve

We had a word for people like this in the 60’s: chickenhawks.

Jeff Martinek


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