Ingeborg Dickerson had a heart-wrenching letter to the Editor in today’s Statesman:
Over three decades ago, I was the young mother of two small children living in San Antonio, Texas, when my husband received orders for Vietnam duty. One day our son returned from nursery school in tears, wanting to know if his daddy was a baby killer, because the mother of one of his little classmates had said so. After all, John Kerry had accused the American military before Congress of the most heinous crimes in Vietnam, and families like ours had to live with the results.
Thanks, John Kerry. Thanks for traumatizing our children. Thanks for getting my car egged and tires slashed. Thanks for emboldening the North Vietnamese to mistreat our POWs and keep them captive for years. I had joined a “Waiting Wives” group, and these women had similar experiences. Just a few years ago, while making small talk with a respected and educated neighbor, I mentioned that my husband had been a commander in Vietnam. The man automatically said, “Oh, a baby killer.” Thanks, John Kerry, for demonizing an entire generation of fine American men.
Powerful stuff and this is really what the Swift Vets need to lead with in my opinion. The debate over was Kerry in Cambodia is not as compelling as the simple fact that Kerry was in Washington and did real last harming to American soldiers returning from Vietnam.
I do want to address the anti-Bush letters to the editor. Reading through what these people are right, I feel like somebody’s giving them talking points.
First, they’ll talk about the state of the environment, which hasn’t gotten measurably worse under President Bush. The air is no dirtier than when Bill Clinton was in office. The President has opened various areas up to development and changed the roadless policy. The roadless policy was not good for our environment because it made it harder for firefighters to get to fires.
Second, they’ll cite the number of uninsured Americans, but this “problem” has existed since 1992 and a Clinton Presidency made no difference and a Kerry presidency will make no difference. In addition, President Bush has a plan for health care.
Thirdly, they’ll cite the lost jobs but the truth that is America prior to 2000 had an inflated economy that ignored the economic fact that in order for a company to be successful, it had to bring in more money than it spent.
This is my standing response to all unoriginal anti-Bush screeds.