What The Republicans Are Encouraging

DEM’S MARINE MISFIRE , in a Republican newspaper:

John Kerry’s heavily hyped cross-country bus tour stumbled out of the blocks yesterday, as a group of Marines publicly dissed the Vietnam War hero in the middle of a crowded restaurant.

John Kerry is a United States Senator, and recipient of the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, three purple hearts and many other honors. Yes these active-duty Marines — SOME IN UNIFORM! (thanks, Ollie) — felt free to act this way toward him in public. I can’t imagine members of the armed forces acting this way toward an honored veteran OR a U.S. Senator before the Republican hate machine started cranking out its horrible, divisive smear and fear campaigns.

If Kerry becomes President I have a feeling he will finally, finally do something about the right-wing takeover of the military culture. It’s bad for the military, bad for our country, bad for our traditions, and dangerous for democracy.