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  •  "War hero" problem (none)
    "In my books ANYBODY who served in Vietnam is a war hero. -- And therefore Kerry betrayed all of them. "

    It looks as if there is a subconscious "war hero" problem lingering around in the American psyche

    In my book, that's a problem we've have more than a small dose of here at dKos.  The inflationary use of the word "hero" around here and the automoatic reference of anyone serving as a "hero" rather than an honorable member of the US military fufilling his/her service obligations is a less overt piece of that larger psyche.  Its not just vetrans who have that problem.

    Did it ever occur to anyone that maybe part of the reason Kerry came back sane from Vietnam and has maintained a sanity about his service there is because he did speak up about what was wrong and did so in a fashion that supported the guys on the ground?

    "Consult the genius of the place in all things" - Alexander Pope

    by a gilas girl on Tue Aug 24, 2004 at 02:49:20 PM PDT

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    •  Not without damage (none)
      Gilas,

      I remember reading somewhere that when he and Teresa were dating, she stayed overnight in his house (separate bedrooms because of the girls) and she heard horrible noises coming out of John's room during the night.  Next morning, she asked one of the girls about it.  The reply, "Oh, that's just dad."

      •  No doubt (none)
        Sane does not mean damage-free. Not difficult to image or understand that the time spent in Vietnam would stay with someone his entire life.  It seems very clear to me that such is the case for John Kerry.

        "Consult the genius of the place in all things" - Alexander Pope

        by a gilas girl on Wed Aug 25, 2004 at 10:30:58 AM PDT

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