35 years ago, in the event that launched his public career, John Kerry gave his famous testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Comm. In that speech, the former Lt. Kerry talked about the impossibility of the war in Vietnam and how the country had to recognize this and take action. That famous speech also had a call for the nation to come together to take care of it's veterans' who had been so shamelessly warehoused into sub-standard facilities.
In an editorial in the Boston Globe this morning Kerry wrote, "I believe as strongly as I did 35 years ago that the most important way to support our troops is to tell the truth. Patriotism does not belong to those who defend a president's position -- it belongs to those who defend our country, in battle and in dissent. That is a lesson of Vietnam worth remembering today."
Kerry's e-mail about this speech promised a stirring defense of dissent in a time of war and of the need to challenge a government that could be proceeding down a disasterous course.
Live-blogging from a packed Faneuil Hall.