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More than a dozen families who lost relatives in the Sept. 11 attacks released a letter Saturday declaring their support for President Bush and his use of images of the destroyed World Trade Center in campaign ads.
Expect a Pew Research poll to follow. Of course, the absolute level of absurdity to which this controversy could sink would be to let only 911 survivors have the right to vote.
Or perhaps this is even more absurd:
Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry told Fox News Channel on Saturday that he personally believed that the ads were inappropriate.
Well, hell. If John Kerry says the ads are inappropriate then they gotta go. One thing for sure: September 11th 2001 won't happen during Kerry's presidency, by golly!
Meanwhile, there's something troublesome about the "firefighters support Kerry" theme that's been floating behind the lines of this story. A Union supports Kerry, but where do the rank and file stand? Among other requirements, being a Democrat in this day and age generally takes a "me first" attitude that just doesn't fit with the mindset of a fireman, anymore than with that of a soldier or a cop.
Has the backlash begun?
Jimmy Boyle, former president of the Uniformed Firefighters Association, said he came up with the "Open Letter to America" after hearing that the president was being criticized for the ads.
"I don't think he's taking advantage of Sept. 11 and I feel that he's given us the leadership that we need," said Boyle, who said he will be voting for a Republican president for the first time in November.
Really it's becoming tiresome hearing the myth that any specific group supports either candidate. The vast majority of military people support the current president; likewise some do not. It's very likely that a minority of Vietnam veterans think Kerry's their man - probably a larger percentage of any other era's veterans. Maybe an even larger percentage of cops and fireman support the guy - certainly some do.
No surprise, perhaps, that this whole concept of groups supporting presidential candidates like so many lemmings seems to be driven by the one group that personifies such behavior more than any other (well, almost any other) - the media.
I'm a Veet-nam vet. Any other vet I know agrees with me: Kerry is a sellout and a traitor. He gave comfort to the enemy just a surely as did Hanoi Jane.Posted by George at March 7, 2004 08:17 PM
http://www.insignificantthoughts.com/index.php?p=31 has group behind the flak over the ads, also noticing who bankrolls them, is it any surprise?Posted by mog at March 7, 2004 10:48 PM
I hate group identification. I'm a veteran, but don't have identical views as all vets. I mentioned my views of this here if you are interested. Diversity does not relate to skin color! Unions don't grasp the concept.Posted by Mike at March 8, 2004 01:03 AM
I am a professional fire fighter, a card carrying, dues paying member of the IAFF.
After reading about the comments made by the union president, Harold Shitburger, er...Schaitberger, I have never been so ashamed to be a member. I would also like to point out that no one ever asked me. About what I thought of Bush's ad or about supporting Kerry. Bush has every right to use images of 9/11 in his campaign. He was president at the time and his leadership since that day has been outstanding.
I can also tell you that most of the guys on my platoon support the war in Iraq. I don't agree with all of Bush's domestic policies, but he's doing the right thing by taking the fight to our enemies, instead of waiting for them to bring it to us, again. Kerry would have us sit on our asses and wait for another 9/11. And then what? He'd arrest them? Of course that won't help the people who die in the next attack. A defensive war cannot be won. As Patton once said "If the mountains and oceans can be overcome, then anything built by man can be overcome."
Whether Saddam had WMD's is irrelevant. Iraq is an object lesson to all those who would thumb their noses at us by attacking us or supporting those that do. I liken Iraq to a giant bug zapper we put in the neighbor's yard. Every jihady and would be martyr is flocking there to get a shot the "evil American Army". And while they're doing that they are not here in the states hijacking planes and detonating car bombs.
I lost 343 of my brothers on 9/11, along with 3000 civilians. In my opinion, we don't see those images enough.
NEVER FORGIVE, NEVER FORGET!
I've been a professional firefighter for ten years. Prior to that I spent eight years in the Army. Firefighters across the nation are disgusted with Harold Shaitberger and the union management. As connected as we are to the union, we are leaving it in record numbers. Many are staying and trying to make a statement from within. We will not tolerate a union that puts political and economic interests before our liberty.
We have recieved more funding under the current administration than any that have come before it. 400% more than in Clintons last term.
This is an argument we use against the union's rhetoric but it isn't the essence of why we support President Bush. This is a time for us to unite in our war on terror. This is a time for us to ask what we can do to help our communities and our country. This is not a time to use 9-11 for political and economic leverage. We support the war on terror waged in response to the loss of over 2000 civilians and our 343 brothers and sisters on 9-11. We are not under any false illusion of the realities of war or the fact that we are in this for the long hall. Firefighters are no stranger to tragedy, death, and service to country. We support our President and are proud of his leadership in this war on terror. If you think this is some propaganda letter read the upwards of 1000 post in the guest book at firefightersforbush.com
It's a pleasure and an honor to serve!!!
please visit www.firefightersforbush.comPosted by Adam at June 1, 2004 04:01 AM Hide Comments | Show/Add Comments in Popup Window(6) | (Note: You must refresh main page to view newly posted comments here)