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DJcairo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-04-03 05:36 PM
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Kerry on Gays in the Military and on Dems who would abandon principles
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A couple of last things and then I'll end. Let me make it clear that this is also a time to stand up for the civil rights of this nation. It's time to have an Attorney General who respects, not disrespects, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. When I fought in Vietnam, I know that there were people in the military--because I know them today--and I know the medals they won, who were gay, and they fought as clearly and with as much passion and sense of patriotism as anybody else.

You go up on Capitol Hill and there is a cemetery where there is a gravestone, and on that gravestone the persons epitaph says, "The Army gave me a medal for killing a man but gave me a dishonorable discharge for loving one." I think we deserve a President of the United States who brings all Americans together and recognizes the value of the service of everyone in the United States of America.

Im proud, and I have made it clear--I think I'm the only one who hasbecause I'm not going to get caught up in the words. Some people say it's a litmus test. Some people say whatever. I am not appointing anyone to the Supreme Court of the United States who doesn't understand and respect the right of privacy and who will guarantee we will not undo Roe v. Wade and a woman's right to choose in America. And you can call it -- you can call it--a litmus test if you want. But I will explain to America what it really is. It's defending constitutional liberties in the United States.

And I also think we cannot afford to be a party that reads the wrong lessons from the last election. Shame on us if we believe that we have to retreat from our principles and suddenly that something like gun safety is not important in America. I come here to tell you we can't go out and win elections by throwing out our principles. I won't do it. I'm a hunter, I'm a gun owner, but I have never, ever thought of shooting with an AK-47 when I go hunting. And I will tell you I don't want to be the candidate of the N.R.A., and I don't want our candidates to be the candidates of the N.R.A. I reject that notion. We can stand up for safety in America and keep guns out of the hands of children and felons and still respect the Second Amendment of our nation.

http://johnkerry.com/news/speeches/spc_2003_1004.html
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