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mikehiggins Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-04 12:01 AM
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87. I am 58 years old.
Like Governor Dean I was classified 1-Y. I tried to volunteer but was turned down. More than a few of my friends died over there and some of those who came back thought them lucky afterwards.

I lived and worked in New York City during that period. I didn't fight in Viet Nam but I know what it meant here in the United States.

As to not liking my post, I don't like it either.

But I will like a second Bush term even less.

There are some political weaknesses that can be overcome. Some problems that can be compensated for.

Tell me how the label "traitor" will be overcome in 2004, with thousands dead in Iraq and thousands dead in New York City, and I'll be happy to listen. It will have to be a good case, though, because I've been at this for a long, long time and I'd venture to say that I know about as much about this kind of thing as anyone.

I'm not some college kid with a fancy degree and the life experience of a beagle. I don't live in my mother's basement.

I have a son who will be eligible for the draft about ten minutes after Bush gets sworn in next January. I don't want HIS life put at risk because of mamby-pamby political wishing games. I like Kerry as a man and as a Senator but not as our candidate in this election, not if we want to win.

And my name is Michael P. Higgins of Clearwater Florida and I'm not afraid to stand up and say what I believe is the truth.

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  -Kerry and Viet Nam mikehiggins  Jan-23-04 10:00 PM   #0 
  - I agree  liberalmike27   Jan-23-04 10:06 PM   #1 
  - Unfortunately you are right that the media will  Frances   Jan-23-04 10:10 PM   #3 
  - It'll be so easy it won't  lastknowngood   Jan-23-04 10:09 PM   #2 
  - You don't know presidential politics very well.  poopyjr   Jan-23-04 10:13 PM   #5 
     - What I wanna know is how Kerry will lose to Bush in DC  JohnKleeb   Jan-23-04 10:14 PM   #7 
     - DC isn't a state.  Jacobin   Jan-23-04 10:15 PM   #9 
        - It has electoral votes  JohnKleeb   Jan-23-04 10:45 PM   #17 
     - Oh, I think I know presidential politics quite well and  mikehiggins   Jan-23-04 11:11 PM   #35 
  - You're right. This is a card they have to play from their hand.  NewYorkerfromMass   Jan-23-04 10:11 PM   #4 
  - They won't be talking about what THEY were doing  mikehiggins   Jan-23-04 11:13 PM   #36 
  - Kerry Will Sink In The South  cryingshame   Jan-23-04 10:13 PM   #6 
  - But a Clinton general who's gung ho on gay marriage will do well?  poopyjr   Jan-23-04 10:17 PM   #11 
  - Check the data, poopy  mikehiggins   Jan-23-04 11:16 PM   #38 
  - Yes...that's the beauty of Clark  jchild   Jan-23-04 11:19 PM   #39 
  - He was a soldier first.  aquart   Jan-23-04 10:39 PM   #13 
     - Kerry Disrepected The US Government ON FORIEGN Soil  cryingshame   Jan-23-04 10:41 PM   #15 
     - Kerry's Tour  dreissig   Jan-23-04 10:48 PM   #21 
     - He was an officer and a gentleman  mikehiggins   Jan-23-04 11:21 PM   #40 
        - Black Flags  dreissig   Jan-23-04 11:50 PM   #73 
           - Oh, come on. A commission?  mikehiggins   Jan-24-04 12:17 AM   #101 
  - but but but all the Kerry supporters keep saying that the RW  Jacobin   Jan-23-04 10:14 PM   #8 
  - Actually, no, we are saying: Bring. It. On.  Feanorcurufinwe   Jan-23-04 10:20 PM   #12 
     - Exactly.  NewYorkerfromMass   Jan-23-04 10:40 PM   #14 
     - NOBODY calls a man with a silver star a traitor.  aquart   Jan-23-04 10:44 PM   #16 
     - Vietnam Veterans  dreissig   Jan-23-04 10:52 PM   #24 
     - According to . . .  bigtree   Jan-23-04 11:01 PM   #30 
     - Well, Yes.  dreissig   Jan-23-04 11:28 PM   #49 
     - Your right about many of us having a lot of different views  Namvet04   Jan-23-04 11:31 PM   #54 
        - Kerry's Problems With The Truth  dreissig   Jan-23-04 11:47 PM   #68 
        - That is how things work in the military - all kinds of favors  Namvet04   Jan-23-04 11:56 PM   #82 
           - Gore's Record  dreissig   Jan-24-04 12:07 AM   #92 
        - You really think this is all about political gamesmanship, don't you?  mikehiggins   Jan-24-04 12:22 AM   #103 
     - This isn't a movie.  mikehiggins   Jan-24-04 12:16 AM   #100 
     - You. Are. Joking. Kerry Chickened Out Today On Crossfire.  cryingshame   Jan-23-04 10:46 PM   #18 
     - You know what it means when  Feanorcurufinwe   Jan-23-04 11:28 PM   #50 
     - Not according to Senator Kerry:  bicentennial_baby   Jan-23-04 10:56 PM   #26 
     - I just don't think Kerry wants to play this hand right now  NewYorkerfromMass   Jan-23-04 11:21 PM   #42 
     - Kerry's Being Coy  dreissig   Jan-23-04 11:54 PM   #78 
     - What is your point?  Feanorcurufinwe   Jan-23-04 11:32 PM   #56 
     - I'd like to believe that is how it would play out  mikehiggins   Jan-23-04 11:25 PM   #46 
        - Kerry won't say a word, either. He'll let the Heinz fortune speak for him  Feanorcurufinwe   Jan-23-04 11:39 PM   #61 
  - Agree  For PaisAn   Jan-23-04 10:17 PM   #10 
  - Weren't Kerry's phone banks in Iowa manned by Viet Vets?  aquart   Jan-23-04 10:46 PM   #19 
     - phone banks?  mikehiggins   Jan-23-04 11:29 PM   #52 
        - I hope you won't be too disappointed  Feanorcurufinwe   Jan-23-04 11:41 PM   #62 
           - I won't be disappointed. I won't be wrong.  mikehiggins   Jan-24-04 12:24 AM   #105 
  - You watch. He will wipe the floor with that nonsense.  bigtree   Jan-23-04 10:46 PM   #20 
  - Kerry Denounced The US On Foreign Soil.  cryingshame   Jan-23-04 10:52 PM   #23 
  - I see you care more than I do about this  bigtree   Jan-23-04 10:59 PM   #28 
     - Dissent On Your HOME SOIL Is Fine. Denouncing Over Seas Is Heinous  cryingshame   Jan-23-04 11:05 PM   #32 
        - You know more about the smear game than I do  bigtree   Jan-23-04 11:08 PM   #34 
        - It would seem so  mikehiggins   Jan-23-04 11:35 PM   #58 
        - You've all but called John Kerry a traitor.  bigtree   Jan-23-04 11:48 PM   #70 
           - English is my mother tongue. I know exactly what I am saying.  mikehiggins   Jan-24-04 12:30 AM   #108 
        - You've figured it out.  Feanorcurufinwe   Jan-23-04 11:42 PM   #64 
        - Look at what happened to the Dixie Chicks.  jchild   Jan-23-04 11:21 PM   #41 
           - They lost some corporate backers  bigtree   Jan-23-04 11:49 PM   #72 
  - John's Veterans Campaign  dreissig   Jan-23-04 11:42 PM   #63 
     - Your objection to this is unconvincing.  bigtree   Jan-23-04 11:52 PM   #75 
        - That's Not the Issue  dreissig   Jan-24-04 12:19 AM   #102 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Jan-23-04 10:49 PM   #22 
  - There's a little bit of FReeper tendency in a lot of Americans after...  LoZoccolo   Jan-23-04 10:55 PM   #25 
  - waitasecond...  stuzzy   Jan-23-04 10:58 PM   #27 
  - Not as Heroic as it Sounds  dreissig   Jan-23-04 10:59 PM   #29 
  - How long was your tour?  bigtree   Jan-23-04 11:03 PM   #31 
     - Back Off  dreissig   Jan-23-04 11:31 PM   #55 
        - You say:  Feanorcurufinwe   Jan-23-04 11:44 PM   #66 
           - Infantry  dreissig   Jan-23-04 11:55 PM   #80 
  - The Media SAVAGED Some Poltician About A Year Ago  cryingshame   Jan-23-04 11:07 PM   #33 
  - What do you think is wrong with criticizing the policies of Bush  bigtree   Jan-23-04 11:15 PM   #37 
  - Jesus  bigtree   Jan-23-04 11:23 PM   #45 
  - You're kidding, right?  eridani   Jan-23-04 11:22 PM   #43 
  - And "Free Republic types" vote.  jchild   Jan-23-04 11:23 PM   #44 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Jan-23-04 11:39 PM   #60 
     - What a ridiculous, nonsensical comment.  Feanorcurufinwe   Jan-23-04 11:48 PM   #69 
     - And you call him a traitor  bigtree   Jan-23-04 11:57 PM   #83 
     - Golly how clever  mikehiggins   Jan-24-04 12:34 AM   #109 
     - Can Kerry be trusted?!? ....of course he can!!!!  NewYorkerfromMass   Jan-23-04 11:56 PM   #81 
  - Why does anyone think that there is ANY Democrat--  eridani   Jan-23-04 11:26 PM   #47 
  - Get over a war 40 years ago  Namvet04   Jan-23-04 11:27 PM   #48 
  - Kerry's Three-Month Tour  dreissig   Jan-23-04 11:33 PM   #57 
  - Bugged out? You mean he got shot three times,  Feanorcurufinwe   Jan-23-04 11:53 PM   #76 
  - Forget it, Gore got his dad to get him out early also  Namvet04   Jan-23-04 11:53 PM   #77 
  - what do your friends think?  mikehiggins   Jan-23-04 11:42 PM   #65 
     - You may think you've "figured this one out", but you're wrong.  Feanorcurufinwe   Jan-23-04 11:45 PM   #67 
  - OK. Let's bow to the Right Wing Lie Machine before it's too late  zulchzulu   Jan-23-04 11:29 PM   #51 
  - Kerry's High Road  dreissig   Jan-23-04 11:37 PM   #59 
  - wounded, dreissig  bigtree   Jan-24-04 12:00 AM   #86 
  - You may wish what you are saying is true, and you may believe it.  Feanorcurufinwe   Jan-24-04 12:03 AM   #90 
  - Do I think Bush will bring this up?  mikehiggins   Jan-23-04 11:50 PM   #74 
     - Military Honor  dreissig   Jan-24-04 12:03 AM   #89 
  - Learn about Vietnam. Learn about that war.  faygokid   Jan-23-04 11:31 PM   #53 
  - I am 58 years old.  mikehiggins   Jan-24-04 12:01 AM   #87 
  - Was He Wounded?  AndyTiedye   Jan-24-04 12:15 AM   #98 
  - Kerry's flip-flops include Vietnam  IndianaGreen   Jan-23-04 11:48 PM   #71 
  - Mona Charen?  Feanorcurufinwe   Jan-23-04 11:54 PM   #79 
  - Do the Facts . . .  dreissig   Jan-23-04 11:59 PM   #84 
     - Mona Charen wouldn't know the facts if they bit her on the ass.  Feanorcurufinwe   Jan-24-04 12:05 AM   #91 
        - Boomerang Medals  dreissig   Jan-24-04 12:12 AM   #96 
        - You don't want the facts on this  bigtree   Jan-24-04 12:15 AM   #97 
           - Flying Stars  dreissig   Jan-24-04 12:24 AM   #106 
        - John Kerry: The Chameleon Senator  IndianaGreen   Jan-24-04 12:15 AM   #99 
           - Another conservative rag  bigtree   Jan-24-04 12:28 AM   #107 
  - Mona Charen  bigtree   Jan-24-04 12:02 AM   #88 
  - How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?  Feanorcurufinwe   Jan-23-04 11:59 PM   #85 
  - he's going to draw fire from BOTH sides...  DoNotRefill   Jan-24-04 12:09 AM   #93 
  - Most Americans don't hold the soldiers responsible for that or any war  bigtree   Jan-24-04 12:12 AM   #95 
  - Oh, I can answer that one  mikehiggins   Jan-24-04 12:10 AM   #94 
     - And you will help him in this  bigtree   Jan-24-04 12:24 AM   #104 
  - Locking.  Moderator   Jan-24-04 12:35 AM   #110 

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