August 29, 2004
Posted by McQ
Remember when I noted that McCain hadn't condemned the second Swift Boat Vets ad?
Well that's because McCain finally has gotten it right:
Republican U.S. Senator John McCain said Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry's anti-war activities after he returned from Vietnam are an appropriate subject for political debate.
McCain, 68, of Arizona, said on the CBS News program ``Face the Nation,'' that he disagreed with Kerry throwing his ribbons from his medals on the steps of the U.S. Capitol when he returned from the war.
``Every American is entitled to protest,'' McCain said. ``Whether he did that appropriately'' is a legitimate subject for debate, he said.
And I define "appropriate protest" as "responsible dissent."
In other words, it is the responsibility of the dissenter to ensure his dissent is based on facts not fiction. Appropriate dissent doesn't spread or propogate lies in order to make its point. It either has factual support or its not appropriate.
That isn't to say there wasn't appropriate and responsible dissent possible about Vietnam. That isn't to say that I disagree with all who were against that war. There were valid arguments to be made. And there were those who made that sort of dissent.
But John Kerry wasn't one of them.
And that is what vets hold against the man.
A spokesman for the Kerry campaign didn't immediately return a call seeking comment.