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Swift Boat Nutters [Aug. 21st, 2004|10:15 am]
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Sent this to my congressman. If you are as pissed off about the 'Swift Vote Veterans For Truth' as I am, I'd encourage you to do the same.

Congressman Leach,

I am disturbed by the recent 'attack ads' being run by the "Swift Vote Veterans For Truth." This group is funded by Republican Party contributors, and their book and commercials contain accusations about John Kerry that are not supported by any evidence.

What I want Congressman Leach to do is to ask publicly for President Bush to repudiate the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth. He and his spokeman have said that they do not question Senator Kerry's service, but so far they have refused to condemn the advertisements.

I am a Democrat living in Congressman Leach's district, but I have always admired his willingness to take principled stands, sometimes contrary to the prevailing position of the Republican Party. In particular, his vote against authorizing the invasion of Iraq -- and yesterday's call for bringing American troops home -- show his willingness to consider issues on merit rather than ideology.

I'm hoping he can display this same honest independence, not by helping the Kerry campaign, but by holding the President to high standard of conduct that we should expect of every president, whether we voted for him or not.


I am disturbed by the recent 'attack ads' being run by the "Swift Vote Veterans For Truth." This group is funded by Republican Party contributors, and their book and commercials contain accusations about John Kerry that are not supported by any evidence.

What I want Senator Grassley to do is to ask publicly for President Bush to repudiate the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth. He and his spokeman have said that they do not question Senator Kerry's service, but so far they have refused to condemn the advertisements.

I am a Democrat living in Senator Grassley's district, but I have always admired his willingness to take principled stands. Condemning the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, and asking the president to do the same, is NOT an endorsement of Senator Kerry, rather it is an endorsement of political discourse based on issues and character.
If independent groups outside the reach of campaign finance laws can affect the political process with patent falsehoods, with the tacit approval of the candidates they support, then 'Truth' is no longer the currency of American politics.

I'm hoping Senator Grassley will display the honesty and commitment to principle I've always seen in him, not by helping the Kerry campaign, but by holding the President to high standard of conduct that we should expect of every president, whether we voted for him or not.
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From: elkay
2004-08-21 11:12 am (UTC)
rad.

awesome letter.

sorry i can't be more eloquent, but that sums it up!
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