I uphold and am proud to say I do, the values, intentions, goals most — but not all — described in President Bush’s speech; what I don’t uphold is a theme that Bush emphasizes over and over again but contradicts consistently in other behaviors in his Presidency — a firm course upheld but with a mixed-message otherwise, but, for political purposes, I’m not offended but perplexed and will discuss….
I am wishing all our Veterans and soldiers a very, very happy Veterans Day. You have earned the country’s gratitude and admiration and will always have it from this citizen. And, I would again make the same voter choice for President Bush versus Kerry (as with Gore, too), so my questioning of a few of Bush’s spoken rallying points is minor in the larger picture here. His commitments to our Veterans and to our United States Department of Defense are highly regarded by me, as is the service to our country — and the world itself — by our military.
To be continued
later this evening……on a new thread, probably Sunday.