Ok. Enough is enough. I am a swing voter who typically votes for republicans at a slightly higher rate then for democrats, but I am now totally turned off by the continued venom spewed by a subset of republicans aimed at veterans. I know the republicans disavow the attacks as not sanctioned by the party and the distributors of said bandages say they are mocking Kerry, not other vets.
Why do they hate us vets? This looks to be ingrained in the party at this point. They’ve attacked their own (McCain) and of course any democrat (Kerrey from S.D., Cleland, etc.) that comes into their sights. They’ve even clouded the judgement of a man like Bob Dole, who I disagree with on some issues, but was an honorable man. Is it envy? Fear? Ignorance?
Letting “rouge” GOP elements make these attacks and then having the party distance themselves is becoming a regular event. At this point I no longer believe it is the misbehavior of a few, but is part of the GOP’s strategy. This is purely malicious, slanderous politics at its worst.
Yeah, I know its “politics” and will only get worse between now and the election. Well, this brand of politics has well and truely alienated me. I have always worked to understand all the issues and tried not to let dirty tricks from either party sway my judgement.
The republicans just ended my careful consideration with these shameful tactics. Go to hell you cowards.