John Kerry, with long roots in Massachusetts, has worked hard to improve the lives of Massachusetts residents. From his work trying to improve the economy as Chair of the Small Business Committee to working with the Senate to bring projects and jobs to Massachusetts, John Kerry takes his responsibilities as the Senator from Massachusetts very seriously.
And the trust the Massachusetts voters have shown John Kerry by re-electing him to the Senate 3 times has placed him in a senior position in the Senate, giving him even more opportunities to do what he can to improve the state that has been home to his family for generations.
Here are just a few of the most recent things Senator Kerry has done for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts:
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What's Up Wid Dat?
The Dems Vs The GOP in 2008
A brief discussion of the Draft, the GOP, life in the "Fab" 60's
The argument for Unity among all Democrats, Independents, Republicans
Green Party members...Human Beings in general. One guys time in 1971
and 2008 and how they relate. Theres even a Poll <G>
The Primarys are finally over. The three rallys come to a close last night.
Phones ring in the night..some unanswered. What's Up Wid Dat?
We all know the GOP rap....never surrender..100 years!
We hear the words from two of the Senators...Bomb Iran!
I like the Beach Boy song much better.
We heard one Senator say ...hold on..Lets talk to our enemies
Lets talk to those folks who HATE us. That makes sense to me.
Well I'm a Vet..and nope..never fired a shot in anger..nor had one fired
at me. HM2 USN/USCG 1978-1988. My job was to save lives..they told me that
in Navy Hospital Corps School, over in GreatLakes, Ill. I believed it too.
Yes i know..where was i during Nam? On the New Years Eve night of my 19th
birthday, me, like many others, we watching a LOTTERY decide if we were
going to live or die.That was the only lottery i ever made out on...i was to live..born May 22 1952.
Now this Iraq War
Hows it going folks? We have a few thousand dead.
We have God knows how many injured and What's Up Wid Dat?
The Military.com site has an article, here the LINK
They say 50% of our Folks aren't fit (healthwise) to return to Duty.
WHATS UP WID DAT?
To pursue the goals of the GOP a DRAFT is certain. I hear its no longer
"safe" to be a female like it was in 1971..Can they draft our Sisters,
Our Wives, Our Daughters, Our Grand Daughters now too? Or just the males?
That Senator who wants to talk..yea...THAT GUY...He's the Democratic
Nominee for President now. So Brothers and sisters What's Up Wid Dat?
The GOP = DRAFT So what are you going to do? Unite? or Fight?
Thats the Article and by following the Link you can comment directly..take the Poll
If you wish. I will end up doing at least five more, using research already gathered.
WASHINGTON — At a meeting in his Pentagon office in early 1981, Secretary of the Navy John F. Lehman told Captain John S. McCain III that he was about to attain his life ambition: selection for admiral.
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But Mr. McCain, the son and grandson of revered Navy admirals, was having second thoughts about following his family’s vocation. He had spent the previous four years as the Navy’s liaison to the Senate, sampling life in the world’s most exclusive club as he escorted its members on trips around the globe — sitting with the Sultan of Oman on the floor of his desert tent, or smuggling a senator’s private supply of Scotch through Saudi Arabian customs.
He had found a sense of purpose in an apprenticeship to some of the Senate’s fiercest cold warriors. And in Senator John G. Tower, a hawkish Texas Republican, he had found a new mentor, beginning a relationship that many compared to the bond between a father and son.
With Mr. Tower’s encouragement, Mr. McCain declined the prospect of his first admiral’s star to make a run for Congress, saying that he could “do more good there,” Mr. Lehman recalled. But he knew duty to country was only part of the reason.
“He just loved it up there,” Mr. Lehman recalled. “Like very few military people, John heard the music up there, and he really wanted to do it.”
From prisoner of war to politician in a hurry, it was the turning point that started Mr. McCain on the trajectory toward this year’s Republican presidential nomination.
After five and a half years of listening to senators’ antiwar speeches over prison camp loudspeakers, Mr. McCain came home in 1973 contemptuous of America’s elected officials, convinced Congress had betrayed the country’s fighting men by hamstringing the war effort. But in the halls of the Senate, Mr. McCain discovered a new calling, at once high-minded and glamorous.
One of several senate military liaisons assigned as advocates for their services and escorts for official travel, Mr. McCain quickly emerged as the senators’ favorite. He had a thick head of hair as white as his dress uniform and he showed a natural politician’s gift for winning over an audience. He excelled at leavening official business with a spirit of fun — telling deadpan stories about his years “in the cooler,” playing marathon poker games on flights overseas, or surprising senators at a refueling stop in Ireland with a sidetrip to Durty Nelly’s, a 17th century pub. He was the epitome of cool, one senator’s son recalled, with a pack of Marlboros in one hand and Theodore H. White’s memoir “In Search of History” in the other.
He relished the push-and-pull of legislative battles, eventually even plunging into defense budget fights with a personal agenda that was sometimes at odds with the Carter administration’s secretary of the Navy. He built personal friendships and professional collaborations across ideological divides, a hallmark of his later Senate career. And he applauded the Senate’s leading hawks as they waged what they considered an epic struggle with the Carter administration over America’s place in the post-Vietnam world.
Under Mr. Tower’s tutelage, Mr. McCain turned his anger over the management of the Vietnam war into an all-or-nothing view of international conflict that became one of the few guiding principles in his otherwise unpredictable political career — from his opposition to sending Marine peacekeepers into Lebanon in 1983 to his current staunch support for the Iraq war. And when prominent conservative Christians later protested Mr. Tower’s nomination as defense secretary over allegations of drinking and womanizing, Mr. McCain’s furious counterattack opened the hostilities with that wing of his party that still dog his presidential campaign.
Mr. McCain has often said that he decided to run for office because he felt his war injuries would make attaining the same rank as his father and grandfather “impossible.” But Mr. Lehman, now an adviser to the McCain campaign, and two other top Navy officers familiar with Mr. McCain’s file insist that was not the case.