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This morning, I am ashamed of the Democratic Party. John Kerry has been backstabbed, double-crossed and abandoned by people who have lived fewer years than Kerry has served his country.

I resented Kerry after poor managing decisions and Kerry's own stilted mannerisms lost him the 2004 elections. I am wary of another Kerry presidential bid in 2008, but only because Kerry sounds like a compendium of stiffly worded bumper stickers when he talks. I have never doubted his integrity or deftness as a senator, his work on behalf of the environment or his commitment to running Big Oil, Big Pharma and Big Contracting out of the hen house.

So today it is a surprise, even to myself, that because of his treatment I am ashamed to call myself a Democrat. As long as Harold Ford, Jon Tester and Bruce Braley wear the mantel of "Democrat," I have no hope for this party. They have discovered themselves to be Mini Liebs--Joe Liebermans faking Democratic loyalty just long enough to get elected.

All three of these double-timing politicians kicked Kerry in the ribs less than 24 hours after he made one of his characteristic jokes about President Bush. As if slipping from a gangway into the hornets-nest mob of beltway Republicans, Kerry was consumed yesterday by a dizzying cyclone of fists, elbows and kicks.

As the dust bloomed where Kerry had fallen, the country cheered along. No matter what the crowd is cheering for, true friends don't ever turn their back on a scene like this, even if to fight means certain ruin. At least that's how it works where I come from. Brotherhood comes before survival. But not only did Ford, Tester and Braley choose to abandon Kerry like some stray dog, they entered the fray and kicked him in the face. All three have disgraced themselves by publicly calling on Kerry to apologize.

This is how Republicans begins to peal individual Democrats away from the Democratic Party. If it works today, it will work when these guys are elected and pressed to vote for tax cuts, military campaigns and anything else.

Kerry has campaigned tirelessly for the Democrats. He has put in long hours to the cause of veterans, and I for one will never buy into this media-driven campaign intended to win the Republicans the election.

Kerry's service to the United States dates back to the early 70s, back when Harold Ford was learning how to walk. I don't care if we loose the Senate anymore. I don't care. I would rather put Trent Lott in that Tennessee senate seat than Harold Ford. Ford is a Joe Lieberman Democrat and he proved it before he was even elected.

I will ignore the media's insistence that Kerry was wrong. I don't even agree that this was a "botched" joke. I got it, and to interpret it any other way implies that the US soldiers are responsible for getting us stuck in Iraq. I'm reminded of Howard Dean's scream.

The media has distorted Kerry's comments from "If you're dumb you get stuck in Iraq" to "If you're dumb you wind up IN Iraq." There's a big diference.

Kerry never said you end up physically in Iraq. And had Kerry meant what the media is tirelessly implying that he meant, he would have said, "You get stuck in the military."

What's that? He was implying "military" with "Iraq"? So you admit that he could have been implying something? Could he have been implying that George Bush isn't the sharpest tool in the shed? No. That would have been too safe, Kerry isn't satisfied unless he challenges the entire military to a fight.

The media has appeased Karl Rove by making this the front-page story for the next week, changing their slant on it daily to keep it fresh.

The media has a vested interest in these elections, Red America. Go ahead and vote yourselves into slavery. I will play Kent to Kerry's King Lear. The price of disloyalty is the abandonment of our country to the barbarians in the White House.
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Dean Powers lives in Castleton, VT. He has apprenticed at several newspapers including The Nation. He currently writes for OpEdNews. He can be found at facebook.com/deanppowers.


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