This is the end of one chapter and the beginning of another!
As the author of John Kerry for President 2008 and a sometime writer on the Democratic Daily, I would like to use this opportunity to thank you for your efforts on behalf of all of us in the United States Senate and in your race for President in 2004.
While many of us are certainly disappointed, and were ready to fight the good fight, we are the first to understand and support your decision. Like so many decisions you have made that have not been popular, they are based on your understanding of citizenship, your desire to bring people together, and your great humility in providing all of us a source of inspiration.
There are those who were disappointed that you did not descend into the mud to answer those who would smear your reputation with similar tactics. You chose the high road and for that you deserve credit.
Equally, there are voices who criticized your desire to move ahead in the 2004 election, conceding to President Bush instead of ‘taking to the streets’ or the courts to contest the irregularities. You acted in accord for what you thought was best for the country and not necessarily for your own political advancement. And for that you can also stand tall.
In 2006, when you stumbled on a few words after a jam-packed speaking tour, you probably were ready to come out swinging when the Democratic Party leaders stepped in and I believe asked you to ‘disappear’ until after the election. Where others would have been concerned about their own political future, you sacrificed your own ambition for the betterment of the Party and Democrats succeeded and for that you can be proud.
In Vietnam you were recognized for your own heroic actions and the scum called Swift Boaters twisted and distorted your actions. But the record is clear. You can be proud of your heroism and we are all proud to have advanced your cause here and elsewhere. We are proud of you for that as well.
The future is brighter because you have been part of the present.
John, we had your back then and we shall have your back in the future! For we may not have been fellow soldiers, but we have been part of that same campaign as you and shall always be counted among your band of brothers.
John Kerry for President 2008