Thursday, September 02, 2004

Republicans Trivialize Purple Heart Medals

At the Republican Convention, one of the hottest accessories at this event is the “Purple Heart band-aid.” These things are designed to trivialize the three Purple Hearts that John Kerry fighting the enemy in Vietnam 30 years ago with some supposedly “self-inflected wounds.

Former Senator Bob Dole, who’s been critical of John Kerry in TV talk shows, described how he received his first Purple Heart in his 1988 campaign-trail autobiography:

"As we approached the enemy, there was a brief exchange of gunfire. I took a grenade in hand, pulled the pin, and tossed it in the direction of the farmhouse. It wasn't a very good pitch (remember, I was used to catching passes, not throwing them). In the darkness, the grenade must have struck a tree and bounced off. It exploded nearby, sending a sliver of metal into my leg--the sort of injury the Army patched up with Mercurochrome and a Purple Heart."

So Bob Dole is another veteran that received a Purple Heart from a self-inflected wound. Maybe he should also get one of these band-aids?

E.P. Thursday, September 02, 2004