Monday, October 18, 2004

Earth Day In One Hand, Crime Victims' Rights In The Other?

It seems that Chuck Canterbury, national president of the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) is not too happy with the record of Sen. Kerry when it comes to his support of policies which deal with the law enforcement community.

As hard as it may be to believe, there actually are labor unions that are not lock, stock, and barrel in the pocket of the DNC. The FOP is the largest U.S. law enforcement labor union and they are working hard to get Pres. Bush reelected. This banner graces the home page of their website:

Fraternal Order of Police Endorses Bush!!!
President Bush has "full support" of the nation's largest police labor organization

This non-MSM article details some of the FOP assertions:

"Canterbury noted that Sen. Kerry chose to skip votes on both the Hometown Heroes Survivors Benefits Act, the most significant expansion of the Public Safety Officers' Benefit program in a generation; and the F.O.P.'s top legislative priority, the Law Enforcement Officers' Safety Act, which exempts active and retired law enforcement officers from state and local prohibitions on the carrying of concealed firearms."

"'When these bills ran into trouble on Capitol Hill and got bogged down in the legislative process, President George W. Bush and his administration weighed in and, because of that, both are law today,' Canterbury said. 'Sen. Kerry was not even in Washington for the final votes. When it came time for action, Sen. Kerry showed himself to be nothing more than a man of words.'"

"In addition to missing these two key votes, Kerry also missed an April vote on a bill to protect the rights of crime victims. The measure, named for five victims of violent crime, passed the Senate while Kerry was giving a speech in Houston to celebrate Earth Day."

Earlier in the campaign, Pres. Bush was taken to task for questioning Sen. Kerry's patriotism. In his own defense, he explained that he was not questioning the senator's patriotism but his judgment. This is an example of Sen. Kerry's judgment. He would rather support the "Green" than the "Blue!"