Congressman Charles H. Taylor - Dishonorable, Misleading, and Disreputable at Best!
This is a copy of my LTE to the ACT, only I have went beyond the 200 word limit. I really didn’t think you would care if I added to it and at least said here what I really wanted to say in the Times. If they publish it, that will be a first. Hope it makes sense at least as I am in one of those "The more I think about it, the more pissed I get" moods! And, for those of you in or close to the 11th, I would really appreciate it if you would just happen to email it to anyone you know in the 11th!
In the online edition of Friday, Sept 29th Asheville Citizen Times, Congressman Charles Taylor took a lot of cheap shots at Heath Shuler & Ex. GA Senator, Disabled Vietnam Vet, Past Secretary of Veterans Affairs and the National Cmdr. of the Disabled American Vet's, Max Cleland. He was, at best, Misleading & Dishonorable! Taylor seemingly has no, nor, has he ever had any, Respect for Veterans of the 11th District, much less a highly decorated Veteran such as Cleland!!
For those of you who are not familiar with him, according to Army Records and to Wikepeda.com, then, Capt. Max Cleland, was the Battalion Signal Officer serving with the 2nd Batt./12th Cav Regt/ 1st Cavalry Division of the US Army when it was ordered into the Firebase at Khe Sanh to provide support to the beleaguered and thin stretched 1st Marine Division, whom NVA General Giapp had been attacking without let up from artie sites high in the surrounding hills around the Firebase. On 08 April 68 Cpt. Cleland was in the process of going to erect a dipole antenna for the Communications System. As he was exiting the helicopter he noticed a grenade he thought had came off of his flack vest. In the process of trying to move the grenade Cpt. Cleland received injuries which resulted in the loss of both legs and part of one arm. Before discharge, Cpt. Cleland was awarded the Silver Star and the Bronze Star for Valorous Action In Combat. He served in the Georgia Senate from 1971-1975 and as administrator of the VA under President Carter. With the departure of Sen. Sam Nunn Cleland ran for and won Nunn’s Senate seat.
According to the following information gathered from Taylor's Congressional Website, we find that Taylor, was born in 1941, One year prior to Max Cleland. Upon his graduation from Wake Forest in 1966, he was only 25 yrs old and could still enlist up until he was 35. As for the war, Vietnam had yet to hit its high point. Now here is a little something with a twist. See, one of my best friends here in Graham County, was with the USMC at Khe Sanh and received wounds from a gunshot on Hill 881 South something over 2 football fields length from where Cleland received his.
During this investigation we found that yes, Charles Taylor “COULD HAVE” done as NC-50 State Senator, 1st. LT. John Snow did, like John McCain did, and like many other Congressmen & Senators did, he “COULD HAVE” served his country! He could have done his duty! Yet, Taylor didn’t have the courage to serve, so Congressman Charles Taylor gained the distinction of wannabe and as he wasn’t there, over 58,000 American’s gave their lives so he along with everyone else would have the freedom we have. Well, I think that about settles the issue of Taylor throwing Rocks at Heath Shuler & Max Cleland. However, there is one other issue to resolve.
That is the issue of Taylor making his rounds and telling everyone how he has voted more for Veterans than anyone else! How they would not have this or that without him! Now, my friend, this is seriously nothing more than a load of Buffalo Chips! If you are a veteran, especially one within the 11th District then I would advise you to please visit this website, it is where 90% of my facts come from. It is where the following voting report comes from. I think you will find it more than interesting and like I said I use it for a lot on my info. The site is owned & operated by Larry Scott of the VFW & DAV. I belong to the American Legion & DAV and in my totally volunteer role as a Veterans Advocate & Public Affairs Officer I consult Larry & his site daily. I found Congressman
Taylor’s Voting Record on the Key Veteran Bills of the First & Second Sessions of the 109th Congress. That Record is below.
109th Congress, 1st Session- Key Vots - Rep. Taylor voted 0%!
1 - Melancon of Louisiana Amendment; Military Quality of Life and VA Appropriations, FY2006
2 - Congressional Budget for FY 2006
3 - Spratt of South Carolina Substitute Amendment; Congressional Budget for FY 2006
4 - Obey of Wisconsin Amendment; Congressional Budget for FY 2006
5 - Making emergency supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2005, and other purposes
2nd Session - Rep. Taylor voted 33% .
1 - Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2006
2 - Veterans Benefits Improvement Act
3 - National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2007
Is Taylor REALLY looking out for 11th District Veterans? I Think Not! What do you think? Let us know!
If you are here on Blue NC with us I want you to remember something, YOU ARE IMPORTANT to this site, your ideas and voice counts! If you are a Brother or Sister Veteran I thank you for your Service! And if you just happen to be from the 11th District, I can tell you for a fact, with all certainty that Heath Shuler thanks you for your service also and not only that but even when the election is over, you will be heard by Heath, because you WILL matter and your voice on the issues will matter! I guarantee you that! Now, If you were someone who was there is a support role, supporting the troops then I give you my Thanks! There are a whole lot of people out there who will, for no good reason, Tell you that your support does not matter. Those are the ones whose heads I just love to crack Walnuts on! You believe me, Anyone who has ever spent one moment of time in the military will tell you the same, YOUR support & Faith really does show thru and it does make a big difference! SO, Thank you for your support is times like these! You DO HAVE A BIG EFFECT ON OTHERS! So keep it all up! And just remember what is published above!!!
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