"Mr. Carter's first act as president was a general amnesty for draft dodgers and other war protesters. Less than an hour after his inauguration on January 21, 1977, while still in the Capitol building, Mr. Carter signed Executive Order 4483 empowering it. By the time it became a directive from the Defense Department in March 1977 it had been expanded to include other offenders who may have had general, bad conduct, dishonorable discharges, and any other discharge or sentence with negative effect on military records. In those cases the directive outlined a procedure for appeal on a case by case basis before a board of officers. A satisfactory appeal would result in an improvement of discharge status or an honorable discharge."
A document on Kerry's website is a form letter from W. Graham Claytor, Carter's Secretary of the Navy, which grants his Honorable Discharge.
Secretary Claytor's letter says that this action to award an Honorable Discharge Certificate is taken in accordance with Title 10, U.S. Code, Sections 1162 and 1163, which deal with grounds for involuntary separation of a reserve officer and provide for the action of "a board of officers" to examine an officer's records and review previous actions. Obviously, this was the aforementioned board for appeal resulting from President Carter's executive order. Unless Lt. Kerry had previously received an undesirable discharge, he had nothing to appeal and would not have come before this board.
So ... Kerry gets thrown out of the Navy because he's playing footsie with the Viet Cong ... then along comes PeanutBoy who issues a blanket amnesty on all Viet Nam era infractions ... Kerry gets to have his discharge changed to "honorable" and runs for office ... when he gets into the Senate he pulls strings to get his medals back.
How can ANYBODY want to vote for this sack of shit? It boggles my mind. Hell ... I'd vote for Lyndon LaRouche before I'd vote for John Kerry ... wait ... I'd even vote for that lying sack of shit Al Sharpton before I'd vote for John Kerry ... Sharpton is a fucking sleazebag, but he's at least (to my knowledge) not a traitor!
Folks ... Kerry is on the other team! You don't make an agent of your enemy your leader unless unless you really really like LOSING ... and right now I don't think we can afford anything but VICTORY ... George Bush may not be "all that and a bag of chips", but he's not a deathwish for America, which I assure you John Kerry is (and has).