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Location: Emporia, Kansas
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Tigers do not change their stripes

This is what you get when politicians make a career of politics ....................
You too may be sadly NOT surprised !

Donald Rumsfeld’s wonderful biography of Gerald Ford, titled ”When the
Center Held.” It was written in 2018. The book clearly articulates
that President Ford was a thoroughly good man, a special American, and
a greatly underrated President. HOWEVER, there was a story in the book
that is startling.

In 1975, President Ford was left to manage the difficult ending of the
Vietnam War. As North Vietnam seized on the opportunity to test
American resolve following President Nixon’s resignation, President
Ford went to Congress to ask for a relief package to push back on the
North Vietnamese to allow American personnel and our allies to
evacuate.

However, there was one US Senator who opposed any such
support. The result was the embarrassing and hurried evacuation from
the roof of the American embassy in Saigon. This senator reveled in
the embarrassment and did everything he could to leverage it
politically against Ford.

Despite the efforts of this U.S .Senator--President Ford managed to
rescue 1,500 South Vietnamese allies prior to the country’s fall.
Had President Ford not acted quickly, these people would have been
targeted and slaughtered for their support for America. Saving them
was a moral obligation.

When they arrived in America, President Ford asked Congress for a
package to assist these refugees integrate into American society. But
that troublesome US Senator showed up again and torpedoed any support
for these shell shocked refugees. Instead, President Ford had to
recruit Christian organizations to offer assistance on a voluntary
basis. As he did so, the aforementioned Senator belittled those efforts.

What kind of person would oppose President Ford’s tireless work to do
the right and humanitarian thing? Who would want to play politics with
the well-being of innocent people who stood by America in the tragic
Vietnam War?

That US Senator? Joe Biden.

Donald Trump isn't a saint and I've had my issues with him. But the
gushing and revisionist history over Joe Biden and his record is
nauseating.

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