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Summary and Response to" Local Vietnam Protester questions Kerry's opportunism," Philip Bloch
In the article "Local Vietnam protester questions Kerry's opportunism," Philip Bloch writes about Senator John Kerry wanting to be portrayed as an American hero, in order to win the presidential election. Bloch discusses his own involvement in the Vietnam War as an avid protestor. In the article, Bloch talks about President Bush and Senator John Kerry's involvements in the Vietnam War, President Bush joining the National Guard to avoid Vietnam, and Senator Kerry joining the Navy in order to receive a non-combat duty. Bloch, also states how Kerry is refusing to release his medical records because he is afraid of discrediting the American hero he has tried to portray. Bloch states that Kerry's testimony he made after coming home from Vietnam was used by the North Vietnamese to torture POWs. Bloch emphasizes on how Kerry admired and wanted to be like President John F. Kennedy. Lastly Bloch concludes how Kerry did serve at a time of war, but not as an American hero. Kerry came home from the Vietnam War, and threw away his medals, which displayed how meaningless he thought his services were to the United States of America.
After reviewing the article, I have concluded that Philip Bloch has chosen and excellent main topic of Senator John Kerry wanting to be portrayed as an American hero in order to win the up coming presidential election. Bloch was involved in many illegal protests, which at one time shut down a main university administration building. However, Bloch states, "During all my activities, I never felt as if I was being unpatriotic. In my opinion, those who were unpatriotic were the ones who went off to war blindly without questioning the purpose or necessity of the war" (Bloch).
In the article, I am troubled about the idea when Bloch describes the men and women that did not volun