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It is not surprising that The Vietnamese Candidate should be a creature of the Left.
In the 1962 movie The Manchurian Candidate, a U.S. soldier, played by Laurence Harvey, has been captured in Korea and programmed by the Red Chinese to return to America and assassinate a Presidential nominee on the Convention floor. The soldiers captured with Harvey have also been brainwashed to believe they like and admire him, although he is actually arrogant and aloof. Their testimonials of his conduct cause him to be decorated and lauded upon his release. Among the soldiers is a wizened and toupee-bewigged Frank Sinatra, the nominal hero. Harvey’s wealthy and influential mother is played by Angela Lansbury who was about the same age as Harvey and an Oedipal relationship is directly implied. A twist near the end reveals that the mother is a Chinese agent who is involved in the assassination but did not know her son was to be the assassin — he seems only mildly disconcerted when her handler tells her. In the climax, Harvey, after murdering his lovely fiancee and her beloved father, a kind of a Robert Lafollette type, turns the tables on the Chinese. He shoots and kills the Joe McCarthy-like vice-presidential nominee , played by James Gregory in a chilling career performance, who is his mother’s current husband and presumable replacement nominee.p>John Kerry is married to his mother figure, who despite her wealth and influence is at least a fellow traveler of the Left. Her husband has called for a regime change in America, but not in Aristide’s Haiti. He is war decorated but strangely reticent about the wounds incurred, refusing release of the records. He is not particularly likable. He has been endorsed by North Korea’s odious ruler. His senatorial voting record shows a consistent dedication to weakening the country’s defense and intelligence capabilities. Is there any reasonable explanation for a major political party’s determination to nominate such a man? br> — J.R. Wheatley br> Harper Woods, Michigan /p>
Would you please post the 1994 POW/MIA article on your website? Perhaps this doesn’t conform to your editorial policy, but under the circumstances one should consider it a public service.p>Thank you. br> — Dennis Sevakis br> Bloomfield, Michigan /p>