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Date: Mon, 1 Nov 2004 09:45:36 EST
Subject: Essays on Excellence # 438

Good Morning Freedom Fighters and Truth Seekers,

This is an election where above all else...CHARACTER COUNTS.  You will quickly see from the last two essays that there is a growing body of evidence that shows clearly why Senator Kerry should NOT be elected President and who should be impeached and removed from the Senate.  I don't want the international gangsters of the U.N. dictating what is law in the U.S.  The Irag Oil For Food put billions of dollars into the hands of the French, Germans and Russians who then sold weaponry to anyone who had the money including Osama Bin Laden and other terrorists.

Character Counts
by Michael Josephson

One More Day

From time to time Linda Ellis, a talented but struggling writer in
Georgia, sends me poems. Her eulogy called "The Dash" is
extraordinary. This is a portion of her most recent effort, called
"One More Day":

This day, this precious, wonderful gift has been bestowed upon me  free!
And whatever I choose to do with it remains entirely up to me.

I could squander these given hours, treat each task as if it`s a chore
and mark this day off my calendar like so many times before.

I could overlook the blooming flowers, and ignore the sun`s warm light
before it inevitably sets again, turning my gift of day to night.

I could dwell upon mistakes I`ve made and cry regretful tears
and live my life in the shadow of my own anxieties and fears.

Or I could make a resolution, before one more day has passed,
that I shall live it to its fullest, live it ... as it if were my last.

Then I shall, as I awaken, relinquish my fret and my sorrow
and accept one more day to love and laugh, with no guarantee of

At night, as I lay down my head only to wake again, I`ll pray
and if I do, then I`ll thank God for giving me "One More Day."

To thank Linda for her lovely thoughts and read more of her poems,

The theme of gratitude and appreciation for every day reflects old
but important wisdom like this from an unknown author: "Yesterday is
a dream. Tomorrow is a vision. But today, well lived, makes every
yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope."*

The Rhetoric and Reality of Business Ethics

One problem with talking about ethics in business is that there is
often a wide gap between the rhetoric and the reality. The reality is
that business is not nearly as bad as some critics make it out to be
nor nearly as good as its apologists contend. By the same token,
ethics may not be as crucial to success as moralists make it.

Yes, trust has been badly eroded by too much lying and cheating,
even by basically decent people. Yet every day, people of character
successfully overcome pressures and resist temptations to sacrifice
ethics for expediency.

At the same time, well-meaning reformers often oversell the role of
ethics in success. Asserting platitudes like "good ethics is good
business" as if it were moral truth makes the case for ethics
vulnerable to cynics anxious to disprove the generality with a host
of examples.

The truth is that good ethics sometimes is good business, but
sometimes it`s not. It depends on one`s goals and how one defines
good business. Sometimes, good ethics can end in bankruptcy. Of
course, so can bad ethics.

A fairer statement is that good ethics can be a very powerful business
asset and that good things tend to happen to companies and individuals
that consistently do the right thing and bad things tend to happen to
those that even occasionally do the wrong thing.

But the crucial point is that the moral obligation to live according
to ethical principles is not dependent on whether it`s advantageous.
People of character do the right thing in the pursuit of virtue not

Changing Lives 

When I was a law professor, I was at a conference and a man I didn`t
recognize greeted me warmly. He said we had a long talk after a
speech I gave at the law school where he was an evening student. He
was on the verge of quitting, but he said our conversation "changed
his life." He wanted to thank me and let me know that he not only
graduated, but that he had just become the nation`s first Mexican-
American law school dean.

My initial reaction was an uneasy embarrassment. How shallow could I
be? Here`s this fellow telling me I changed his life and I didn`t even
remember meeting him, let alone what I said.

Later, I realized that I didn`t remember the incident because it was
not extraordinary for me. After all, aren`t all teachers supposed to
encourage and inspire students whenever they can?

Every day, teachers counsel students with high hopes and the best of
intentions, never knowing whether anything they say will really
make a difference.

What I came to understand is that "teachable moments" often arise
unannounced and unnoticed and that teachers who want to help their
students in a meaningful way have to have faith that, sometimes, what
they say and do really matters. The same is true for coaches and for

But since we can`t always know when those "sometimes" occur, we
have to act as if everything we say will matter.

If you do that, every once in a while all your efforts will be
affirmed when someone gives you the wonderful gift of telling you
that you changed his life.

Three Birds in a Tree

Three birds are sitting on a telephone wire. Two of them decide to fly
south. How many are left? No, it`s not one. The answer is three. You
see, deciding to fly south is not the same as doing it. If you really
want to fly somewhere, you`ve got to point yourself in the right
direction, jump off the wire and flap your wings. And if you have a
particular destination in mind, you better be mindful of your mission
and correct your course from time to time.

Good intentions are simply not enough. Our character is defined and
our lives are determined not by what we want, say or think, but by
what we do.

I frequently think of writing nice thank you notes, birthday wishes
and letters of praise. Unfortunately, only a sad few of these good
sentiments ever make it to paper. Still, if I don`t look too closely,
I can delude myself into thinking that based on my good thoughts
I`m a gracious and grateful person -- but a truer picture of my
character is drawn by my actions.

The challenge for me is to simply make the time to do the things I
think I ought to do and say the things I want to say. There are lots
of opportunities at home and at work. And one doesn`t have to get
sappy or insincere. Just look for real opportunities to say something
nice to family members, friends or coworkers. Once you get the hang
of it, expand your arena of action and call or write a former teacher,
a columnist or public servant you admire.

Stephen Grellet put it eloquently: "I expect to pass through the world
but once. Any good therefore I can do, or any kindness I can show
to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer it or
neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again."

You're Going to Lower My Grade?

When I was a law professor, a student reported that I made an error
in grading his exam by giving him too many points. He was right, and
after thanking him for his honesty, I changed the grade in my records.
His beaming face turned to shock. "You`re lowering my grade?" he
sputtered. "I never would have come in if . . ."

He didn`t finish the sentence, but it was obvious that his display of
integrity was counterfeit. He thought he`d have it all -- praise and
the higher grade.

Several colleagues thought I should have let the higher grade stand
because all I`d accomplished was to discourage him from being honest
in the future. And, every time I tell this story some people agree
with this critique.

But I can`t see how I could justify compounding my mistake in grading
by undermining the integrity of all my grades by failing to correct
an error. The grade itself would be a dishonest reflection of his
knowledge and it would have been unfair to other students. How could
I responsibly give a student a gift of an unearned grade?

I know voluntarily reporting an error in one`s favor is unusual,
but, like returning too much change, it`s clearly the right thing to
do. People of character, those with real integrity, hate to give up
benefits as much as anyone else. The difference is that for them a
good conscience and reputation is reward enough to justify the cost
of doing the right thing.

Perhaps lowering the student`s grade did discourage him from being
honest in the future, but I think bribing him to be honest so that
he only does the right thing when it`s cost-free would have corrupted
him even more. The duty to be honest is about right and wrong, not
risks and rewards,

Cheerfulness: A Conscious Act of Kindness

My mother died of cancer when I was 18. The disease was detected
a year earlier during her pregnancy with her sixth child. On the
day she delivered, both breasts were removed.

During her illness, our household became increasingly gloomy.
It's hard to watch someone you love get sicker and sicker. But
my mom was always a pleasure to be with and she struggled to
remain so despite her deteriorating condition. She'd joke, tell
stories of better times and laugh in an effort to cheer us up.
But it never worked. We hung onto our despair as if we had to
be visibly miserable to prove we loved her.

I didn't appreciate then how difficult it must have been for her.
In such situations, cheerfulness is neither natural nor easy. It
requires a willful act of selfless courage. She was sick, but she
wanted us to feel better.

In my lifetime I've known only a few people like my mom, people
so strong and caring that, for our sake as well as their own,
they refuse to surrender to grief or fear. Rather than indulge
themselves in self-pity or bask in the sympathy of others, they
make a conscious choice to spread good cheer rather than gloom.

I now realize that our choice to spend our last months with my
mom in a constant state of solemn sadness was unkind. She hated
seeing us unhappy and she felt guilty.

I wish we had been strong enough and wise enough to be more

I wish we had spent every moment with her aggressively enjoying
the time we had.

I wish we had thought more about her happiness than our

This is Michael Josephson reminding you that
Character Counts.

FYI.  Tammy Bruce, liberal, pro-choice lesbian, and feminist, voted for President Bush.  She said this about John Kerry: "I do not want a man in the White House who is so cold, that when asked by a New York Times reporter how September 11th changed him, answered, "It didn’t change me much at all.”

Why Democrats Should Vote for Bush
Tammy Bruce, Friday, Oct. 29, 2004

Discovered papers:Hanoi directed Kerry
Recovered Vietnam documents 'smoking gun' researchers claim

Posted: October 26, 2004
1:00 a.m. Eastern

By Art Moore
© 2004 The first documentary evidence that Vietnamese communists were directly steering John Kerry's group Vietnam Veterans Against the War has been discovered in a U.S. archive, according to a researcher who spoke with WorldNetDaily.

John Kerry testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 1971.

One freshly unearthed document, captured by the U.S. from Vietnamese communists in 1971 and later translated, indicates the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese delegations to the Paris peace talks that year were used as the communications link to direct the activities of Kerry and other antiwar activists who attended. Kerry insists he attended the talks only because he happened to be in France on his honeymoon and maintains he met with both sides. But previously revealed records indicate the future senator made two, and possibly three, trips to Paris to meet with Viet Cong leader Madame Nguyen Thi Binh then promote her plan's demand for U.S. surrender. Jerome Corsi, a specialist on the Vietnam era, told WND the new discoveries are the "most remarkable documents I've seen in the entire history of the antiwar movement." "We're not going to say he's an agent for Vietnamese communists, but it's the next thing to it," he said. "Whether he was consciously carrying out their direction or naively doing what they wanted, it amounted to the same thing – he advanced their cause."
Corsi, co-author of the Swift Boat Vets and POWs for Truth best-seller "Unfit for Command," and Scott Swett, who maintains the group's website, have posted a summary of the discovery on the website of Corsi says the documents show how the North Vietnamese, the Viet Cong, the People's Coalition for Peace and Justice, the Communist Party of the USA and Kerry's VVAW worked closely together to achieve the Vietnamese communists' primary objective – the defeat of the U.S. in Vietnam. "I think what we've discovered is a smoking gun," Corsi said. "We knew when we wrote 'Unfit for Command' that Kerry had met with Madame Binh and then promoted her peace plan. "This document enables us to connect the dots," he emphasized. "We now have evidence Madame Binh was directing the antiwar movement ... and the person who implemented her strategy was John Kerry." July 22, 1971, three weeks after the Paris talks, Kerry called on President Nixon to accept the plan at a press conference in which he surrounded himself with the families of POWs, a strategy outlined in the first document. The two documents also connect the dots between the Vietnamese communists and the radical U.S. group People's Coalition for Peace and Justice through the person of Al Hubbard, a coordinating member of PCPJ and the executive director of VVAW while Kerry was its national spokesman. "Al Hubbard and John Kerry were carrying out the predetermined agenda of the enemy in a coordinated fashion," Corsi said. "It's a level of collaboration that exceeded anything we had imagined."

'Return the medals' The second document, captured by U.S. military forces in South Vietnam May 12, 1972, urges Vietnamese officials to promote the antiwar activities in the United States. Significantly, the fifth paragraph makes it clear the Vietnamese communists were using, for propaganda purposes, a protest described as taking place April 19-22,1971

Kerry led Vietnam veterans in 1971 medal-toss protest.
This coincides with the well-known "Dewey Canyon III" protest in Washington, D.C., highlighted by Kerry's Senate Foreign Relations testimony charging American soldiers with war crimes. The document's description of the protest includes the "return the medals" event in which Kerry and other VVAW members threw their war decorations toward the steps of the Capitol. Why now? Corsi told WND the documents have been authenticated with "100 percent certainty." But why were they unearthed now, just one week before the Nov. 2 election? Corsi insisted the timing was unintentional. "It's truly one of those accidents of how things develop in research," he said. "We did not spring any surprise, we just found these documents, and even the archivist didn't know they were there." Swift Boat Vets and POWs for Truth dispatched two researchers to Texas Tech University's Vietnam-era archive in Lubbock, which has more than 2 million documents, to "see if there was anything there," Corsi said. Many of the documents are in Vietnamese and have not been translated yet. The two documents were found in boxes containing papers from antiwar activities during 1971-72, but they also turned out to be posted in an Internet database, which enabled further verification, Corsi said.

First document The first document is a "circular" outlining the Vietnamese regime's strategies to coordinate its propaganda effort with its orchestration of U.S. antiwar group activities.

The spontaneous antiwar movements in the US have received assistance and guidance
from the friendly ((VC/NVN)) delegations at the Paris Peace Talks.

The phrases in double parentheses were added by U.S. translators for clarification. "VC" refers to the Viet Cong, while "NVN" is the North Vietnamese government. Corsi and Swett point out that FBI files show Kerry returned to Paris to meet with the North Vietnamese delegation in August 1971 and planned a third trip in November. Corsi emphasizes that before the discovery of this document, he and other researchers had no direct evidence that Hanoi actually was directing the antiwar movement to implement the regime's goals, although they assumed it to be the case based on other indications. In her meeting with Kerry in Paris, Madame Binh instructed him on how he and the VVAW could "serve as Hanoi's surrogates in the United States," Corsi and Swett say. This included advancement of her seven-point peace plan forcing President Nixon to set a date to end the war and withdraw troops. Hanoi cleverly constructed the plan so that the only barrier to release of American POWs was Nixon's unwillingness to set a withdrawal date. But as Corsi and Swett emphasize, the plan amounted to a virtual surrender that included payment of reparations and an admission the U.S. was the aggressor in an immoral war against the communists. The circular underscores the impact of the peace plan on U.S. activists, stating:
"The seven-point peace proposal ((of the SVN Provisional Revolutionary Government)) not only solved problems concerning the release of US prisoners but also motivated the people of all walks of life and even relatives of US pilots detained in NVN to participate in the antiwar movement.

Another section of the circular, again highlighting the interconnectedness of the Vietnamese communists, the U.S. antiwar movement and politics in the U.S. and South Vietnam, says Nixon and South Vietnamese leader Thieu are "very embarrassed because the seven-point peace proposal is supported by the [South Vietnamese] people's ((political struggle)) movement and the antiwar movements in the US. " Therefore, the circular says, "all local areas, units, and branches must widely disseminate the seven-point peace proposal, step up the people's ((political struggle)) movements both in cities and rural areas, taking advantage of disturbances and dissensions in the enemy's forthcoming (RVN) Congressional and Presidential elections. They must coordinate more successfully with the antiwar movements in the US so as to isolate the Nixon-Thieu clique."

Second document In addition to tying activities surrounding Kerry's 1971 protest to the direction of Vietnamese communists, the second document reveals the degree to which Hanoi worked with and through the People's Coalition for Peace and Justice.
Of the U.S. antiwar movements, the two most important ones are: The PCPJ ((the People's Committee for Peace and Justice)) and the NPAC ((National Peace Action Committee)). These two movements have gathered much strength and staged many demonstrations. The PCPJ is the most important. It maintains relations with us.

Corsi and Swett note the House Internal Securities Committee in its 1971 Annual Report described the PCPJ as an organization strongly controlled by U.S. communists.
"There is no question but what members of the Communist Party have provided a very strong degree of influence, even a guiding influence, in the evolution and formation of policies of the People's Coalition for Peace and Justice."

Corsi cites recently released FBI surveillance reports that establish a strong link between Kerry, Hubbard, the VVAW, the PCPJ and their trips to Paris to meet with Madame Binh. Kerry shared the stage with Hubbard – who recruited Kerry into the group – during the Dewey Canyon III protest, and they appeared together on NBC's Meet the Press April 18, 1971. Hubbard claimed to have been a transport pilot wounded in combat, but the Department of Defense released documents showing he was neither a pilot nor an officer and had never served in Vietnam. An FBI field surveillance report stamped Nov. 11, 1971, showed Kerry and Hubbard were planning to travel to Paris later that month to engage in talks with Vietnamese communist delegations. Other FBI reports clearly show the Communist Party of the USA was paying for Hubbard's trips to Paris, Corsi notes. Another FBI report, dated Nov. 24, 1971, gives details of Hubbard's presentation to a VVAW meeting of the Executive and Steering committees in Kansas City, Mo., Nov. 12-15, 1971. At that meeting, the VVAW considered and then rejected a plan to assassinate several pro-war U.S. Senators. Kerry is listed as present. The FBI document shows communist coordination in Hubbard's trip to Paris.
[BLACK OUT] advised that Hubbard gave the following information regarding his Paris trip: Two foreign groups, which are Democratic Republic of Vietnam (DRV) and Peoples Republic Government (PRG) (phonetic), invited representatives of the VVAW, Communist Party USA (CP USA), and a Left Wing group in Paris, to attend meeting of the above inviting groups in Paris. Hubbard advised he was elected to represent the VVAW. An unknown male was invited to represent the CP USA and an unknown individual was elected to represent the Left Wing group from Paris. He advised at the meeting that his trip was financed by CP USA.

Corsi and Swett cite an appeal letter written by Hubbard April 20, 1971, demonstrating the strong coordination between Vietnam Veterans Against the War and People's Coalition for Peace and Justice. Addressed from the offices of the VVAW in Washington, D.C., the letter asks VVAW members to provide assistance to the PCPJ. It discusses several ways in which the two organizations have worked closely together:
This is an appeal for help for the Peoples Coalition for Peace and Justice. Over the past months the Peoples Coalition has supported the Vietnam Vets Against the War in many ways. The Coalition has made office space available at no charge, and permitted the use of all necessary office equipment such as mimeograph machines, stencil-making machines, folders and typewriters. They have loaned us cars, bullhorns, and public address equipment. Their staff has taken messages for us and joined fraternally in building our progress. Now we can return this support. Saturday, April 24, the Coalition needs help collecting money and selling buttons at the great march and rally. Collectors and sellers must be energetic and determined. There will be security problems in taking large amounts of money to banks. The Coalition needs people power, hundreds of workers. I earnestly hope that you will come forward to support our friends in this emergency.

Two days after Hubbard's letter was written, Kerry told Sen. William Fulbright's Foreign Relations Committee that he and the American military in Vietnam were committing war crimes in the manner of Genghis Khan. The event mentioned in the letter was PCPJ's massive April 24 demonstration in Washington that followed the VVAW's Dewey Canyon III protest.

Please vote your heart, mind and soul tomorrow!

William Prouty, CLU RHU CEC MBA PhD
CEO and Founder
Champions For Life Foundation
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