Little Acorns and Mighty Oaks
Posted By Sam Sewell On June 9, 2005 @ 6:25 pm In Politics: General Comments Disabled
I contributed a little acorn to the 2004 election. I use the acorn metaphor because the outcome of what I did seemed to take on a life of its own and grew beyond any of my expectations. In fact the ripples continue to this day.
A brief history of my experience begins in August of 2004. A friend sent me an email about John Kerry’s Navy experiences. I am a Navy veteran so I took a look at the issue. It soon became obvious to me that John Kerry was hiding something about his military experience, so I decided to look at the records Kerry allowed to be published on his campaign web site.
I discovered something I wasn’t seeking. I found John Kerry’s IQ score. I am a Mensa member. I joined Mensa based on my Navy test scores so I knew how to interpret Kerry’s record. My very next thought was to speculate that Bush might be brighter than Kerry and that I could prove it with military IQ scores.
After lengthy research and lots of help from IQ experts I proved my point. Kerry had an IQ between 115 and 120. Bush had an IQ between 125 and 130.
The story was then published on the  web. That is the essence of my acorn contribution to the 2004 election.
My acorn must have fallen on fertile ground because the New York Times  picked up the story and now the whole world knows that Bush is smarter than Kerry.
“Wow!” I said to myself. Talk about maximum effect for minimum effort! But, the acorn just kept growing.
Meanwhile, William Middendorf, former secretary of the Navy, urged Kerry to open up his personnel files to resolve the question of whether the Democratic presidential nominee received a less-than-honorable discharge from the Navy.
In August, the Kerry campaign insisted that all of the senator's Navy records had been released, with the exception of medical papers.
"Senator Kerry's entire military service record is posted on JohnKerry.com. His entire record," said communications adviser Michael Meehan in an attempt to defend Kerry against charges he didn't deserve his three Purple Hearts, a Bronze Star and a Silver Star.
But the Washington Post and others reported that at least 100 pages were still under wraps and that Kerry would need to file a Form 180 to grant permission for full release of his records.
Kerry, however, seemed to contradict his campaign's position in late October, just a week before the election, when he told NBC's Tom Brokaw his military record "is not public." NBC, in fact, edited out that particular comment after including it in a previous version of an interview. You view the original video  here.
BROKAW: Someone has analyzed the president's military aptitude tests and yours, and concluded that he has a higher IQ than you do.
KERRY: That's great. More power. I don't know how they've done it, because my record is not public. So I don't know where you're getting that from.
So now my little acorn had gotten Kerry to admit on NBC news that he had not made his military records public after his campaign claimed to have posted his “entire record” on his web site. Soon after Chris Matthews, and Don Imus tried to get Kerry to address the SF 180 issue.
Finally, after the election in January, Kerry told 'Meet the Press host Tim Russert he would sign the form.
RUSSERT: Many people who've been criticizing you have said: Senator, if you would just do one thing and that is sign Form 180, which would allow historians and journalists complete access to all your military records. Thus far, you have gotten the records, released them through your campaign. They say you should not be the filter. Sign Form 180 and let the historians…
KERRY: I’d be happy to put the records out. We put all the records out that I had been sent by the military. Then at the last moment, they sent some more stuff, which had some things that weren't even relevant to the record. So when we get — I'm going to sit down with them and make sure that they are clear and I am clear as to what is in the record and what isn't in the record and we'll put it out. I have no problem with that.
RUSSERT: Would you sign Form 180?
KERRY: But everything, Tim…
RUSSERT: Would you sign Form 180?
KERRY: Yes, I will.
Hey! This acorn was becoming a tree. Of course, Kerry is still dodging and weaving. His latest dodge was with the Boston Globe. Before Memorial Day weekend, Sen. John Kerry sat down with editors of his hometown newspaper, the Boston Globe, and announced that he had signed the form SF 180, authorizing the Department of Defense to grant access to all his military records. This, more than a year after he had claimed that the press and public had seen all there was to see from his military record.
On June 7th Kerry  released more innocuous records.
This only raises more questions than it answers. Since there is nothing new or substantive, why the long drawn out refusal? All I can see is another "sanitized" copy of his records.
The most glaring omission is any reference to the question of Kerry's discharge status. The best commentary I have read about Kerry’s latest attempt to duck the issue of his discharge is at the  American Prowler.
To my own amusement Kerry’s grades while at Yale were  released at the same time as the latest military records as part of the Deception Officer’s smokescreen duties. Kerry’s Yale grades revealed that Bush was a slightly better student. No surprise to me since I already knew that Bush had 10 IQ points on Kerry.
Why has it been so much trouble getting Kerry’s military records? That is the elephant in the newsroom that nobody is talking about. If there wasn't something to hide, the obvious solution to Kerry’s problem is to expedite full disclosure.
Several big name media journalists have cornered Kerry regarding his SF 180 over the last year and still no full disclosure.
I ask a serious question; is there a rational alternative to the conclusion that Kerry is hiding something? Hiding something so important he has allowed this issue to dog him for more than a year, when full release of the records would have stopped the issue in its tracks.
I think that what is in those records will stop Kerry in his tracks. Of course he is stonewalling.
This could be one of the biggest stories of 2005. “The Acorn Who Ate a Presidential Candidate.”
I will cooperate and work with any principled journalist who can see that there is a story here. For background information search Google: sam sewell IQ Kerry bush.
Sam Sewell writes from Naples, Florida.