Friday, September 28, 2012

Was Mitch Romney Another Rightwing Chickenhawk?

Dave Letterman refers to him as "Mitch" Romney.  I like it.  Think it should stick.

Jim Webb, a highly-decorated Vietnam Marine combat officer, has raised the notion that Mitch must have glommed on to a few deferments in his day to avoid getting called to Vietnam.

The former Marine and Navy secretary appeared to poke at Romney for receiving draft deferments during the Vietnam War.

"Gov. Romney and I are about the same age. Like millions of others in our generation, we came to adulthood facing the harsh realities of the Vietnam War," Webb said, adding that he didn't envy or resent choices people made about how to handle the draft as a long as they did so under the law.

"But those among us who stepped forward to face the harsh unknowns and the lifelong changes that can come from combat did so with the belief that their service would be honored and that our leaders would, in the words of President Abraham Lincoln, care for those who had borne the battle, and for their widows and their children."

The veterans of that war "are not bitter. They know what they did. But in receiving veterans' benefits, they are not takers. They were givers, in the ultimate sense of that word. There is a saying among war veterans: 'All gave some, some gave all.' This is not a culture of dependency. It is a part of a long tradition that gave this country its freedom and independence."

Oops Mittsy, Mitch, Mittens, whatever, that's gotta burn.   You gotta be careful when you mess with that 47%.   Some of them bite back.

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