If you want to know why the Republican Party is, and should be, done for, this is one of the shining examples….
Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney on Wednesday defended his five sons’ decision not to enlist in the military, saying they’re showing their support for the country by "helping me get elected."
Romney, who did not serve in Vietnam due to his Mormon missionary work and a high draft lottery number, was asked the question by an anti-war activist after a speech in which he called for "a surge of support" for U.S. forces in Iraq.
Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, also saluted a uniformed soldier in the crowd and called for donations to military support organizations. Last week, he donated $25,000 to seven such organizations.
"The good news is that we have a volunteer Army and that’s the way we’re going to keep it," Romney told some 200 people gathered in an abbey near the Mississippi River that had been converted into a hotel. "My sons are all adults and they’ve made decisions about their careers and they’ve chosen not to serve in the military and active duty and I respect their decision in that regard."
He added: "One of the ways my sons are showing support for our nation
is helping me get elected because they think I’d be a great president."
The woman who asked the question, Rachel Griffiths, 41, of Milan,
Ill., identified herself as a member of Quad City Progressive Action
for the Common Good, as well as the sister of an Army major who had
served in Iraq.
"Of course not," Griffiths said when asked if she was satisfied with
Romney’s answer. "He told me the way his son shows support for our
military and our nation is to buy a Winnebago and ride across Iowa and
help him get elected."
I have never understood why so many people support the Republican Party in its current incarnation.
Seriously, all they give a damn about are gays and women who have abortions, and they only give a damn about them because it gets them votes. Why does it get them votes.
This isn’t about the military, folks; it’s about elitism. It’s about thinking that you and yours are better than anyone else out there, and maintaining the status quo.
We had a legitimate reason for going into Afghanistan; to raid al Qaeda, and rout as many of them as possible. On the other hand, Iraq is the greatest misuse of the military in US history, and that includes Vietnam. So, the issue is not the use of the military; it’s the elitism inherent in Romney’s characterizations of the people who joined the service, and this is a running theme throughout Republican politics. It is always "us" vs. "them" with Republicans these days.
Apparently, to Romney, the Iraq occupation is good enough for her brother, but for none of his five sons. Isn’t the number one problem with our current government that everything they’re screwing up — and they’re screwing up almost everything — being screwed up because they simply cannot relate to how average people live their day-to-day lives? I mean, we have Bush telling a woman who has to have three jobs just to make ends meet that a great thing about America is that a woman can get three jobs to make ends meet. We have Bush’s mother, Barbara, suggesting that being in the Astrodome is a step up for the poor of New Orleans after their homes were wiped out by Katrina. We have an administration that has shown complete disregard for working men and women in this country — do we really need more of the same.
Again; this isn’t about the military. John McCain is a Republican, and one of his son’s is due to be deployed to Iraq soon, and I wish him all the luck in the world. It’s about Republican elitism, and this sense of entitlement they possess; a sense of entitlement that demonstrates no regard for average people. This country cannot continue to elect leaders who have no dog in the hunt, and who cannot relate to average people in even the most basic way.
How can anyone support the Iraq occupation, as long as "they" are fighting in it, and not "one of their own"?
Welcome to the Republican Party of 2008, folks.