Sunday, January 08, 2012

Romney: Another Chickenhawk

I've always found it kind of odd that Mitt Romney never quite managed to find the time to serve his country in the US Armed forces. After all, Mitt is of an age (born in 1947) that, when the 1960s were in full flower and the flower of American youth was called to serve and die, that he really should have been called to serve.

Of course he was on a mission for the Moron Mormon church for two years in, of all places, France! How many Frenchmen can be wrong? All of them who fall for the cheese-pie-in-the-sky fantasies of the Mormons...

Okay, cheap shot -- everyone knows that I don't hate the French. But I do hate most Mormons and I hate most Mormon missionaries (okay, hate is a strong word for what is really a kind of special pity for a naive bunch of brainwashed children) and I especially hate chickenhawks.

So why is it that Mitt, even though he was pretty public in demonstrating in support of the draft at Stanford(!) in 1966, was never sent that infamous "greeting" that a lot of us got when we were afforded that "opportunity" to serve our Uncle Sam?

The article linked above seems to conclude that his status as a "missionary of god" got him a permanent exemption, but I know that this is a faulty conclusion. It got him a deferment only for the 24 months that he was "laboring" in the mission field, but after that he was -- or should have been -- 1A with his local draft board again.

When I was an unwilling employee of Uncle Sam myself, I was in training with this creepy crewcut geekezoid -- he looked a lot like that Gary Larson kid with the black glasses and flattop haircut -- from Idaho who was a "returned missionary", having served his two years in Germany. He was, like me, a draftee, but he was also a scion of Mormon Royalty from several Utah generations (you'd recognize the name immediately if you knew anything about Mormon Royalty). Back then, I thought that most Mormons were a patriotic lot and wouldn't consider avoiding the draft.

Still, when something over 80% of my basic training company -- all draftees, of course -- got sent to advanced infantry training at Fort Polk Louisiana (prep school for Vietnam) Mister Mormon Royalty managed to snag himself a plum quasi-diplomatic liaison assignment to ... Germany. All because he spoke (sort of) German.

Which brings us full circle back to Chickenhawk Romney. If he didn't get that deferment because he was on a mission, then why didn't he get drafted?

Could it be that it was because his father, George Romney, who himself had avoided the WWII draft himself by making cars in Detroit, was the governor of Michigan?

And even though our Mittsy was in favor of the war, he just didn't want to dirty his own hands with it; his father, when he tried to run for president (yes, it's true) in 1968, came out against the war and said that, when he was for it before he was against it, he'd been "brainwashed" by the generals. Which history shows was his knell of doom...

Politics is a dirty business, but it ought to be at least a public dirty business. Mitt Romney needs to clear the air, straighten out the record, and come clean as to why, if he really supported the war, he didn't do anything personally to help win it. Like enlist. Or like allow himself to get drafted.

But I'm not gonna hold my breath waiting for it. The fucker won't even make public his goddam tax returns. He's not going to address a half-century old question as to why he, despite having every opportunity to do so, did not serve his country in the Vietnam War.

7 Comments:

Beach Bum said...

Not that I would have ever voted for that bastard Romney but that sleaze bag really pissed me off when back in 2007 he was asked why none of his sons were serving their country by wearing one of the uniforms of the armed services.

The douche said that he sons were serving the country by working for his campaign.

While I realize Obama ain't perfect but if for some reason Americans see fit to elect Romney president this country will deserve everything it gets.

Analyst said...

Door To Door Atheists Bother Mormons

They don't like it done to them!

Farnsworth68 said...

Thanks, BB. And Analyst, that video is fucking hilarious!
--The F Man

Greg Forest said...

Hey Pissed, Kewl blog.

I have to disagree somewhat. I have traveled extensively and have found that when I am lost in a foreign city, I keep my eyes out for the Mormons in their nice coats and ties - looking like refugees from Ozzie & Harriet, proselytizing on the street. They may look goofy but they know the language, culture and the lay of the land. They have always been nothing but polite and helpful in aiding this lost or confused tourist.

In contrast, when the great tsunami hit Asia a few years back, one of my Christian friends was bragging about her sect's victim relief program - they were sending the starving folks 1,000,000 pocket King James Bibles (in English of course).

The Mormon space-god/magic underwear thing is also kinda funny and entertaining - funnier than a Tennessee Baptist at least.

L.Ron Hubbard could have studied at Joseph Smith's feet.

-Greg Forest

JVR said...

THE ROMNEY FAMILY
MORE IN LOVE WITH MONEY THAN AMERICA

GEORGE W. ROMNEY (Mitt’s Father) DODGED THE DRAFT ALL DURING WORLD WAR II.

MITT ROMNEY AND HIS BROTHER BOTH DODGED THE DRAFT FOR A DECADE DURING THE VIETNAM WAR.

NONE OF MITT’S FIVE SONS HAVE SERVED IN THE U.S. ARMED FORCES.

THEY ALL HAVE A LUST FOR MONEY NOT REAL SERVICE FOR THE COUNTRY!

IF MITT ROMNEY IS ELECTED PRESIDENT HE WILL HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO SEND OUR SONS AND DAUGHTERS INTO COMBAT WHILE HE AND HIS FAMILY CONTINUE TO DO WHAT THEY HAVE DONE SINCE 1941—AVOID MILITARY SERVICE WHILE LIVING A LUXURIOUS LIFESTYLE.
(World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Desert Storm, Iraq, and Afghanistan: six wars fought by Americans and not one of the eight Romney men have served!)

Michael said...

I agree. I am also a vietnam combat vet (68-70) living in Mexico for the past 19 years. I know Newt Gingrich was also a chickenhawk. He stated that at a young age he decided he could best serve his country by entering politics. However, I forget in which military branch Obama served and, although he is doing his damndest to get the radical muslim brotherhood in charge of all of the north african countries, he still has a few soldiers fighting under him as commander in chief. What a joke.

I am not republican. I doubt they would have me because I am too conservative. No one should be able to hold public office or even vote if they have not served in the military or some other organization which requires self sacrifice to some degree. Period.

Analyst said...

"No one should be able to hold public office or even vote if they have not served in the military or some other organization which requires self sacrifice to some degree."

That's been suggested before. However it would take a change in the Constitution which is unlikely. IMO, the laws banning felons from voting are already unconstitutional.