Wednesday, July 17, 2002

How pissed John McCain must be...

You know, I feel for McCain. He goes to Vietnam to fight against communism cause his country told him to, gets shot down in a plane while in 'Nam, and was a POW for five years. After he was shot down he sat in pain and agony in the middle of the jungle, denied medical attention by the VC until they found out that his Dad was important. When finally given medical attention they set the broken bones in one of his arms wrong, to the point that, to this day, he can't use that right hand. He's given the option to exit the prison camp he's kept in early because of his family connection but decides not to because he won't leave his men or won't except special treatment (something like that, mind you I'm writing this all down based on memory, please correct me if I'm wrong).

He runs for president and puts up a good fight. He gets bashed by members of his own party, called a RINO (Republican In Name Only) by a bunch of blowhards, goes toe to toe with Pat Robertson, takes a couple of states, but ultimately loses to some chump who's greatest accomplishment was owning the Texas Rangers. Take a good look at all of Dubya's business successes before he ran for Gov of Texas in this little article in US News and World Report..

I thought I heard a lot during the 2000 election about Dubya defending the Texan border against the Vietcong, at least that's what I very vaguely remember. Wasn't he a "fighter pilot" in the National Guard during our foray into 'Nam. Why is it that I never hear about the fact that he went AWOL to avoid service in Vietnam in 1972-3?. I can't believe this barely made any headlines! Kudos to Lennin de KOS for this little gem.

We can sit here and debate Vietnam for the next 20 years and go nowhere. This post isn't even about 'Nam, it's about Walking it like you Talk it. But my philosophy is simple on service during that time: If you were against the War and draft dodged or protested or went to Canada or anything else for that matter, well at least did something that aligns with your belief, hopefully you helped others from facing the same fate if you really felt that strongly about it. If you served despite the fact that you disagreed with the war, congratulations cause you deserve some accolades. But if you were gung ho about Vietnam, then for god sakes you had better have been on the frontline. How can anyone get away with trying to justify the War and not manage to serve? Even with 20/20 hindsight, some of these people will try to justify Vietnam, but couldn't seem to make it over there due to "unfortunate circumstances".

Again, this isn't about Nam. Don't get me wrong, McCain's had some good fortune: running for Senate and succeeding, stumping for other Republicans across the state, etc. It just kills me (and it must kill him) that he's the one talking tough about accounting and corporate reform while Dubya is tossing softballs to the CEO billionaire friends that helped him get elected. It seems like McCain is the only one taking this issue on with any teeth. Even many Democrats are failing to make real headway on this issue. And however the hell those bozos over at Republican National Committee managed to dupe so many Americans and get Dubya elected without half of this crap coming out is actually sheer genius in retrospect. Sheer genius or testimony to how low the lowest common denominator is in this country. I'm afraid it's the latter....

By the way, if you want a real good laugh just go here - it's a list of politicians who served and didn't serve in the armed forces. Here's a sample of the funniest entries:

Dan Quayle, avoided Vietnam service, got a slot in the journalism unit of the Indiana National Guard when the unit was at 150% capacity.

Majority Whip Tom Delay - avoided the draft, did not serve. "So many minority youths had volunteered ... that there was literally no room for patriotic folks like himself."


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