Sunday, May 28, 2006

Just a Reminder of Who Has and Who Has Not Served Our Country

Memorial Day weekend is certainly a time for reflection, prayer, and gratitude toward those who have served our nation's armed forces. It's also a time to remind ourselves about a fundamental truth: most of the members of our conservative political class talk a good game, but when it comes to crunch time, they avoid putting themselves in harm's way. This wonderful list of those who did and did not serve makes this point clearly. Among the loud-mouthed "patriotic" rightwingers who avoided or refused military service (or who served in a strictly non-combat capacity) are the following:
Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert - avoided the draft, did not serve.
Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey - avoided the draft,
did not serve.
House Majority Leader
Tom Delay - avoided the draft, did not serve (1). "So many minority youths had volunteered ... that there was literally no room for patriotic folks like himself."
House Majority Whip Roy Blunt -
did not serve
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist - did not serve. (An impressive medical
resume, but not such a friend to cats in Boston.)
Majority Whip Mitch McConnell, R-KY -
did not serve (1)
Rick Santorum, R-PA, third ranking Republican in the Senate -
did not serve. (1)
Former Senate Majority Leader
Trent Lott - avoided the draft, did not serve.
Secretary of Defense Don Rumsfeld -
served in the U.S. Navy (1954-57) as an aviator and flight instructor. (1) Served as President Reagan's Special Envoy to the Middle East and met with Saddam Hussein twice in 1983 and 1984.
GW Bush - decided that a six-year Nat'l Guard commitment really means
four years. Still says that he's "been to war." Huh?
VP Cheney - several deferments (
1, 2), the last by marriage (in his own words, "had other priorities than military service") (1)
Former Att'y Gen. John Ashcroft - did not serve (
1, 2); received seven deferment to teach business ed at SW Missouri State And They Call Him General -->
Jeb Bush, Florida Governor -
did not serve. (1)
Karl Rove - avoided the draft, did not serve (
1), too busy being a Republican.
George Will, did not serve
Chris Matthews, Mediawhore, did not serve.
Bill O'Reilly, did not serve
Paul Gigot, did not serve.
Bill Bennett, Did not serve
Pat Buchanan, did not serve
Rush Limbaugh, did not serve (4-F with a 'pilonidal cyst' [see "The Rush Limbaugh Story" by Paul D. Colford, St. Martin's Press, 1993, Chapter 2: Beating the Draft.])
Michael Savage (aka Michael Alan Weiner) - did not serve,
too busy chasing herbs and botany degrees in Hawaii and Fiji
John Wayne,
did not serve
Pat Robertson - claimed during 1986 campaign to be a "combat veteran." In reality, was a "
Liquor Officer."
Bill Kristol, did not serve
Sean Hannity, did not serve.
Kenneth Starr, did not serve
Antonin Scalia, did not serve
Clarence Thomas, did not serve
Ralph Reed, did not serve
Michael Medved, did not serve
Charlie Daniels, did not serve
Ted Nugent, did not serve
Country Singer Toby Keith, did not serve. (1
Radio Host Phil Hendrie, did not serve.
Pretty impressive list, huh? Oh, and while you're checking out the page, note the long list of prominent Democrats who actually did go to war and risked their lives for our country.
Conservatives: Proving again that talk is cheap.

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