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Sunday, May 13, 2012

Veterans for Obama, Chickenhawks for Romney

It makes perfect sense.  The low IQ xenophobic “America is Number One and Don’t You Forget It!!!” types who wouldn’t know a military uniform if it bit ‘em on the ass — they’ll vote for Romney.  Veterans on the other hand are leaning more and more toward Obama.

Now granted, neither Obama or Romney ever served in the military.  But at least Obama has tried to end the two quagmires he inherited from Dumbya.  And unlike Romney and the other GOP chickenhawks, Obama isn’t champing at the bit to invade Iran.

The linked article quotes a retired 30-year Army veteran who previously voted for Ron Paul “because of his unchanging stand against overseas involvement.”  This November he plans to vote for the candidate who’s least likely to start “knee-jerk reaction wars.”  He also said:  “I really don't like the direction we are going, how we seem to come closer daily towards a war with Iran.”

As the linked article says:  “Disaffection with the politics of shock and awe runs deep among men and women who have served in the military during the past decade of conflict.”  Damn right.  “Shock and awe” is one of those phrases that’s great fun to yell out from behind a podium or computer console.  It’s not quite as much fun when you’re physically surrounded by it, in the thick of it.

Another retired Army veteran — who’s also a Southern Baptist and NASCAR fan — said:

“I went to war for George Bush.  But we can't keep policing the world.”

Right now Obama has a seven point lead among veterans; not exactly a slam dunk.  But if Mitt “war is heck” Romney keeps vomiting out more jingoistic war whoops, that seven-point lead might get a lot wider.



Blogger Mr. Charleston said...

We can only hope.

May 13, 2012 at 1:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Republicans will create a "Swift Boats Veterans" type group in time for the elections that will claim Romney is a Medal of Honor winner.


May 13, 2012 at 2:02 PM  
Blogger Grung_e_Gene said...

"Disaffection" is my middle name!

Veterans no long lean overwhelmingly towards Republicans precisely because of the abhorrent record Right-Wingers have towards the military and Vets.

The difference between Romney and Obama is clear and decisive.

In 1966, 19 year old Mitt Romney protested an anti-war sit in, holding a sign declaring Speak Out Don't Sit-In. Romney was more than willing to champion the Draft and the War in Vietnam because he knew his dandified, moneyed, lilly-livered, pampered ass wasn't going anywhere near it.

Hypocrisy and Cowardice are fundamental aspects of being a Republican these days. Breakdown the entire roster of CPAC and you'll find every level of Republican leadership is stocked, overwhelming, with those who found a war to avoid service and Vietnam.

May 13, 2012 at 2:13 PM  
Anonymous Jolly Roger said...

I'm guessing our Armed Forces members are tired of getting blown to bits while rich cowards move them around like pieces on a game board.

May 13, 2012 at 2:14 PM  
Anonymous Jess said...

Need to remember also, the troops are seeing exactly who is doing for them and who is using them as props to trot out for PR purposes. I am certain we will have someone come by, can't think of who, say that this is wishful thinking on our parts. Gotta leave a mark though, that the GoOpers only have old, pasty white, southern Teabangelicals behind them oh and the women that do what they are told. Got my ballot for our primary here in CA yesterday and laughed my ass off when I saw Oily Taint's name there. I am so tempted to vote for her, just for the fun of it.

May 13, 2012 at 5:46 PM  
Blogger S.W. Anderson said...

Active-duty military people should be especially concerned about Romney becoming c-in-c. The guy seems incapable of true empathy for the pain and suffering of others. My reading of him is that if he has a conscience at all, it's stunted and anemic. Those aren't character traits any military member wants in a commander in chief.

May 14, 2012 at 1:02 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Mr. C: Hope springs eternal.

Erik: I think they already have a "swift boat" campaign underway.

Grung: I can picture a 19-year-old Mitt Romney being scared shitless to join the Army while simultaneously creaming his pants at the thought of other people getting sent to Vietnam.

JR: I'm glad they're finally getting tired of it.

Jess: Oily Taint is running for something? I don't think she could get elected to anything in South Carolina, let alone California. (I hope anyway.)

SW: A chickenhawk Commander-in-Chief with a "stunted and anemic" conscience -- Definitely not something our service members want.

May 14, 2012 at 1:43 PM  
Anonymous Jess said...

@Tom. Oh yeah, she is running for senator hoping to unseat DiFi. I wish that I was being funny here but I am not.

May 14, 2012 at 3:09 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jess: Oily Taint running for the Senate? LOL. I guess that guarantees Feinstein another 6-year term.

May 14, 2012 at 5:06 PM  

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