Carol Platt Liebau: The Dems & the Troops

Monday, November 27, 2006

The Dems & the Troops

Apparently, Charles Rangel took a stab at his own version of John Kerry's "joke," declaring that, "If a young fellow has an option of having a decent career, or joining the Army to fight in Iraq, you can bet your life that he would not be in Iraq."

What's interesting is the extent to which this demonstrates a Democratic mindset. It also proves that the MSM was being waaay too kind to Kerry in allowing him to characterize his pre-election comments as a joke. Anyone can see that what Kerry said ("Education -- if you make the most of it and you study hard and you do your homework, and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don't, you get stuck in Iraq.") wasn't intended as a joke; it was supposed to be a cautionary tale of the type popular among politicans exhorting young people to study hard (in the vein of "If you don't study, you'll end up working a minimum wage job").

It's shameful that Democratic politicians don't see soldiers as anything more than victims -- and stupid ones, at that. I wonder what they'd say to Sam Bond -- son of Senator Kit Bond, a graduate of St. Albans and Princeton, and a first lieutenant in the Marines who was stationed in Fallujah. Is he a victim, gentlemen, or just too stupid to choose what Charles Rangel would term "decent career"?

For my part, I'd just call him a patriot -- and an exceptionally brave one.


Blogger eLarson said...

It's been asked before, but "When is Rangel going to choose a decent career?"

10:54 AM  
Blogger COPioneer said...

Rangel was in the military, so I guess you just end up a sorry excuse for a polititian after that.

Now, did Trent Lott get by with just saying "it was a botched joke, you think I like botched jokes?" When what Lott said was only misconstrued by racists to be racist.

12:23 PM  
Blogger Cliff said...

The dems true colors on parade!

Boldly and unafraid.

9:16 PM  
Blogger eLarson said...

Were there draftees in the Korea-Era Army that Rangel served in? I have to wonder how much of his complaint is based on his memories rather than current conditions.

7:12 AM  

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