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Republican Beats Iraq Veteran in Ohio Vote - New York Times
Wow.. how many veterans have the Republican's smeared? Let's see, there was McCain, Kerry, Cleland, and now Hackett.
Maybe the headlines should have read, "Republicans Defeat Another Veteran".
Support the troops -- as long as they do as they're told. Or as one poster at Free Republic put it:
I have problems with soldiers speaking publicly against decisions that have been made...their job is to salute the flagpole and carry on.
Yes, they are the kitchen help of the political world.
Now, whether a candidate has military experience or not is not all that important to me. It does show that they have personal experience to speak about issues that they have witnessed firsthand. But that does not necessarily mean that they will be a good politician. Schimdt ran a rubber stamp campaign, "supporting the president" in his war on people we're scared of, that was enough to get her elected. Hell, in some places (OK for example) it would be enough to get a turnip elected.
"Voters declared that they support our president and approve of his leadership," Ms. Schmidt, 53, told supporters gathered at a suburban Holiday Inn late Tuesday evening. "They want us to stay the course so the enemies of freedom cannot bring their terrorism to our shores again."
Um, yeah, tax cuts for freedom!
What I found particularly amusing was the position that Hackett should not be critical of the president. That calling the president out on his failed policies was somehow putting troops in danger. As if the bad decision making wwas not doing that already?
So the only position a soldier coming home from war is allowed to have, is one of complete and unconditional support for the decisions of the civilian leadership? And to have an contrary opinion is putting fellow soldiers in danger? Makes it hard to run against a president in "wartime", especially if even civilian politicians who question the divine wisdom of "Our Dear Leader" are called traitors.
So many rules...
But hey, we know they're all bogus and will get tossed out the window the first time there's a Democratic president serving during "wartime" and a combat vet comes home and runs as a Republican, calling the president a lie and a traitor.
Then he will be hailed as a hero and a patriot.
But I guess that's just politics.
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