Yet another reason why Mitt Romney has no business running for President.
Mitt Romney sought four draft deferments to avoid military service in the Vietnam War and instead went to France to "serve as a minister of religion." Of not serving in Vietnam, Romney said this:
“I longed in many respects to actually be in Vietnam and be representing our country there, and in some ways it was frustrating not to feel like I was there as part of the troops that were fighting in Vietnam.”
But then he also said this:
“It was not my desire to go off and serve in Vietnam, but nor did I take any actions to remove myself from the pool of young men who were eligible for the draft,” Romney told the newspaper.
Romney has five sons, and yet none of them has served in any of Bush's ongoing wars either. When Romney was asked about this in 2007, he had this now infamous response:
“It’s remarkable how we can show our support for our nation, and one of the ways my sons are showing support for our nation is helping to get me elected, because they think I’d be a great president.
Not that Mitt Romney doesn't "support" wars, beyond "longing to feel as if he were a part of them" while not serving, he does. In addition to being quite the chicken-hawk, he's made sure to appeal to the warmongers in his party and filled his campaign with the same Iraq war brain surgeon advisers who served under Bush, and who are now drooling at the prospect of another war ASAP if Mitt's elected.
Along with all that, Romney has shown himself to be a contender in a contest with Dick Cheney and George W. Bush for showing the least amount of respect for those who do serve in the endless wars they eagerly engage in. Not only would he gladly send your sons and daughters to fight those wars for him, but this is a man who didn't bother to address the military or veterans at all during the RNC but managed to fit in an actor who lambasted an empty chair for things an invisible President Obama never said, including four letter words.
This is a man who said he wanted to send troops back to Iraq, and stay in Afghanistan, and yet when it comes to paying for those wars, "you people" aren't entitled to an explanation on where that money will come from until after Romney's in the Oval office. Never before has there been a candidate whose entire four (or eight) year plan is "just trust me." Luckily anyone with common sense doesn't have to wait that long. We can figure it out: It's called math. Or as President Bill Clinton explained during the DNC earlier this month:
You see they want to go back to the same old policies that got us into trouble in the first place: to cut taxes for high income Americans even more than President Bush did; to get rid of those pesky financial regulations designed to prevent another crash and prohibit future bailouts; to increase defense spending two trillion dollars more than the Pentagon has requested without saying what they'll spend the money on; to make enormous cuts in the rest of the budget, especially programs that help the middle class and poor kids.
When Romney said the troops didn't warrant a mention in his convention speech because they weren't important enough to make his "laundry list," he meant it. You see, in Romney's view, veterans fall into that category of the 47 percent of Americans who are dependant on government because they're "unwilling to take responsibility" for themselves. You know, like the elderly, who expect the Medicare benefits they paid into their entire working lives to still be there when they need them upon retirement. Never mind that those troops were the ones actually fighting in those Republican manufactured wars while it was not Mitt's "desire to go off and serve," or that of his five sons, not one thought it was more patriotic to fight for hs country than it was to make sure Dad got elected.
Never let it be said that Mitt Romney would miss a chance to project his own "life experiences" onto someone else in the sickest possible way. He's made a living off of "entitlements" at the expense of others. He's never had to "take responsibility" for his own life merely because he's Mitt Romney, and he doesn't have to. To anyone who might delude themselves that this would all change should he become President, think again.
To prepare for the upcoming debates, instead of focusing on the issues that really matter to voters in this country, say how we're going to pay for things like those tax cuts even larger than Bush's, and yes, those wars, just for starters, Romney has been spending his time practicing on "zingers" since August.
Mitt Romney defended not bothering to mention the troops in his RNC speech, much less thanking them for their service or even acknowledging it because he spoke to some members of the American Legion the day before, so it didn't matter.
Well, in the video below, Sen. Jim Webb explained to Romney exactly why it does matter, and the fact that he requires an explanation in the first place is just one of several reasons why Mitt Romney should never be President.
(Read the transcript of Sen. Webb's speech here.)