Tuesday, October 31, 2006
So, Let Me Get This Straight
John Kerry wants to let us all know that if you don’t work hard and eat your Wheaties, you may well be stuck in with all the other mentally deficient men and women who serve in the military. And when that makes a person or two cranky, he wants us to know that his words are a big Republican plot and, well, damnit, he’s just not going to take it anymore.
Senator John Kerry issued the following statement in response to White House Press Secretary Tony Snow, assorted right wing nut-jobs, and right wing talk show hosts desperately distorting Kerry’s comments about President Bush to divert attention from their disastrous record:
“If anyone thinks a veteran would criticize the more than 140,000 heroes serving in Iraq and not the president who got us stuck there, they’re crazy. This is the classic G.O.P. playbook. I’m sick and tired of these despicable Republican attacks that always seem to come from those who never can be found to serve in war, but love to attack those who did.
You know, his self-righteous chest-beating and name calling would be funny if this guy weren’t the Democrat’s most recent choice to lead our country. The far-left Pelosi, the screaming Dean, and the PR disaster Kerry--the face of the modern party of the left.
Thanks for the entertainment, Mr. Kerry.
It actually reminds me of when I was dating Chris. Chris was pretty, smart, fun, and--well, she was lots of things. One thing she wasn’t, though, was particularly sensitive. One morning when we were lounging in bed, we started talking about my time in the military. She refused to believe that the military was made up of intelligent, well-adjusted people who had actively chosen a profession with little thanks, tiny paychecks, and the real potential for physical harm. Even when it came to me, she couldn’t imagine that I wanted to serve.
Which, that’s a tough concept for some people to gather in their heads. Chris persisted in believing that I had gone into the military because I had lacked direction and good counsel from my parents and peers. The truth is that I lost direction once I left the military--that I knew who I wanted to be in military terms, but I had to actively try to figure out what my life would be outside the bounds of the service in which I believed so deeply. She never understood why what she said had bothered me.
Some people join for college benefits. Some join because they do need to find direction. Some join because the believe in a particular cause (witness those who joined post-9/11 who may never have considered a military career otherwise). And some join because they believe that it is better to serve something greater than themselves--something that will live on long after they do and something that has the chance to make the world a little safer.
I met intelligent, accomplished, and “together” people in the Army. These weren’t, in the main, people with no place to go; these were people who knew precisely where they wanted to be.