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Mitt Romney, hid behind church, DRAFT DODGER

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Romney 2012 - Mitt Romney, draft dodger, has wide support of military veterans

It’s rather well-known by now amongst those who care for matters political that Mitt Romney conveniently received a Vietnam War deferment for Mormon missionary work in Paris, France. This detail wouldn’t be so interesting if it were not for Romney’s pro-Vietnam war position activities in 1968, in which he staged a counter-protest to demonstrations against Stanford University’s draft-status tests.

Indeed, if he was so gung-ho about the anti-communist effort in Vietnam, why didn’t he simply bypass the draft and enlist? For Romney, religion was a convenient shelter. He was not ultimately interested in the blood and gore of battle but in the wars launched by men in boardrooms against other companies and, indeed, common people.

So it is with some wonder that a recent poll indicates Romney enjoys wide support from military veterans.

According to a Gallup poll, veterans account for 13% of the U.S. population, though it is mostly comprised of older men. “U.S. veterans… support Mitt Romney over Barack Obama for president by 58% to 34%, while nonveterans give Obama a four-percentage-point edge,” reports Gallup, which added, “Those younger than 50 are roughly as likely to support Romney as are those 60 and older.”

Perhaps the current veteran support for Romney is simply a function of many military folk traditionally voting Republican. The GOP is quite open about a robust defense budget, which signals (at least symbolically) no shortage of work for warriors. However, one is left wondering if the GOP’s penchant for war-making ever enters the veteran thought process. And when one considers the fact that President Obama has hardly cut the defense budget — indeed, he has maintained it — the bafflement only grows.

What veterans must see in Mitt Romney, a draft dodger who received three academic deferments after the gift of his religion, would be a source of curiosity if it were not so <snip>ed discouraging. Nothing in his personal and business biography indicates any sort of comparable life experience with the average veteran. But this is the version of America hatched from that acting hack Ronald Reagan. The genius of his method — and it was an acting method — is to adopt a role and project an image of success (financial and economic prosperity) that so stupefies an audience (voting population) that reason is rendered a mental after-thought.

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Comments

1.
TenajComment by Tenaj - August 5, 2012, 12:12 pm
a draft dodger who received three academic deferments after the gift of his religion
2.
JAP69Comment by JAP69 - August 5, 2012, 12:17 pm
Pres Obama and former President Clinton have no record of military service.
3.
TenajComment by Tenaj - August 5, 2012, 12:28 pm
Obama signed up for Selective Service when he graduated high school, Romney got exempted three times citing church reasons and the Viet Nam war was over when Obama graduated high school, whereas, Romney dodged the Viet Nam war.
4.
Comment by scorpio - August 5, 2012, 12:33 pm
so romney should pay his mormon church tithes as they kept him from dying in war.either way the veterans defense budget is going to be cut.either through seqrestration or the presidents budget.the t party brought on the seqrestration which passed congress,but now trying to stop.congress will not vote on Obamas budget,even in senate.something will happen soon.
5.
Comment by bobbya - August 5, 2012, 4:03 pm
The President registered for the draft as required by law at age 18 in 1979.
The Viet Nam conflict had ended in 1975.
He didn't protest the conflict during his high school years.
Romney ran to France after education deferments expired.
Romney also has 4 sons and NOT ONE of them has EVER served their country in Uniform.
The right and Republicans have abused the all voluntary military so much with multiple deployments to multiple wars they started that they no longer hold the advantage in the military vote they once did.

6.
Comment by bobbya - August 5, 2012, 4:04 pm
The President registered for the draft as required by law at age 18 in 1979.
The Viet Nam conflict had ended in 1975.
He didn't protest the conflict during his high school years.
Romney ran to France after education deferments expired.
Most other draft dodgers of the era were running to Canada.
Romney also has 4 sons and NOT ONE of them has EVER served their country in Uniform.
The right and Republicans have abused the all voluntary military so much with multiple deployments to multiple wars they started that they no longer hold the advantage in the military vote they once did.

7.
Comment by bobbya - August 5, 2012, 4:12 pm
MADDOG on his blog posted a completely wrong definition of "Draft Dodger".
He confused "Conscientous Objector" with Draft Dodger!
Both Muhammed Ali and Jimmi Hendrix WERE Conscientous Objectors who were Conscripted but refused to serve due to their anti-war stances.
Draft Dodgers whose lottery numbers were drawn DID NOT show up for Conscription and either ran to Canada or elsewhere or simply went into hiding.
8.
Comment by bobbya - August 5, 2012, 4:15 pm
MADDOG simply stuck his foot into it!
I'm NOW wondering IF HE EVER served because of it?
Heh,heh,heh,heh,heh
9.
Comment by scorpio - August 5, 2012, 7:25 pm
he seems to know a lot about draft dodging.maybe he can help pay romneys tithe!

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