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Mitt and the Chickenhawk Problem?

Posted in Election 2008,Media Bias by Ryan on the August 21st, 2007

I read an article that touches on this weird question I have only heard asked of Mitt Romney.  Did his sons serve in the military?

Mitt Romney has five strapping sons, and not one of them has ever served in the military.

No.  What is the assumption here?  At least one of them should have served?  Apparently none of them serving bothers some people, particularly Froma Harrop. So…if at least one had served then we’re talking about 20%.  Are we seriously expecting 20% of males to serve in the military, or just 1 per family which greatly increases the percentage nationwide.  And then what? That somehow qualifies their fathers to form foreign policy in wartime as it relates to the United States?  Can you imagine, out of my graduating senior class of high school, out of 200-250 males, 40-50 of them eventually serving in the military?

The article then goes on to paint a picture of wealth and ease that these sons enjoy, as if they alone ride stationary bicycles for exercise, participate in bike rides in Iowa, boat in New Hampshire and play volleyball with their family.  All the while unaccustomed to the hardship of war in Iraq.  The vast majority of people are non-military families.  Is this fact hard to swallow along with the pleasures of civilian life?

Throughout the campaign, Romney has showcased his athletic boys, ages 26 to 37, as all that is good about America and himself. It apparently never occurred to him that anyone in the audience would place his five princes in the same thought as Sadr City.

It didn’t occur to Froma Harrop that America is not a militarized nation with mandatory service.  Indeed we laud those that serve, but what are the rest of us to do?  Bemoan our not serving the military and delegitimize our family’s ability to analyze world affairs?

It simply strikes me as a poor jab at Romney that simply isn’t reasonable. Perhaps we should make some sort of law requiring those that vote to have a familial military connection…perhaps that would make those like Froma Harrop think twice.

Romney Wins in Iowa Ames Poll

Posted in U.S. by Ryan on the August 12th, 2007

Read about it here.

 “It is a win,” David Yepsen, political columnist with The Des Moines Register, said of Romney. “But it is somewhat shallow, because his big opponents didn’t show up.

“What does it mean to get in the ring and your opponents don’t even show up,” added Yepsen, who is considered the dean of the Iowa political press corps.

It means exactly what Romney’s camp said when Giuliani and McCain dropped out:

“It looks as if we just beat those campaigns in Iowa two months earlier than we had planned on beating them.”

This is Why Racism Will Die Slowly

Posted in U.S. by Ryan on the August 6th, 2007

This main article at ESPN.com is just bizarre.

I had no idea this had become an issue of race…

Yes…the man should be given due process, and he is…since when does media and public pressure on an athlete with co-denfendants pleading guilty represent a denial of due process?  The judicial system is not being circumvented.

Do they really think that Vick is being targeted because he is black?!  The thing that is bizarre, they do.

This is why racism(according to African Americans) will die slowly.

And They Say Obama Sounds Naive

Posted in War on Terror,World by Ryan on the August 4th, 2007

While Hillary and others criticize Barack Obama for his comments about meeting with leaders from Iran, Cuba, Venezuela, Syria and North Korea, another candidate is making bizarre comments.

Tom Tancredo suggests we threaten to attack Mecca in the event of another terrorist attack.