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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentMilitary · 1 decade ago

Republican Parents: Since you feel the war is critical to our safety, are you urging your children to enlist?

This question is for all those in the Pro-War crowd. Since the Iraqi war is so critical to our nation's security, (by fighting them in Bagdad, we don't have to fight them in Topeka) you are doing the right thing and urgently insisting that your children enlist to serve in Iraq, aren't you?

If you're not demanding that they serve in the armed forces, that would be indicative of some doubt concerning the security issue and even some thought that the war was probably started for oil, or Halliburton, or Israel, or thrills, or someone's ego needed some boosting. Wouldn't it?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    If they are true to the example their leaders set no.

    Richard Gephardt: Air National Guard, 1965-71.

    David Bonior: Staff Sgt., Air Force 1968-72.

    Tom Daschle: 1st Lt., Air Force SAC 1969-72.

    Al Gore: enlisted Aug. 1969; sent to Vietnam Jan. 1971 as an army ournalist in 20th Engineer Brigade.

    Bob Kerrey: Lt. j.g. Navy 1966-69; Medal of Honor, Vietnam.

    Daniel Inouye: Army 1943-47; Medal of Honor, WWII.

    John Kerry: Lt., Navy 1966-70; Silver Star, Bronze Star with Combat V, Purple Hearts.

    Charles Rangel: Staff Sgt., Army 1948-52; Bronze Star, Korea.

    Max Cleland: Captain, Army 1965-68; Silver Star & Bronze Star, Vietnam. Paraplegic from war injuries. Served in Congress.

    Ted Kennedy: Army, 1951-53.

    Tom Harkin: Lt., Navy, 1962-67; Naval Reserve, 1968-74.

    Jack Reed: Army Ranger, 1971-1979; Captain, Army Reserve 1979-91.

    Fritz Hollings: Army officer in WWII; Bronze Star and seven campaign ribbons.

    Leonard Boswell: Lt. Col., Army 1956-76; Vietnam, DFCs, Bronze Stars,and Soldier's Medal.

    Pete Peterson: Air Force Captain, POW. Purple Heart, Silver Star and Legion of Merit.

    Mike Thompson: Staff sergeant, 173rd Airborne, Purple Heart.

    Bill McBride: Candidate for Fla. Governor. Marine in Vietnam; Bronze Star with Combat V.

    Gray Davis: Army Captain in Vietnam, Bronze Star.

    Pete Stark: Air Force 1955-57

    Chuck Robb: Vietnam

    Howell Heflin: Silver Star

    George McGovern: Silver Star & DFC during WWII.

    Bill Clinton: Did not serve. Student deferments. Entered draft but received #311.

    Jimmy Carter: Seven years in the Navy.

    Walter Mondale: Army 1951-1953

    John Glenn: WWII and Korea; six DFCs and AirMedal with 18 Clusters.

    Tom Lantos: Served in Hungarian underground in WWII. Saved by Raoul Wallenberg.

    Republicans --

    Dick Cheney: did not serve. Several deferments, the last by marriage.

    Dennis Hastert: did not serve.

    Tom Delay: did not serve.

    Roy Blunt: did not serve.

    Bill Frist: did not serve.

    Mitch McConnell: did not serve.

    Rick Santorum: did not serve.

    Trent Lott: did not serve.

    John Ashcroft: did not serve. Seven deferments to teach business.

    Jeb Bush: did not serve.

    Karl Rove: did not serve.

    Saxby Chambliss: did not serve. "Bad knee." The man who attacked Max Cleland's patriotism.

    Paul Wolfowitz: did not serve.

    Vin Weber: did not serve.

    Richard Perle: did not serve.

    Douglas Feith: did not serve.

    Eliot Abrams: did not serve.

    Richard Shelby: did not serve.

    Jon! Kyl: did not serve.

    Tim Hutchison: did not serve.

    Christopher Cox: did not serve.

    Newt Gingrich: did not serve.

    Don Rumsfeld: served in Navy (1954-57) as flight instructor.

    George W. Bush: failed to complete his six-year National Guard; got assigned to Alabama so he could campaign for family friend running for U.S. Senate; failed to show up for required medical exam, disappeared from duty.

    Ronald Reagan: due to poor eyesight, served in a non- combat role making movies.

    B-1 Bob Dornan: Consciously enlisted after fighting was over in Korea.

    Phil Gramm: did not serve.

    John McCain: Vietnam POW, Silver Star, Bronze Star, Legion of Merit, Purple Heart and Distinguished Flying Cross.

    Dana Rohrabacher: did not serve.

    John M. McHugh: did not serve.

    JC Watts: did not serve.

    Jack Kemp: did not serve. "Knee problem, " although continued in NFL for 8 years as quarterback.

    Dan Quayle: Journalism unit of the Indiana National Guard.

    Rudy Giuliani: did not serve.

    George Pataki: did not serve.

    Spencer Abraham: did not serve.

    John Engler: did not serve.

    Lindsey Graham: National Guard lawyer.

    Arnold Schwarzenegger: AWOL from Austrian army base.

    Pundits & Preachers

    Sean Hannity: did not serve.

    Rush Limbaugh: did not serve (4-F with a 'pilonidal cyst.')

    Bill O'Reilly: did not serve.

    Michael Savage: did not serve.

    George Will: did not serve.

    Chris Matthews: did not serve.

    Paul Gigot: did not serve.

    Bill Bennett: did not serve.

    Pat Buchanan: did not serve.

    John Wayne: did not serve.

    Bill Kristol: did not serve.

    Kenneth Starr: did not serve.

    Antonin Scalia: did not serve.

    Clarence Thomas: did not serve.

    Ralph Reed: did not serve.

    Michael Medved: did not serve.

    Charlie Daniels: did not serve.

    Ted Nugent: did not serve. (He only shoots at things that don't shoot back.)

    Please keep this information circulating --Illinois State Sen. Howard W. Carroll

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Well, you have a rather glaring flaw in your argument. While your attempt to cateqorize all republicans as hypocrites is duly noted, maybe you should think your reasoning through a little more. Maybe you don't have kids, but a parents main concern is thier child. It doesn't matter how they vote. People fight for what they believe in, they don't offer thier children up as a sacrifice. I imagine (and I apologize if I'm wrong) that you are now jumping to the conclusion that I'm pro bush and pro war. I'll take this chance to point out that you're wrong. I don't know why we're in this war. As time goes on I have more and more doubts, like many Americans. However, I don't see the point in judging a whole group of people for not sharing my beliefs. And I especially don't see the point of asking these same people to offer up the ones they love the most. Lately, that is what I've noticed happens so much. The people who seem to be for peace, love, and claim to have such open minds are often just as quick to jump in and condemn other people for not having the same mindset. Thank you to anyone who is serving our country, republican or not.

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  • 1 decade ago

    well, my children are both 3, so i won't be demanding that they serve. however, if they were of age to enlist, i would not demand that they do anything. i would hope that i would have raised them with an understanding of what it means to be free, how we became a free country in the first place, and what an honor it is to defend this country and everyone in it (including liberals). i would also be sure that i have taught my children that war sucks and that war requires that some people die, that by enlisting in the service you are signing up to defend this country - not just get a free education, and that we cannot ever really know the truth when the government is involved (liberals or conservatives).

    but that one fact remains, we are still a great country, a free country and sometimes that alone is worth fighting for.

    okay, i'm stepping down off my soapbox now.

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  • 1 decade ago

    "i'm sorry to you republicans, but i just have to say...you suck!

    please dont be mad at me!"

    This type of answer is exactly why I do not respect many people who decide to voice their political opinion. It is my belief that if you are going to state your opinion about politics for your own sake you should make it an educated opinion. This type of response only makes the answerer look foolish and naive.

    The question should be "Are you yourself enlisting?" rather than whether Republicans are urging their children to enlist. The whole point of this country is that people have the ability to make their own choices. No one ever said that war was safe or secure. Whether the war is for a just or unjust reason there are risks that must be taken. No parents want to see their children hurt, but all the parents of soldiers I have known have fully supported their children's' choices.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Since we have an ALL VOLUNTEER MILITARY, it would be their choice to serve or not to serve. I would support them no matter the decision. George Bush's daughters do not serve b/c again, it is an all volunteer military.

    Your Michael Moore question is about 35 years old, and would be relevant in the day when we used to have a draft.

    I served in the military, I served in Iraq, I am a Conservative Republican. The reason your hero al gore didn't want the Florida overseas ballots counted because they were Conservative Republican ballots. "Every vote counts, and every vote counted!"

    So your question about trying to insinuate that Conservative Republicans are not really supporting the war in Iraq is false, they are the ones fighting it. So you America-Hating liberals can continue to exercise your hatred.

    Source(s): Veteran of a Foreign War
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  • 1 decade ago

    it should never be the parents decision for a person to enlist in the military, your question serves no purpose other than to try and start a democrat vs. republican flame war. you are pathetic and shameless and you are a sad excuse of an american.

    and to all the people who are so ignorant about the reason we went to war all I have to say is, quit believing everything you read and start learning life by living it, not watching it on t.v.

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  • RATM
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    1 decade ago

    Good point, I don't believe Bush's children are enlisted. I say things like this whenever people support the war and call liberals cowards, "If your so brave and pro-war why are you here, why are you not enlisting in the armed forces?"

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  • 1 decade ago

    My children are to young but I hope by dealing with this now that they wont have to in the future. Some one in my family has fought in every world war and most conflicts before and after. They have been Dem's and repubs alike. Your blanket statement that only republicans fight or should be the only ones to fight is ridiculous at best.(united we stand devided we fall)

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  • 1 decade ago

    I sure hope they are. They are the ones who voted in Bush and got us into the UNNECESSARY mess!!!

    I personally think all republican males should go to the top of the draft list... afterall, they got us into a war based on false lies because they were stupid enough to vote Bush in twice. Why should democrat's children die for their bull. And heck no the Iraqi war is not preserving any darn thing about our way of life. It is actually destroying our way of life and our country. If you don't believe me, just wait and see...WW3 is right around the corner.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Yes

    And to prove the point enlistment has met it's goal in the military. Re-enlistment is also at an all time high.

    You live in a sheltered world if you do not understand what is at stake in the war on terrorism.. The Quaran tells those that follow it to kill the infidel. To them we are all infidels. I'd rather it be them dead than us.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Military service is a noble profession. Everybody is invited not only Republicans but Democrats as well to serve the flag and country.

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