Since I couldn’t have said it better myself, I’d like to reprint ThatGayConservative’s column in full here at GayPatriot….
ThatGayConservative: Thoughts from the Smoker’s Porch* — The “Chickenhawk” Slur Arises Once Again.
Once again, the liberals are blast-faxing/e-mailing their minions to break out the “Chickenhawk slur again. Jim Hawkins at RightWingNews explains what a Chickenhawk is here:
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the word or who associate it with its more vulgar meaning, when the left uses the term, they are generally referring to a foreign policy hawk who has not been in the military and is not seeking to join up.
Again, the liberal left is trotting out their tired, worn out arguments of the past. They make the same old claims that Bush shouldn’t have started a war because he never served in the military. Supposedly, you can’t support a war if you’ve never been there. For added measure, they throw in the Michael Moore lies that nobody in Congress has children serving in Iraq or they use the worn out excuse that neither of Bush’s daughters are serving in the military. They’ve also rolled out the failed “Bush was AWOL” story again.
The race for the White House should be about leadership,…We do not need to divide America over who served and how….Are we now to descend, like latter-day Spiro Agnews, and play, as he did, to the worst instincts of divisiveness and reaction that still haunt America? Are we now going to create a new scarlet letter in the context of Vietnam?
John F.You Kerry 30 January, 1992
First of all, American Diplomacy notes that of the 41 presidents the U.S. has had since 1798, sixteen of them, or 39% did not have prior military service. Seven of those, including Woodrow Wilson and Franklin Roosevelt who presided over both world wars, were Democrats. Most recently, President BJ Clinton deployed the military more often in 8 years than any other president in the previous 50 years while providing less funding.
The American Heritage Foundation explains the problems with that policy here. The hypocrisy here is that BJ didn’t serve. He went so far as to dodge the draft by running away to England and to Soviet Moscow. He even went so far as to send a letter to his ROTC commander that he “loathed the military”. Yet there’s nary a whimper from the liberals that BJ never served.
The left also loves to claim that you can’t support the war if you’ve never been there. That’s pure, unadulterated BS plain and simple. One of the things that helped America win WWII and any previous war was the support on the home front from those who had never been there.
Alternatively, I like to ask how they can oppose the war if they’ve never been there and experienced it firsthand.
Another favorite of the liberals is to whine that Jenna and Barbara Bush aren’t serving in the military. The last I checked, the U.S. still had a volunteer military and was not likely to change that policy anytime soon. At the same time, one could ask why Chelsea Clinton never served in Kosovo? She was certainly old enough to enlist, so what’s the story? Apparently, the liberals would have anybody that didn’t agree with them pressed into service.
Another fallacious liberal favorite is the allegation that Bush never served in the military or that he was AWOL. Bill Burkett found military documents in a Kinkos, so it must be true. First of all, contrary to what the liberals would have you believe, the Air National Guard is real military service. The Texas ANG was in charge of protecting the state of Texas during Vietnam. Many pilots did see action in Vietnam as well. The left, who claim to love the military, have no problem bashing the Guard and her members. Apparently, though, running off to England and Soviet Moscow is considered higher service than Air National Guard service. They’d rather count on the testimony of an officer in the Alabama National Guard who can’t remember if he was there, let alone Bush.
So why do the liberals keep trotting out these failed arguments? The answer is your stupidity. The liberals believe that you’re too stupid to know any better or to find out things on your own. They believe that they still have a monopoly on news and information in this country. In essence, they still “misunderstimate” you, your intelligence and your ability to figure shit out on your own.
Additional Note 19 Aug. 2005
After participating in a lengthy comment session over at GayPatriot, it’s become clear to me that the reason the liberals engage in these lies is to try and justify their own hatred. Not only that, but it’s further attempts by the left to stop any and all threats to lord BJ’s supposed “legacy”.
*The Smoker’s Porch is a wonderous place for those who have never been. The Smoker’s Porch exist wherever smokers congregate. There the issues of the day whether it be college, work, local, mational etc. are discussed and sorted through. Oftentimes, solutions and ideas can be found there.
When my younger brother was a senior at The Citadel in Band Company, he held the position of C.O. (commanding officer) of the smoker’s porch. We have a bar out on the lanai at my house where my brother and I get together to smoke, drink and discuss the latest issues or issues of the past, as we are both history nuts. If you’re not a smoker, I highly recommend visiting your nearest Smoker’s Porch.