Every generation needs a new revolution.

- Thomas Jefferson


Yesterday, there was one of those prominent Democrats defending Kerry on a talking head show who decided to say Bush had betrayed his country for not serving in Vietnam. Yes, betrayed is what she said. Given the opportunity to clarify her remark, or perhaps even apologize, she stood by the description of betrayal.

Yes, Bush was in the National Guard, and his service record is bland, but betray his country? A bit strong, one would think, when he must have shown up once or twice to learn how to fly a jet, one must assume. Perhaps they would suggest anyone in the National Guard today has betrayed their country, it only goes to reason.

There is something not mentioned. Kerry served in the Navy, perhaps not as safe as the National Guard, but a lot safer than being a Marine or in the Army. And he wanted to serve, right? That is what he would have us think, but apparently "When he approached his draft board for permission to study for a year in Paris, the draft board refused and Kerry decided to enlist in the Navy.".

Remember, when you enlist, you choose the service. George Bush served in the National Guard, and John Kerry enlisted in the Navy. In the context of his request for a deferment, does his enlistment sound so heroic?

posted at 06:32:00 on 08/24/04 by clearpolitics - Category: General - [Permalink]

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