At a recent press conference during his “Ask Mitt Anything” tour in Iowa this week, Presidential candidate and clueless half-wit Mitt Romney was asked if any of his five sons, who are all of age to serve in the military, are planning to support the war on terror by enlisting. This was his answer:
“The good news is that we have a volunteer Army and that’s the way we’re going to keep it,” Romney told some 200 people gathered in an abbey near the Mississippi River that had been converted into a hotel. “My sons are all adults and they’ve made decisions about their careers and they’ve chosen not to serve in the military and active duty and I respect their decision in that regard.”
He added: “One of the ways my sons are showing support for our nation is helping me get elected because they think I’d be a great president.”
Hmmm. Yes, we do indeed have a volunteer army, and that allows chickenhawks like Romney to send the poor off to die in wars their own sons lack the courage to truly support.
Still, one wonders what sort of post-traumatic counseling the sons of Romney will need after the election, once their father has been thoroughly slaughtered at the polls.
Then there are the papercuts, stapler misfires, and general tripping hazards one experiences at a typical cushy desk job… the mind reels at the dangers these boys will face on the campaign trail with their father. The campaign road is a dangerous place… many of them might not come back in one piece.
Of course, they are adults and we do have a volunteer force. They have the right not to serve, and to support a war they won’t ever have to experience personally. But let’s not call it “serving their country” because what they’re doing isn’t service.
It’s a waste of time. Romney doesn’t stand a chance. He’s John Kerry with an elephant on his lapel. The difference, of course, is that at least Kerry had the guts to serve in an actual war, something no Romney brat will ever do for his country.
To his credit, Romney has at least donated a total of $175,000 to various military support organizations. So I guess he’s supported the war in the fashion typical of wealthy chicken-hawks, by tossing money at it and thinking it’s enough. Actions speak louder than words, though, and if even one of his sons was willing to give up his plush, pampered life and enlist it would mean so much more than money.
It’s probably a forlorn hope. Expecting real courage from the clueless rich is like expecting the sun to rise in the west. It could happen, but it isn’t very likely.