As progressives who engage in countering conservative TP, I thought you may like to hear this. I'm sure you are aware that "the left" has been holding up the VA as a model of success, in terms of "gubmint run health care."
This is widely accepted. The recent high profile blips at Walter Reed create some fog around the quality of care. However, the VA is considered to provide exceptionally good care. Care which needs be specific to the types of physical, mental and emotional wounds that servicemembers bear.
Well, to the far right, talk of the VA's success, simply won't do. Yesterday, at Rep. Tsongas' town hall meeting in Chelmsford, MA; I heard GOPer vets talking down the VA. They were retelling "horror stories."
I think it is fascinating. Watching this dance between the upstart, now President, and the party machine.
Obama and Kaine will now thread the needle. Many Indies, more "unenrolleds" and some Republicans will not gather under a donkey flag. Since they put the "swing" in the swing states, a new construct must be assembled.
Maybe this is tedious and even arcane. It irritates the shit out of me that McCain and his parrots can puke forth garbage without a challenge. Please, next time a GOoPer prattles on about Obama 'pandering" to liberals without regard to "conditions on the ground", cite this:
I clearly remember from my Army daze, that I, as an enlisted soldier, was not compelled to follow an unlawful order. Actually to the contrary, it was my duty not to execute an unlawful order.
My Lai should provide some orientation towards my point.
Two tragedies took place in 1968 in Viet Nam. One was the massacre by United States soldiers of as many as 500 unarmed civilians-- old men, women, children-- in My Lai on the morning of March 16. The other was the cover-up of that massacre.
The second argument of the defense was that Calley was merely following orders: that Captain Ernest Medina had ordered that civilians found in My Lai 4 be killed and was the real villain in the tragedy.
After thirteen days of deliberations, the longest in U. S. court-martial history, the jury returned its verdict: guilty of premeditated murder on all specifications.
So I searched for the applicable portion of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). What I found below the fold.
Watching the debate in Philadelphia, I was struck by the saber rattling of Senator Clinton in a response to a question about Iran. These words rang out: "massive retaliation" and "umbrella of deterrence."
I think that we should be looking to create an umbrella of deterrence that goes much further than just Israel. Of course I would make it clear to the Iranians that an attack on Israel would incur massive retaliation from the United States, but I would do the same with other countries in the region.
You know, we are at a very dangerous point with Iran.
I found this position startling, especially in connection to Clinton's rightward leanings as illustrated by her unflinching support for Kyl/Lieberman.
When I started my foray into presidential politics back in February 2007, my intent was to work hard to ensure that Barack Obama made a strong case for being picked for the VP position on the ticket. It was, after all, HRC that was to be the nominee. We have been told this since she ascended to the Senate. Pundits being pundits, I presume, but such loose chatter never hurts an ambitious politician.
What surprised me, as I began to hover in "activist circles", was how anti-Clinton many dems were. Ya, I was pissed with Bill for the perjury, but Hillary had done nothing wrong. Right?
Yet again we find ourselves with a revelation that the Clinton campaign is fudging on the trail. Shady donors, bullying a citizen at a forum, planting at a forum and now, apparently PADDING her supporter list in New Hampshire.
Since I have been working hard on bringing New Hampshire veterans to the fore, this "gaffe" I find particularly disturbing. Veterans and veterans issues are not to be trifled with for political gain. None of us will disagree that the phrase "Support Our Troops" conveys a deep sentiment of appreciation for veterans and the burden that they bear for our well being.
So when a campaign proudly proclaims that troops support them, the reciprocal is elevated to a different level. This support should not be trifled with for cheap political points.
Since in 2004 John Kerry managed to accumulate a whopping 400+ veterans as supporters, Hillary’s "527" was a spectacular feat. Based on what I can gather and this Dairy from the CM, it seems that Hillary’s "527" is spectacular for all the wrong reasons.
I hope all the campaigns verify their supporter lists. If you know someone on the Clinton list, please ask them yourself.
What: A Rally in Boston with Barack Obama and Governor Deval Patrick
When: Tuesday, October 23, 2007 -- Gates Open at 5:30PM
Where: Parkman Bandstand on Boston Common
Corner of Tremont St. and Boylston St
How: The event is free and open to the public.
Tickets are not required, but an RSVP is strongly encouraged. For security reasons, do not bring bags. No signs or banners allowed. Please RSVP using the form below to receive your rapid-entry pass.
Weather update: The Weather Channel reports 30% of showers. I'm going for sure!