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  •  I was an active opponent... (5+ / 0-)
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    ... of the Vietnam war and protested against it from start to finish.  I also worked tirelessly to not be drafted, I had student deferments for 3 years,  then I was married during the period in which married men were deferred.  When that deferment lapsed I was a father – deferred status. Then as a teacher I had an occupational deferment.
    I stopped my active support of the anti war movement when the demonizing of the troops became a tactic against the war.  It was a war that most of those who served had no choice (except going to Canada or jail) and was disgusting that those that served became the taegets of the opposition – they weren't the architects of the war and had no say in it's conduct .
    Vietnam was a war in which the sons of poor Americans were sent to die and kill the sons of poor Vietnamese men. The sons of rich American men cheered on the slaughter from their privileged perch of their economic elite status.
     Mittens did, however, suffer in the wilds and dangers of France preaching his bullshit religious beliefs.
    Mittens is slime.

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    by carver on Wed Jun 06, 2012 at 12:52:43 PM PDT

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    •  I understand. Fortunately, I was too young (2+ / 0-)
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      to be drafted.  My dad, a small town doctor and WWII veteran, was openly against the Vietnam war.  That took courage in a town of 7,000 people in south Texas.

      He was bright enough to see that the Vietnam war was a mistake.  He also saw boys he had taken care of since childhood come home in body bags.  He told me that, should the war drag on long enough for me to be drafted, he would send me to Canada.  About the time the war began to seriously wind down (the early '70s), I understood enough about it and about foreign affairs to know it was a mistake.  

      He wouldn't have had to send me to Canada.  I would have gone on my own.

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      by Saint Jimmy on Wed Jun 06, 2012 at 01:12:43 PM PDT

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