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  •  I don't see how your story is equivalent to (0+ / 0-)

    Romney's story, at all.  You were not sure whether the war was worth fighting.  As a result, you hesitated, changed your mind, and then got a medical deferment.  When you determined that the war was worth fighting, you decided to enlist.  You did NOT protest for the war and then take action to avoid serving or simply not enlist.  Assuming your medical deferment was accurate, you were not the least bit hypocritical and your actions are morally defensible.  

    Many generations in many countries have faced situations that forced people to make stark, hard choices.  Those who took decisive action with good intentions, regardless of whether history proved them right or wrong, were able to live with themselves.  

    Those who professed a position but took action not consistent with their protestations simply to stay safe or protect their possessions, probably didn't sleep very well.... unless they lacked a conscience.

    One in four people in the United States suffers from chronic anxiety, a mood disorder, or depression—which seems to me to be a normal reaction to our march toward collective suicide. Welcome to the asylum. ~ Chris Hedges

    by Saint Jimmy on Wed Jun 06, 2012 at 02:17:44 PM PDT

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    •  Not exactly (0+ / 0-)

      I didn't enlist, I was rejected by the draft. My younger brother enlisted in the Marines. I started out confused but leaning in favor and ended up 100% opposed to the war. What Romney did was no different in my view from what every boy I knew back then did. We all just made what we thought was the least worse choice for us out of a situation that didn't make any damn sense. A lot of this came from people's families: in Romney's case, his dad and mom who were Republican politicians and therefore leaning in favor of the war. In my brother's and my case, it was our dad who was a retired Marine officer (but who advised me not to enlist because he couldn't figure out what the hell we were doing over there, he said).

      More importantly, though, Cheney and Rumsfeld were much better examples of hypocrisy. They had not served, yet were fierce neoconservative hawks. And we called them on it, loudly and repeatedly, and it had zero effect: the Bush wars stumbled on spreading death and destruction, and W was re-elected!

      •  True to some extent but you were not openly (0+ / 0-)

        hypocritical.  He was.  THAT is the difference.  I guess I just can't let him have a free pass on this one.  What he did demonstrates, among other actions he's taken, that he has no depth, no moral fiber, no real sense of community, caring, and empathy, no heart.

        I'm sure Obama will not directly attack him for his hypocritical actions and stances during the Vietnam war but I hope that other democrats, liberals, leftists, and libertarians tell the story publicly and in the press many times.  I would like to hear him get "tangled up in his underwear" trying to justify his actions.

        One in four people in the United States suffers from chronic anxiety, a mood disorder, or depression—which seems to me to be a normal reaction to our march toward collective suicide. Welcome to the asylum. ~ Chris Hedges

        by Saint Jimmy on Wed Jun 06, 2012 at 05:16:50 PM PDT

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