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  •  A militarized or civilian democracy? (4.00)
    I'm more than a but concerned about this trend. Especially seeing so many Kossacks go ga-ga over these vets.

    In a civilian democracy, all are eligible to be elected to office, even if they haven't served in the armed forces. Let's not make military service a preqrequisite to electoral office. People still need good positions and qualifications, for example! Miitary service is only one qualification.

    I know a lot of vets would jump to agree with this statement, but the netroots don't eem to "get it." Witness the debacle growing in Ohio with Paul Hackett  being favored over the more progressive and solid candidate Sherrod Brown.

    I'm just saying, let's not swoon over these candidates without checking them each out first!

    •  Yet it says something astonishing (none)
      That returning Iraqi vets are choosing to joing Team True Blue, rather than Team Blood Red.

      They have a right to run as Democrats, which in no way whatsoever trumps your right to either run against them in primaries, or vote against them every step of the way.

      However, I think it would be rather self-destructive to invalidate Democratic candidates on the grounds that they held a gun, and did not repudiate doing so loudly enough.

      It's not a special interest, if you're especially interested in it. :)

      by cskendrick on Wed Dec 28, 2005 at 01:36:48 PM PST

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      •  Not saying to invalidate vets (none)
        Absolutely, we should not invalidate people because they are vets. Not that anyone has suggested that...

        OTOH, people are being invalidated for NOT being vets. It happened to Sherrod Brown and someone else who ran against Henry Hyde and did well last time. Now she's being brushed aside for an Iraq vet. Thanks for everything, here comes the door!

        So, yeah, these vets need something else beside a uniform. As a movement it's all marketing and no substance. We could wind up getting pretty hosed here in the end.

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