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  •  National Guard? (none)
    I live near an Air Force base, and I have to say the Guardsmen I knew had no problem lighting up President Clinton and supporting bush back in 2000. Even most of the active military I knew made sure most people knew they had a preferred candidate. Is this ever an issue enforced or brought up when there is a democrat in power?
    •  My husband (none)
      was on active duty with the 82nd Airborne in the 90s, when Clinton was President. He has told me that it was common for military officers, in uniform and out of uniform, to rip Clinton apart. So no, I do not think that the "don't criticize the commander-in-chief" doctrine was enforced when Clinton was President.

      However, we were not "at war" then and that we before 9/11 which "changed everything". That was also before Ashcroft, the Patriot Act and before every right wing partisan in the country started accusing anyone who questions the government of being a traitor. The right wing definitely has a dominant influence in the military today.

      When my husband went to a Civil Affairs Officer course at Ft. Bragg a couple of years ago, there was an exercise in one of his classes where they all had to raise their hand to show whether they were a Republican or a Democrat. My husband was the only one out of a class of 30 who claimed to be a Democrat. The lesson was supposed to show how people tend to pre-judge others based on political beliefs.  

      "The military don't start wars. Politicians start wars." - William Westmoreland Jr

      by pacific city on Wed Sep 15, 2004 at 11:22:01 PM PDT

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