Get this. When it came time to serve the country in uniform when there was a war going on and almost 60,000 Americans would lose their lives, mostly the young ones who were conscripted, there were others who for their own reasons, some legitimate and others not so legitimate, did not serve. I never blamed any of them since, as Jim Webb said last night in the debate, as long as you complied with the law and did not serve following the law then you had the right not to get your butt shot off in the rice fields of Vietnam.
I had been a Marine officer and had gotten out before the Vietnam really started heating up. I had done my three years, went into the inactive reserves, and back to school. If I wanted to I’m sure I could have gone back in but seeing the way we were losing people over there and having started a family that was the last thing that I was interested in doing. Even though friends of mine were over in Vietnam and some being killed I followed the law and avoided going back in. I had I been called back in then obviously I would have had no choice.
Bernie Sanders was obligated to go. But he said he was a conscientious objector. He really was not one if you listened to him in the debate last night. He pulled a con job. He objected to him having to go get his butt blown to bits in Vietnam. He did not object to others having to do it. Nor, as he told us last night, did he object to other wars (when he was not going to be called up to fight) like the fighting in Kosovo or the initial attack in Afghanistan to get Osama and al Qaeda.
A conscientious objector is supposed to be opposed to all wars, not just those that might catch him up in them. Here is the definition of conscientious objector: “A firm, fixed, and sincere objection to participation in war in any form or the bearing of arms, by reason of religious training and/or belief.”
As interpreted this means: “that you must be opposed to all real war at this point in time. Those who object to a particular war would be called “selective conscientious objectors” and they do not qualify as conscientious objectors under current US law.”
So Bernie gamed the system while others went off to fight and some to die. Now he wants us to vote for him as Commander-in-Chief of our Armed Forces. He has the gall to say that he will have no problem sending others off to do the fighting as our president but when it came to himself he ran and hid. How is it going to feel as a young guy knowing the guy in charge did not step up to the plate when it was his time to serve but now he expects you to do it? As the old saying goes: “his actions spoke so loud we could hardly hear what he is saying.”
If you saw the debate you saw Bernie leap to the defense of Hillary Clinton when she was being grilled about her use of emails saying those things (things of the past that reflect on a person’s character) don’t matter – we have to look forward and discuss how we are going to change things. That’s because Bernie wants us to forget he weaseled his way out of serving the nation; it’s also because he wants to grovel to the Clintons.
Also, Bernie doesn’t want you to remember he was national secretary of the SDS – the Students for a Democratic Society – whose founding document “The Port Huron Statement” which called for “Universal controlled disarmament must replace deterrence and arms control as the national defense goal.”
How would you feel today if that had happened with all those peace-loving radical Muslim terrorists roaming around and Putin running amok if we had disarmed?