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white cloud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-13-10 06:15 PM
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The VFW's Tea Party Revolt
Here's a list of notable tea party conservatives and military vets that the VFW took a pass on:

■Joe Miller, AK-Senate, Army
■Tommy Sowers, MO-8, Army
■Ilario Pantano, NC-7, Marines
■Allen West, FL-22, Army
■Chris Gibson, NY-20, Army
■Jesse Kelly, AZ-8, Marines
■Raul Labrador, ID-1, Marines
■Ryan Frazier, CO-7, Navy
■Nick Popaditch, CA-51, Marines
■Michael Grimm, NY-13, Marines
■Scott Rigell, VA-2, Marines



They've made it through Tarawa, Chosin, Khe Sanh, Desert Storm, and a whole lot more. But the Veterans of Foreign Wars are waging a new battle for survival this year: They're fending off a mutiny by tea partiers.

The tea party movement enjoys strong backing from some armed forces vets, and many of its best-known congressional challengers have military bonafides. But none can boast of an endorsement from the 2.2 million-strong VFW, the nation's largest advocacy group for combat veterans. As the march toward Election Day continues, the group's PAC (which has a seperate leadership) is spurning tea party candidatesincluding at least one who's a card-carrying VFW memberto endorse establishment politicians from both parties. As a result, the interest group is facing a mutiny within its ranks, one that goes all the way to the top. And angry VFW members might defect to newer vets' groups dedicated to right-wing causes. "I'm calling it the VFW's version of the tea party, in a way," says one military blogger and disenchanted member of the organization. "It is apparent that they have gone so far off track at the national level, just like our elected officials, that they've lost touch with who really matterslocal guys."




http://motherjones.com/politics/2010/10/tea-party-vfw-c...
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white cloud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-13-10 06:20 PM
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1. And more on these chickhawks
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Crowman1979 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-13-10 07:30 PM
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2. Not surprised, I bet all the defectors were either SNCOs or officers.
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JustABozoOnThisBus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-24-10 02:22 PM
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3. Whatever their ranks, they were probably not assigned to ...
the Rocket Science Corps!

:hi:
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Crowman1979 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-08-10 09:14 AM
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4. Well I was thinking they had ASVAB waivers.
:rofl:
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Oubaas Donating Member (3 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-11 06:22 PM
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5. Michele Bachmann
The Tea Party is bad news for disabled vets. One of their own, Michele Bachmann (R-MN), would like to offset VA Disability Compensation by the amount received in Social Security Disability. I was 100% permanently and totally disabled in the line of duty and if that idea ever gains ground in Congress, I'll be losing my home as America's way of saying "Thank you for your service!"

Rick
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white cloud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-30-11 07:24 PM
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6. the latest
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