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Aristus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 05:25 PM
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Shutting out Al Gore and John Kerry has effectively denied the White House to a Vietnam Vet.
I doubt rather strongly that a Vietnam Vet will ever serve as President. I don't think we had a Korean War vet for President, either.

Yes, I know John McCain should be on the list of also-rans. But I'm talking about progressive Dems, here.
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tblue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 05:26 PM
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1. Wow. Good point. And there were SO MANY Vietnam vets, too.
It just doesn't seem right, does it?
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w4rma Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 05:27 PM
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2. But Bush protected the Texas borders, until he went AWOL, during the Vietnam War. (nt)
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smoogatz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 05:28 PM
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4. Well, you have to take into account that in Bush's world view
Mexico was a serious threat to American security during Vietnam. Just like Iraq was after 9/11.
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grannie4peace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 05:27 PM
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3. that's interesting
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Radical Activist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 05:30 PM
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5. You don't know that to be true.
There's no telling who the next President will be or how old he'll be. There are plenty of Vietnam Vets young enough to run for President in another eight years.
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Davis_X_Machina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 05:32 PM
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7. And even if it were true...
Edited on Sat Jan-24-09 05:33 PM by Davis_X_Machina
...why would it necessarily matter?
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Radical Activist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 05:39 PM
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10. It doesn't.
People who served in the military are no more entitled to elected office than anyone else.
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ikojo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 05:32 PM
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6. Considering that we have an all "voluntary" military
and that for the most part, those from elite schools and upper middle class America do not serve; I don't think military service will be as important a barometer in years to come. Most candidates come from the elite institutions of America.
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Thothmes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 06:04 PM
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14. Who do think makes up the officers
ranks in the modern army/Mc. College educated young men from the middle class.
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jaysunb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 05:37 PM
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8. It's time for us to exit.
Those of us who are veterans of the conflict as well as those whose participated otherwise, need to step aside and let the next generation go forward, without our baggage....
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 05:38 PM
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9. GOP cromies buying control of corpmedia in the 80s and 90s shut Gore and Kerry out of WH
as both those races were stolen and Gore and Kerry smeared while Bush was protected 24/7 by the mediawhores.
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floridablue Donating Member (996 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 05:46 PM
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11. One of my November 4th feelings (after thank God)
Was that the vietnam war was quietly sliding away from political relevance. But though we may not control Washington, DC, there are still a couple of million of us living in Florida and the beer is good and cold at the VFW halls.
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question everything Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 05:50 PM
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12. Careful now
On election day someone posted here that if McCain were going to win, it would have been the first time that a Vietnam veteran became President. Just an observation.

He got so many "fuck you!" responses in quick succession that, according to DU rules he was quickly banned.

(It had to have been according to DU rules, I could not find any other reason).


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JI7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 05:53 PM
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13. he probably deserved the FUs
after what Republicans did to Kerry in 2004 on his military service they have no right to use that issue to support a candidate over others.
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Thothmes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 06:06 PM
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15. What entitles a Viet Nam era Veteran to serve as POTUS
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