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  •  Ted Cruz can Join a Notable List! (14+ / 0-)

    •    2012 US Presidential Candidates:
    Mitt Romney: Did not serve; Mormon missionary
    Rick Perry:  Captain, Pilot, USAF
    Ron Paul:  Captain, USAF
    Newt Gingrich: Did not serve
    Michelle Bachmann:  Did not serve, worked as tax lawyer for IRS
    Herman Caine: Did not serve; worked for Defense contractor
    Rick Santorum:  Did not serve, Member of US Senate Armed Services Committee
    John Huntsman:  Did not serve
    Gary Johnston:  Did not serve
    Buddy Roemer: Did not serve

    Other Republicans with Notable service records:
    Ronald Reagan:  Army Reserves, served in WWII making movies
    George H.W. Bush:  Lt., US. Navy, Pilot
    Spencer Abraham: Did not serve
    Eliot Abrams: Did not serve
    John Ashcroft: Did not serve
    Roy Blunt: Did not serve
    Michael Bloomberg: Did not serve  
    George W. Bush: Texas Air Nat. Guard; AWOL
    Jeb Bush: Did not serve
    Saxby Chambliss: Did not serve. (Attacked Triple Amputee Max Cleland's patriotism during Senatorial Campaign)
    Dick Cheney: 5 Deferments during Viet Nam Did not serve
    Donald Trump: 5 Defements during Viet Nam; Did not serve
    Christopher Cox: Did not serve
    Tom DeLay: Did not serve  
    Bob Dornan: Enlisted after fighting was over in Korea
    John Engler: Did not serve
    Douglas Feith: Did not serve
    Bill Frist: Did not serve
    Rudy Giuliani: Did not serve
    Lindsey Graham: National Guard attorney
    Phil Gramm: Did not serve
    Dennis Hastert: Did not serve
    Tim Hutchison: Did not serve
    Jack Kemp: Did not serve. ("Knee problem," continued in NFL for 8 years)
    Rudy Giuliani: 3 Deferments during Viet Nam
    Jon Kyl: Did not serve
    Trent Lott: Did not serve
    Mitch McConnell: Did not serve
    John McHugh: Did not serve
    George Pataki: Did not serve
    Richard Perle: Did not serve
    Dan Quayle: Indiana National Guard Journalism unit  
    Tom Ridge: Army Staff Sgt. in Vietnam, Bronze star
    Dana Rohrabacher: Did not serve
    Karl Rove: Did not serve
    Arnold Schwarzenegger: AWOL from Austrian army base
    Richard Shelby: Did not serve
    Peter Roskam:  Did not serve
    JC Watts: Did not serve
    Vin Weber: Did not serve
    Paul Wolfowitz: Did not serve
    Rush Limbaugh: Medical Deferment (Hemorhoids)

    "I am angry that so many of the sons of the powerful and well-placed... managed to wangle slots in Reserve and National Guard units...Of the many tragedies of Vietnam, this raw class discrimination strikes me as the most damaging to the ideal that all Americans are created equal and owe equal allegiance to their country."
    (Colin Powell's autobiography, My American Journey, p. 148)

    Dick Cheney said, "Pi$$ on 'em!" And, Ronald Reagan replied, "That's a Great Idea. Let's Call it 'Trickle Down Economics!"

    by NM Ray on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 10:48:20 AM PST

    •  Aw, poor Cheney. (2+ / 0-)
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      ColoTim, True North

      I'm sure he would have served if not for those other pesky priorities he and Lynne managed to conceive at opportune moments.

      "The fears of one class of men are not the measure of the rights of another." ~ George Bancroft (1800-1891)

      by JBL55 on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 11:05:08 AM PST

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    •  Thank-you For the Work You Put Into This Post... (0+ / 0-)

      ...but I bet the list of non-military Democrats is just as long, which is to say I don't think military service or the lack of it is sufficient to legitimize or de-legitimize someone's views on military and/or national security issues. What is troublesome to me is the tendency for those who would spend lavishly and thoughtlessly on the military to deride those who object as anti-military or cowardly or unpatriotic or traitorous. Not only that, but the people who want to give all to the military and don't want to give anything to anyone but the richest are the ones who truly endanger our security and future. We need healthy, well-fed, and well-educated people to be secure. Remember what a farce it was when England sent scraggly, unhealthy, and undernourished troops to fight the Germans? And won't those who actually fight the battles be able to do their jobs better if they know that their families will be taken care of while they are away and if they don't ever make it home? Throwing money into the black hole that is the U.S. military/industrial complex does nothing except fatten the banks in Switzerland, the Caymans, and Tonga. Remember Afghanistan and Iraq when we sent our troops in with insufficient equipment while the Pentagon brass and the corporate big-wigs were swilling the best scotch and trolling the most expensive and exclusive escort web sites?

    •  Does Reagans' time as an FBI informant count? (0+ / 0-)

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