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While introducing President Obama at a campaign rally in Virginia Beach, Senator Jim Webb criticized Mitt Romney for not thanking, or even mentioning members of our armed forces, and veterans in his RNC convention speech. Senator Webbs suggested that Romney's oversight is made worse by the fact that he did not serve in the military when he could have. Romney received exemptions from the draft for college, and then to serve as a missionary.  


“If nothing else, at least mention some word of thanks and respect when a presidential candidate who is their generational peer makes a speech,” said Webb, a former Navy secretary and decorated Marine who served in Vietnam. ... “This was a time when every American male was eligible to be drafted. People made choices,” Webb said. “Those among us who stepped forward to face the harsh unknowns did so with the belief that their service would be honored.”

Senator Webb also blasted Romney for suggesting that 47% of Americans feel they are victims who are entitled to federal handouts.  Many recipients of federal benefits are veterans who served their country in war, or their families.

“Those young Marines that I led have grown older now. All gave some. Some gave all. That’s not a culture of dependency,” he said. ”They paid. Some with their lives, some with their wounds, disabilities. Some with emotional scars. Some with lost opportunities. Not only did they pay, they are owed. They are owed.”
Although veterans affairs is a common theme in the president’s speeches, he hit the subject harder than usual Thursday.

“As Jim Webb so eloquently stated, when our troops take off their uniforms, we will serve them as well as they served us,” Obama said when he took the stage. “No one who fights for this country should have to fight for a job or a roof over their heads when they come home.”

Senator Webb is correct to criticize Governor Romney for these callous, insensitive, disrespectful, and erroneous remarks. I believe we should  demand that Romney explicitly apologize to members of our armed services, veterans, their families, and all Americans, and repudiate these disgraceful falsehoods. Especially, as we learn today from Karl Rove that Mitt Romney's debate strategy is going to be to "fact-check" President Obama for alleged falsehoods. Mitt Romney would appear to be have much credibility for that task, as the point.  

2:44 PM PT: Dear Readers, I seem to have somehow embedded an audio clip of a news report just prior to Senator Webb's speech. But, I can not find out where it is to take it out.

I've replaced the link to the article, which doesn't seem to have a video, or audio attached to it.  I've looked at the end of the title, in the tags, and am clueless.

I would appreciate any assistance from any technical wizard that can figure out where this is coming from.  It is just this one post. And, thankfully turns off as soon as you go to a different one.  

Sorry.

Originally posted to HoundDog on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 11:44 AM PDT.

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  •  check your messages eom (1+ / 0-)
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    HoundDog

    "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

    by teacherken on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 11:51:02 AM PDT

    •  Thanks teacherken, I received your message saying (0+ / 0-)

      I have an HTML error in my post, and I presumed that would have been the link, but it looks correct, and takes me to the article.  

      Is there something else I'm missing?  I've "crowd sourced" this in case someone else can help.  

      The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

      by HoundDog on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 12:46:53 PM PDT

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  •  It´s a shame (6+ / 0-)

    Webb was not able to leave the imprint he wanted with prison reform, an absolute necessity in this country. Had we not had the most nihilistic group of Republicans in the Hill ...

    •  lots of reasons for Jim Webb to leave Senate (4+ / 0-)

      including a daughter now just about 6 years old

      including wanting more time to write, which is his real passion

      he may feel he can do more to advance the reform of criminal justice from outside the Senate than he can from within, particularly since he is not on a committee with the appropriate legislative authority.

      I do not always agree with Jim, but he is one of a very few public servants who could ask me to drop what I am doing and work for him and I would do it in a heartbeat, even though it would mean losing the voice I have built up online over the past almost 8 years.  I respect him that much.

      "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

      by teacherken on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 11:58:29 AM PDT

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  •  Love that guy (6+ / 0-)

    He has the moral authority to take Romney to the woodshed.

    With regard to your suggestion that Romney apologize, I say no. Let him just keep marginalizing demographic after demographic until it's just him and Ann on their little island, wondering WTF happpened.

    Those who do not understand history are condemned to repeat it... in summer school.

    by cassandracarolina on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 11:54:01 AM PDT

  •  Thank you Senator Webb (4+ / 0-)

    for saying what needed to be said to Virginia voters.   I may not like Senator Webb that much, but I will give him a lot of credit for speaking up.

  •  Strong performance (11+ / 0-)

    Webb came tantalizingly close to calling Romney a draft dodger outright. His disdain for Romney, on other hand, was explicit.

  •  This slight to our troops has to be kept alive (3+ / 0-)
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    cassandracarolina, HoundDog, Avilyn

    Good job, Senator Webb.

    The definition of INSANITY: Voting Republican over and over and over and expecting the economy to get better.

    by pollbuster on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 12:10:07 PM PDT

    •  WADR, if that were the worst thing about Romney (3+ / 0-)
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      cassandracarolina, HoundDog, pistolSO

      ... I would not have a very bad opinion of him. I'm all for using our enemies' weapons against them, but given the number of times Democrats have gotten beat up by Republicans for being insufficiently deferential to our military I'm not inclined to inflate its importance.

      The story we should really be flogging in regards to the military is the hostility of Republicans to actually paying the benefits promised to active duty military and veterans. They're all for wasteful spending on weapons and other hardware programs, but when it comes to honoring the bargain with those who have risked their lives, they all of a sudden get very scrupulous about the deficit.

      It's also a theme that makes common human cause with our fellow citizens in arms and ties in to a much broader progressive agenda.

      "The smartest man in the room is not always right." -Richard Holbrooke

      by Demi Moaned on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 12:29:41 PM PDT

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  •  If Willard tried to apologize, (3+ / 0-)
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    he'd probably make matters even worse for himself.

    So I'm all for it!

  •  There was also another part of Webb's great intro (9+ / 0-)

    that I thought was pretty damn good:

    Finally, I want to tell you why I believe this election is so important, and why it is my honor to introduce our President.  Our very system is being challenged by a handful of economic monarchists who are throwing tens of millions of dollars into this race.  This is America; they are welcome to their views.  But their flood of money is perverting our democratic process.  This is exactly what our campaign finance laws were designed to prevent.  It is not healthy.  We are being challenged, as Americans.  We must either meet this challenge or accept that the United States of America has descended into a financially based aristocracy. 

    Let us remember another era.  The principles that founded today’s Democratic Party were first enunciated by Andrew Jackson, a self-made leader who was both a combat veteran and an orphan at the age of thirteen.  Andrew Jackson believed in the American dream and lived it.  But he also hated aristocracy and never forgot the roots from whence he came.  He was the first President to argue that we measure the health of this society not at its apex but at its base, and that the role of our government leaders should be to provide a voice for those who otherwise would not be heard in the corridors of power.  He built the foundation of the modern Democratic Party on a base that he labeled the farmers, the mechanics and the laborers.  He once said that “the rich and the powerful can take care of themselves.  But the poor and the humble require the arm and the shield of the law.” 

    More clearly today than at any time in recent history, that arm, and that shield, can only be found in the Democratic Party.  And those who truly care about recapturing the spirit of balance, and erasing the false notions of aristocracy that have grown ever deeper year by year over the past two decades should join together and help us re-elect Barack Obama to the Presidency of the United States.

    I've had some serious problems with Webb these last few years, but the way he put this all in historical perspective was fucking beautiful.  Whether President Obama likes it or not, he's at the center of a great battle between the economic monarchists and the common folk that seems to occur every century or so in American history.  There was first the battle between Jackson and the Bank of the United States.  There was FDR and the economic royalists.  And now Obama is up against a new monied power that threatens democracy and the well-being of the common folk.

    Webb, for all his faults, gets this.  Mind you, FDR did not arrive at that conclusion for much of his first term, but by 1936 the short-sighted, greedy, and dishonest behavior of the rich and of big business convinced him.  I hope Obama will embrace this view, his role in history, and has his "I welcome their hatred" moment as well before the campaign is over.  Because as I said, he's in the middle of such a historic struggle whether he likes it or not, so he might as well embrace it.

    “Th’ noise ye hear is not th’ first gun iv a revolution. It’s on’y th’ people iv the United States batin’ a carpet.” - Mr. Dooley

    by puakev on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 12:24:17 PM PDT

  •  Senator Jim Webb addresses crowd in VB (2+ / 0-)
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    HoundDog, Carol in San Antonio

    Vets On FLOTUS and SLOTUS, "Best - Ever": "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer - Dec. 30, 2011

    by jimstaro on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 12:28:37 PM PDT

  •  Why didn't this happen about a month ago? (2+ / 0-)
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    HoundDog, sebastianguy99

    I'm not complaining, just curious.  When I read the title of this, I assumed it'd be an old diary.

    •  I think it was just the timing of his introduction (1+ / 0-)
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      sebastianguy99

      of President Obama this morning.

      But, in retrospect, it would have been more effective if he had made a big to-do about this when the story broke a few weeks ago.

      The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

      by HoundDog on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 12:49:45 PM PDT

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  •  No one has more integrity than Jim Webb (4+ / 0-)

    I wish he had decided to run again, but I think the senate was just too frustrating for a man who wants to get things done.

  •  I don't agree about seeking an apology. Actually (2+ / 0-)
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    Icicle68, turn Virginia blue

    if Romney offers one, it should be rejected.  He dodged the draft in a legal manner;  but I can't let go of the arrogance,  self-regard, and contempt in his explanation that his sons were "serving" by helping him get elected.

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