Draft Dodger Romney Misfires On Obama Jab And Insults U.S. Veterans

In America, and indeed most of the world, there are myriad ways to serve the country and they are all worthy of recognition and commendation. Law enforcement officers, school teachers, nurses, firefighters, and postal workers are just a few of the public sector employees that provide a service for all Americans and there are sacrifices involved in each of those professions. Those professions, although admirable, are not the same as our brave men and women of the military who take an oath to serve and if necessary, sacrifice their lives as dedicated professionals who provide the rest of America with security knowing that daily life continues without the threat of attack from America’s enemies. President Obama has been at the forefront of giving praise and benefits to military personnel from his first days in office, and persists in acknowledging their sacrifice, professionalism, and dedication in serving America.

During Saturday night’s Republican presidential debate in New Hampshire, Willard Romney castigated President Obama and the American people for not “paying the price of freedom” in America and although Romney found it amazing and extraordinary, his remark is the height of hypocrisy and insulting to every veteran, public servant, President Obama, and the American people. There are thousands of reasons to dislike Willard Romney, but his hypocritical assault on the president, public servants, Americans, and our military personnel is enough to engender hatred from the most benign altruist.

If Romney finds it extraordinary that “a very few number of families are paying the price of freedom,” then he must be repulsed at his own record of disservice. Romney evaded the draft by serving the Mormon church in France where he spent time in a Paris mansion that other Mormon missionaries described as a palace that featured a servant, a cook, stained glass windows, and pricey art. The mansion later became an embassy of the United Arab Emirates and is currently worth about $12 million.

Apparently, Romney’s idea of sacrifice and paying the price of freedom is different than most Americans. Most Americans, whether they opposed the Viet Nam war or the military in general, did not look for a coward’s way out of serving and when their country called on them to serve, they did their duty instead of hiding out in a French mansion with a book of Mormon and a bible looking for gullible people to baptize into the cult. Romney went on to use educational deferments to avoid serving while he attended college in Utah and California. During the time America had a draft, using religion as a reason for not serving was somewhat accepted as a matter of conscience, but shifting to educational deferments usually merited the appropriate label of coward. More on that later.

If Romney believes too few American families are not paying the price of freedom, then one would imagine that his 5 sons were fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq for the past 8 years. However, none of his sons are paying the price of freedom and Romney had the audacity to claim that his sons are “showing support for our nation helping to get me elected.” This author’s son-in-law served in Baghdad for over a year during the civil war there, and there is little comparison between traveling the country in a customized luxury RV and serving in stifling heat and freezing night patrols waiting for the next IED attack or ambush to kill you or one of your comrades-in-arms. Romney would never dare tell Iraq or Afghanistan war veterans that his sons’ campaign work is akin to fighting, killing, and dying in a desert or alley in Sadr City, Fallujah, or Kabul.

Romney expressed his admiration of Dick Cheney for his “wisdom and judgment” in response to a question about a possible running mate. It is telling that Romney is enamored with a vile war criminal that avoided serving in the military and then pushed for war with Iraq. Romney, like Dick Cheney, is a coward who cheated his way out of paying the price of freedom and has gathered a foreign policy team that was instrumental in assisting George W. Bush and Cheney in their push for war with Iraq. Romney’s foreign policy advisers advocate war with Iran and as former Cheney aide Eric Edelman said, “The military option should not be dismissed” in dealing with Iran’s nuclear program, and Kim Holmes of the Heritage Foundation worried that Europeans negotiating with Iran might be “preventing the U.S. from using military force to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.” Romney’s cowardice prevents him or his five sons from paying the price of freedom, but like Cheney, has no problems putting someone else’s son or daughter in harm’s way.

Romney’s jab at President Obama for not making monthly appearances on television to promote the troops’ sacrifice and wars Bush and Cheney started is a cheap shot that has little basis in historical fact. The President has been a relentless advocate for military service members. Having lived through the Viet Nam war era, Iraq and Afghanistan wars, the first Gulf war, and numerous military incursions, it is doubtful that any president made monthly television appearances extolling the virtues of service members’ sacrifice. George W. Bush and Dick Cheney certainly didn’t speak to the military’s sacrifice and refused to allow Americans to see the results of the ultimate sacrifices by blocking the press from covering flag-draped coffins returning from the war-zones.

The only consistent position Willard Romney has maintained during his adult life is that, for millionaires and privileged people like himself and his sons, “paying the price of freedom” is luxuriating in a French mansion, attending college, driving a luxury RV around the country, manipulating investors’ money, and advocating sending someone else’s sons and daughters to fight and die for their country. In that sense, Romney is Dick Cheney and it informs why he idolizes the coward war criminal. As news of Romney’s win in New Hampshire sinks in for Republicans waiting their turn to vote in their state’s primary, hopefully they carefully weigh Romney’s hypocrisy and cowardice because the next American “paying the price of freedom” may well be their son or daughter; unless they are wealthy investors, Mormons on a mission, or campaign workers named Romney driving a luxury RV around the country.

46 Replies to “Draft Dodger Romney Misfires On Obama Jab And Insults U.S. Veterans”

  1. He’s on record as wanting to reassemble the GW Bush team for “national security,” which also speaks volumes about him. The longer Willard is in the spotlight, and the more we learn about him, the more repulsive he is. He has already told a lie to the effect that the president has been “apologizing” to our enemies, when all President Obama has done is acknowledge that this country has made its own share of mistakes. In fact, Willard has no message other than to bash Obama. He has no ideas that would pass the smell test, and he is buttressing his credentials as a chicken hawk by advocating war on Iran.

  2. I agree with this article 100%–Romney is very scary as a potential leader. Hope everyone sees this before November.

  3. I agree with this article 100%. Mitt Romney is very scary as a leader, and I hope everyone realizes this before November.

  4. Mr. want to be president Willard M Romney lied throughout his entire presidential candidacy acceptance speech last night. Constantly calling the president a socialist which he isnt. Constantly saying that he uses Europe as an example or a model which he doesn’t, however our entire Constitution does. He lied constantly and his people set there and sucked it up.

    but I kind of understand what he was saying about the military and about how few people are paying the price. Because in that same speech he said he would building military so vast no one would ever consider attacking us. As if a massive military will stop a nuclear bomb shipped into our country into New York Harbor. Mr. Romney plans on a great deal of unemployment forcing people to join the military in great numbers.

    how do you like our Mr. Romney now? you do understand that The quote how few people are paying the price means not enough Americans are dying for the holy war right?

    Mr. 1%

  5. Another chicken hawk strikes again.

    What is up with people who pay more attention to the propaganda spewed by these guys than with their records? Family value from a serial adulterer’ anti-abortion from a candidate’s family that admitted they’d done it to save that mother’s life, anti-worker from a man who put people OUT of work – does anything count anymore?

  6. Evidently Mormons don’t have to tell the truth! I say that tongue in cheek as my mom unwittingly took me to their church when i was 18. In a short time i was turned off by the Bishop directing us to go door to door to ask our neighbors not to support any gay marriage type proposals that may be put on the ballot. And, that impacts my little life in what way? Romney is truly soulless and he’ll say anything to get elected.

  7. i am glad everyone is using the name “WILLARD” it has a certain Thurston Howell the 3rd ring to it..

  8. darn you ever post then think of something.. devu!!.. im going to start refering to him as “slick Willard”.. that ought to drive the republicans bannanas

  9. Reynardine; I am objective, transparent, and a Cynic in the Classical sense…and, you know me too well. :)

  10. What a great article, Rmuse. Thank you for saying every single word. I have many friends who are or have served in Bush’s wars — and NO, campaigning for office is nothing like serving in Iraq or Afghanistan. The ere idea that he even thinks that is so appalling and outrageous — the gall. The f-ing gall of these privileged war hawk cowards.

  11. My godson is devoutly hoping he doesn’t get shipped to Iran, which is a pretty certain outcome if we get a Republican presidency.

  12. when I think of Willard, I think of RATS! RATS! and more RATS! enough already… isn’t there a politician with integrity out there? Oh my bad, that’s kind of an oxymoron isn’t it?

  13. Stinking Repub hypocrite. Shut the hell up RichieRich! This is the best the teabaggers can do? They love to spout patriotic slogans and wrap themselves in flag undies, while sending people braver and better than they to fight and die in god forsaken parts of the planet…Shame on the Rethuglican Party.

  14. Dear Mr. Draft Dodger Romney:

    Please do not insult our veterans; unlike you my husband is a Vietnam Vet (USMC) with a Mexican- American accent WHO YOU would consider harassing just because YOU ARE ABUSIVE in general.

  15. AMAZING CHANGES: Has put our levels and understanding at average, we are closing the gap on everything that is important to making better living, NOTE, with out drastic changes by the 1% we will see their EMPIRE slowly diminish, Their action has PEAK, and will not be tolerated, the BATTLE OF WORLD WAR 3 & 4…IS ON. and the GOP knows it.

  16. not sure how you propogate that one.. however where there is a willlard there is a way.. seriosly i think just use it like Santorum enough folks see it, use it, it becomes viral..

  17. Yet another 1% family determined to reign but not willing to serve. FIve sons and not one has served in the military, yet Mitt is determined to increase the US military might? This man lacks a soul.

  18. We already spend more than the next 10 countrys together on a military. Mitt wants to cut taxes and build a massive military. ush already proved you cant have a war and cut taxes

  19. Let’s all not forget about how Mittster also was photographed, protest sign in hand, protesting IN FAVOR of the Vietnam war draft….as he enjoyed his deferments. Google “Romney vietnam protest” and I’m sure the pic will come right up.

    Coward, that’s all he is. And sociopath. He has no regrets or thoughts about sending our sons to war to die, as long as his are safe and tucked in in good ol’ safe USA.

  20. We’re cutting our military drastically to fix the deficit… how does he plan to just turn that around? Anyway, if this guy gets elected I’m going AWOL to Canada.

  21. My father was applying for employment with the FBI in 1968. he was told that they would love to hire him but he was set to be drafted soon. “Come talk to us after your service has been completed. Well have a position for you then”. Instead of running to France or a college campus, my dad, like so many of his generation, circumvented the draft and joined up. To hear about these cowards Dick Cheney, Rush Limbaugh, GW Bush, and Romney, talk about the price of freedom makes me furious. These excuses for men, should be held up as examples of pathetic human beings. Instead the right holds them as their leaders and candidates for office.

  22. Speaking of moving to Canada if Romney gets elected, you’ve got good company and here is an even more compelling reason.

    The information in this article should be shared far & wide.


  23. They don’t. Please visit the article I posted above for a bone-chilling look at the cult, and I don’t use the term loosely.


  24. We are NOT cutting our military, AT ALL.

    Currently we spend more on our military than the REST OF THE WORLD’S NATIONS COMBINED! Check it out.

    What this latest bill did was to deny the military it’s quarterly RAISE!

  25. What this does is support my argument that the 1% use wars to kill off what they consider to be excess job seekers.

    (And yes, the American elites are that heartless and cruel.)

  26. Willard is a weasel. He’s oatmeal without any sugar or butter. He’s stale white bread. His 5 sons are among the privileged 1% who feel it’s their divine right to reign over the lowly 99%. Five sons and not a one of them serves our country in the military? Willard is a weasel.

  27. You have said more than a mouthful. Today, Huffington Post has an article about an attack documentary called “King of Bain.” It was put together by former Romney supporters, and from the comments I have read, it is a devastating portrait of a heartless, soulless creep whose unbridled greed for more wealth has hurt so many Americans. I understand that Newt Gingrich, whom I don’t like any better, bought the rights to this documentary and he is exacting revenge on Willard by releasing this. The general consensus is that this is a chilling revelation as to the true character and values of Willard that should make anyone think twice about ever voting him to another elective office. It’s right in line with his willingness to send other people’s sons and daughters to war. He calls his sons’ efforts to help him get elected serving this country.

  28. You just know that he’ll defer that as long as possible — so he won’t have to admit that he’s a BILLIONAIRE!

  29. Thank you Rmuse for another great post. I hope it goes viral. Willard’s true colors are really beginning to show. You don’t even have to put up a negative ad. He does well of proving that he’s a deceptive cold hearted human being pretty much on his own and from his own lips. He uses the word envy against Obama and the 99%. I think he uses words like firing and envy because they are his own character traits. Willard is a coward. Without the dreaded teleprompter, he’s dangerously transparent. When the general election debates begin, Willard will get a pass and Obama will get the pressure. It’s already happening. Please pay attention and get informed of the facts not the media’s propaganda.

  30. The fact that he used the word “envy” shows that at nearly 65, he is an emotionally stunted, empathy-challenged robot. However, he is good at putting his own foot in his sizeable mouth, and every instance of it should be used against him if he becomes his party’s nominee, as expected.

  31. At the same time Romney avoided military service, he demonstrated publicly in support of the Vietnam War…

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