One thing that really steams me about so many of these Republican so-called "super patriots" is their utter hypocrisy on the issue of military service. They give lip service to the bravery and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, but when it was their turn to serve, they found ways to remove themselves from harm's way. Willard is a particularly glaring example of this disgusting phenomenon. But, being Willard, he has to make it worse through flagrant, shameless lying. To wit:
...Romney’s shifting stories on his Vietnam status could have real political consequences, as an Associated Press expose revealing that he sought and got four deferments from military service during the Vietnam War gets more play. It’s not the deferments that will hurt – Dick Cheney got five. It’s the fact that over the years, Romney has lied about it.
AP politely says his story has “evolved,” but tracks the puzzling changes. Running for president in 2007, Romney told the Boston Globe, “I longed in many respects to actually be in Vietnam and be representing our country there, and in some ways it was frustrating not to feel like I was there as part of the troops that were fighting in Vietnam.”
But in 1994, running against Ted Kennedy for his Massachusetts Senate seat while in his “I’m not a typical Republican” phase, he admitted “it was not my desire to go off and serve in Vietnam.” Fair enough: His father, George Romney, turned against the war, and so did a lot of Republicans...Indeed, in 1970, at 23, Romney told the Globe, ”If it wasn’t a political blunder to move into Vietnam, I don’t know what is.”
But while telling the truth about his lack of “desire to go off and serve” in 1994, Romney lied again, telling the Boston Herald he didn’t “take any actions to remove myself from the pool of young men who were eligible for the draft.” That’s absolutely not true. He got his first deferment while at Stanford University, where in his prep-school prankster phase he counter-protested a Vietnam draft protest. That’s another lie, in a way: While posing as pro-draft and pro-war, he was evading the draft with an “activity in study” deferment. After his freshman year, he got deferment status as “a minister of religion or divinity student,” which he’d keep while working in France as a missionary for his Mormon church.
Yet the AP reveals that other young Mormons were denied that deferment. And since the church itself strongly supported the war, its leaders eventually limited such deferments, but Romney kept his.
Yes, Willard "longed" to be in Vietnam. Funny how he didn't simply volunteer for active duty. Even funnier, he sought deferments to keep him out of the Vietnam War he so "longed" to be a part of. And of course, he lies about all of it.
In all honesty, is there ANYTHING Willard won't lie about?
If there is, I can't see it. But I have seen the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, DC. You know, the one with the names of 58,000 Americans who died in southeast Asia.
You know, the wall that the name Willard Mitt Romney isn't on because he did his damnedest to avoid the war.
The same war he demanded that others be a part of.