But when it comes to brain-dead venom-spewing, Kristol is an amateur compared to Town Hall columnist Lisa De Pasquale. How bad have things gotten for the right? Well, let’s have a look.
A standard criticism of the phony machismo that is the stock-in-trade of right-wing politicans is that they are unwilling to see their own children fight in the wars they are so fond of starting. This is often presented as a slam-dunk argument exposing their utter hypocrisy. That’s precisely what it is. The question “Would I be willing to serve, or see my children serve, in this war?” is one every politican should have to answer in the affirmative before placing our troops in harm’s way.
This came up recently when Mitt Romney was forced to confront this issue. Here’s De Pasquale:
Last week we got another glimpse of the Left’s true feelings about our troops. At a campaign breakfast in Iowa, anti-war Daily Kos diarist Rachel Griffiths asked Mitt Romney why none of his five sons enlisted in the military. It’s a popular form of “gotcha” that the Left likes to play in order to bring out their favorite cat call – Hypocrite! Romney responded, “My sons are all adults and they’ve made decisions about their careers and they’ve chosen not to serve in the military and active duty and I respect their decision in that regard. One of the ways my sons are showing support for our nation is helping me get elected because they think I’d be a great president.”
Romney didn’t really answer the question of course. He says he respects his sons’ decision, but does he approve of it? And if he does, how does he justify his willingness to send other people’s children into war? You don’t get to run around the country telling people we are locked in an apocalyptic death-struggle with a fanatical enemy, and then trun around and say that helping out in a political campaign is more important than fighting that enemy.
What other answers are possible here? Well, in normal circumstances you could argue that the all-volunteer army is perfectly capable of handling the security needs of the country. That surely does not apply now. The military is desperate for troops, and we are currently engaged in two major, long-term engagements in Iraq and Afghanistan. So let’s see what De Pasquale could come up with:
At the July 2007 National College Republican Committee Convention, whining wannabe journalist Max Blumenthal asked attendees why they weren’t fighting in Iraq. The college kids in his amateur ambush video fumbled with their words and gave medical excuses like asthma and bad knees. They were young, nervous and in front of a jerk holding a camera. Guilt isn’t necessary. The reality is that most of us wouldn’t make the cut.
Military recruitment was a hot topic when KVI talk radio host Kirby Wilbur broadcasted from the Young America’s Foundation’s national college conference in early August. A military recruiter called into the program to remind listeners that the military is, in fact, an exclusive club. The recruiter estimated that only 1 out of 5 prospective recruits qualify for military service. Most are either physically-challenged, intellectually-challenged or morally-challenged. Or in the case of Max Blumenthal, all three.
Yes, you read that right. All those Republican college students, those children of privilege whose favorite activity in the world is talking tough, would love to join the military and fight but, doggonit, they just don’t measure up physically. They go to bed weeping over the shame of their bodily decrepitude.
Perhaps realizing this doesn’t pass the laugh test, De Pasquale bleats on about how the left ignores the exacting physical standards that keep so many right-wingers from the military career they dearly crave because they don’t really care about winning the war, and consequently are happy to send every pudgy Republican dough-boy off to fight. Read it at your own peril.