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Dear Military Veterans:

A (fictional) Mitt Romney pleads his case as to why our military veterans should vote for him.

Dear Military Veterans:

My name is Willard Mitt Romney. I am running for President of these United States of America, and I am asking for your vote. The liberal media (the far right wing of the GOP known as Fox News excluded, of course) has painted me as a super-wealthy, out-of-touch elitist who has nothing in common with the average person, much less a military veteran. 

That is a complete lie. As a military veteran, you have a lot more in common with me than you might think:

Maybe you have fought battles in foreign countries along side fellow American men and women of all creeds and colors to give women and ethnic minorities in ruthless regimes a taste of freedom and chance to vote in a democracy. I, along with my Republican party, am fighting a battle right here in America to push aside the constitutional rights of certain ethnic minorities to vote and to limit a womans' right to have autonomy over her own body and equal pay in the workplace. Freedom isn't free.

Maybe you charged the enemy in the sands of Iraq, 10,000 miles from home as you wondered how your wife is paying the bills and raising your children by herself. I wondered what my wife was charging on the credit card as I was away and hosting a $10,000 per plate fundraiser at the Sands Hotel and Casino. I feel your suffering.

Maybe you served your country with a career in the armed forces, all along trying to hide the fact that you were a gay soldier. I have spent my entire political career trying to hide the fact that despite protesting in favor of the Vietnam War, I spent the entire Vietnam War in Gay Paris doing Mormon missionary work. If you don't ask me, I legally don't have to tell you about my lack of service.

Maybe you spent three tours of duty in Vietnam, trudging and fighting your way through the jungles in a war you didn't agree with. I received FOUR deferments to avoid military service in a war I DID agree with, but decided to fight the tourists in Southern France and the jungled streets of Paris instead. Converting the Catholics can be hell.

Maybe you have done five tours of duty in the Middle East, eating tasteless C-Rations and sleeping in dusty barracks with sweaty, over-worked, under-paid soldiers. I have five able-bodied sons who have never served a day in their life, but instead eat at five star restaurants every night and pay for their gourmet meals with cool, crisp c-notes after they spread dooty around the campaign trail about me being some kind of patriot. Tom Brady is my favorite Patriot - He donates a lot of $ to the GOP cause.

Maybe you went against your Christian faith (Though shalt not kill) to fight the Nazis and save the lives of millions of Jews and other ethnic minorities in Europe. I went against my Mormon faith (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is opposed to gambling, of any kind) to fight Obama by taking millions of dollars from my Jewish casino magnate friend, Sheldon Adelson. I bet you $10,000 dollars I win this election.

Maybe you never served in the military (like me), but you are a complete patriot in every sense of the word - Maybe during the Iraq war you refused to eat french fries, but instead ordered only "freedom fries" to show your true support of the troops. I never served in Vietnam even though I protested in favor of sending young Americans into the jungle, but instead became sun-fried on the beaches of southern France, in the name of religious freedom and Mormon missionary work.

Maybe you fought the axis powers in Italy and struggled to plant the American flag in the streets of Milan during WWII. I wear an $25,000 Italian suit made in Milan and proudly walk the streets of American with a tiny American flag pin on my lapel.

You see, you may be a veteran who has served their country heroically and has asked for nothing in return. Me, my five sons and my running mate Paul Ryan may have never served a single day in our life, but we are asking for your vote this Fall.

God bless,

 

Mitt Romney

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In all fairness to Mr. Romney, I have never served my country in the military service either, but at least I offered. Both of my grandfathers were Army men. My uncle was an Army man. The Marines seemed to call me - and did. But it was not to be. A serious football injury to my right arm left me physically unfit to serve.

But at least I made the offer - Mitt Romney, who spend part of his college years protesting IN FAVOR of the Vietnam War, then used FOUR deferments to avoid service in Vietnam, but instead head to Paris and the south of France to convert the Catholics and atheists to Mormonism instead of backing up his views with action on the battlefield.

Barack Obama was 14 years old when the Vietnam War ended, so of course he never trounced the jungles of Vietnam either. He never joined the armed forces, but he was raised by his grandfather, a WWII veteran and member of the Greatest Generation and Obama has ended military combat in Iraq, has found and killed Bin Laden and is drawing down the war in Afghanistan.

My understanding of Mitt Romney leads me to believe that he will extend the war in Afghanistan and is looking to start wars in Iran, North Korea, Israel and Russia. The last thing I want is a war-happy President who likes to look tough by sabre-rattling in the face of crazy dictators.

I don't want a President who is willing to send new generations of poor to war, I want a President who is willing to try diplomacy and intellect to spread peace and keep our sons and daughters from dying in pointless battles 10,000 miles from home.

I have a son who is not fortunate enough to be the son of a sitting Governor, Senator or a millionaire, so the last thing I want is a warhawk President willing to send my only son to die so that the history books write him in as a wartime President.

In August 2012, a University of Maryland public policy study found that the level of proposed spending cuts in Paul Ryan's budget "...will require the federal government to stop doing lots of things it does now... and could be realized through a two-thirds reduction in VA spending, for example, doctors and nurses in veterans hospitals."

The GOP wants to send us to war, but they don't want to properly take care of us when we get home. The last GOP President we had let troops come home to an infested and filthy Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

How has President Obama served our military veterans:

  • When Barack Obama took office in January 2009, there were 142,000 U.S. troops stationed in Iraq. Now, the last of our troops have left that country and returned home to their families. 
  • In November 2011, the President signed into law the Returning Heroes Tax Credit, which gives businesses that hire unemployed veterans a credit of up to $5,600 per veteran, and the Wounded Warriors Tax Credit, which gives businesses that hire veterans with service-related disabilities a credit of up to $9,600  per veteran. 
  • Under the Obama Administration, every VA medical center provides services for veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD),
    and the VA has hired more than 3,500 mental health professionals since 2009.
  • Through President Obama’s Recovery Act, the Department of Veterans Affairs was able to hire 2,300 new claims processors to help veterans get their benefits faster.
  • President Obama implemented and improved the  Post-9/11 GI Bill, the most comprehensive educational benefit for veterans since the original GI Bill following World War II. It allows veterans, service members, reservists, and Guard members to receive an in-state, undergraduate education at a public institution for no cost. See the facts

 

Paul Ryan, Romney's running mate voted AGAINST the New GI Bill that was passed under Obama. In fact, Paul Ryan has a vast, disturbing history of voting to send young men and women to fight, but then cutting their services when they come home. See the list here.

So my question is: If you are a military veteran, how can you support a warhawk like Mitt Romney?

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St. Swithin November 02, 2012 at 02:31 AM
@Random I did meet a temperamental doctor at the Sarasota VA hospital and I had a couple clerks at the Atlanta VA office that were complete a-holes. We do still have influence in Iraq - through Exxon. However, we've left a big problem behind - the Kurds. When the Shiites attack the Kurds to take back Kirkuk and Mosul, which side will we be on? I would also like more information about Libya. Unlike you I am not going to go pointing figures before the investigation is complete. From my military experience I would guess it will be found to just be a classic cluster-fuck. The higher-ups were strung out from a dozen different incidents happening around the globe. The folks close to the action couldn't figure out what was going on because you had close-in fighting in a crowded urban area in the middle of the night. With the fighting shifting from the consulate to the safe house. A drone feed is not going to clear things up much. Yes, the ROE changes. In Iraq and Afghanistan we are bedeviled by cognitive dissonance. Supposedly they are our allies and we should not go around killing a bunch of their people. But we also want to kill the f***rs that are bombing and sniping us. So we send out a lot of young men with heavy weapons into the middle of the population. They don't have a clue about the language or the culture. So the fobbits sitting in Al Faw or Bagram keep 'adjusting' the ROE to try to balance these two opposing ideas. How is that Obama's fault?
tom munson November 02, 2012 at 02:43 AM
Benghazi was not important enough to interrupt Obamas campaign as he went to Vegas. Now with Hurricane Sandy once again Obamas campaign is more important. Tells veterans something now doesn't it.
Steve ® November 02, 2012 at 02:47 AM
Obama served in which branch of the military? A disabled child could have made the call on Osama and you can blame Bush for the service members that took that a hole out.
Steve ® November 02, 2012 at 03:59 AM
Both decisions we very presidential. Thank you for pointing out how a real leader acts
Luke November 02, 2012 at 04:40 AM
@Jay, I agree. I would even cut back more than Obama for a couple of years. My beef with Obama is that less than 5% of the stimulus was on infrastructure. Too much was spent on his special interests. After Bush, I actually had somewhat of a favorable opinion of Obama in certain regard, until I saw where and how he invested our tax dollars. Our infrastructure is an embarrassment.
Luke November 02, 2012 at 04:43 AM
Lyle, One more thing. Uncontrolled nuclear material and medical material are nothing compared to what I am talking about. It's like comparing a sneeze to the flu.
Jason Patzfahl November 02, 2012 at 11:36 AM
This satirical letter from Mitt Romney was mean to start a conversation about whether vets should support Barack Obama or Mitt Romney. I often use satire as a catalyst for the real issues within, but I understand that not all of my readers appreciate that, which is why I followed up with my own thoughts in italics. For those of you who commented on the actual matter at hand (veteran voting) thank you. Both sides have brought up good points. There was some poor response and leadership in the Benghazi situation, and while it may have fallen in Clinton's hands first, it reflects poorly upon Obama and am disappointed in the way he has handled it - but to return the same group of people to the White House who dropped the ball before 911 when they had the info to prevent the murder of 3,000 civilians doesn't sound like a good solution.
Jason Patzfahl November 02, 2012 at 11:42 AM
And no one can deny the amount of hard work and dedication President Obama and the first lady have done for returning vets and their families. NO ONE has a higher approval rating among those families than Michelle Obama. Obama has increased spending for VA hospitals, education and mental health. The Romney/Ryan budget would cut VA spending by 20%. The fact is that I fear if Romney is elected we will enter into more perpetual wars. The last thing I want is for my son to be drafted and sent to die in some godforsaken corner of the world so that Mitt can be a "wartime President". There is something to be said for using diplomacy over sabre-rattling, and as we have seen, Romney just doesn't have that skill set.
Jason Patzfahl November 02, 2012 at 11:52 AM
And on a personal note, my grandfather, who fought in Korea, is now fighting the biggest battle of his life (the C word) and with the help of the VA is beating the odds. Thank god for the VA and Medicare, otherwise my old-timer, unemployed gramps would be left to search for a health insurance company willing to take on an 82 year old man with cancer. The VA has literally saved my grandfather's life. To defund it by 20 in order to increase active military spending by $2 TRILLION so we could attack Iran, North Korea and send troops to Israel would cause the premature death of many retired vets and of course the death of MANY, MANY more active members of the military. It's funny how no Ryan or Romney as ever served, but they are perceived as more "patriotic", yet Joe Biden's son has served his country in the Middle East and Obama's grandfather (who raised him) was a WWII vet. It's also sad how Paul Ryan has continually voted to cut veteran spending in his congressional career, but is willing to send them to fight. See the shameful list here: http://thepragmaticprogressive.blogspot.com/2012/08/paul-ryans-shameful-record-on-veterans.html#!/2012/08/paul-ryans-shameful-record-on-veterans.html
CowDung November 02, 2012 at 01:44 PM
With your articles, it's always a challenge separating the fiction from the fiction.
Mike in OC November 02, 2012 at 02:41 PM
Wow a new record low... I normally can stomach the first sentence or two of your blogs.... but this time I only made it to 9 words before I decided not to waste my time. Thanks, you are peaking right in time for the election!
CowDung November 02, 2012 at 02:43 PM
What countries have been identified (by someone other than you) as targets for Romney's alleged 'perpetual wars'? What thought process did you use to arrive at that conclusion? Was it the same thought process you used to arrive at the conclusion that Waukesha's WWTP was going to put 'flushed toilet water, full of poop' into the Root River?
Dirk November 02, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Would a Romney administration SUE to suppress active military from voting like the Odumba administration currently is? Desperate measures from a desperate and failed regime. Even more ridiculous are the zombies who continue to support failure. http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/314434/military-voting-rights-under-fire-ohio-john-fund#
CowDung November 02, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Yes, I get that Romney didn't write the letter. The issue is that it is hard to distinguish what is supposed to be fiction and what is Jason's actual misrepresentation of the political positions of the target of his hit piece. It's hard to separate the fiction from the fiction...
Randy1949 November 02, 2012 at 04:18 PM
@Dirk -- How does treating military people the same as non-military when it comes to early voting 'suppress' their rights? If anyone's voting rights were being suppressed, it was the rights of Ohio voters who traditionally vote early. Talk about desperate -- suppress the vote among those who you think will support your opponent and give special treatment to those who you think will support you. I think it was the GOP who looked desperate here. This is an old story and an old lie.
Katy G November 02, 2012 at 11:21 PM
Thank you for the link to the facts. As a wife of a military veteran who spends time volunteering at the Zablocki Center I have seen first-hand the need for services for these people who have given so much for our freedom. The benefits that President Obama has made available are a great start for the young men and women returning from war. And with so many high-tech jobs available with no qualified candidates, it is a perfect match.
CowDung November 02, 2012 at 11:45 PM
The link above appears to be broken, so I'm not sure of the details. Active military can't go down to their city hall and fill out an absentee ballot like other people can--especially those serving overseas. It also takes longer for them to get mail than those of us requesting a ballot from our locality. I see no issue with granting active duty military extra time to do their early voting. Besides, if they get their ballots late through no fault of their own, they should be allowed to return them late and have them counted...
Ima Hippee November 03, 2012 at 01:13 PM
Lyle - "I know all about dirty bombs." You are absolutely amazing! We are so fortunate to have you on this site! Not only do you know all about history, economics, women, sex, birth control, Bren, literature, math, creative writing, racism, foreign relations, consensual relations, Keith Schmitz, interpretive literature and now? You know all about dirty bombs? You practice this in your spare time?
Ima Hippee November 03, 2012 at 01:14 PM
RBC - nicely written and thank you for your service..
Jason J November 03, 2012 at 01:35 PM
As a veteran, I find this article insulting. I feel that the Patch needs to put this Blogger on the banned list due to his continued garbage writing, and insulting comments.
Jason Patzfahl November 03, 2012 at 01:44 PM
I had no intention whatsoever to insult veterans, especially since my family is ripe with vets, but I do want to bring to your attention the way a Romney administration would treats vets compared to the way the Obama administration is treating them. They are a world apart, and Romney would send more youth to war and give them less services when they come home by cutting funding to the VA by 20% - Now that is the real insult here. I appreciate your service - I just want you home and taken care of properly. I feel that Romney & Ryan, who have no idea what kind of sacrifice you or your family have made, could care less.... sorry, but that is the way that I see it.
Jason Patzfahl November 03, 2012 at 01:47 PM
"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed." ~ General Dwight D. Eisenhower. And let's not forget, Romney would cut funding to the VA by 20%, but increase funds to active military spending by $2 TRILLION. - Seems misguided to me.
Steve ® November 03, 2012 at 02:56 PM
When you have to lie to make Obama look good you should realize the ship is sinking.
Bewildered November 03, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Lyle=CHARLATAN
Jason J November 03, 2012 at 07:54 PM
@Jason I appreciate the fact that you couldn't serve despite your claims you wanted to, however you can write such garbage without having been a member of the Military and feel that you have leg to stand on is rediculous. I hope the family members you claim are vets let you know how they feel when you sit down to Thanksgiving and they send you to the kids table in the other room. All your argument is hypothetical, lets look at the one action that stands out in mind from your beloved President. Benghazi.... Lets take another look.... Libya...... continued Iran problems. How many active duty military members are going to die in the future due to Obama's non-action and apology tours? Instead of writing blogs just take a laxative and then photo the toilet and post the photo. You would get the same quality article and it would take you less time.
The Anti-Alinsky November 03, 2012 at 08:02 PM
I'm still awaiting details of your "offer to serve" Jason, if any such thing happened.
The Anti-Alinsky November 03, 2012 at 08:08 PM
Patzy wrote: "...but to return the same group of people to the White House who dropped the ball before 911..." The people who dropped the ball were Bill Clinton and his administration. You know, the ones that dismantled the intelligence services and down played the threat of Al-Qaeda. 9-11 happened just eight months after Bush-43 took office. It's funny how you want to blame our poor economy on Bush four years after he left office, and also want to blame him for something that happened at the very start of his.
Jason Patzfahl November 04, 2012 at 04:10 AM
I had chronic shoulder dislocations in my right arm from playing football - Only the second patient in WI to have a rear capsular shift on my shoulder 10 days after I turned 18. The marines called my house after our meeting to tell me that with such instability, I might have to look at other branches of military after a couple of years and I am re-evaluated. - By the time I was healed, I was married and a full-time college student. We are also NOT in any active wars at the time. And you served where? when? And I don't think you have to serve in the military to be a patriot. Do you? Reagan didn't serve overseas or see combat at all in WWII because of "eyesight difficulties." Does that make him not qualified to be President or a patriot, or have an opinion about war?
The Anti-Alinsky November 04, 2012 at 05:10 AM
Jason wrote: "I had chronic shoulder dislocations in my right arm from playing football..." probably from carrying more than 1/2 gallon of water to the bench at a time... In all seriousness, the fact that you didn't "look at other branches" indicates that you were no more serious than most others. As far as myself, I talked with military recruiters in high school, filled out my draft card, and would have gone had I been drafted. HOWEVER, I DO NOT include myself in the group of patriots that went above normal patriotism by actually volunteering and joining our armed forces to take on the archaic threats to our personal liberties. Jason also wrote; "...And you served where? when?..." Irrelevant. We are not discussing MY involvement in the military, just yours, or more accurately, your lack of. Please do not even attempt to put yourself in ANY category with our volunteer soldiers. You insult not only them, but yourself!
Sharpie November 05, 2012 at 04:14 PM
"Support for Kill List and NDAA make Obama and Romney Unfit for Office" Read more: http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/reawakening-liberty/2012/nov/2/support-kill-list-and-ndaa-make-obama-and-romney-u/ See if there is a clear winner to our Presidential Election 2012. Make a special note to watch the Free and Equal Election Debate between third party Presidential candidates, Gov. Gary Johnson (Libertarian) and Dr. Jill Stein (Green), to be aired tonight on Monday evening, Nov. 5th from 9:00 - 10:30 pm Eastern Time. Perform a worthwhile civic duty, and be certain to listen in on this historic debate so that you can make an informed decision on voting day. Third party candidates who will be on the ballot in most states deserve to be heard. http://freeandequal.org/?v=1

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