Sunday, June 26, 2005
Vet: Republicans Don't Serve
There're a couple things you learn in a war tour.
First, combat sucks. It's dangerous and scary and usually confusing and, generally, best avoided if possible.
Second, you absolutely need your buddies. To this end, you never ever let them down when they need you. Because when you get in trouble, it's going to be DEEP trouble, and your buddies will be more valuable than gold or liquor.
Third, as long as your buddy is there for you, you couldn't care less if this buddy is gay, black, female, islamic, stupid, liberal, pro-pot, pro-choice, or believes in flying pigs and Jerry Garcia's impending resurrection. It is so totally not important.
Fourth, you're well aware that some of the people you are defending hate you and what you represent. They think you're a jack-boot thug. You don't begrudge them this, though. They're welcome to think whatever they like, and defending that right for them is one of your more noble callings.
These are four lessons that our Republican leadership have never learned. Why?
Because Republicans don't volunteer.