Monday, June 27, 2005
Veteran: Karl's Country Club Mentality
I'm a Viet-Nam era Air Force vet. The main thing my military experience did besides introduce me to people I would not have otherwise met ( because I was a Republican), was to shape my political and personal thought for the rest of my life. Young Republican goin' in, lifetime peacenik comin' out. If you've enlisted in the military, you know that your buddies are not going to be the people you knew at the country club. They don't go there. Well, I did, but I was basically a draft dodger. Mostly met and hung out with Black,Hispanic and working class white folks with a different perspective...fair number of gays too.
My education was learning to work with and get along with lots of different kinds of people. Karl Rove never got out of the country club mentality. I had an NCO that said to me"That shit will mess you up if you don't take care of it" and he was right!