Look Who's Linking to PoliBlog:
Absinthe and Cookies
Accidental Verbosity
Admiral Quixote's Roundtable
All Day Permanent Red
All Things Jennifer
Ann Althouse
The American Mind
Arguing with signposts
The Astute Blogger
Asymmeterical Information
B-Town Blog Boys
Backcountry Conservative
Balloon Juice
Bananas and Such Begging to Differ
The Bemusement Park
Bewtween the Coasts
Betsy's Page
The Big Picture
Blogs for Bush
Boots and Sabers
The Bully Pulpit
Caffeinated Musing
California Yankee
Captain's Quarters
Chicago Report
Chicagoland of Confusion
Citizen Smash
Collected Thoughts
The Command Post
Common Sense and Wonder
Confessions Of A Political Junkie
The Conservative Philosopher
Conservative Revolution
Conservative and Right
Cranial Cavity
The Daily Lemon
Daly Thoughts
DANEgerus Weblog
Dart Frog on a Cactus
Dean's World Dear Free World
Brad DeLong
Democracy Project
The Disagreeable Conservative Curmudgeon
Down to the Piraeus
Drink this...
Earl's log
Earthly Passions
The Education Wonks
the evangelical outpost
Eye of the Storm
The Flying Space Monkey Chronicles
The Friendly Ghost
Functional, if not decorative
The Galvin Opinion
The Glittering Eye
Haight Speech
The Hedgehog Report
Heh. Indeed.
Hennessy's View
High Desert Skeptic
History and Perceptions
Robert Holcomb
I love Jet Noise
Idlewild South
Independent Thinker
Insults Unpunished
Internet Ronin
Ipse Dixit
It Can't Rain All The Time...
The Jay Blog
Jen Speaks
Joefish's Freshwater Blog
John Lemon blog
Judicious Asininity
Just On The Other Side
The Kudzu Files
Let's Try Freedom
Liberty Father
Life and Law
David Limbaugh
Locke, or Demosthenes?
Mad Minerva
Gary Manca
Mark the Pundit
Mediocre but Unexciting
Mental Hiccups
Miller's Time
Mind of Mog
Minorities For Bush
Mr. Hawaii
The Moderate Voice
The Modulator
Much Ado
Mungowitz End
My opinion counts
my thoughts, without the penny charge
My Word
Neophyte Pundit
Neutiquam erro
New England Republican
NewsHawk Daily
neWs Round-Up
No Pundit Intended
Nobody asked me, but...
Obsidian Wings
Occam's Toothbrush
On the Fritz
On the Third Hand
One Fine Jay
Out of Context
Outside the Beltway
Suman Palit
Passionate America
Brian Patton
Peppermint Patty
John Pierce
The Politicker
The Politburo Diktat
Political Annotation
Political Blog For The Politically Incorrect
Power Politics
Practical Penumbra
Priorities & Frivolities
Prof. Blogger's Pontifications
Pundit Heads
The Queen of All Evil
Quotes, Thoughts, and other Ramblings
Ramblings' Journal
Random Acts of Kindness
Random Nuclear Strikes
Ranting Rationalist
Read My Lips
Reagan Country
A Republican's Blog
The Review
Right Side of the Rainbow
Right Wingin-It
Right Wing News
Right Voices
Rightward Reasonings
riting on the wall
Rooftop Report
The Sake of Argument
Secular Sermons
Sha Ka Ree
Shaking Spears
She Who Will Be Obeyed!
The Skeptician
The Skewed
Slobokan's Site O' Schtuff
small dead animals
Sneakeasy's Joint
SoCal Law Blog
A Solo Dialogue
Some Great Reward
Southern Musings
Speed of Thought...
Spin Killer
Matthew J. Stinson
A Stitch in Haste
The Strange Political Road Trip of Jane Q. Public
Stuff about
Suman Palit
Target Centermass
Templar Pundit
The Temporal Globe
Tex the Pontificator
Texas Native
think about it...
Tobacco Road Fogey
Toner Mishap
Tony Talks Tech
The Trimblog
Truth. Quante-fied.
Use The Forks!!
Vista On Current Events
Vox Baby
Jeff Vreeland's Blog
Wall of Sleep
Weapons of Mass Discussion
Who Knew?
The Window Manager
Winning Again!
WizBang Tech
The World Around You
The Yin Blog
You Big Mouth, You!
Non-Blogs Linking to PoliBlog: - Alabama Weblogs

AJC's 2004 Election Politics Sites and Blogs Campaign Finance
Welcome to World O' Blogs
Yahoo! Directory Political Weblogs
Young Elephant

Who Links Here

Friday, September 3, 2004
“Five Deferments” Live On

By Steven Taylor @ 5:53 pm

As per clips from the news today, it seems the Kerry is fixated on the deferments issue, and the idea that he won’t be questioned by people who didn’t serve.

The logic here is rather dubious. For one thing, if taken to its logical conclusions then Bill Clinton shouldn’t have been elected President. For another, since a Viet Nam vet who has a more impressive record than he, i.e. John McCain, has endorsed Bush, shouldn’t Kerry just quit the race? I mean if the fundament of Kerry’s argument is some perverse game of Hearts in which Viet Nam service is the trump card to end all trump cards, doesn’t a McCain trump a Kerry? Yes, it is ridiculous logic, but it isn’t mine: it belongs to the junior Senator from Massachusetts.

And I would remind us all of the sage words once uttered on the floor of the US Senate:

The race for the White House should be about leadership, and leadership requires that one help heal the wounds of Vietnam, not reopen them; that one help identify the positive things that we learned about ourselves and about our nation, not play to the divisions and differences of that crucible of our generation.

We do not need to divide America over who served and how. I have personally always believed that many served in many different ways. Someone who was deeply against the war in 1969 or 1970 may well have served their country with equal passion and patriotism by opposing the war as by fighting in it. Are we now, 20 years or 30 years later, to forget the difficulties of that time, of families that were literally torn apart, of brothers who ceased to talk to brothers, of fathers who disowned their sons, of people who felt compelled to leave the country and forget their own future and turn against the will of their own aspirations?

These words were uttered, of course, by Senator John Forbes Kerry on February 27, 1992. He was, of course, defending Bill Clinton, whom it seems Kerry thought fully fit to be CinC despite his lack of service.

Filed under: US Politics: 2004 Campaign
  • The American Mind linked with Kerry's House of Ketchup #25

Click here to go to the main page.


The URI to TrackBack this entry is:

  1. Maybe all those who served in Viet Nam (and don’t feel betrayed by Kerry) should vote Democratic while all those who didn’t serve in V.N. should vote for Bush.

    Comment by Richard Arnone — Friday, September 3, 2004 @ 6:14 pm

  2. What will Kerry say about John Edwards, who also did not serve in Vietnam?

    Comment by Mark — Friday, September 3, 2004 @ 7:47 pm

  3. Kerry took an undergraduate student deferment. So did Bush. Either both were dishonorable or neither were dishonorable. Bush entered the Texas Air National Guard. IIRC, Kerry entered the Naval Reserve. Either both were dishonorable or neither were dishonorable.

    Comment by Dave Schuler — Friday, September 3, 2004 @ 7:58 pm

  4. I’m sure there’s a 527 editing the footage as we speak.

    Comment by Paul — Friday, September 3, 2004 @ 8:01 pm

  5. Seeing as to how Kerry sought a deferment and then, when he couldn’t get it, joined the navy, some interesting questions arise:

    1. What was Kerry’s draft status? Best I recall, there was a lottery, my number was 300 something and I was not likely to be drafted. What,pray tell do you suppose Kerry needed a deferment for? Was he set to be drafted into the ARMY? I don’t recall the navy having the draft in those days when I joined.
    2. IF Kerry was likely to be drafted, then joined the navy to avoid the Army, did he then attempt to evade the war?

    Maybe I’m wrong here, my memory may have failed on how the draft worked, but…I surely do not believe the navy was drafting people. If not, perhaps Kerry is even more hypocritical than he actually appears to be.

    Comment by Randall — Friday, September 3, 2004 @ 11:39 pm

  6. Maybe it’s just the limitations of my pubic school education, but I seem to remember learning in high school Civics class - I know, they don’t even teach such neanderthal Americanism anymore - that the very reason the founding fathers provided in the Constitution that the popularly elected president was the Commander-in-Chief of the military was to assure that the armies of the Republic would always be accountable to the people. Can John Kerry really not grasp that any citizen, regardless of whether they have served in uniform or not, has a right and a duty to question anyone who would campaign to serve in the highest office in the land, and as the Commander-in-Chief of our military?

    Comment by No Citizen Soldier — Saturday, September 4, 2004 @ 10:55 am

  7. Randall,

    See my post from today (Sat 9/4) entitled “On Deferments and Cogent Arguments” to at least partially, and perhps completely, answer your question.


    Comment by Steven Taylor — Saturday, September 4, 2004 @ 1:22 pm

RSS feed for these comments.

Leave a comment

Line and paragraph breaks automatic, e-mail address never displayed, HTML allowed: <a href="" title="" rel=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>



Take a Look At This!
  • Tabloid News
  • Word of The Day
  • Chronograph Watches
  • Office Shredders
  • Cash Registers
  • Ricoh Fax Machines
  • IBM Typewriters
  • Copy Machines
  • UNIX Consulting
  • Web Design

Visitors Since 2/15/03

Powered by WordPress