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How true is this?

This is posted froman email I received today.

Serving in the armed forces should not be a litmus test for leading the country.  HOWEVER, remember, it was the Neo-cons (Neo-conmen) who led our young boys to a wasteful war against Iraq. 

With that frame of reference, look at who served and who did not.  Don’t dare, after reviewing this list, question the patriotism of liberals and/or Democrats.  It is also offensive for the president and the vice president to question the patriotism of those who protest the war effort in Iraq.  Has the FIrst Amendment been revoked by Ashcroft too?

Democrats

Richard Gephardt: Air National Guard, 1965-71.
David Bonior: Staff Sgt., Air Force 1968-72.
Tom Daschle: 1st Lt., Air Force SAC 1969-72.
Al Gore: enlisted Aug. 1969;sent to Vietnam Jan. 1971as an army
journalist in 20th Engineer Brigade.
Bob Kerrey: Lt. j.g. Navy1966-69; > Medal of Honor, Vietnam.
Daniel Inouye: Army 1943-’47;Medal of Honor, WWII.
John Kerry: Lt., Navy 1966-70; decorated officer in Vietnam.
John Edwards: did not serve.
Charles Rangel: Staff Sgt.,Army 1948-52; Bronze Star, Korea.
Max Cleland: Captain, Army1965-68; Silver Star & Bronze Star, Vietnam.
Ted Kennedy: Army, 1951-1953. 

Tom Harkin: Lt., Navy,1962-67; Naval Reserve, 1968-74.
Jack Reed: Army Ranger,1971-1979; Captain, Army Reserve 1979-91.
Fritz Hollings: Army officering WWII, receiving the Bronze Star and seven campaign ribbons.
Leonard Boswell: Lt. Col.,Army 1956-76; Vietnam,DFCs, Bronze Stars,and Soldier’s Medal.
Pete Peterson: Air Force Captain, POW. Purple Heart, Silver Star and Legion of Merit
Mike Thompson: Staff sergeant,173rd Airborne, Purple Heart.
Bill McBride: Candidate for FL. Governor. Marine in Vietnam;Bronze Star with Combat V.
Gray Davis: Army Captain in Vietnam,Bronze Star.
Pete Stark: Air Force 1955-57
Chuck Robb: Vietnam
Howell Heflin: Silver Star
George McGovern: Silver Star& DFC during WWII.
Bill Clinton: Did not serve.Student deferments.
Jimmy Carter: Seven years in the Navy.
Walter Mondale: Army 1951-1953
John Glenn: WWII and Korea;six DFCs and Air Medal with 18 Clusters.
Tom Lantos: Served in Hungarian underground in WWII. Saved by Raoul
Wallenberg.
Wesley Clark: U.S.Army, 1966-2000, West Point, Vietnam,Purple Heart,
Silver Star. Retired 4-star general.
John Dingell: WWII vet
John Conyers: Army 1950-57, Korea

Republicans

Dennis Hastert: did not serve.
Tom Delay: did not serve.
House Whip Roy Blunt: did not serve.
Bill Frist: did not serve.
Rudy Giuliani: did not serve.
George Pataki: did not serve.
Mitch McConnell: did not serve.
Rick Santorum: did not serve.
Trent Lott: did not serve.
Dick Cheney: did not serve.Several deferments, the last by marriage.
John Ashcroft: did not serve.Seven deferments to teach business.
Jeb Bush: did not serve.
Karl Rove: did not serve.
Saxby Chambliss: did not serve. “Bad knee.” The man who attacked Max
Cleland’s patriotism.
Paul Wolfowitz: did not serve.
Vin Weber: did not serve.
Richard Perle: did not serve.
Douglas Feith: did not serve.
Eliot Abrams: did not serve.
Richard Shelby: did not serve.
Jon Kyl: did not serve.
Tim Hutchison: did not serve.
Christopher Cox: did not serve.
Newt Gingrich: did not serve.
Don Rumsfeld: served in Navy(1954-57) as aviator and flight instructor.
George W. Bush: six-year Nat’l Guard commitment (in four).
Gerald Ford: Navy, WWII
Phil Gramm: did not serve.
John McCain: Silver Star,Bronze Star, Legion of Merit, Purple Heart and
Distinguished Flying Cross.
Bob Dole: an honorable veteran.
Chuck Hagel: two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star, Vietnam.
Duke Cunningham: nominated for Medal of Honor, Navy Cross, Silver Stars, Air
Medals, Purple Hearts.
Jeff Sessions: Army Reserves,1973-1986
JC Watts: did not serve.
Lindsey Graham: National Guard lawyer.
G.H.W. Bush: Pilot in WWII.Shot down by the Japanese.
Tom Ridge:Bronze Star for Valor in Vietnam.
Antonin Scalia: did not serve.
Clarence Thomas: did not serve

Pundits & Preachers

Sean Hannity: did not serve.

Rush Limbaugh: did not serve (4-F with a ‘pilonidal cyst.’)

Bill O’Reilly: did not serve.

Michael Savage: did not serve.

George Will: did not serve.

Chris Matthews: Peace Corps volunteer.

Paul Gigot: did not serve.

Bill Bennett: did not serve.

Pat Buchanan: did not serve.

Bill Kristol: did not serve.

Kenneth Starr: did not serve.

Michael Medved: did not serve.


Posted by SPN on 10/27 at 01:53 PM in Blogging

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