He bitched and moaned when he was in and has loved every minute since.
Kevin, over at the Belmont Club made a comment that caught my attention. Hugh Hewitt had a similar conversation a few days ago as to what rights non vets have to express opinions on subjects that concern the military, wars and foreign policy. I am more interested in the general sentiment than the greater discussion.
As a veteran, I find the argument amusing. Obviously citizenship is inclusive and there are no distinctions made under law or in the Constitution. You are a citizen or you are not. The argument also misses an important point about military service. For men my age, it was an obligation. It was the law but it was also a right of passage. If you did not get killed or maimed, it was exciting and fun. It was a life experience that gets better with memory and time. At some stage you realize that it was a privilege to have served and it defines many a veteran's later life.
I do not feel anger at those that did not serve , I feel sorry for those that did not get to enjoy the experience of military service. I fill with pride, joy and fraternity with the young men and woman I see in the airports that I travel and I would not trade that connection for anything.
Here is Kevin's view:
...We are to believe that the reason certain people are not patriotic is that they were too afraid to serve in the military. Oh really? Let’s put this to the test. Let’s do a little thought experiment, I will put two names net to each other and let’s try to see who is more patriotic. If the premise is that cowards who refuse to serve in the military are not patriotic then surely we will see this from this list
Who is more patriotic?
Dick Cheney or John Kerry?
Rush Limbaugh or Wesley Clark?
Pat Buchanan or Ted Kennedy?
Mitch McConnell or James Webb?
Rudy Giuliani or Al Gore?
John Boehner or Richard Gephart?
Trent Lott or Jack Murtha?
Jonah Goldberg or Markos Moulitsas Zúniga
Jerry Falwell or Charles Rangel?
Mitt Romney or John McCain?
Bill Frist or John Daschle?
Fred Thompson or Chuck Hagel?
Karl Rove or George McGovern?
Joe Lieberman, Paul Wolfowitz, Eliot Abrams, Richard Perle, Newt Gingrish, Jeb Bush, Doug Feith or Jimmy Carter?"...
Kevin, you miss the point.