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Smarting Up the Military

Posted by David Keelan on Friday, December 1, 2006

Remember the post that Steeler hater David Wissing posted on his blog about John Kerry?  “Poor John Kerry”  It is essentially about the introduction Larry King gave to Kerry before he appeared on Larry King’s show.  This says it all.

KING: Senator John Kerry — his first prime time interview since he botched his Iraq joke and since a new poll ranks him America’s least popular leader.

To add injury to insult a recent poll shows John Kerry’s likability has plummeted.

John Kerry, mulling a second bid for the U.S. presidency, finished dead last in a poll released on Monday on the likability of 20 top American political figures.

Congressman Charlie Rangel seems to agree with John Kerry’s “joke”.

“No young, bright individual wants to fight just because of a bonus and just because of educational benefits. … If a young fellow has an option of having a decent career or joining the Army to fight in Iraq, you can bet your life that he would not be in Iraq.”

Charlie is suggesting that no one in their right mind would want to defend the freedoms of the United States.  He is suggesting they are poor, uneducated, and have no other opportunities.  Hmmm.

The Heritage Foundation has a study out on this topic that Mssrs. Kerry and Rangel should sit down and read.

  • Recruits tend to be better educated than the public at large. At least 90 percent of enlistees have a high-school diploma, while the national high-school graduation rate is 75 percent. In addition, the mean reading level of 2004 recruits is a full grade level higher than that of the comparable youth population.
  • Recruits from wealthy families are actually overrepresented in today’s military. The only income group whose participation in the military is declining is the poor. The percentage of recruits from the poorest American neighborhoods (with one-fifth of the U.S. population) declined from 18 percent in 1999 to 14.6 percent in 2003, 14.1 percent in 2004 and 13.7 percent in 2005.

Not that reading this report will make any difference to Charlie Rangel.  When asked about the report and if it made any difference to his arguement he said, “Of course not”.  Talk about “inconvenient truths”.  This guy is about to become one of the most powerful people in the world – as another blogger is fond of saying, Oy.

This was inspired by Cindy V’s post of last week and Rebecca Hagelin’s recent article which you can read atTown Hall  here.

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8 Responses to “Smarting Up the Military”

  1. bsflag2007 said

    As “cory” pointed out in a comment on a different post — I “dislike” it when folks ignore or misrepresent facts in order to try to make their point.

    The Rebecca Hagelin comments are a case in point. She builds her argument on the “botched joke” of John Kerry…. It seems awfully clear that he was trying to equate president bush with the dim bulb … not the troops. wouldn’t it be illogical, silly even, for Kerry to call suggest enlitees are poor stduents –since HE was one?

    On the other hand – George Bush was a demonstrably poor student.

    Similar “jokes” have been made a gazillion times — Bush homself made a similat self-deprecating vote during a college commencement speech as I recall.

    I would consider Kerry an easy target for legitimate shots — why continue to focus on a red herring?

    Those who continue to base an argument on the “in-credible” premise undermine their own credibility and the credibility of the point they are trying to make.

    Cindy V.

  2. bsflag2007 said

    sorry for poor proofing – typos – “enliStee”, Kerry was an “enlistee” … similaR … Joke not vote)
    ugh!
    cv

  3. bsflag2007 said

    “Charlie is suggesting that no one in their right mind would want to defend the freedoms of the United States.”

    The data tells us that after the United States was ACTUALLY attacked – many of the “best and brightest” leapt to the defense of the “freedoms of the United States”.

    Normally apathetic types raced to find ways to help during our actual national emergency.

    After so many years of hearing worries about how the current generation “might” respond to a “national emergency” — it was an uplifting experience. (i always suspected this generation would rise to the occassion – just like tom brokaw’s “greatest generation”).

    Has their honor been matched by our “leaders”?

    I consider the insistance on dredging up the old “how dare you criticize the brave and worthy soldiers” ploy a simplistic distraction from the larger issues.

    When it comes to defending the US — I think we can count on just about every man, woman and child to join in a true emergency – 9/11 proved that.

    Does acting as policemen for the world truly equate to defending the freedoms of the united states?

    Cindy V.

  4. “Does acting as policemen for the world truly equate to defending the freedoms of the united states?”

    Of course not. I kinda held my nose at that statement. However, they are in harms way and they signed up for a reason. We would have to ask them how they feel.

    Anyway, not trying to pick on Kerry. He has enough critics. Just highlighting Rangel’s perspective in light of data that proves him wrong.

  5. I’d like to think of myself more as a “Steeler-disliker”. The only team I actually “hate” is the Redskins…. 🙂

  6. bsflag2007 said

    My “cringe-o-meter” has been swinging wildly the past couple of weeks.

    I have been persuaded that universal service would be a good thing on many levels — then comes Rangel and his particular brand of diahrea of the mouth. Just makes me shake my head and sigh.

    Cindy V.

  7. Steve Fine said

    I don’t think Rangel is really for the draft. I think he’s just trying to make a point, when you decide whether or not your in favor of a military action you have to ask yourself one question: is this proposed action worth risking the lives of my loved ones for? Military action results in the loss (or even worse) of human life. Thats why there is no graver decision a nation makes.

    I think the fact that most people felt safe in assuming someone else’s kid would do the fighting is one reason we made the grave mistake of re-invading Iraq in the first place. Not the only reason. But we Americans treat killing others too trivially.

  8. bsflag2007 said

    “I’d like to think of myself more as a “Steeler-disliker”. The only team I actually “hate” is the Redskins…. :)”

    uhhh.. what about the Yankees?

    cv

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