Class, War

August 8th, 2007at 06:56pm Posted by Eli

Howie Klein catches this juicy little tidmitt, er, tidbit:

As we’ve mentioned before, Mormon Mitt and his flock have all managed to evade serving in the military– and are very touchy and aggressive when anyone wants to know why. They never say that military service is for poor people not for multimillionaire Mormons like themselves, but that’s what they mean.

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney on Wednesday defended his five sons’ decision not to enlist in the military, saying they’re showing their support for the country by “helping me get elected.”

Romney, who did not serve in Vietnam due to his Mormon missionary work and a high draft lottery number, was posed the question by an anti-war activist after a speech in which he called for “a surge of support” for U.S. forces in Iraq.


“My sons are all adults and they’ve made decisions about their careers and they’ve chosen not to serve in the military and active duty and I respect their decision in that regard.”

He added: “One of the ways my sons are showing support for our nation is helping me get elected because they think I’d be a great president.”

Aww. Isn’t that sweet. Now, you’d think that equating military service with helping out dear old Dad’s campaign would be a huge turnoff to all those Republican voters who are oh-so-adamant about supporting our troops (often going to the extraordinary lengths of sticking a yellow ribbon logo on their vehicles!) would be appalled. But you’d be wrong.

Republican voters (or at least the diehard Kool-Aid drinkers) have thoroughly internalized the notion that Howie identifies: Powerful, important people start and prolong wars; little people and suckers fight them. Viewed from that perspective, the Romney family’s avoidance of military service is a status symbol, a demonstration of just how powerful and important they are. Why, they have not one, not two, but five sons who support the war but aren’t fighting in it! They must all be born Leaders! And they’re certainly prosperous enough that they would never have to enlist because it was the only way they could get a college degree.

This same thinking is the basis of the typical Young Republican response when asked why they’re not Over There – it’s usually something along the lines of how much more valuable to the war they are here. The unspoken message is, of course, that the dumb grunts in Iraq and Afghanistan have nothing to offer beyond their lives, their limbs, and their mental health. But again, none of this is a problem, because Republicans understand that this is what Leaders do, and it would be the height of foolishness to risk such valuable human assets in a war zone.

This point of view also explains why Republican voters were not at all bothered by Dubya’s dodgy dodging of Vietnam, and why Republican politicians’ actual concern for the troops appears to be roughly on par with their concern for Katrina victims (unless they’re Trent Lott, that poor porchless man). Because Dubya is Important, and soldiers and poor people are… not.

Sure, most Republican voters are not powerful or important, but they admire and identify with those who are. If Dubya has the juice to get out of the Vietnam draft, then more power to him. Yay, team!

(Cross-posted at Greatscat!)

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