For the past several years, whenever there have been bills for improving the lot of our soldiers, past and present, it has been Democrats that proposed them and supported them. They have not been as successful as we would like, because Republicans have been just as committed to blocking them and throwing our soldiers and veterans under the bus. Ironically, Republicans then blame Democrats for the results of their own obstruction, and people who have not been watching such bills develop often believe the Republican lies. Here is one example, albeit an extreme one, of the respect veterans receive from Republicans.
Republican Rep. Joe Walsh of Illinois is under fire this Fourth of July for complaining that his Democratic challenger, a veteran who lost her legs in Iraq, talks too much about her military service.
Tammy Duckworth, a Black Hawk pilot, was awarded the Purple Heart after her helicopter was hit by an RPG in 2004. She lost her legs and some use of her right arm in the explosion.
At a town hall meeting on Sunday, Walsh complained that he is “running against a woman who, I mean my God, [military service] is all she talks about.”
The first-term congressman also suggested that Duckworth is not a “true hero,” while comparing her unfavorably to Arizona Sen. John McCain.
“Our true heroes, the men and women who served us, it’s the last thing in the world they talk about,” he added, according to a video of his comments posted on ThinkProgress… [emphasis added]
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The video referenced is included in the coverage of this story, the best I have seen, by Lawrence O’Donnell.
Do you really want to vote for a crazy person? Perhaps the question could have been better put as, “Do you really want to vote for a crazy party?” The InsaniTEA of Walsh aside, Republican support for the troops lasts only as long as they are available as cannon-fodder.