Some dillwad who claims he was a Marine for 5 years by the name of Lyle Jeremy Rubin also claims he has the key to the Left winning over the troops as they make their way through life after they take off their uniform for the last time. “How the Left Can Win the Military, and Save America’s Soul” is the title of his post in Dissent Magazine. Of course, his whole plan boils down to two words “fool them”.
His whole plan is based on fallacies; that there’s strong support among the troops for Ron Paul, that they don’t support the war against terror, that Smedley Butler is their hero, and that the troops will be enticed into the Left’s Disney World of “a more equitable society after capitalism”.
For his first point, I guess he didn’t see the five hundred actual veterans who showed up for the Veterans For Ron Paul rally in DC. Yeah, they came from across America in the tens to support their candidate.
The problem with trying to make the point of the troops not supporting the war against terrorists is that there is no draft. Each and everyone of them volunteered and they still reenlist in droves despite the fact that they’re almost guaranteed a tour in the war zone.
Smedley Butler is a proven idiot. His “book”, “War is a Racket” was a speech before it became several pages in a booklet. One of his recommendations to curb warfare was to let the soldiers vote in which wars they would allow the military to participate. If that doesn’t prove his idiocy, I don’t know what can possibly persuade you. You can read the whole thing, if you can spare 5 minutes at this link.
On the last point, the reason veterans are generally more conservative than the rest of America is that we’ve seen the government at it’s best, and we all know that we can do better on our own without the government handing us stuff. Our equipment was the best the government wanted to buy and it inevitably failed and it was up to the individual to make it serviceable, because we knew that the bureaucracy to get the equipment fixed was unnecessarily complex and never worked to our advantage.
The Left wants a more equitable society by making all of our decisions for us, veterans have lived in that world and found it lacking.
Rubin also claims that there are already veterans in the Occupy movement and the anti-war clubs who can tempt veterans over to their side. We’ve already seen the types of veterans who are attracted to “their” side. The pretend veterans and outright liars we’ve profiled on this very blog as they popped up. Veterans like Jay Polk, Christopher M. Simmance, and Scott Olson, both sides will be disappointed on the results.
Thanks to Daniel for the link.