Incidentally since I’ve gone this far
recently I’ve had cause to think about presidential Candidate McGovern
who was torn to shreds by the Nixon boys - future Reagan men - future Neocons
even though the man was a bomber pilot in WWII - an F’n bomber pilot... not bomber, navigator, etc. - the F’n man responsible for the crew and the plane and getting the bombs where they were supposed to go and getting everyone back home safe. And with his own skill and brains and nerve and some luck he DID IT !
Yet, politico punks misrepresented and treated this hero like some lost-soul-clueless-hippy - and never ever felt ashamed.
Lordie knows this country would have benefited way the hell more from McGovern insights and experience and administration then we ever got out of slippery Dick.
DEMOCRATIC LEADERS who “walked the walk” :
While most Democrats don’t just say that war should be the last resort but truly believe it and try to resolve conflicts through more peaceful means, when just wars have been necessary and unavoidable, they have a long established record of putting their own lives and those of their own children on the line, rather than persuading other people to sacrifice themselves and their children:
Sen. & Presidential Candidate McGovern, one of the elite few Air Force bomber pilots to fly the maximum 35 successful bombing missions in WW II. Stephen Ambrose, who wrote a book about him, called him “one of the greatest patriots I know.”
Jack Valenti ( President L.B. Johnson’s special personal assistant) flew 51 combat missions as the pilot-commander of a B-25 attack bomber and received four decorations.
The famous liberal Democrat Norman Lear (of Archie Bunker fame) also flew 52 bombing missions, during that war, 37 of them over Nazi Germany.
Former Vice President Al Gore – enlisted August 1969; sent to Vietnam January 1971 as an army journalist, assigned to the 20th Engineer Brigade headquartered at Bien Hoa, an air base twenty miles northeast of Saigon.
Sen. John Kerry, Lt., U.S. Navy 1966-70; Silver Star, Bronze Star with Combat V, and three awards of the Purple Heart for his service in combat.
Gov. & President Jimmy Carter: Lt. Commander in the Navy 1946-53.
Gov. & presidential candidate, Michael Dukakis: Army 1955-57.
Sen. John Glenn: WWII and Korea; six DFCs; Air Medal w/18 Clusters.
During World War II, Sen, & VP Hubert Humphrey tried twice to join the armed forces, but was rejected both times due to a hernia.
Gov. & U.S. Sen. Chuck Robb: U.S. Marine Corps, 1961-70, Vietnam.
Sen. Daniel Inouye, US Army 1943-‘47; Medal of Honor, World War Two.
Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) – U.S. Army, 1951-1953.
Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) – U.S. Marine served in combat in Vietnam 1968-69, and was awarded the Navy Cross, Silver Star, Bronze Star with combat V, and Purple Heart.
Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) – Lt., U.S. Navy, 1962-67; Naval Reserve, 1968-74.
Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) – U.S. Army Ranger, 1971-1979; Captain, Army Reserve 1979-91.
Sen. Fritz Hollings (D-SC) – served as a U.S. Army officer in World War II, receiving the Bronze Star and seven campaign ribbons.
Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle, 1st Lt., U.S. Air Force SAC 1969-72.
Sen. Bob Kerrey, Lt. j.g., U.S. Navy 1966-69; Medal of Honor, Vietnam
Sen. Max Cleland, Captain, U.S. Army 1965-68; Silver Star & Bronze Star, Vietnam.
Sen. Howell Heflin: .USMC WWII, Silver Star, Purple Heart (x2)
Rep. Richard Gephardt, former House Minority Leader – Missouri Air National Guard, 1965-71..
Rep. David Bonior – Staff Sgt., United States Air Force 1968-72.
Rep. Charles Rangel, Staff Sgt., U.S. Army 1948-52; Rangel served with distinction at the front in Korea. “where he received both a Purple Heart for being injured and a Bronze Star for bravery. The wounded Rangel led 40 of his comrades for three days behind enemy lines rather than surrender.” [http://www.answers.com/topic/charles-b-rangel]
Rep. Jack Murtha (D-PA) – distinguished 37-year career in the U.S. Marine Corps, Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts, retired from the Marine Corps Reserve as a colonel in 1990.
Rep. Leonard Boswell (D-IA) – Lt. Col., U.S. Army 1956-76; two tours in Vietnam, two Distinguished Flying Crosses as a helicopter pilot, two Bronze Stars, and the Soldier’s Medal.
Former Representative “Pete” Peterson, Air Force Captain, POW, Ambassador to Viet Nam, and recipient of the Purple Heart, the Silver Star and the Legion of Merit.
Rep. Mike Thompson, D-CA: Staff sergeant/platoon leader with the 173rd Airborne Brigade, U.S. Army; was wounded and received a Purple Heart.
Rep. Pete Stark, D-CA, served in the Air Force 1955-57.
Rep. Tom Lantos: Served in Hungarian underground in WWII.
Rep. Jim McDermott: Navy.
Rep. Joe Stupak, served Navy 1974-2005,vice-Admiral
Gray Davis, California Governor, Army Captain in Vietnam; received Bronze Star.
Bill McBride, Democratic Candidate for Florida Governor – volunteered and served as a U.S. Marine in Vietnam; awarded Bronze Star with a combat “V.”
Gen. Wesley Clark, Democratic Presidential Candidate – lengthy military career.