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Thursday, May 26, 2005

Democratics Serve in Iraq, Too

Tom Smith, The Right Coast's funniest blogger (indeed, arguably one of the funniest bloggers around altogether), points to an interesting op-ed in USA Today.  It is worth a quick read before Memorial Day; I assume most of our readers overlook USA Today.

Posted by Ethan Leib on May 26, 2005 at 02:40 PM in Law and Politics | Permalink

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The Marines are overwhelmingly Republican; the only Democrats or liberals I met in my 4 years were young, first time enlistees who tended to be anti-establishment. These guys tended not to know much about politics per se but were just bucking the system. That the “system” they were part of was so overwhelmingly conservative, their knee jerk reaction was of course to go liberal.

For that matter, most of the Republicans weren’t ‘real-into’ their politics either but simply identified with the middle America, down home values that the Republicans have come to represent. Democrats to them were the limousine-liberal types who wanted to take away their guns and basically tell them what is best for them from atop their Ivory Towers.

Point being that the military, the Marines in particular, are just like the rest of America. Their politics typically extend only so far; most of the time there’s just better things to talk about. And thus what they identify with is not some deeply thought out ideological position but the basic values that each party represents on the whole.


Posted by: Ray | May 26, 2005 10:47:56 PM

While the author clearly served in the Clinton administration, it doesn't necessarily follow that her husband is a Democrat nor that he is a Republican - and it doesn't matter. Indeed the point of the piece was that she is a proud American and Marine wife and that men and women serve in Iraq and elsewhere out of a deep sense of patriotism. Tom Smith mucked up a very touching and meaningful message on service with partisanship.

Posted by: David Davis | May 26, 2005 3:28:44 PM

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