I want to make it abundantly clear: if thereâ€™s anyone who believes that these youngsters want to fight, as the Pentagon and some generals have said, you can just forget about it. No young, bright individual wants to fight just because of a bonus and just because of educational benefits. And most all of them come from communities of very, very high unemployment. If a young fella has an option of having a decent career or joining the army to fight in Iraq, you can bet your life that he would not be in Iraq.
This follows John Kerry’s “botched joke” (horse manure — we know what he meant, and he hasn’t really apologized for anything) and Ohio Governor-elect Ted Strickland’s long, painful dissertation on the economic reasons why soldiers enlist and why sons and daughters of official Washington don’t (which has the unfortunate characteristic, like so much of what Ted says, of not being true — also noted as such by fellow blogger NixGuy here).
At what point does one conclude that the demeaning “uneducated soldier with no other choices” myth is a core belief of the party these three men belong to? And when are these people going to be challenged about false statements such as these?
Cross-posted at NewsBusters.org.
UPDATE: Just wondering — Based on the bolded part of the quote, does Rangel even know there are women in the military these days? What conservative would escape criticism if he or she failed to mention our “men and women” in the military?
UPDATE 2: Others chiming in –
- Sister Toldjah: “This guy canâ€™t stop sticking his foot in his mouth, can he?”
- Dan Riehl: “The Democrat leadership just can’t help but insult our men and women in uniform.”
- Jawa Report: “To think of them as anything other than fully competent adults is an insult to our men and women in uniform.”
- Macs Mind: “More Rangel Hoof in Mouth Disease.”
- A Blog for All: “As for Rangel’s comments, it would appear that Rangel hasn’t talked to too many folks serving in the current US Armed Services, for if he did, he’d find more than a few very dedicated soldiers who believe in the mission in Iraq.”
- Blackfive: “Another Condescending Jackass.”
- Stop the ACLU: “Iâ€™m sure it might surprise Mr. Rangel but most of the military folks I know joined out of patriotic duty, did have an education, and were not poor.”
- Yet Another Conservative Right Wing Blog: “They need to work this into a new party slogan or something.”
UPDATE 3: More –
- Media Lies: “You could pass off what John Kerry said as a joke, but you can’t spin this.”
- Slublog: “Nancy Pelosi must be missing clumps of hair by now.” Only because Rangel is saying what he believes, but NOT because she disagrees with him.
- Say Anything: “If they can make the troops appear to be nothing more than a bunch of simpletons who were manipulated into fighting a ‘war for profit’ or ‘war for oil’ by the evil Bush/Cheney/Rove cabal theyâ€™ve won.” Heaven help us all if enough of us are that gullible.
- Hegemonic Discourse: “Charlie Rangel and John Kerry believe in the same things about those who join our military.”
- Instapundit (HT Hedgehog Blog): “Karl Rove’s prayer — Get this guy on TV as much as possible!”
- Blue Crab Boulevard: “To continue to malign the troops in this way shows a complete contempt for the very people who you must count on when this country needs protection.“