Monday, December 05, 2005

Democrats, Republicans, and Military Service

E-mailed from a friend. Feel free to challenge this; I certainly haven't checked it out beyond the ones I know to be true (e.g., Al Gore).


* Richard Gephardt: Air National Guard, 1965-71.
* David Bonior: Staff Sgt., Air Force 1968-72.
* Tom Daschle: 1st Lt., Air Force SAC 1969-72.
* Al Gore: enlisted Aug. 1969; sent to Vietnam Jan. 1971 as an army journalist in 20th Engineer Brigade.
* Bob Kerrey: Lt. j.g. Navy 1966-69; Medal of Honor, Vietnam.
* Daniel Inouye: Army 1943-47; Medal of Honor, WWII.
* John Kerry: Lt., Navy 1966-70; Silver Star, Bronze Star with Combat V, Purple Hearts.
* Charles Rangel: Staff Sgt., Army 1948-52; Bronze Star, Korea.
* Max Cleland: Captain, Army 1965-68; Silver Star & Bronze Star, Vietnam. Paraplegic from war injuries. Served in Congress.
* Ted Kennedy: Army, 1951-53.
* Tom Harkin: Lt., Navy, 1962-67; Naval Reserve, 1968-74.
* Jack Reed: Army Ranger, 1971-1979; Captain, Army Reserve 1979-91.
* Fritz Hollings: Army officer in WWII; Bronze Star and seven campaign ribbons.
* Leonard Boswell: Lt. Col., Army 1956-76; Vietnam, DFCs, Bronze Stars, and Soldier's Medal.
* Pete Peterson: Air Force Captain, POW. Purple Heart, Silver Star and Legion of Merit.
* Mike Thompson: Staff sergeant, 173rd Airborne, Purple Heart.
* Bill McBride: Candidate for Fla. Governor. Marine in Vietnam; Bronze Star with Combat V.
* Gray Davis: Army Captain in Vietnam, Bronze Star.
* Pete Stark: Air Force 1955-57
* Chuck Robb: Vietnam
* Howell Heflin: Silver Star
* George McGovern: Silver Star & DFC during WWII.
* Bill Clinton: Did not serve. Student deferments. Entered draft but received #311.
* Jimmy Carter: Seven years in the Navy.
* Walter Mondale: Army 1951-1953
* John Glenn: WWII and Korea; six DFCs and AirMedal with 18 Clusters.
* Tom Lantos: Served in Hungarian underground in WWII. Saved by Raoul Wallenberg.


* Dick Cheney: did not serve. Several deferments, the last by marriage.
* Dennis Hastert: did not serve.
* Tom Delay: did not serve.
* Roy Blunt: did not serve.
* Bill Frist: did not serve.
* Mitch McConnell: did not serve.
* Rick Santorum: did not serve.
* Trent Lott: did not serve.
* John Ashcroft: did not serve. Seven deferments to teach business.
* Jeb Bush: did not serve.
* Karl Rove: did not serve.
* Saxby Chambliss: did not serve. "Bad knee." The man who attacked Max Cleland's patriotism.
* Paul Wolfowitz: did not serve.
* Vin Weber: did not serve.
* Richard Perle: did not serve.
* Douglas Feith: did not serve.
* Eliot Abrams: did not serve.
* Richard Shelby: did not serve.
* Jon Kyl: did not serve.
* Tim Hutchison: did not serve.
* Christopher Cox: did not serve.
* Newt Gingrich: did not serve.
* Don Rumsfeld: served in Navy (1954-57) as flight instructor.
* George W. Bush: failed to complete his six-year National Guard; got assigned to Alabama so he could campaign for family friend running for U.S. Senate; failed to show up for required medical exam, disappeared from duty.
* Ronald Reagan: due to poor eyesight, served in a non-combat role making movies.
* B-1 Bob Dornan: Consciously enlisted after fighting was over in Korea.
* Phil Gramm: did not serve.
* John McCain: Vietnam POW, Silver Star, Bronze Star, Legion of Merit, Purple Heart and Distinguished Flying Cross.
* Dana Rohrabacher: did not serve.
* John M. McHugh: did not serve.
* JC Watts: did not serve.
* Jack Kemp: did not serve. "Knee problem, " although continued in NFL for 8 years as quarterback.
* Dan Quayle: Journalism unit of the Indiana National Guard.
* Rudy Giuliani: did not serve.
* George Pataki: did not serve.
* Spencer Abraham: did not serve.
* John Engler: did not serve.
* Lindsey Graham: National Guard lawyer.
* Arnold Schwarzenegger: AWOL from Austrian army base.

Pundits & Preachers:

* Sean Hannity: did not serve.
* Rush Limbaugh: did not serve (4-F with a "pilonidal cyst.")
* Bill O'Reilly: did not serve.
* Michael Savage: did not serve.
* George Will: did not serve.
* Chris Matthews: did not serve.
* Paul Gigot: did not serve.
* Bill Bennett: did not serve.
* Pat Buchanan: did not serve.
* John Wayne: did not serve.
* Bill Kristol: did not serve.
* Kenneth Starr: did not serve.
* Antonin Scalia: did not serve.
* Clarence Thomas: did not serve.
* Ralph Reed: did not serve.
* Michael Medved: did not serve.
* Charlie Daniels: did not serve.
* Ted Nugent: did not serve. (He only shoots at things that don't shoot back.)

I doubt I'll get a source on this list, as it's an e-mail being passed around. Our loyal opposition may challenge any of the listings, but those that I know about are all valid.

6 Thoughts:

Blogger Demotiki said...


Instead of ragging on Republican for "not serving" why don't you give credit where credit is due. Let's just be happy that they didn't fight for any other nation's army either. Arnold might have been begging to join the SS as his father did, but he showed that his family had turned over a new (and decidedly cowardly) leaf.

It's also worth pointing out that the gross incompetance of these folk would make them a real threat to our boys in uniform. Better that they stay home and watch the game on T.V. can't have cowards covering our boys behinds.

Just be thankful for what the good lord gave us, and stop hating America.

Monday, December 05, 2005 1:30:00 PM  
Blogger GodlessMom said...

Okay, I didn't know what a pilonidal cyst was. I Googled it to find out why Rush didn't serve and all I can say is eeewwww. Once again...too much information.

"A pilonidal cyst or sinus is an abscess (localized collection of pus) or a chronic draining sinus (canal or passage leading to an abscess) located in the opening between the buttocks muscles. This cyst may have a deep cavity containing hair and may be without symptoms unless it becomes infected.

I wouldn't wish that on anyone, not even Rush.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005 10:17:00 AM  
Blogger Demotiki said...


As the cyst grew, Rush deflated. Today, what we think of as Rush is really just the cyst.

By the way, Rush is widely known to be a repressed homosexual, and thus there may be a legitimate reason why he had such a cyst. During college he had several male lovers, but covered up his trail with a series of failed marriages. Many of these wingnuts have deep psychological problems and their hateful speach is a cry for help. Even so, I can't feel bad for Rush.


Tuesday, December 06, 2005 11:45:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

Uh, Demo, could you post a source on Rush's alleged homosexuality?

Also, I assume the psychological issue you refer to is his unnecessary repression thereof, correct?

Tuesday, December 06, 2005 12:58:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Also, as far as I can tell, pilonidal cysts have no relation to sexual activity, whether in males or females.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005 1:00:00 PM  
Blogger Demotiki said...


Ok, maybe you are right about the cyst, but it seems like a mighty big coincidence.

As for Rush, I heard it on the radio many time on Al Franken's show. I also have read it. I'll try to find a link.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005 6:15:00 PM  

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