Rick Perry Announces For President

OK then. I am a REALLY long term Republican. Those who think that there is no difference between the current crop of Democrats and the current crop of Republicans just aren’t paying attention. There’s a difference. Consider this.....Obama/Romney. See? Different.

Anyone who thinks that Elizabeth Warren is a mainstream Democrat is wrong. If you think that Rand Paul is a savior you're delusional.

But what really bothers me at this juncture is that the only big name candidate for the upcoming campaigns of both major parties who has any military experience is Rick Perry. Everyone else, apparently, just figured that is wasn’t their responsibility. Not their deal. Too big a bother. Might interfere with their attending an institution of higher learnin’. Might be dangerous. Might be scary. Whatever. It just wasn’t their responsibility to the body politic. Someone else can do it.

To say that I'm appalled, shocked, or even surprised that almost all of the candidates have no military experience is simply not true. But I am disappointed that so many of those who wish to lead the country never saw the need to serve in the military and actually risk something.

What I want is a return to mandatory military service. Please, let’s not call it “THE DRAFT”, because that would cause a substantial percentage of the population to fall down on the spot with a case of the jerkin’ fits. But I do want the children of my elected officials to have the horror of military service hanging over their precious heads. It might cause those elected officials to be more thoughtful when making a decision to deploy our military on a misguided adventure (like Mogadishu) if they have to answer for it to their peer group at cocktail parties. See what I mean?

Rick Perry might not be the perfect candidate but he’s my guy.

Oh.....He was also a Boy Scout.

Maybe I’ve turned into a single issue voter, but it’s an important issue in my world.

“Tiered” citizenship might be the answer. If you want to hold public office or vote, you have to be a military veteran. If you just want to feel the good vibe of living in my country, feel free to do just that. But the important decisions should be made on your behalf by those who have risked something on your behalf.

Yes, I'm a veteran. U.S. Army. 1968-1971. Volunteer. Proud of it.


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