Saturday, August 11, 2007

John Edwards and His PC Flip Flop

August 11, 2007

Following in the footsteps of John ‘F’in Kerry (who it is said served in Viet Nam at one time), John Edwards, who never ceases to amaze me with his pandering and slick attorney antics, today flipped on a long held flop for the nation.

President Bush’s newly appointed War Czar, Lt. Gen. Douglas Lute recently said that considering reinstating a Military Draft made sense to him. Our country has been without a Military Draft since President Nixon abolished in 1973.

President Bush has consistently made it clear he feels a draft is unnecessary.

This didn’t stop the Breck Girl, former Democrat Senator from North Carolina, failed V.P. candidate along with Kerry, presidential hopeful and ambulance chaser extraordinaire from stating today, "Lt. Gen. Douglas Lute's recent statement that the Bush Administration is considering a draft reveals the true danger of the Administration's breathtaking failures in Iraq and around the world.” He falsely adds, “President Bush is floating the idea of a draft that would send more young Americans to Iraq.”

Well, we know that when it comes to campaigning, Democrats often experience difficulties in the area of their personal integrity to pander for votes and Edwards has never been one to miss a chance at bashing the current President. However, Edwards’s prevarications aren’t the issue here but his flip-flopping is.

In his press release, he continues, "I call on all Members of Congress - Republican, Democrat, and Independent - to speak with one voice, and say 'no' to a draft.”

Maybe Edward’s has forgotten that to date, the only actual proposals for reinstating a Military Draft have come from fellow Democrats, John Conyers and Charlie Rangel, which was soundly defeated by members of both party’s.

Perhaps too, Edward’s forgot his own words recorded on May 21, 2007 when explaining his own plan to end the Iraq Conflict said, "One of the things we ought to be thinking about is some level of mandatory service to our country, so that everybody in America _ not just the poor kids who get sent to war _ are serving this country."

Granted, he did not use the term “Military Draft,” but he clarifies his call a few words later when he continued, "We have people from all walks of life in America who are serving, including Reservists and National Guard. What we want to do is to have all Americans to have a chance to serve their country."

Even with this flip-flop now recorded, I am particularly struck with his call of “all Americans to have a chance to serve their country.” What strikes me about that is during the failed Kerry/Edwards campaign of 2004, in an interview with Katie Couric where he spent the time bashing over 250 Highly Viet Nam Combat Veterans who vocally opposed his running mate, he was asked about his own service. To which he replied, “I - I did not serve in the military.”

Truthful enough, until he continued a little. Asked about his draft number being high, he replied, “I did, and I came after - after the time that they were actually drafting from the lottery.”

Not quite accurate, Johnny boy. According to public records of the Selective Service from the period, his lottery number was 178, lower than that of about half of those drafted that year. His claim of coming after the draft is also a tad less than honest as that year the Military drafted 49,514 men along with 646 men born the same year as Edwards, before Nixon finally abolished the draft later that year.

I see just another Kerry moment for the former Senator. He was for a draft before he opposed it. No wait, he didn’t ever say he was for a draft. No, he used a more politically correct term of “mandatory service to our country.”

I’ll be interested in seeing if the media picks up on this and reports it.

Don’t worry; I’m not going to hold my breath.



Senator Hopkins said...

They won't be reporting on it because when asked when he first made that comment if he was refering to a draft, Edwards replied that he was not in favor of a draft but more of like a peace corps service. Fact check before you publish please. Thank you.

LewWaters said...

Sorry, Bryce, but I know that he back-pedaled on his initial call by mentionng "something like a peace corps." Doesn't quite wash when you look at what he said right after his call for "mandatory national Service," "We have people from all walks of life in America who are serving, including Reservists and National Guard."

In the same quote he also claimed, "What do you do if genocide breaks out? Those are things we have to be prepared for. The president of the United States should prepare a strategic plan for containment of a civil war."

Feel free to explain how a "peace corps" would "contain a civil war."

Edwards followers may be fooled by his "slick court-room words," but in his quest to sound "tough," he put his foot in his mouth.

Please practice a bit of comprehension.

Mark Harvey aka Snooper said...

Lew! The trolls don't even know what "IS" is. How can you expect them to to explain how the "peace corps" drivel can contain a maybe civil war?



LewWaters said...

Snooper, maybe Bryce missed out on it took Edwards about two weeks to "clarify" his call. The initial call also raised a few eyebrows on the far leftist DailyKOS kook site.

Cumpulsory service is cumpulsory sevice. Regardless of where "drafted," if you are needed elsewhere, you will end up being sent elsewhere.

Bryce also apprently missed the blatant lie coming from Edwards, which wouldn't be too hard as we all know he does suffer from diminished integrity. The lie of “President Bush is floating the idea of a draft that would send more young Americans to Iraq,” when Bush consistently opposed a return to the draft.

Kerry/Edwards tried this canard in the 2004 campaign, blaming the call for a return to a draft on Bush, telling voters that Bush would reinstitute the draft if re-elected while swearing only Democrats could prevent a reinstatement of the draft, while it was only two Democrats who proposed a draft and voted against their own bill for a draft.

Moonbats always forget was said before as they repeat the foot in mouth disease the lamestream media ignores constantly.

Scott Kohlhaas said...

Thanks for pointing out what a two-faced liar Edwards is on the draft issue!

Would you be willing to spread the word about about It's a site dedicated to shattering the myths surrounding the selective slavery system and building mass civil disobedience to stop the draft before it starts!

Our banner on a website, printing and posting the anti-draft flyer or just telling friends would help.


Scott Kohlhaas

PS. When it comes to conscription, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!

LewWaters said...

Scott, both President Bush and the Miltary have consistently maintained they do not want a draft.

2 Democrats tried to have one believing that would kill support for the War on Terror, specifically the Iraqi Theater.

I think our youth serving their country in some capacity is good for them, but would rather it not be forced, as it was when I was in the Army.

You may disagree with me, but as I see it, we have an all volunteer force and with support, they can accomplish their mission and come home proud and victorious. I feel the safest for all is to leave Iraq standing for themselves with the necessary ability and arms to keep themselves safe. It would also be a real feather in our cap to have a Muslim Nation standing with us against radical Jihadists.

Let's win this thing and do it right, not another abandonment of a struggling ally. Won't need a draft then, I feel.