Just when you thought everyone would calm down the rhetoric and enjoy the holidays…….Rangel, once again, has shoved his foot in this mouth regarding our brave military men and women!!
Can’t your just see him and Kerry, holding hands and dancing into the moonlight, whirling and twirling with each other, giggling and singing, as their “hate the military” ideas are broadcast over the airwaves, and unfortunately, are heard by those fighting for our country!! What a shameful disgrace they are!!!!
In an interview with Chris Wallace, Fox News Sunday, Rangel was asked about his reintroduction of a “draft bill” due to another recent statement he made:
The great majority of people bearing arms in this country, for this country in Iraq, are from the poorer communities in our inner cities and rural areas.
Chris Wallace debunked Rangel’s claims with research from the Heritage Foundation and then asked Rangel the following:
…Congressman, in fact, contrary to what you’ve been saying, isn’t the volunteer army better educated and more well-to-do than the general population?
Rangel, in his typical “hate the uneducated, unprofessional, poor, and stupid” military answered:
Of course not. ….. I want to make it abundantly clear, if there’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 fellow 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.
……those who have the least opportunities at this age find themselves in the military, as I did when I was 18 years old.
First, Rangel must be forgetting that he is 76 years old and in 1948 when he served (58 years ago!!!) a whole hell of alot of things were different in this country and this world!!! I also don’t see him THANKING the military, as without them HE most likely would not have gotten the education HE did!!! It seems like he cannot get himself out of the past, and continues to play the “I was a poor boy and joined the Army because I had nothing else” attitude!!
In fact, he did an interview in 1997 with Foundation News and Commentary on education, that was published in 1998 (he must have forgotten what he said then) in which Rangel stated regarding his own upbringing:
…..if kids aren’t nurtured by caring parents and teachers. His own experience involved growing up in a single-parent household in pre-civil-rights-era Harlem. He dropped of school at age 17. He joined the Army. He went back to school at age 23 to earn a GED degree, a college degree (from New York University) and a law degree (from St. John’s University School of Law). Says Rangel now, “I owe my life to God and the GI bill.”
So….just because HE was uneducated and joined the Army, he seems to think that, 58 years later, ALL our military men and women must be poor, uneducated and stupid! He seems to have so much anger in him because of his life that he also forgets that had it NOT been for the Army, he might very well have ended up in jail or worse…….instead of freely running around spewing his garbage!!!
Charlie, instead of disparaging our troops, why don’t you find it in your heart to take a different approach….THANK them for their wonderful service and their sacrifices, thank the military for YOUR life “off the streets”, and try to be an example to young, black men and women (some whom may not have the advantages YOU now do thanks to the military)!! This would be a much better approach than the scare tatics and hate you spew forth…you are an embarrasement to this country, our military and your party!!!
Another great read on this subjec with some great links: