Friday, May 11, 2012

Send the Common People

You may have seen the photos of Mitt Romney protesting at Stanford in 1966. From ABC news:

"The website BuzzFeed today unearthed an Associated Press photo showing Romney, 19, holding a sign at a Stanford University protest in support of the draft in the Vietnam War in 1966."

Mitt Romney, on the right in jacket and light pants with the "Speak out, Don't Sit In" sign.

21 Americans died in Vietnam on 20 May, 1966, the day Romney was protesting in favor of the draft:

Wilford P Coller
David L Crow
Jack E Gardner
Michael O Gatwood
Daniel Knarian
Gene M Lutz
Gilliam Moore
Dennis L Nelson
Carter Redmond
James H Reese
Franklin D Waters
Lawrence S Robbins
Stanley I Sagon
Philip J Serna
Obie C Simmons
George H Stahl Jr
Richard L Wildman
William F Winters
Ronald E Ange
Robert L Benjamin
Henry Benton
 Tens of thousands more died before the war eventually ended.

Romney didn't get drafted. Romney didn't volunteer to fight the war he supported. Mitt Romney didn't go to Vietnam at all. Instead Mitt,

The son of George Romney, then Michigan’s governor, he was one of a limited number of Mormon youth chosen as missionaries — a status that protected him from the draft between July 1966 and February 1969 as a “minister of religion or divinity student.” Essentially, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints re-routed Romney from Vietnam to the south of France, where he served as missionary.
 He lived in "Mission Home, a 19th century neoclassical building in the French capital’s chic 16th arrondissement," staffed by at least two servants.

Even as a missionary, Romney had the common people do do the dirty work, and die in the wars he supported but wouldn't fight.

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