Mitt Romney: Draft Dodger or Master Manipulator

By Jim Donahue

In recent days, Mitt Romney has been labeled a Draft Dodger by several media outlets. Apparently, this fact has been known for quite some time, never really getting the attention it deserved until now.

Now Mr. Romney wasn’t a draft dodger in the true sense of the word, i.e. he didn’t go to Canada during the war. He did go to France however. He received a deferment from the Vietnam War that allowed him to go to France to do Missionary work for the Mormon Church, of which he is a member in good standing.

So, in 1966, at age 23, more than a bit too old for a deferment, he crossed the pond, as they say in London his current location, and went to Paris, France for his Missionary program.

France. The country we did the most for in WW2, and our most left-handed ally, the government of which to this day has never formally apologized to us for the left-handed thank you they gave us for our help in driving Hitler and his minions out of the French countryside. And their sideways non-cooperation as our “ally” of sorts. Birds of a feather.

But it doesn’t end there. Upon his return from France, he promptly received not one, not two, but THREE additional deferments for education. Convenient timing on all FOUR deferments, to say the least.

Romney was also a pro war activist, staging a counter demonstration in 1968 at Stanford University, against antiwar civilians denouncing Stanford’s draft status tests. If he was so pro war, why not skip the draft altogether and enlist. He probably would have never been drafted because of his high number.

Incredibly, according to a recent Gallup poll, Romney enjoys wide support from military veterans. Really? According to the Gallup poll in question,” U.S. veterans, about 13% of the adult population and consisting mostly of older men, support Mitt Romney over Barack Obama for president by 58% to 34%, while non-veterans give Obama a four-percentage-point edge.” Additionally, reports Gallup, “Veterans’ strong preference for Romney in this election occurs even though Romney himself is not a military veteran — though Obama shares this non-veteran status. This will be the first election since World War II in which neither major-party candidate is a veteran.” Surprising indeed.

Hold on, it gets even better.

Former Vice President Dick Cheney helped Romney’s campaign acquire over 4 Million dollars in donations from a single meet and greet in Cheney’s home state of Wyoming.

Cheney, who previously has not campaigned for Romney, said Romney was the only person he would want in the oval office if another attack similar to 9/11 were to happen.

“Sooner or later there is going to be a big surprise,” Cheney said. “Usually a very unpleasant one. Whether it’s 9/11 or the other kinds of difficulties or crises that arrive, they always do. That’s when you find out what kind of leader your president is.”

He added: “When I think about the kind of individual I want in the Oval Office in that moment of crisis, who has to make those key decisions, some of them life and death decisions, some of them decisions as the commander-in-chief who has the responsibility of sending our young men and women into harm’s way — that man is Mitt Romney.” What?

Not too surprising. What better way to play to your base than to ask for help from the guy who helped George Bush the second secure the conservative base in 2000. In return, Bush gave Cheney the Vice-Presidency. Makes you wonder what Romney offered him. A deal with the Devil indeed.

Romney has been playing to the party base for months now, and in the last few days has been flip flopping on his lifetime ban on assault weapons he signed into law in Massachusetts when he was Governor of that state. You can’t have it both ways Mitt. Wait a minute maybe you can. All in response to the tragic events in Aurora, Colorado.

Ok, let’s recap. Turns out Romney’s a draft dodger, he ran away to France to avoid military service, got 3 more deferments after that, enjoys the support of Veterans by a wide margin, now has Dick Cheney on his side, and has the former Vice-President telling anyone who will listen that he’s the only man that can be “Commander-in-Chief.”

A Draft Dodger. A friend of the French. A corporate raider. An entrepreneur with Swiss bank accounts. Friend of a snake. A potential liar and a tax cheat. And the self-proclaimed “Best Candidate for the average guy.”

Really? What?