Military Recruiting Lead: Bucks County, PA
Attention Military Recruiters:
The Bucks County [PA] Federation of Young Republicans objects to a sign, posted by their counterparts in the loyal opposition, with a running tally of casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Don Petrille, chairman of the Bucks County Federation of Young Republicans, said his group thinks Democrats are “using the numbers for political gain, and that's not something we think helps our mission or is an appropriate use for our soldiers.”
Democrats defended the sign, though, saying it's a valid way of honoring fallen service members. “Perhaps some are more comfortable thinking of war only in generalities,” said Neil Samuels, the county Democrats' deputy chairman. “But the cost of war is not just political and economic — it is personal. And it is that terrible personal cost that causes us to memorialize and honor each hero's sacrifice.”
Petrille recommended Democrats show support for troops in other ways; his group helped raise money to pay for soldier care packages. [In other words, symbolism.]
Samuels, meanwhile, said Petrille's group should also find other ways to support the military; he recommended they pass a resolution calling for more body and vehicle armor or more funding for veterans and military families. [Better and more focused.]
Operation Yellow Elephant suggests that the Bucks County Young Republicans eligible for military service - healthy heterosexuals under 40 - can best Support Our Troops by Signing Up themselves. And the Bucks County Young Democrats can best support them at the College Republicans January 30 "Finish the Job: Support Our Troops!" rally: Be A Man! Enlist! You recruiters should have no problem enlisting quite a few.
Hat tip to Atrios.