Sunday, December 03, 2006

Military Recruiting Lead: Massachusetts

Now that outgoing Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is seeking the Republican nomination for President, it's time to see how well he's been urging his strongest supporters, including the Massachusetts Federation of Young Republicans, to Support President Bush.

We encourage Real Americans to invite Military Recruiters to the following event:

An Open Forum on Party Building: All Ideas Welcome

An open forum hosted by the Massachusetts Federation of Young Republicans in order to place all good ideas in public debate for Party Building.

Saturday, December 9th 2:00PM - 5:00PM
Boston Marriott Long Wharf, First Floor Conference Area

296 State Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02109

This venue was chosen to allow activists from everywhere easier access and a spouse or family member can shop in Faneuil Hall or Downtown Crossing while the activists attend. It is also to ensure a better attendance by the media.


Since the Massachusetts Federation of Young Republicans won't talk to us for publication (but did post some great quotes on their website), even though we welcomed communications from their active-duty members (or even associates), and haven't heard directly from any such individuals, it's time to remind them of the best party-building strategy of all: Personal commitment to responsible, credible leadership.

OK, Real Americans in the Boston area, please encourage all these healthy heterosexual 41-and-under American Patriots to Be A Man! Enlist!

Bring your own Recruiter and Sign'Em Up!

UPDATE: Please see the first comment and our response.

11 Comments:

At 03 December, 2006 13:08, Anonymous Patrick said...

Karl,

As the Vice-Chair of the Massachusetts Federation of Young Republicans I thought it necessary to reply to your terribly misinformed post. Our Chairman was kind enough to respond to the smug email you sent us way back when. I assume you simply forgot about it and that is why you claim you "haven't heard from anyone."

Here is a link to that email.
http://www.mfyr.org/OYE/email.pdf

Our organization does many activities to "support the troops" as our Chairman mentioned in her email to you. This is quite in contrast to how the troops are supported around here from those on the other side of the political spectrum. Please keep that in mind when you denigrate what our organization does.

You would like to paint us as somehow being separate and aloof from the military and the war in Iraq, but that could not be further from the truth. We have members in the military, members who have family in the military, and we all at least have friends in the military. One of our club officers just had his father return from Iraq.

About myself, I spoke with a recruiter during college in 2000, took the ASVAB, and went through with the physical. Unfortunately, I was not fit for service. I then joined the College Republicans. The president of our chapter was a nice girl in the Army Reserves. Her unit was activated after 9/11 and she was sent to Bosnia. She returned and we still keep in touch. Her unit has not been sent to Iraq, but it seems likely it will be, and from what she has told me she is ready to go and proud to serve.

Please don't presume to know anything about us.

 
At 03 December, 2006 15:39, Blogger Karl said...

patrick-

Thanks for your note, but Meredith specifically said No when I asked whether I could publish her quotes on the blog. I have honored her request.

We also specifically asked to hear from the MFYRs' active-duty members and associates (basically, anyone not a member who hangs out with the club) and we didn't. At least, not from anyone speaking for himself or herself.

We'll have to agree to disagree on the real meaning of national leadership responsibilities, but you'll have to admit that the Nov. 20-25 Doonesbury series makes our point more than yours. And, through January 3, 2007, our country is run by the Republican party.

If, as you state, the College and Young Republicans are personally participating in the GWOT, then you're doing a heckuva job in getting the word out to the American people.

 
At 03 December, 2006 15:52, Anonymous Patrick said...

Your request to talk with active duty members and associates was forwarded to the appropriate people. If they didn't get in touch with you then take that as a sign that they have better things to do with their time.

 
At 04 December, 2006 00:30, Anonymous JillK. said...

Wow! What a nice young man you are, Patrick!

I was just wondering if you have any more recent links to show your contention that 'the other side of the political spectrum' doesn't support the troops.

Sadly, your cherry-picked examples are not only out of date, but not even from a credible news source. We'll give you a do-over!

 
At 04 December, 2006 12:39, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just wondering, Patrick, how many of your MFYR members are serving in Iraq?

For those who aren't why aren't they? Do they have other--um--priorities?

--raj

 
At 04 December, 2006 13:22, Anonymous Samwise Galenorn said...

It amazes me that Patrick front loads his comment with his 'syllable-maximized' title in life before justifying why he doesn't want to join.
Patrick, I'm glad you didn't join. Nothing speaks louder for protesting this war Based on lies than not joining.
Even if I could join, I would not. I don't support foreign policies based on lies. I protested the last Gulf war, and I've protested this Gulf war. and I'm glad you are joining me in protesting this war. Thank you Patrick for your help.
The point being made is that you don't help in the recruitment drive by encouraging people to join the military.

 
At 05 December, 2006 02:56, Anonymous Anonymous said...

MFRY has the cream of the crop going to their web site, true patriots, and most likely young.

So where are the links to military recruitment sites on http://www.mfyr.org?

If MFYR has some reason not to, why don't they ask the military recruiters if they agree with their reason? My guess is the military would be tickled pink to get a link!

 
At 05 December, 2006 11:14, Blogger Gunfighter said...

Most of my coworkers are veterans, like myself, many of them give great lip service as to why this war is right. When I ask them if they have volunteered to return to active duty, they all find reasons to not do so.

Is anyone suprised?

 
At 06 December, 2006 23:06, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How long before mfyr.org puts links to military recruiter sites on their web page? Let's all watch: http://www.mfyr.org/links.php

 
At 07 December, 2006 08:34, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent idea. I say we send the recruiters to all republican events.

 
At 10 December, 2006 08:21, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The MFYR support of the GWOT must be stealth operations, since not one related event appears on the MFYR calendar for all of 2006. Opposition to gay marriage and abortion were more prominent, receiving several calendar entries, but even these were dwarfed by the opportunities for young republican hookups. Members should be careful not to let these events leave them with regrets for their other political positions.

 

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