Dialogue with an anonymous Young Republican
See Comment 1 from June 20:
OYE: If the Young Republicans really wanted to Support Our Troops, they would pass a unanimous resolution at YRNC2007 urging their non-veteran members [if healthy and heterosexual; YRs are all under 41 already] to contact military recruiters and Be A Man! Enlist!
Anonymous Young Republican: Your problem is that you do not understand the purpose for the YRs. It isn't about supporting the President. It's about developing new leadership for tomorrow.
Where would we be if, let's say Ronald Reagan, had "been a man", by your definition, and had been killed on the beaches of Normandy? The USA would have been denied our greatest president ever!
I consider it my true patriotic duty to complete law school, start my career and my climb up the GOP leadership ranks. It would be tragic should some impressionable Young Republican heed your misguided advice, and cost our great country our next "Ronald Reagan".
We are your future leaders. It would be a terrible waste to sacrifice us in Iraq. [Emphasis in original.]
20 June, 2007 20:14
OYE Comment: This Young Republican clearly has no understanding of real leadership, including personal responsibility. You may think that you and the other YRs are our "future leaders," but why are you worthy of our followership? There are plenty of other ambitious political types out there offering solutions rather than excuses.
Military service develops and builds good leadership; many veterans have led our nation with distinction at the local, state and national levels after returning to civilian life. As Our Founder Jesus' General puts it atop his blog, the whole point of Operation Yellow Elephant is to Save America, and the Republican Party, by reminding its future leaders of their national leadership responsibility to set a good example for the rest of us.
Since you aspire to leadership in the Republican Party, you should be prepared. The reason you are anonymous, and won't even use a blog name, is because you rightly fear being labeled as a Chickenhawk, even though it appears you won't even support the war with your words. [You already don't support it through your actions.]
If you're healthy, heterosexual and 41 or under, however, you're not a Chickenhawk - yet. There's still time for you to demonstrate your courage and worth to your fellow citizens. Contact a military recruiter, or officer selection officer, and see if you can measure up. You're clearly motivated, energetic and articulate, which is why we haven't given up on you.
Besides, after a likely eight years of Hillary, maybe the American people will want to give the Republicans another chance. Don't miss your opportunity! Be A Man! Enlist!
P.S. By the way, Ronald Reagan did serve in our military during World War II. He never saw combat, but he did wear the uniform. He deserves respect for his service to our country in its time of need.