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Saturday, August 09, 2008

2008 Elections: This is the real McCain



And this is what he'll do (or authorize doing, or pretend not to know recruiters are doing) to your kids, your friends, your neighbours, your fellow-citizens. Threaten them with arrest and bully them into signing up, so that the rich Republicans who started the wars in the first place can shrug their shoulders like Dick "Dick" Cheney and say "So? They volunteered, didn't they?" when asked about the deaths of other people's children.

Amy Goodman tells us:
After the story broke, Marquette was suspended, and the military says it is conducting an investigation, but neither Martinez nor Gonzalez has been contacted. Recent history does not bode well. In 2005, Sgt. Thomas Kelt, who like Marquette worked at the Greenspoint Recruiting Station in Houston, left a phone message for potential recruit Chris Monarch, saying if he didn’t show up at the recruiting station that afternoon: “We’ll have a warrant, OK? So give me a call back.” The story went national. The military conducted a daylong “stand down” on recruitment to retrain their recruiters. They said they removed Kelt. In fact, he was promoted to head up a nearby recruiting center.
Because you can't have a war without cannon fodder, can you? And Dick's kids, grandkids, and his rich Republican friends' kids are too good to fight in his dirty wars. It's your kids that get that honour.

You want to vote for McCain? First be sure to kiss your kids goodbye. Or your relatives' or friends' or neighbours' kids. Because if he wins this election, there will be quite a few that you'll never see again.

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