I’ve written several times this campaign season that I don’t like it when people criticize a veteran’s military record – be it Republican or Democrat or whatever party. It especially annoys me when those doing the attacking did not serve. Considering how many e-mails I received about it, there are several fellow veterans who feel the same way.
It shows a total lack of respect for the veteran.
I believe we need more veterans elected to office from the White House all the way down to the city commission – and it does not matter that much to me if they are a Democrat, or a Republican. The mess we currently have in the Veterans Administration might have been avoided if more elected officials were veterans, which would enable them to provide better oversight.
On Friday afternoon I received a press release from the Montana Democrats with the title, “Using Taxpayer Dollars for Personal Travel? Ryan Zinke Faces Questions about His Ethics and Transparency.”
When a statement in the Montana Democrats’ press release starts with “I thank Ryan Zinke for his service, but…” you know what to expect next: A swiftboat style attack.
The Montana Democrats must have believed that just because they used a retired Army officer (and their current treasurer) James “Scott” Wheeler to make the statement about Republican Ryan Zinke’s military career, that it would be fine and dandy.
Zinke’s primary opponents and their supporters gave the Democrats plenty of “ammo” to use against him in the general election. That “ammo” does not deal with his military service, which by all accounts I’ve read was honorable and includes two Bronze Stars for combat.
It’s getting harder to believe political parties and candidates when they say they support military personnel and veterans when they are issuing swiftboat-style press releases and running negative ads.
It’s time political parties and candidates showed more respect for veterans.
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