The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

24 February 2004

Fowl play

Eric Scheie takes a look out back of the barn:

Because it is quite clear that [John] Kerry thinks his service in Vietnam gives him the moral authority to make 2004 the Year of the Chickenhawk, I think examining the logic of the central premise is in order.

Let's take, um, Gus Hall and George Lincoln Rockwell. The former headed the Communist Party, USA, while the latter headed the American Nazi Party. Both served in World War II; Hall in the Navy, and Rockwell too (the latter distinguishing himself as a fighter pilot).

Clearly, Hall and Rockwell would be more entitled to serve in the government, or to comment on foreign policy, than any of the "chickenhawks" Kerry complains of.

And it gets better:

In the United States Senate, 19 Republicans are veterans, while only 17 Democrats are.

In the House, there are 57 Republican veterans to 43 Democrats.

Simple math. If you disallow all non-veterans from voting [in Congress], then the Republicans would have an even bigger margin of control than they do now.

One of these days John Kerry will figure out that "I'm an effing war hero" counts for a hell of a lot less than he thinks it does. What are the chances it will be before the election?

Posted at 2:59 PM to Political Science Fiction


Fowl play! Wish I'd thought of that! Thanks for the link, Chaz!

(I guess the chickenhawks will be coming home to roost?)

Posted by: Eric Scheie at 7:46 PM on 24 February 2004

Speaking of FOWL, tho I don't really like chicken...don't you owe SOME of US a meal?

Posted by: wamprat at 8:33 PM on 24 February 2004

I thought you were holding out for steak. :)

Posted by: CGHill at 9:10 PM on 24 February 2004

Nope, I'm holding out for seafood. When?

Posted by: wamprat at 9:30 PM on 24 February 2004

Well, if we wait for the weather to improve, every crustacean between here and Kennebunkport will have expired.

Posted by: CGHill at 9:33 PM on 24 February 2004

Feed us, ya hippy. We know where you live, and we're not afraid to lay the holy smite down like Jehovah's Witnesses.

Posted by: Terkish Payne at 12:57 AM on 25 February 2004