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The VoteVets Fallacy
VoteVets.org advocates that it is a bipartisan PAC whose purpose is to promote the campaigns of veterans “both Republican and Democrat.” So, I found it a bit odd that under their â€œOur Candidatesâ€ section, they only have eight people listed as running or in office as veterans. More interesting is that Major Eric Egland is not one of them. After all, Eric meets the other two stated goals of VoteVets which is to ensure that those â€œwho have failed our troops, Veterans, and nation on matters regarding the war and Veteransâ€™ issuesâ€ donâ€™t get supported and to â€œfight for Veterans in the futureâ€, something that Eric Egland is quite uniquely suited for.
When one looks more closely at the list of VoteVets candidates, one can easily see that the organization is in violation of its own stated goals. There is not one Republican, Libertarian, Green Party, Independent or other third-party candidate anywhere to be found on the list. They are ALL Democrats. So much for â€œregardless of partyâ€. Even the VoteVets board of advisors is full of Democrats. Heck, one even ran for president! Theyâ€™re almost as bad at the VETPAC, um PAC. Their list of fourteen 2008 candidates are running for office â€œregardless of VETPAC endorsment or party affiliationâ€ are ALL Democrats. Then, I get an email today making me aware of “two of the best shots we have at electing Iraq and Afghanistan veterans to Congress” just before a request for money:
In 2004 and 2005, Adam Cote served in Iraq as a platoon leader with Maine’s 133rd Engineer Battalion. He led over 100 convoys in Iraq and was in charge of many reconstruction efforts, including building schools and medical clinics. Moved by the extreme poverty and deprivation in Iraq, Adam also took it upon himself to do more. He created and spearheaded the “Adopt an Iraqi Village” program, which distributes school supplies and other items to destitute Iraqis.
Ashwin Madia, the child of immigrants, served in Iraq from September 2005 to March 2006. While stationed in Baghdad, he worked with Iraqi judicial officers, U.S. military and civilian officials, and representatives of the European Union and United Nations to strengthen the Iraqi criminal justice system. He also briefed top U.S. generals on the status of the rule of law in the country.
Guess what? Yup, both are Democrats!! Hey, I have no problem with an organization built for the specific purpose of electing Democratic veterans to Congress. I mean, at least Iraq Veterans For Congress honestly states that “unification of all Republican Iraq Veterans will be a powerful force multiplier” in their mission statement. They don’t claim to dupe Americans into believing that their organization is designed to elect just veterans. Why is it so hard for the left to be honest and so easy to try and deceive?