Virginia Democrat Suggests Veterans Are Unqualified to Serve In Congress

October 30, 2012 at 4:11 pm (Chris Perkins, Colonel Chris Perkins, Congress, Gerry Connolly, Green Beret, Veterans, Virginia)

A liberal Democrat from Virginia recently told a shocked audience that military veterans are not fit for duty when it comes to serving in Congress.  Gerry Connolly made the comment at a neighborhood civic association meeting.  (Video below)

His reasoning?  Their deployments (vets) prevent them from putting “sweat equity” into the districts they represent.

Connolly then went on to favorably compare his service to country by sitting on committees, while downplaying his opponent who is a veteran, stating that he wished his opponent would honor his service as a representative.

By comparison, Connolly’s opponent, Chris Perkins, is a green beret.

Via the Las Vegas TSG Business News:

Virginia Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-11) shocked constituents by suggesting that military Veterans are unqualified to serve in Congress because their deployments prevent them from putting “sweat equity” into the districts they hope to serve in Congress.

Congressman Connolly is running against Colonel Chris Perkins, a retired officer who served most of his more than 24 years in uniform as an Army Green Beret deployed overseas. Connolly has repeatedly suggested that Perkins’ lack of local involvement because of his military career makes him unqualified to hold federal office.

In an October 22nd Washington Post interview, Connolly “dismisses Perkins as unqualified” for Congress, despite Colonel Perkins’ many leadership assignments that included command of a Special Forces Battalion of over six-hundred men, and numerous combat deployments.

While speaking to a local Chamber of Commerce a few weeks earlier, Connolly asked the audience, “Where has my opponent been” while Connolly served in local government for 16 years.

Days later at a neighborhood civic association, Congressman Connolly subsequently pressed his line of attack dismissing Colonel Perkins’ extensive military experience saying, “I expect a [Congressional] candidate to have demonstrated some sweat-equity” on local issues, ignoring the 24 years Colonel Perkins served as an Army Green Beret.


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Obama Campaign Suing to Make It Harder For Military Members to Vote?

August 3, 2012 at 7:00 am (Military, Mitt Romney 2012 Election, Obama Campaign, Ohio, President Obama, Suppressing Military Vote, Veterans, Vote Suppression, Voter ID)

If they were illegal aliens, felons, or dead people, the Obama campaign would surely be suing to make early in-person voting a year-round concept.

But this is the military, and while Team Obama wants you to think they’re concerned about laws that suppress the vote of everyone, the reality is they’re only concerned about suppressing the vote – of Democrat supporters.

How else to explain a lawsuit that fights the privilege of military members to earn three extra days to cast an early in-person vote in the state of Ohio?

Breitbart Reports:

President Barack Obama, along with many Democrats, likes to say that, while they may disagree with the GOP on many issues related to national security, they absolutely share their admiration and dedication to members of our armed forces. Obama, in particular, enjoys being seen visiting troops and having photos taken with members of our military. So, why is his campaign and the Democrat party suing to restrict their ability to vote in the upcoming election?

On July 17th, the Obama for America Campaign, the Democratic National Committee and the Ohio Democratic Party filed suit in OH to strike down part of that state’s law governing voting by members of the military. Their suit said that part of the law is “arbitrary” with “no discernible rational basis.”

Currently, Ohio allows the public to vote early in-person up until the Friday before the election. Members of the military are given three extra days to do so. While the Democrats may see this as “arbitrary” and having “no discernible rational basis,” I think it is entirely reasonable given the demands on servicemen and women’s time and their obligations to their sworn duty. 

Of course, this has nothing to do with the fact that the military typically votes Republican, or that veterans have already shown overwhelming support for Mitt Romney.

Nah…

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Independence Day Video: What Does Freedom Mean to You?

July 4, 2012 at 12:36 pm (4th of July, America, Concerned Veterans For America, Fourth of July, Freedom, Independence Day, United States, Veterans)

From the offices of Concerned Veterans For America:

In honor of Wednesday’s July 4th holiday marking the anniversary of our nation’s independence, Concerned Veterans for America has prepared the following web video that celebrates freedom and asks the question what does freedom mean to you? 

This video should be reminder to all of us that Independence Day is much more than fireworks, cookouts and a day off from work. It’s a commemoration of the things that make our nation great, and the values we hold in common.

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Military Veteran Continues to Battle For Sexual Assault Victims

June 13, 2012 at 1:36 pm (Colleen Bushnell, Military, New York, PTSD, Sexual Assault, Troy, Veterans)

In 2006, Air Force Staff Sgt. Colleen Bushnell, retired after a nine-year military career which garnered her multiple job performance awards.  The retirement was prompted by service-related incidents in 2004 and 2005 that led to a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder.

The injuries were not the type typically imagined by the general public when reading about military members hurt during their tour of duty – in fact, they weren’t even inflicted by the enemy.

A Times Union report explains:

Bushnell’s wounds resulted not from enemy action, but from sexual assaults she says were perpetrated by senior personnel around Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. An officer raped her in 2004 and a female officer sexually assaulted her the following year, she said.

Post-retirement was an extremely difficult time for Bushnell.   We’ve covered her battle with Fox News’ Liz Trotta here, which reveals some facts surrounding her case, and you can find more details about her personal story in a self-authored blog post here.

But, being a battler by nature, Bushnell has rebounded to become a leading voice for women in the military, veterans, and for those suffering from sexual assaults.

Here is an excerpt from the excellent Times Union report:

Over the past several months, Bushnell has emerged as an advocate for Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans and victims of military sexual trauma. She’s fighting for changes in how the Pentagon handles sexual assault complaints, which officially totaled 3,192 in 2011. According to the Pentagon, however, most incidents weren’t reported, and the real number was higher than 19,000. More than a third of those assaults involved male victims, who are less likely to report problems, according to reports.

Women account for more than 15 percent of Army ranks and 20 percent of Air Force members. Department of Defense data show 20 percent of all servicewomen experience rape, sexual assault or sexual harassment.

Bushnell uses media skills she learned as an Air Force public affairs specialist to tell others what she went through and to connect victims with information that can help them heal. This summer, she will embark on a national awareness campaign. She is one of five veterans who will participate in the Long Ride Home Project, a cross-country bicycle trip intended to assist returning veterans.

The vets will pedal 4,200 miles from Washington state to Washington, D.C., over 90 days. The riders hope to heal themselves while drawing attention to Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who are struggling to readjust to civilian life.

Please read the rest here, especially for details on where Bushnell will be speaking in the future and ways you can contribute to the cause…

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Video – Liberal Loon Pushes, Smacks World War II Vets While Yelling "F*** You"

May 31, 2012 at 6:46 am (Allen West, Boca Raton, Democrats, Florida, Liberals, Protest, Townhall, Veterans, World War II)

Allen West recently held a townhall meeting at the Mae Volen senior center in Boca Raton.  Despite the seemingly peaceful setting, a few overzealous protesters repeatedly attacked the Florida congressman during the audience question period.  And the liberals, as they often do, crossed the line (video below).

Things seemed to be relatively under control.  Some of the protesters were escorted out of the meeting before its completion due to their behavior, while others stuck around to harass the Congressman afterward.

One woman started arguing her point for gay marriage – perfectly fine in and of itself – but her delivery was a might bit crass, prompting security to step in.  Rather than accepting the point that the crowd was approaching uncalled-for obnoxious levels, the progressives began referring to the security team as stormtroopers and accusing them of “Gestapo-like” behavior.

At some point, West is surrounded by what he calls his “liberal groupies”, but vows that “I’m going to stand right here.”   That’s when they begin to press on even further.

As Doug Ross reports, some of the World War II vets in attendance try to stand up for West as the protesters continue pressing and trying to hurl insults his way.

Instead of honoring their service, the liberals go after these heroes, to the point of putting hands on one while dropping the f-bomb on him.

Because that’s the way liberals roll, don’t ya know?

This image (courtesy of Ross) shows a bit of the scuffle…

The woman clearly didn’t like where the conversation was headed, as others were pointing out that she is simply over her head when trying to argue her points.  She then refers to one of the veterans as an obnoxious little man, prompting laughter from others in the crowd who ask, “a guy who fought in World Wars?”
That’s when the woman gives another veteran a swat on the arm and a hearty, “f*** you”.
‘Cause when the argument doesn’t go your way, let it disintegrate into your normal level of 5th-grade discourse.  How progressive.
These people have very little regard for veterans.  They know little in the way of history, and know even less about how they live in the only country in the world that allows them to voice their opinions in the first place. And they rarely know when they’ve crossed the line.
Placing your hands on a World War II vet and telling him f*** you is just another example of this.
Remember when Newsweek and the rest of the mainstream media were making a note about all the heated arguments turning up at townhall meetings over health care, highlighting the vociferous Tea Party protester and their angry faces?  
Let’s see if we get a feature on the angry liberal face…

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Washington Post Continues to Ignore Their Own Scandals

March 12, 2012 at 9:20 pm (College, Debt, Donald Graham, For-Profit College, GI Bill, Kaplan University, Online Degree, Student Loan, Veterans, Washington Post)

What better example of media bias, than when a company you own has been alleged to have conducted fraudulent business practices, questionable lobbying tactics, and possible insider trading – and you report nothing about it.
The Washington Post recently published an article regarding a potential ‘debt bomb’ on the American economy – student loans.  But in this article, the Post continues to do little in the way of reporting on for-profit colleges, a prime sector for student loan defaults.  And it most certainly ignores a for-profit college which is the main source of its very own revenue – Kaplan University.
Kaplan over the last several years has accounted for the vast majority of revenue at the Washington Post company.  In 2009 for example, Kaplan accounted for 58% of the Post’s revenue, while newspaper and magazine publishing accounted for a mere 19%.  So it stands to reason that the Post’s lack of reporting may be due to their reliance on cash from the university. 
By ignoring the story however, the Post is avoiding the dark side of the Kaplan enterprise.  The university has generated profit by putting many students into deep debt, with degrees that offer lesser value in the job market.  They pressure potential students into signing up at their school based on the reputation of their parent company.  The Post itself has lobbied to water down federal regulations which could have cleaned up the way Kaplan runs its business, while fighting to dissolve government regulations that would protect students.  Additionally, CEO Donald Graham has partaken in some rather timely stock selloffs on behalf of his family’s trusts.
But you won’t see these things reported in the Washington Post.
Other items not reported regarding the Post/Kaplan relationship can be summed up in my Accuracy in Media investigative report, including:
  • Kaplan University maintains a consistent dropout rate of over 70 percent; while graduates earn well below the national average.
  • The Post Company’s Washington lobbyists have fought to weaken a regulation that keeps Kaplan from receiving more than 90 percent of its income from federal student loan programs.
  • Kaplan aggressively recruits military veterans, since GI Bill and Dept. of Defense funds are exempt from the ’90 percent’ regulation.
  • Kaplan recruiters are encouraged to seek “true pain and fear” advantages over potential students as motivation to enroll.
  • The Post and Kaplan have successfully lobbied for regulations allowing for-profit colleges to a have a student loan default rate of 40 percent per year.
  • Post CEO Donald Graham has openly lobbied Congress to accept regulation changes by threatening tuition hikes on the financially threatened student body.
  • The Graham family has sold over $40 million worth of Washington Post stock since 2008, immediately prior to severe market drops.
The Washington Post article on student loans becoming the ‘next debt bomb’ on the U.S. economy is yet another example of a willingness to report on an industry-wide problem, while ignoring the role of one of their own in the process.  They speak of the perils of student loan defaults without ever mentioning the company’s personal lobbying efforts to allow default rates at for-profit colleges, such as Kaplan, to rise as high as 40 percent annually.
Despite student loan default rates currently over 30 percent, recruiting tactics which prey on an individual’s “pain and fear”, and a history of generating massive profits while saddling their most vulnerable students with massive debt, Kaplan University continues to escape scrutiny by their parent company.
What is worse here, the fraudulent tactics and questionable lobbying efforts, or the journalistic malpractice being exercised in failing to report on Kaplan?
Only the Washington Post can answer that question.

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