Draft-dodging NY governor wants deferment for son

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    http://1010wins.com/topstories/local_story_175090525.html

    1010 WINS) (ALBANY) Gov. George Pataki said Thursday his eldest son, Teddy, is about to be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps, but hopes to get a deferment to attend law school.

    "But once you take the oath and swear the oath, it's up to the Marines at that point," the Republican governor said, adding that his son would be sworn in on Saturday, the day after his father turns 60.

    Pataki said that if his son was not granted a deferment and is sent to Iraq, "I think I would feel the way every parent feels, which is tremendous pride in the courage and the patriotism of your child, along with the appropriate concern whenever any of our loved ones are placed in harm's way."

    The governor said he hopes his son gets a deferment, which would allow him to spend three years in law school and then four years on active duty with the Marines.

    Teddy Pataki just graduated from Yale University, his father's alma mater.

    The governor, who went on to Columbia Law School, did not serve in the military.
    He said he had a medical deferment during the Vietnam War because of poor eyesight. :laugh:
     
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    Ok, you are just enlightening us? Or you have a purpose with this?
     
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    Both.
    I thought it was humorous. Plus, I wanted to prove that Bush wasn't the only Republican politician who avoided active service during Viet Nam.
     
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    He served, which is more than you can provide on your side of the aisle. :fifty:
     
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    He was not draftable because of poor eye sight. How does that make him a draft dodger? My brother was not draftable because of a punchered ear drum.

    For your information all males of draft age were taken in for a physical before they were even put into the draft pool. 1-A was eligable for the draft. 4-F was ineligable. There were other catagories for deferments or hardship. A deferment simply meant you could get called at a later date. They were not nearly as picky back then but they still demanded physically fit men.
     
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    My parents proudly served -- in the streets.
    They were among the millions of dissatified Americans that helped "convince" the idiot politicians to cut their losses in Viet Nam and get out.

    I am proud to carry on the family tradition, and hope for the same result. :salute:
     
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    Yeah we know, now they are on the no fly list. Vietnam is over, so now what?
     
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    So now we work on ending the current unjust and illegal war. And depose those responsible for authorizing and profiting from it.
     
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    And that is whom? Links please.
     
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    Nice. All ready to relive the glory days when you caused America to actually lose a war, eh? Hey, maybe you'll get real lucky and another Khmer Rouge type regime will spring up and kill another few million! Awesome! That one third of Cambodia, you know, the ones who all died as a DIRECT result of America's pullout, they probly all deserved it anyway. I hope mommy and daddy are proud. Again, as a direct result of their actions:

    --Vietnam is now a Communist dictatorship
    --2 million Cambodians were slaughtered
    --America (in case you forgot, that's where you live) was humiliated
    --thousands of American soldiers, in effect, died in vain. And not because of the politicians, but because of people like you. The soldiers could have won. The Vietcong had no hope of defeating America militarily. They could only depend on anti-American bozos to defeat America, which they did.

    Can you tell me ONE GOOD THING that came out of America losing Vietnam?

    And while you got my blood pressure up, wtf is with the flag emoticon? You just said you wish for this country to LOSE. You have absolutely no shame.
     
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