US Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) said his opponent’s military service was not public service. Referring to Republican challenger Patrick Murray’s Army career, from which he retired as a Colonel, Moran equated Murray’s 24-year military career with welfare. Moran also implied Murray’s platform of reducing government spending was disingenuous since the military is part of the Federal government.
The moron Moran is also trying to tie Federal spending cuts to weakening the military. It’s the same political meme as threatening to cut police or fire in tough budget climates.
Does anyone see the irony in Moran implying his service counts while COL Murray’s doesn’t? As it turns out, Jim Moran has been feeding at the public trough his entire adult life. According to Moran:
What [Republicans] do is that they find candidates – usually stealth candidates – that haven’t been in office, haven’t served or performed any kind of public service. My opponent is typical.
It seems Moran thinks his Congressional service is more significant than military service:
[I]n his twisted mind the experience of putting your life on the line for your country pales in comparison to public drunkenness, bar fights, personal bankruptcy, anti-semitism, public corruption and assaulting 8-year old kids who you claim are trying to carjack you.
COL (retired) Murray has served four combat tours. Rep. Moran visited Afghanistan as a publicity stunt in August.
Moran claimed Murray was an inexperienced newcomer. Moran obviously doesn’t realize voters are upset with entrenched politicians that don’t represent their constituents’ interests.
Currently holding a 13 point lead, here’s hoping Virginia voters wake up to charlatan Jim Moran’s duplicitous ways. Seems like a number of former military personnel in his district, which includes Arlington and Alexandria, would not tolerate Moran’s dismissal of the honor and value of military service.
HT: The Blogprof
24 Oct 2010
A fellow blogger—and retired military officer—pointed out Jim Moran dodged military service during Vietnam. The man who has the gall to cast aspersions on his challenger’s 24 years of honorable military service, including 4 deployments supporting the Global War on Terror, somehow managed to avoid his own military service obligation. It wasn’t a college deferrment. Moran earned his bachelor’s degree in 1967 and a Masters of Public Administration in 1970.
Coincidentally, 1970 is also the year the Selective Service conducted the first Vietnam-era lottery for birth years 1944 through 1950. Moran’s birthdate is 16 May 1945 and his lottery number was 055. The highest lottery number called that year was 195, so why didn’t Moran fulfill his military obligation?
In our all-volunteer military, especially considering we have been a nation at war for nine years, Jim Moran has no place to denigrate anyone’s military service. Not even the private just reporting to basic training. They all have more cuhones than draft-dodging Jim Moran.
Here’s another reason why Rep. Moran does not deserve reelection. Moran said he’s going to secure an earmark to help save the Arlington planetarium. Excuse me? Didn’t your top Democratic Party official, President Barack Obama, say no more earmarks? Why, yes. Yes, he did. So, why isn’t Moran toeing the party line?