We cannot determine the character of our leaders by who has served, but we sure can see who the hypocrits are.
Out of 31 of who’s who of the Democrats only 2 did not serve. Out of 31 Republicans 20 did not serve. here is a list :-
– Richard Gephardt: Air National Guard, 1965-71
– David Bonior: Staff Sgt., Air Force 1968-72
– Tom Daschle: 1st Lt., Air Force SAC 1969-72
– Al Gore: enlisted Aug. 1969; sent to Vietnam Jan. 1971, army journalist in 20th Engineer Brigade.
– Bob Kerrey: Lt. j.g. Navy 1966-69; Medal of Honor, Vietnam.
– Daniel Inouye: Army 1943-’47; Medal of Honor, WWII.
– John Kerry: Lt., Navy 1966-70; Silver Star, Bronze Star with Combat V Purple Hearts.
– Charles Rangel: Staff Sgt., Army 1948-52; Bronze Star, Korea.
– Max Cleland: Captain, Army 1965-68; Silver Star & Bronze Star, Vietnam.
– Ted Kennedy: Army, 1951-1953.
– Tom Harkin: Lt., Navy, 1962-67; Naval Reserve, 1968-74.
– Jack Reed: Army Ranger, 1971-1979; Captain, Army Reserve 1979-91.
– Fritz Hollings: Army officer in WWII, receiving the Bronze Star and seven campaign ribbons.
– Leonard Boswell: Lt. Col., Army 1956-76; Vietnam, DFCs, Bronze Stars, and Soldier’s Medal.
– Pete Peterson: Air Force Captain, POW. Purple Heart, Silver Star and Legion of Merit.
– Mike Thompson: Staff sergeant, 173rd Airborne, Purple Heart.
– Bill McBride: Candidate for Fla. Governor. Marine in Vietnam; Bronze Star with Combat V.
– Gray Davis: Army Captain in Vietnam, Bronze Star.
– Pete Stark: Air Force 1955-57
– Chuck Robb: Vietnam for two years
– Howell Heflin: Silver Star
– George McGovern: Silver Star & DFC during WWII
– Jmmy Carter: Seven years in the Navy.
– Walter Mondale: Army 1951-1953
– John Glenn: WWII and Korea; six DFCs and Air Medal with 18 Clusters.
– Tom Lantos: Served in Hungarian underground in WWII. Saved by Raoul Wallenberg.
– Wesley Clark: U.S. Army, 1966-2000, West Point, Vietnam, Purple Heart, Silver Star. Retired 4-star general.
– John Dingell: WWII vet
– John Conyers: Army 1950-57, Korea
– Bill Clinton: Did not serve. Student deferments. Entered draft but received 311
– John Edwards: did not serve
– Dennis Hastert: did not serve.
– Tom Delay: did not serve.
– House Whiip Roy Blunt: did not serve.
– Bill Frist: did not serve.
– Rudy Giuliani: did not serve.
– George Pataki: did not serve.
– Mitch McConnell: did not serve.
– Rick Santorum: did not serve.
– Trent Lott: did not serve.
– Dick Cheney: did not serve. Several deferments, the last by marriage.
– John Ashcroft: did not serve. Seven deferments to teach business.
– Jeb Bush: did not serve.
– Karl Rove: did not serve.
– Saxby Chambliss: did not serve. "Bad knee." The man who attacked Max Cleland’s patriotism.
– Paul Wolfowitz: did not serve.
– Vin Weber: did not serve.
– Richard Perle: did not serve
– Douglas Feith: did not serve
– Eliot Abrams: did not serve
– Richard Shelby: did not serve
– Jon Kyl: did not serve
– Tim Hutchison: did not serve
– Christopher Cox: did not serve
– Newt Gingrich: did not serve
– Phil Gramm: did not serve
– JC Watts: did not serve
– Antonin Scalia: did not serve
– Clarence Thomas: did not serve
– Lindsey Graham: National Guard lawyer
– Don Rumsfeld: served in Navy (1954-57) as aviator and flight instructor
– George W. Bush: six-year Nat’l Guard commitment (incomplete)
– Ronald Reagan: due to poor eyesight, served in a non-combat role making movies
– Gerald Ford: Navy, WWII
– John McCain: Silver Star, Bronze Star, Legion of Merit, Purple Heart and Distinguished Flying Cross
– Bob Dole: an honorable veteran from WWII
– Chuck Hagel: two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star, Vietnam
– Jeff Sessions: Army Reserves, 1973-1986
– G.H.W. Bush: Pilot in WWII. Shot down by the Japanese
– Tom Ridge: Bronze Star for Valor in Vietnam
Pundits and Preachers
– Sean Hannity: did not serve.
– Rush Limbaugh: did not serve (4-F with a ‘pilonidal cyst.’)
– Bill O’Reilly: did not serve.
– Michael Savage: did not serve.
– George Will: did not serve.
– Chris Matthews: did not serve, joined the Peace Corps
– Paul Gigot: did not serve.
– Bill Bennett: did not serve.
– Pat Buchanan: did not serve.
– Bill Kristol: did not serve.
– Kenneth Starr: did not serve.
– Michael Medved: did not serve.