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The case of Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, Democratic candidate and
frontrunner for the U.S. Senate, claiming military service he doesn’t have happens often enough to Democrats that it is not an oddity. Appropriating stolen valor, whether to give their anti-war rants credibility or to enhance their political resumes, is almost a common characteristic among the wannabe leftist elitists. Both Tom Harkin and John Kerry come to mind.
Some, such as Kerry, become indignant when they are exposed. The fact of the matter is that ol’ Heinz 57 Kerry would never have been “swiftboated” if he hadn’t been so swift to claim
combat valor that wasn’t his.
Like Mr. Kerry, Richard Blumenthal wanted to imagine that the typewriter keys he heard
clacking at his stateside desk were really the sounds of bullets, mortars and bombs on the
combat field. I suppose there is nothing wrong with Mr. Blumenthal imagining that, although most of us abandon such fantasies as our youth abandons us.
Mr. Kerry’s problem – and also Mr. Blumenthal’s – is that they sought to offer their fantasy life in a bid to better their real life. Now, with a novelist, songwriter or screenwriter, that’s a good thing! Most of us like a good story, but when we sit down with a best-seller or park ourselves in front of the movie screen, we know we’re getting just that: somebody else’s imagination, for a few hours of diversion.
But back in the real world, the question becomes: Do we want a rip-roaring good story when it comes to a state’s chief law-enforcement officer? Is that what courts, judges and juries are
looking for when deciding another person’s guilt or innocence based on the evidence presented? Is this how the Connecticut Bar operates?
How about in a U.S. senator? The people of Connecticut need to ask themselves some
questions. Foremost is: Can a man to whom typewriter keys at a desk anchored stateside sound so much like guns, grenades and bombs on the field of combat half a world away actually be trusted to craft solutions that will work in the real world? That is, after all, where most of us live – like it or not!
To help sort that out, there are two questions the voters in Connecticut can ask themselves. The first is: What do you make of a state where the Democratic hierarchy comes to the defense of – no, rushes to defend – such a man? Especially a man in Blumenthal’s position?
Yet in a larger sense, isn’t this what Democrats do? They appropriate our hard work through the mechanism of taxes – and give it away to others who have never earned it. Neither the thief stealing the money nor the recipients holding their hands out and stuffing their pockets with the cash have earned it. They’ve taken it from someone who has earned it. The sad fact is, that’s the only place either can get it. Stolen valor.
The second question is: How do such people continue to be elected in your state? Who
continues to buy into their fantasies of stolen valor and put them into public office where they can live out their private fantasies of stolen valor? Maybe it’s time for some reflective
consideration by Connecticut voters.