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Letter: Obama more patriotic than war-dodging Bocephus

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Posted: Friday, August 24, 2012 9:14 am | Updated: 9:41 am, Fri Aug 24, 2012.

In 1967, Hank Williams Jr. turned 18 and his country was at war. Married men with as many as four children were serving in the Vietnam War, and casualties were high. Hank decided to show the white feather and stayed at home studying music instead of serving his country.

A Chickenhawk leaves some fairly distinctive footprints, and they lead right to Hank’s music studio. Hank’s absence did not harm the war effort much, because there’s nothing in Hank’s makeup to indicate that he would have made much of a soldier. However, the Vietnam War was fought by a whole bunch of citizens who didn’t want to be there, but who did so out of a sense of duty that Bocephus apparently never felt. Barack Obama turned 6 that year, and I wouldn’t have expected him to show up for Vietnam duty. Which means that however patriotic or unpatriotic Obama is, he was certainly more of a patriot than Hank Williams Jr.

So, Bocephus, carry on with your political mission, but don’t ever identify yourself as having anything to do with veterans. You’re not fit to carry ammo for a real veteran.

Neil Thex

1Lt, Infantry, 25th Infantry Division, 1969-1972

Mesa

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