Young Yellow Elephants

This story is ancient in blog reckoning, but I still want to comment on it because I think it's imperative to call these people out on their hypocrisy.

Adam Smeltz of Knight-Ridder newspapers wrote a good story on the Young Republican convention going on in New York right now. He talked to a number of convention goers and asked them if they planned on joining the military, since they claim to support the war and the troops so much. Their responses were, let's be kind, enlightening.

"Frankly, I want to be a politician. I'd like to survive to see that," said Vivian Lee, 17, a war supporter visiting the convention from Los Angeles,

Lee said she supports the war but would volunteer only if the United States faced a dire troop shortage or "if there's another Sept. 11."

"As long as there's a steady stream of volunteers, I don't see why I necessarily should volunteer," said Lee, who has a cousin deployed in the Middle East....

I physically probably couldn't do a whole lot" in Iraq, said Tiffanee Hokel, 18, of Webster City, Iowa, who called the war a moral imperative. She knows people posted in Iraq, but she didn't flinch when asked why she wouldn't go.

"I think I could do more here," Hokel said, adding that she's focusing on political action that supports the war and the troops.

"We don't have to be there physically to fight it," she said.

Similarly, 20-year-old Jeff Shafer, a University of Pennsylvania student, said vital work needs to be done in the United States. There are Republican policies to maintain and protect and an economy to sustain, Shafer said.


I could be outraged or condescending toward these kids, but instead, I'll content myself with the hope that they may have just shot whatever hope they had at a political career straight to hell with their comments. Of course, I could be wrong--acknowledging their cowardice doesn't seem to have hurt Tom DeLay or Dick Cheney.

Big Brass Blog has a wonderful photo-essay up--pics from the convention along with quotes from the story.

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