Letters to the Editor

Romney's hypocrisy shows on military issues

There is a saying among veterans that should resonate with all Americans: "All gave some; some gave all." In the case of the Romney family, all gave nothing and Romney's comments about the 47 percent reflects his disdain for those who gave a lot.

During his freshman year at Stanford, Romney attended rallies supporting the Vietnam War. The following year he served as a Mormon missionary in France when not posing on a sandy beach for a photo to send to Ann. Meanwhile, thousands of his peers were being killed in Vietnam. The apple does not fall far from the tree. Romney's father, George, never served in World War II. None of his five sons serve in Afghanistan or Iraq. Romney, however, now advocates a stronger military and a tougher stance toward Iran.

The hypocrisy doesn't end here. His comment regarding the 47 percent "who are dependent on government, who believe that government has the responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to you name it," includes thousands of disabled veterans, many of whom rely entirely on their disability compensation, domiciliary care or nursing home care. This compensation is not subject to federal income tax. Most of these disabled veterans fall into the 47 percent Romney does not worry about.

Romney should be judged not by his campaign rhetoric but rather by what he says behind closed doors and by his avoidance of military service in a war he supported.

Robert Warden

Hilton Head Island