Dick Blumenthal served courageously in South Carolina?
Connecticut Attorney General Richard “Dick” Blumenthal has been in office since 1991. He’s done a lot of things as attorney general. He jumped on the first great American corporate lynching of the tobacco industry well after Hillary Clinton declared war. Ignoring the issues with global warming, he’s trying to declare carbon dioxide a dangerous substance:
“I urge the new Obama EPA to declare carbon dioxide a danger to human health and welfare so we can at last begin addressing the potentially disastrous threat global warming poses to health, the environment and our economy. We must make up for lost time before it’s too late to curb dangerous warming threatening to devastate the planet and human society.” He has brought suit against a number of electric utilities in the Midwest, arguing that coal-burning power plants are generating excess CO2 emissions. The Second Circuit Court of Appeals recently agreed to allow Blumenthal’s lawsuit to proceed. Blumenthal personally has stated “no reputable climate scientist disputes the reality of global warming. It is fact, plain and simple. Dithering will be disastrous.”
Now that a LOT of scientists are disputing the evidence of global warming, Dick decided to move on. He set his eyes on the US Senate. However, he ran into a bump the last few days. It seems that while acting as Attorney General, he’s repeatedly claimed he served IN Vietnam. He talked about “the taunts, the insults, sometimes even the physical abuse.” Fact is, he never did. He served IN South Carolina. While the REAL soldiers were going to Vietnam and being shot at, killed, and wounded for life, Dick was putting it off as long as he could. He eventually gave up and joined the Marine Reserve. That pretty much guaranteed he would never leave US soil. That part I don’t think is in dispute.
Mindy Myers, Dick’s campaign manager, put it all in perspective:
Unlike many of his peers, Dick Blumenthal voluntarily joined the Marine Corps Reserves in 1970 and served for six months in Parris Island, S.C.. and six years in the reserves,”
Many of his true peers were not given the luxury of volunteering for the reserves in lieu of combat duty. The draft was a lot harsher on lower class kids than it was on kids bound for Harvard and Yale. And, those six years in the reserves allowed Dick to continue his education.
Fact is, to state you were in Vietnam getting shot at while you were actually, for the most part, in Connecticut, is just flat out lying. Now, forget the Senate race for one second. If he’s flat out lying about his military career, what else might he be lying about? The dangers of smoking? The threat of carbon dioxide? Who knows. We’re just supposed to believe him on those issues because he says so.