WALSH: Understand something about John McCain. His political advisers, day after day, had to take him and almost throw him against a wall and hit him against the head and say, “Senator, you have to let people know you served! You have to talk about what you did!” He didn’t want to do it, wouldn’t do it. Day after day they had to convince him. Finally, he talked a little bit about it, but it was very uncomfortable for him. That’s what’s so noble about our heroes. Now I’m running against a woman who, my God, that’s all she talks about. Our true heroes, it’s the last thing in the world they talk about. That’s why we’re so indebted and in awe of what they’ve done.
Aside from the obvious point that Walsh is a gigantic turd blossom, there's a far more salient lesson to learn from his behavior.
In my younger days, before I started following politics religiously, I had a much higher opinion of the Republican Party. To be sure, I was always a Democrat, but I was the opinion that even if I didn't agree with the Republicans on....well, anything, I thought that they were genuinely noble people who just had different ideas on how things should work. I felt that as much as we may disagree with each other, there would be certain lines that wouldn't be crossed. One of those lines was that one never slanders a person's military service.
Since 9/11, I would see various random Republicans appearing on T.V. or the radio talking about how much they supposedly admired and supported the troops. They would say this as so frequently, so continuously that I thought, if nothing else, this is one constituency that the Republicans wouldn't dare to attack, no matter which party a member of the military belonged to.
Then came the 2004 Presidential race. The same presidential race that brought us wonderful gems like this:
It was during that time that my disgust with the Republican party was firmly solidified. These low lives had absolutely no principles, no respect, no honor for the people they supposedly held in such high regard. They were just opportunistic sleazebags who would gleefully smear a paraplegic six year old with terminal cancer if it helped them win elections.
So it comes as no surprise to see Joe Walsh continue with the Republican tradition of diminishing one's service simply because they happen to have a "D" next to their name. Though in fairness, I suppose I can understand where Walsh is coming from. For years these assholes have convinced themselves that Democrats hate the troops and the country, that they just can't accept the fact that someone like Duckworth exists, especially when utter filth like Walsh, have never, ever served in the armed forces. I'm sure that painful, and humiliating reality just eats them up inside.
The Republians did it with Max Cleland, they did it with John Kerry, they're doing it with Tammy Duckworth, and they will continue to do it to every soldier who dares to ally themselves with the wrong political party. A certain famous pill popping radio host once characterized such people as "phony soldiers".