The Conscientious Bern


Recent internet memes have taken aim at the Vietnam era “Conscientious Objector” status which was sought by Senator Bernie Sanders. Whether you believe that a person should have military experience to be Commander in chief or not, this particular discussion revolves more around something that Sanders’ campaign said about his request during the Vietnam War and what they have said about his positions currently.

Additionally, there are some rather… well… curious issues with his claim to begin with. For starters, Bernie Sanders was married in 1964 (making him a Kennedy Husband?), which, should have kept him out of the draft until the end of August, 1965 when President Johnson eliminated the marriage exemption. This would have left Sanders eligible for the draft from September 1965 until his 26th Birthday on September 8th, 1967, a window of two years.

If we are going to judge candidates by what they have said and done in the past and not what they say they will do in the future (and seriously, why would we ever even consider doing that?), we might have to take Bernie at his word. The problem is that if we do, we find out that he really is all about somebody else footing the bill… for everything, including his liberty and freedom.

But if, on the other hand, there was validity to his claim during the Vietnam War AND his claim today, then we quickly see an even bigger problem with the entire idea of politicians and power.

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About Dave

Talk Show host, lifelong Baseball and Star Trek fan, US Navy Submariner and Fire Control Technician (Ballistic Missile) 1st Class Petty Officer (Submarine Qualified), Dave is married with four daughters, one son, two sons-in-law and two grandchildren plus one on the way. He resides quietly in Manteca, CA, where he records his podcast, Plausibly Live, three days a week. He also writes for several other blogs and as a "Stay at home Dad" plays a lot of games with his son. Dave loves books, history and is learning to weld and drive a forklift. Just for fun. Dave is also a Life Member of the Disabled American Veterans and a Member of the US Submarine Veterans.

Posted on March 7, 2016, in 2016 Presidential, Bernie Sanders, Elections, John Kasich and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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