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Douche of the Week: Rep. Joe Walsh
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By RU Contributor SGT Awesome
Ladies and gentlemen, I welcome you to Douche of the Week; this week brought to you by the state of Illinois. Incumbent House Representative Joe Walsh is being challenged by Lieutenant Colonel Tammy Duckworth (Illinios Army National Guard). I can see that you already smell what I am cooking, but I will hold your hand along the path of douchedom anyway.
Rep. Walsh is running on a who-gives-a-fuck platform of whatever, against LTC Duckworth who is running on a who-gives-a-fuck platform of whatever. Politics is completely irrelevant to the douchecracy of Rep. Walsh’s statements towards his opponent.
LTC Duckworth is not only a veteran, but she is a double amputee. She was a Blackhawk pilot whose helicopter was shot down by an insurgent with an RPG in Iraq in 2004. I have my own personal bias towards female helicopter pilots (They fucking ROCK!) but I will ignore that for now and just look at the facts.
During a speech to a group of very uncomfortable looking people (look up the video on the youtubes, these people look they were just given a really shitty gift for Christmas that they have to pretend to like so Grandma doesn’t get offended) Rep. Walsh compares Senator John McCain’s 2008 Presidential run to LTC Duckworth’s current House run. He saith, and I quoth:
“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.”
So, let me get this straight, he wants to compare Sen. McCain’s reluctance to speak about being tortured for five and a half years as a prisoner of war, to anyone else. Are you fucking kidding me? I don’t even have to touch on the extreme difference in culture of the Vietnam era to now to recognize the fucking ridiculousness of this statement.
The man was tortured for five years! You, nor I, nor anyone else can imagine what he truly went through. [He would fucking sleep through five years at Gitmo, but that’s neither here nor there.]
Obviously these statements riled up veteran groups all over, and when Rep. Walsh was pressed about his fucktarded comments, he responded with this:
“Of course Tammy Duckworth is a hero. I have called her a hero 100’s of times in the past four months. Just like every man and woman who has worn the uniform, her service demands — demands — our utmost respect. That’s why I recognize our veterans at the beginning of every one of my public town halls. However, unlike most veterans I have had the honor to meet since my election to Congress, who rarely if ever talk about their service or the combat they’ve seen, that is darn near all of what Tammy Duckworth talks about. Her service demands our thanks and our respect but not our vote. She is running for Congress — and there are real problems in this country like our massive debt, high unemployment and the Obamacare tax. We are about four months from Election Day and the people of Illinois have no idea where Tammy Duckworth stands on these issues because she dodges debate requests, ignores our invitations to speak at town halls, refuses to talk about solutions and constantly reminds voters of her war service. Our thoughts and prayers will always be with her for her service and her loss but these are serious times and the people of Illinois deserve to know what she thinks about real issues and what she will do as a Congresswoman.”
Filing that last part under the “I Don’t Give A Fuck What You Are Running On” folder, he still, once again, sticks his douchetastic foot right in to his mouth and lets his true feelings be known. His view of a “true” veteran is one of stoic silence. He doesn’t want to know what you’ve seen or done. He doesn’t care. He ignores the fact that if you go to war and come back minus some limbs, that it just might be extremely fucking relevant to how a person looks at the world. He is more than happy to give you a blanket “thank you for your service” but past that he doesn’t give two shits what you’ve truly sacrificed and how it affects your views. His concern is getting re-elected and he just wants to fire up his political base against his opponent. Veterans however, cover all bases and we don’t take kindly to being shat upon. What every veteran experiences is completely different than every other veteran and to imply that because LTC Duckworth has chosen to speak about her experiences that she is any less of a hero than anyone else who has served this great country of ours, grants him a seat which he has not intentionally run for, yet has earned without doubt.
The seat in question is at the Grand Table of Douchedom where Rep. Walsh will never again have to run for re-election.