Much is being made in the liberal blog camp of the news of Governor Pataki's son enlisting in the Marine Corps., while seeking an educational deferment to attend law school. Apparently, the fact that he is hoping for a deferment instead of rushing right in to battle is a sign to them of "spoiled rich boy entitlement". This has to be one of the most mean-spirited takes on the story. Even Charlie Rangel is getting in on the Pataki-bashing:
Rangel said the public revelation of Teddy Pataki's request for a law school deferment must be "very embarrassing for him."Um, am I missing something, or did Teddy Pataki have no obligation to enlist whatsoever? Last I checked, the U.S. has an all-volunteer armed forces. The attempts by the left to make this reminiscent of GWB and Dick Cheney's "draft-dodging" is ridiculous. From the Marines' press release:
As a football player and fraternity president, his peers respected and admired his choice to take the commission and become a Marine officer, however, it was a shock to Yale as not that many of the students choose to serve in the military. “It doesn’t affect me,” Pataki said. “This is something that I wanted to do.”I'm sorry, but how again is this choice something to scorn? The fact that he is seeking a deferment does not guarantee that he will get one. He is taking a chance of being shipped off to Iraq that I don't see many scions of Democratic pols taking. This attack is completely gratuitious and not a little mean spirited. Sometimes I feel like I just have to say to these people: Shut Up.