College Dropout, then a 30 month French Vacation, “Chickenhawk” Romney Misses Vietnam and Now Backs Another War in Iran…
Draft Dodger Demonstrated for Vietnam Draft then Ran to France
By Gordon Duff, Senior Editor
Source: Veterans Today
Wikipedia gives Romney’s history, showing him to have dropped out of college at 19 and, instead of going to Vietnam as most Americans, he left for France but not covered by any deferment other than one claimed as part of a “private agreement” to name all Mormon children “ministers” according to Mitt’s biographers.
The US Constitution says otherwise, from page one onward. There is no language in the Federal Register supporting this claim, no court decisions and, as there were no African Americans allowed in the Mormon Church at the time, such a decision would have also been a violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1965 and the Equal Protection provisions of the Constitution.
It wasn’t until 1978 that the challenges to the Mormon Church as legitimate due to their racists policies was settled by the IRS allowing them the legal status of a religious organization. Prior to that, they had the same tax standing as the KKK.
No ACLU lawsuit, no complaints against the then “whites only” Mormon Church and a bizarre number of contradictory stories to make Romney seem like something other than a felon, not very convincing stories at that.
Romney attended Stanford University in 1965–1966 for a year.[nb 2] Although the campus and environs were becoming radicalized with the beginnings of 1960s social and political movements, he kept a well-groomed appearance and participated in pre-“Big Game” customs involving the Stanford Axe. In May 1966, he was part of a counter-protest against a group staging a sit-in at the university administration building in opposition to draft status tests.
In July 1966, he left for a thirty-month stay in France as a Mormon missionary, a traditional rite of passage for which his father and many other relatives had volunteered.[nb 3] He arrived in Le Havre with ideas about how to change and promote the French Mission, while facing physical and economic deprivation in their cramped quarters.[3
An article in today’s Daily Mail features a 19 year old Mitt Romney, not in France as he claimed but in the US, demonstrating in favor of the draft.
They say every picture tells a story.
A newly-unearthed photograph showing Mitt Romney demonstrating in favour of the Vietnam War draft might leave the presidential candidate feeling somewhat embarrassed.
The veteran Republican, then 19, can be seen picketing an anti-war sit-in at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, in 1966.
Mr Romney will no doubt be proud of his younger self taking what was at the time a very unpopular stance.
However, he might grimace at his clean-cut appearance and preppy wardrobe.
Here, from Yahoo, is the entire list of draft deferrments. Voluntary service as a “missionary” or helping the homeless or raking lawns aren’t on the list:
the Vietnam War produced “the starkest class division in American military service since the days of purchased draft deferments in the Civil War
PWWII period: (1948 thru 1976*)
1-A Available for military service
1-AM Medical specialist available for military service
1-A-O Conscientious objector available for noncombatant military service
1-A-OM Medical specialist conscientious objector available for noncombatant military service
1-C Member of the Armed Forces of the United States, the
Coast and Geodetic Survey, or the Public Health Service
(Enl)-enlisted; (Ind)-Inducted; (Dis)-discharged
1-D Member of a Reserve component or student taking military training
**1-H Registrant not currently subject to processing for induction or alternate service
1-O Conscientious objector available for civilian work contributing to the national health, safety, or interest
1-OM Medical specialist conscientious objector available for civilian work contributing to the national health, safety, or interest
1-S Student deferred by statute: (H)-high school; (C)-college
1-W Conscientious objector performing civilian work in the national health, safety, or interest (Rel)-released
***1-Y Registrant qualified for service only in time of war or national emergency
2-A Registrant deferred because of civilian occupation (except agriculture)
2-AM Medical specialist deferred because of critical community need involving patient care
2-C Registrant deferred because of agricultural occupation
2-D Registrant deferred because of study in preparation for the ministry (there were NO Mormon divinity schools in France)
2-M Registrant deferred for medical study
2-S Registrant deferred because of activity in study
3-A Registrant with a child or children; or registrant deferred by reason of extreme hardship to dependents
4-A Registrant who has completed service; or sole surviving son
4-B Official deferred by law
4-D Minister of religion or divinity student
4-E Conscientious objector opposed to both combatant and noncombatant training and service
4-F Registrant not qualified for military service
4-FM Medical specialist not qualified for military service
4-G Sole surviving son
4-W Conscientious objector who has completed civilian alternate service
5-A Registrant over the age of liability for military service
There is no record of Romney filing for conscientious objector status and riding around on a bicycle asking the French if they wanted free English lessons, what he actually did while there, is hardly divinity study.
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