Edmonds Military Wire: Truth or fiction? Obama trumps Romney in military support

By Michael Schindler

When it comes to conventional thought – at least in the circles I tend to frequent – most assume those of us that serve or have served are rather conservative; that we all stand on principles like duty, honor, and country – and that those words, first spoken in a speech by General MacArthur, are the epitome of conservative values. I would tend to agree. But not so, according to Joan McCarter.

Now before I alienate some of my loyal readers here, let me preface this by saying this piece is not intended to be political, but rather intended to enlighten and engage; that is code for: If this makes you mad, not my fault, it was the writer who first reported this that is responsible (sorry, couldn’t resist).
Joan McCarter, writer for the Daily Kos – a left-leaning national community blog site founded by Army veteran Markos Zuniga in 2002 – reported in one of her recent blogs that “[T]he military’s support has shifted toward Obama. Romney has consistently received little financial backing from military donors.”

Say it isn’t so.

But Joan was then backed up by Rachel Maddow (I know. Some of you are wondering what the heck I’m doing reading anything other than FOX) who reported in her blog that “Based on reporting from the Center for Responsive Politics, including September fundraising, Obama has received $678,611 from military donors, far more than Romney’s total of $398,450.”

And then Business Week backed up the claim. To make matters worse, the Romney figure also “narrowly trails Ron Paul’s $399,274 in contributions from the military.”

McCarter seems to think this has to do with the president keeping his promise to end two wars (that still aren’t really ended) and that Romney sees the military as simply a demographic to win over for political gain.

Could McCarter actually be right on this? I have my own opinion but I’m a numbers guy and the numbers favor her statement – they don’t make her opinion correct – but the huge difference between the two candidates in contributions make me question why.

Does it really all come down to “I can see myself having a beer with the guy?” If that’s the case, Obama wins by default. I certainly hope there are more substantial reasons behind the disparity in numbers.

Bottom line: I voted. In this election I am certain every vote will matter. So vote. And remember this: our service members take an oath to support and defend the Constitution and that we’ll obey the orders of the President (as long as they don’t violate the Constitution) – regardless of whom is our next president.

Michael Schindler, Navy veteran, and president of Edmonds-based Operation Military Family, is a guest writer for several national publications, author of the book “Operation Military Family” and “The Military Wire” blog. He is also a popular keynote and workshop speaker who reaches thousands of service members and their families every year through workshops and seminars that include  “How to Battle-Ready Your Relationship” or “What Your Mother-in-Law Didn’t Tell You.”  He received the 2010 Outstanding Patriotic Service Award from the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs.

  1. I took that same oath about the same time Romney should have been taking it. However, he opted to “serve” in Paris. And, seeing that some people are getting mixed up by this service business, he served the Mormon Church NOT the United States. And his five sons did the same thing he did. So why wouldn’t the President get far more in donations that Romney?

  2. Let’s compare apples to apples… Romney dodged the Vietnam War. What war did Obama dodge? None — the US was not involved in a war or a draft when he was the appropriate age. The circumstances were totally different, so it is not a good comparison.

  3. Terry J.

    I took a recall in 1981 and served during the Grenada fracas. To you it may not be apples to apples but I haven’t seen anywhere where Obama volunteered for military service. Personally I believe we should have a mandatory military service, not just a sign up for the draft. All able bodied 18 year old males MUST serve a minimum of 2 years ACTIVE duty followed by 4 years of Reserve Service, or any combination ( 4 active/ 2 reserve). No exceptions for school or moneyed family. Entry time may be delayed by up to 4 years or studying critical professions they enter service upon graduation (doctors are a good example) and they stay active duty beyond 2 years year for year for the delay to active duty. If a doctor stays out of service to get his MD and specialty it would be conceivable he would OWE the military as much as 19 years or more to pay back the delay. Concientious objectors can be heath professionals. God bless the volunteers we have in the military but we need more of the population educated in what they do.

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