Thursday, July 20, 2006

A Marine Mom Comes To Grips With Her Liberal Past
...and undoubtedly makes other rich liberals squirm

Mindy Evnin isn't exactly the kind of mom who you would expect to have a son in the Marine Corps. A psychotherapist, a daughter of a rabbi; a professional woman; a liberal; a person who had come of age during the social and political turbulence of the Vietnam War. Oh... and a son who was with a Scout/Sniper Platoon in Iraq.

Before her son joined The Corps, the recruiter gave her a sticker for her car that Sunday in late November when Mark (her son) enlisted. It said "Proud Parent of a U.S. Marine."

I told Mark afterwards, 'I don't know if I can ever put this on my car'.


Now she can't imagine having a car without that sticker on it. You see, Mindy's son, Corporal Mark Evnin, USMC was killed in action on April 3, 2003. He was 21.

A moving and straightforward account of Mark's death, written by his mother, is included in a recently published book,
"AWOL: The Unexcused Absence of America's Upper Classes from Military Service -- and How it Hurts Our Country."

A warts and all review can be read here. Know this.... this review is especially straightforward. Kind of a long read, but well worth it.

I've posted before about how the "shared sacrifice" that President Bush spoke of is a cartload of crap... especially from Bush. Here's a small bit from my Shared Sacrifice post;

If Prince Harry, the third in line to the British Throne, will join the British Army's 1st Mechanized Brigade, which will be deployed to Basra in May 2007, then why can't either of the Bush daughters join up? It's a fair question. Queen Elizabeth did in WWII. Why can't the Bush girls?

While I'm at it... why aren't either of Jeb's sons, George P. and Jeb, Jr. in uniform? Why can't I ask these hard questions? After all, this is suppose to be a "shared sacrifice", right?

3 Comments:

Blogger Gaufridus said...

If the Bush's children volunteered to partake in military service (the men in the combat arms, the women as nurses or clerks), I think it would go a long way towards (re-)establishing the entire family's credibility.

6:43 AM  
Blogger Dad29 said...

"Shared sacrifice?"

Never has been, with the possible exception of WWII, when almost every male able to walk was drafted, or joined up.

Not likely to occur again, though.

1:48 PM  
Blogger Dymphna said...

LBJs son in law went to Vietnam. Nothing like that has happened since. I don't think any Kennedy has served since JFK.

10:48 AM  

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