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Preppy protester: The moment a 19-year-old Mitt Romney demonstrated in favour of Vietnam War draft

by Graham Smith | The Daily Mail

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.

Taking a stand: A young Mitt Romney holds up a placard at a pro-draft demonstration at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, in May 1966

Taken at the height of the swinging Sixties, Mr Romney holds a sign declaring 'Speak Out, Don't Sit In' as, alongside like-minded individuals, he proclaims his support for Lyndon Johnson's ever-expanding draft.

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I cant even believe we're still HAVING this race

It has become the cliche perfect good guy versus the cliche priveleged fat cats. Ron Paul has the support of the military, he was a flight surgeon during the war, his record of public service is beyond reproach, he's delivered over 4,000 babies- he's the cliche 'hit it outta the park' candidate-he's actually even LITERALLY listed in Ripley's Believe It or Not bearing the distinction as the only congressman ever to hit a homerun outta the park in the 50 year history of the Dem vs Repub congressional ball game ! He is the cliche perfect candidate if you were to sit down and write a cheesey novel- and the dumbassed American public is hemming and hawing..."hmm. but is he electable ? " The only appropriate thing left to happen if these buffoons DON'T elect RP as the next president is to bring apon a cliche attack by Godzilla. *facepalm*

Appears to be hypocrisy here on the Daily Paul

Or, at least, a form of it.

It has been said, the Vietnam War (conflict) was unconstitutional? Why would it matter what people did during that time? The United States entered through the 'false flag op', Gulf of Tonkin.

Were you living in those times? It was an ugly time, people knew it was ugly. I wouldn't have gone, would have enlisted... I suspect, into the Air Force, like my brother.. the draft was dropped the year that I was paroled from high school, if you need to know.

Attacks during Vietnam Time are of a senseless effort. And, furthermore, we have not learned 'one-damn-thing! Hell no, I wouldn't have went either. A useless, senseless, what are we fighting for hellhole?
"Vietnam Napalm", the famous picture taken from this one, I would think, of the girl: about :48 seconds

I think

the point is, The man was fighting to send other people to an illegal war.

sorry my comment should have gone below the others :)

Not the point silly

If you would have or would not have gone or not is not the point.

The point is the hypocrisy of protesting for the draft, then avoiding the draft.

I get that it was an ugly time, but that is ALSO the point. It's easy to be strong when times are good, your true character is tested when you deal with adversity.

It is very important to know if someone is willing to risk anothers life while they wouldn't risk their own.

Here is the difference:

All Men are Created Equal vs Poor people can be used as Pawns

It's a dead subject

go ask Clinton.

Ask Bush?

McCain, the 'song bird', reported by fellow prisoners... went no where.

update 2:

Barry Soetoro, and his Selective Service controversy.

Possibly so

but that isn't what you were saying before. Before you said there was hypocrisy here, that is why we put you in your place.

You need to pick an argument. if you want to continue saying that we are hypocrites fro pointing out Romney is a chicken-hawk of the most gutless kind, then hit 'reply'.

If you want change your argument to say it wont gain traction, hit 'new comment'.

Hypocrisy: for the war or against it?

If it was unconstitutional, why use it as an example? Used as a tool of convenience when there is not another argument(s)? Its a weak argument. Now, lumping all the unconstitutional wars together, like Dr.Paul does, makes for a much better argument for those of the people whose minds go all the way up.

This just reminds me of the: was for the war before being against it, or the like. If people are against it, why bring it up at all, other than Dr. Paul's argument stated above?

Seems like, a touch of hypocrisy... Not laid out the best by me, but going back 'n forth: for the war (using it as an example) and, against it, being unconstitutional. For the war, when implying Romney did bad during those times. Everyone (in the general sense, did bad), it was unconstitutional.

It's interesting what people did during that period but, that's about it.
As is, Vietnam alone, atrocities, are a weak argument, its been proven. A better argument would be to hold those responsible accountable, but unfortunately, their missing now, dead, gone, poof? Reparations? Yeah, whatever, huh?

At this time in history, its (Vietnam) considered "water under the bridge", and or nit-pickin' some might even consider it, digging up the past which most would prefer to forget or, never knew about, don't care about.

Haha, you are borderline incoherent.

One thing you got correct though is your bizarre hypothesis isn't laid out the best.

Sharpen the skills

If you expect some fruition to come of the effort.

Will you teach people to care?

You are not making any

You are not making any sense...

I made perfect sense

Get over the Romney draft dodgin' *crap, you didn't live then? it's a 'dead subject'. Its cheap, its frivolous.

Yes, it was a hard time; *I* did live through it, and . . .

one of us had a high draft number; the other was female (spouse and me)--

Had friends come home in body bags; had friends who protested the war, burned their draft cards, got put in jail--

it was a hard time, but since Romney was pro-war at that time he should have been willing to fight; his sons haven't been willing to fight either--

it's a strange thing to protest for a war you're not willing to fight in, but it seems true to Romney's character, whatever character he has--

he was 'lucky'; not all Mormons were able to defer due to missionary status; many couldn't, but Romney was born with a silver spoon in his mouth--

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

Draft dodging WHILE demanding the draft is a little different

He thinks you should be FORCED to go, but HE ain't going. Might mar the face, can't have that!

Love or fear? Chose again with every breath.

like it or not

he had a deferment. He did not dodge the draft.

I strongly urge people to watch what they say lest you provide another embarrassing Ron Paul supporter moment for Ron to explain on national tv the night before NH vote.

"Mr. Paul? Do you think Mitt Romney was a draft dodger? Many of your supporters have been trailing him all weekend with signs to that effect. Do you agree with that characterization?"

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We are talking about the

We are talking about the would be POTUS' trustworthiness. Can you trust him?

So because I didn't live back

So because I didn't live back then, I can't be upset that Romney supported the war but then skipped out to France to avoid it? Like I said, that makes no sense.

Also saying that because the war was unconstitutional, it doesn't matter what people did during that era? Makes no sense either.

I lived back then; I remember very distinctly when Viet Nam . .

began; I remember everyone around me (I wasn't quite a grown up when it began) talking about how it wouldn't last long, but I KNEW it would be a long war--

And I think you are correct; you have a right to believe the way you do--

kids who protested the war, though, were not treated very well; one of my friends was arrested for burning his draft card--

I remember when the kids at Kent State were shot down; it was a narrow-minded time; the MSM was powerful then, too--

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

This could end his campaign

This could end his campaign if it gets traction.

Easy 'stand' for Mittens to take...

I'm assuming since he was 19 he was probably leaving on his Mormon mission a few days later, not the jungles of southeast Asia...so many cowards in the race that want access to that big red button....

As Morrissey would say "So easy to laugh and easy to hate, it takes strength to be gentle and kind..."

Ron Paul vs Mitt Romney

"I don't want ANYBODY's legs shot off for any reason that is not justified and it's not a declared war. I think that should be the LITMUS TEST of everybody in this country, and everybody over on the Hill too: If this war is worth fighting, are YOU willing to go and lose your legs, lose your life, or send your kids or grandkids?"
-Ron Paul (source), Vietnam Veteran, served as a flight surgeon in the U.S. Air Force (1963-1965) & U.S. Air National Guard (1965-1968)

"A newly-unearthed photograph [shows] Mitt Romney demonstrating in favour of the Vietnam War draft ... The veteran Republican, then 19, can be seen picketing an anti-war sit-in at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, in 1966.... A newspaper clipping ... states: 'Mitt Romney, son of Michigan Gov. George Romney, was one of the pickets who supported the Stanford University administration in opposition to sit-in demonstrators.' ... pro-war [Mitt Romney], meanwhile, never served in south-east Asia because his status as a Mormon missionary exempted him from the draft. The GOP hopeful spent just one year at Stanford before heading to France for 30 months of missionary work."
-Daily Mail

Boy does THAT ever sum it up!

Great post

Big Bump

This is good ammo. This and the # of billionaire donors that mitt has.

I understand now why Mitt embraces the establishment. He IS the establishment through and through.


that is a devastating article. This should go viral and be on front page. Might be time for a daisy and draft ad.

Thanks for the bump!