Where Have All the Swift Boaters Gone?

by Norman Horowitz

In consideration of the grief that the Right gave John Kerry concerning his military service, I offer the following:

Mitt Romney has never served in the military.

Before joining college, Romney had received a deferment from the draft as a Mormon ‘minister of religion’ for the duration of his missionary work in France, which lasted two and a half years. At the time, there was an agreement of sorts between the church and the Selective Service allowing exemptions from the draft for missionaries. Before and after his missionary deferment, Romney also received nearly three years of deferments for his academic studies.

In April 1965, Romney registered with the Selective Service but was not considered readily available for military service until December 1970. When he became eligible for military service in 1970, he drew a high number in the annual draft lottery and at that time no one drawing higher than 195 was drafted.

I can only wonder if Romney became a missionary in France in order to avoid military service.

I have never heard a peep from anyone about this.


I must ask those from the Right: What did you all have to say when the Swift Boat people tried to vilify a genuine American war hero John Kerry? And what are you now saying about Mitt Romney who, though he probably didn’t break any law, managed to avoid military service?

I have no problem that Romney did what he did. However: Where have the Swift Boaters gone?