Jim Webb announced today that he is dropping out of the Democratic primary. I recently watched the Democratic debate and I was like “what the heck is that guy doing up there?” I’m sure to some it was a “blast from the past,” a past I’m too young to remember.
Webb bragged about his military record. No one clapped when he did that, but when Bernie Sanders explained why he was a conscientious objector during the Vietnam war, then they clapped. When they asked the candidates the enemies they were most proud of here’s what he said:
I’d have to say the enemy soldier that threw the grenade that wounded me, but he’s not around right now to talk to.
Needless to say, no one in the audience clapped for that. SJWs on twitter ridiculed the statement. Webb’s son, a veteran of Iraq, said the following about the whole episode:
Yes, the man who threw the grenade isn’t around anymore, but more importantly the man who my father shielded with his own body lived to see another day. As a Marine and as a leader, that is the important part. To me and many other veterans, we have a sea of presidential candidates who seemingly have only personal interests in mind. Yet here is a leader who has not only endured war, but demonstrated that he is willing to sacrifice his life for his people. Is that really something to be sneered at?
This country has been at war for almost 15 years, and as I think about the ridicule leveled at my father in the past 24 hours, I can’t help but imagine what these same people must think about the service of my own generation. In their eyes, did we simply spend some kind of twisted ‘semester abroad’ in a place with plenty of sand, but no ocean? Or conversely, do they ignorantly dismiss our experiences, as they have my father, as those of cold callous killers?
Webb also addressed the issue of affirmative action, which he supports but only for “African Americans.” He talked about how affirmative action for other groups is unfair to “poor people who happen to be White.” But who cares about those losers? This is the party where Hillary Clinton, dynastic successor, can claim to be a “political outsider” because she is a woman. There are no people who “happen to be White,” Mr. Webb. This is the Democrat Party of 2015, the party of identity. The sooner the Jim Webbs’ of the world learn that, the better.