Politicians appear to fear veterans. Under their direction, Homeland Security conceives of scenarios wherein veterans lead armed TEA Party insurgents against the government and train for this eventuality. (See Training Facility Resembles American City) Strange, but aren't coups generally restricted to nations suffering a tyrant? Most recently I learned that career politicians fear election challenges from veterans. California legislators have crafted election laws barring veterans from announcing their service on ballots as though this might give veterans an unfair advantage in challenging their incumbency. Witness the following letter to California's Orange County Register from a veteran who is a candidate for US Congress.
Statuses: A status is a state, condition, social position or legal relation of the candidate to another person, persons or the community as a whole. A status is generic in nature and generally fails to identify with any particular specificity the manner by which the candidate earns his or her livelihood or spends the substantial majority of his or her time. Examples of a status include, but are not limited to, veteran, proponent, reformer, scholar, founder, philosopher, philanthropist, activist, patriot, taxpayer, concerned citizen, husband, wife, and the like.
Title 2. Administration
Division 7. Secretary of State
Chapter 7. Ballot Designations
One of these things just doesn't belong
Can you tell me which thing is not like the others
By the time I finish my song?"
We must keep in mind the purpose of these regulations and prohibitions.
20710. General Provisions.
- The regulatory purpose of this Chapter is to ensure the accurate designation of the candidate upon the ballot in order that an informed electorate may intelligently elect one of the candidates.
To be honest, I sympathize with the politicians in this case. It must be truly frightening to oppose someone who has obviously placed duty, honor, and country above all else while they, politicians, are an especially reviled class.