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MN SEN – I’d like a side of delicious irony

CPT Pete Hegseth is a man of courage and honor. He has served with the United States Army in Iraq, Afghanistan, and at Guantanamo Bay. He was one of the dominant faces of Vets for Freedom. VFF was composed of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who worked diligently to urge congress, particularly after Democrats took control in 2006, to support the effort in Iraq.   VFF also supported many veterans as congressional candidates in 2010 – you may recognize some.  I was a member of Vets for Freedom in early 2008.  I joined about 500 other veterans in D.C. to meet with our congressmen. We heard some good speeches by Senators John McCain, Joe Lieberman, and Lindsey Graham and others who supported the effort and we split up to meet with with our respective representatives in Congress.

There are lots of great anecdotes I could share about the event. For instance, what happens when you put 500 combat veterans in the lobby of a hotel – amazing to see the rowdy group of guys drinking, hollering, swapping stories, then to see whole sections of the room get quiet when someone inadvertently shares a story of a loss. This is sometimes followed by a toast to the fallen and an eye or two getting misty before the partying resumes in earnest. For many of us, it was the fallen that spurred us to travel to D.C. in the first place, to ensure that their sacrifice was honored with victory.

Another great anecdote involves eight veterans on an elevator in a House office building when a Congressman and his snooty aide got on the elevator with us. Sensing some hostility, the confused aide blustered “Don’t you know who this is?” The nearly seven foot Marine standing next to me grinned evilly and said, I assure you, we all know who “Baghdad” Jim McDermott is, but do you know who WE are? We are the people who serve and fight while your boss kisses up to brutal thugs.” Both the aide and the Representative seemed to shrink in on themselves for the remainder of the elevator ride. We just smiled until the doors opened and they hurried off and we had a good laugh.

The last two are much more important anecdotes. Of the 500 veterans present, about 50 were from Minnesota. We met with then Senator Norm Coleman who was gracious and gave us more than an hour of his time. Unfortunately he lost much support with this group by uttering the line “I don’t like the word victory, I prefer ‘success’.” Considering the margin of his loss that year, those words may have been the difference. A foolish statement delivered by a mealy-mouthed politician to men who had put their humanity and their lives literally on the line fighting for victory, not success. We went to Senator Klobuchar’s office. Her lackey at the desk told us she couldn’t meet with us. Unfortunately for her, 50 veterans fill up the hallway in that area of the Senator’s office area, and her attempt to sneak down the hall unnoticed was a failure. We gathered around her and explained that we just wanted to talk to her. In a nasty tone, she said “I’m talking to you now, what do you want?” We were all wearing matching Vets for Freedom shirts, and we had scheduled this appointment with her, so ignorance is not an excuse for her behavior. She was nasty and vile to us. One of the concerns many of us who have been to Iraq had was the fate of the Iraqis we had come to know – decent men, women and children who just wanted to live their lives like we do. What would become of those who assisted the U.S. because of their desire for freedom, should Al Qaeda, Iran, and Al Sadr take over? Little miss “for the children” betrayed her liberal hypocrisy by saying that wasn’t her problem and we shouldn’t have gotten involved. When asked if that meant she would rather they were still being brutalized by Saddam, her only response was that we want the same things we just see them differently, or some similar political nothingspeak.

This all brings me to the point. Pete Hegseth, one time point-man for an organization of veterans dedicated to victory in Iraq, an organization spurned by Amy Klobuchar:

He is running for the U.S. Senate seat held by Amy Klobuchar.

It is still early in the process and there are other good names and good people wishing for the nomination. For me, it would be wonderful irony if CPT Pete Hegseth unseated Amy Klobuchar.

Please check out his website: PeteforSenate.

Scott MacHardy
Retired Army. Disabled Veteran. Constitutional Conservative. Ordained Minister.

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  1. Sensing some hostility, the confused aide blustered “Don’t you know who this is?” The nearly seven foot Marine standing next to me grinned evilly and said, I assure you, we all know who “Baghdad” Jim McDermott is, but do you know who WE are? We are the people who serve and fight while your boss kisses up to brutal thugs.” Both the aide and the Representative seemed to shrink in on themselves for the remainder of the elevator ride.

    LOVED THIS ONE!!! I thank each and every one of you for fighting for my life and my children’s lives and for FREEDOM! and I will be donating and pushing for Pete to beat the crap out of that leftist Klobuchar!

  2. First, *great* write-up, Hooah. Loved the anecdotes 🙂

    Second, Amy Klobuchar is a left-wing radical who everyone thinks is Minnesota nice cause she serves homemade cookies and coffee-cake and isn’t as publicly obnoxious as our other doofus Senator – Al Franken.

    Third – Pete sounds like a totally *awesome* candidate. As for me, I committed to Dan “Doc” Severson, former Top Gun pilot, last fall already and, seeing as I find no light between my 3-legged conservative views and Dan’s, I feel obligated to stick with him.

    But should Doc falter, I won’t have a problem in the world supporting Pete because replacing a far-left Senator with a rock-solid conservative like Doc or Pete would be sweeeet!

    • I’d be more than happy with Severson too, but I think we have to “Go big or go home” to win this one, and Klobuchar is only vulnerable if there is a real examination. I think Severson is too standard to generate the news, and I know Hegseth has a much deeper donation pool.

      • Hearing the fund raising heft that Pete’s had in the past, I tend to agree.

        Having talked with Doc on numerous occasions I know that he’s been absolutely frustrated with the deep-pocketed so-called Republicans in the state who won’t contribute to his or any other Republican campaign because they think Klobuchar in unbeatable. So, not only are they not contributing to his campaign they’re contributing to *hers* in order to retain her good graces and ‘access’. These jackwagons would have found themselves right at home in Vichy France.

        So, knowing that Pete’s got access to funds outside the state is welcome news. Having said all that, I committed to Doc early on and I can’t renege on that without feeling like I’ve broken my word and bond. But again, if Doc’s not the man, Pete will have my full-throated support.

  1. Sensing some hostility, the confused aide blustered “Don’t you know who this is?” The nearly seven foot Marine standing next to me grinned evilly and said, I assure you, we all know who “Baghdad” Jim McDermott is, but do you know who WE are? We are the people who serve and fight while your boss kisses up to brutal thugs.” Both the aide and the Representative seemed to shrink in on themselves for the remainder of the elevator ride.

    LOVED THIS ONE!!! I thank each and every one of you for fighting for my life and my children’s lives and for FREEDOM! and I will be donating and pushing for Pete to beat the crap out of that leftist Klobuchar!

  2. First, *great* write-up, Hooah. Loved the anecdotes 🙂

    Second, Amy Klobuchar is a left-wing radical who everyone thinks is Minnesota nice cause she serves homemade cookies and coffee-cake and isn’t as publicly obnoxious as our other doofus Senator – Al Franken.

    Third – Pete sounds like a totally *awesome* candidate. As for me, I committed to Dan “Doc” Severson, former Top Gun pilot, last fall already and, seeing as I find no light between my 3-legged conservative views and Dan’s, I feel obligated to stick with him.

    But should Doc falter, I won’t have a problem in the world supporting Pete because replacing a far-left Senator with a rock-solid conservative like Doc or Pete would be sweeeet!

    • I’d be more than happy with Severson too, but I think we have to “Go big or go home” to win this one, and Klobuchar is only vulnerable if there is a real examination. I think Severson is too standard to generate the news, and I know Hegseth has a much deeper donation pool.

      • Hearing the fund raising heft that Pete’s had in the past, I tend to agree.

        Having talked with Doc on numerous occasions I know that he’s been absolutely frustrated with the deep-pocketed so-called Republicans in the state who won’t contribute to his or any other Republican campaign because they think Klobuchar in unbeatable. So, not only are they not contributing to his campaign they’re contributing to *hers* in order to retain her good graces and ‘access’. These jackwagons would have found themselves right at home in Vichy France.

        So, knowing that Pete’s got access to funds outside the state is welcome news. Having said all that, I committed to Doc early on and I can’t renege on that without feeling like I’ve broken my word and bond. But again, if Doc’s not the man, Pete will have my full-throated support.

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