Did Mitt Romney Kill Leola Anderson in 1968 Car Crash? We Examine the Conspiracy Theories (PHOTOS)

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Andre Salarnier




Did you hear about that fatal car crash Mitt Romney was in? The incident happened in France in June 1968, when Romney was serving as a Mormon missionary. It made the U.S. papers in 2007, but considering that the man is running for president, it's surprising that the story has been discussed so little in the current mainstream media. 

Now, just following Romney's swing through Florida, some conspiracy theorists are emerging and making major allegations: that Romney may have been at fault in the car accident that killed Leola Anderson and that reporters have been duped into glossing it over. 

Sound crazy? Hey, in a world in which presidential candidates have been known to hide their New Age mistresses and secret love babies, no rumor should go unchecked. 

People close to Romney -- including the dead woman's son -- have asserted he was not responsible for the crash, but the incident is old and murky enough that questions surrounding it could fuel anyone who wants to paint Romney as an entitled rich kid who escaped punishment. (Remember the gay bullying incident?) 

We combed through both internet rumors and published reports to sort fact from fiction. Here's what we found: 


Boston Globe reporter Michael Kranish is credited with first bringing the incident to light in a 2007 article. We could not find a link to the original article, but he retells the story in his book The Real Romney, cowritten with Scott Helman. The book describes how Romney was driving with his then-supervisor, mission President Duane Anderson, and Anderson's wife, Leola, in the front seat of a Citroen DS. He also had three passengers, fellow Mormons, in the back. 

The book asserts that "a Catholic priest in a Mercedes passed a truck at high speed, missed a curve near a post office, and smashed nearly head-on into their car." The book gives no attribution for this information but quotes Romney saying, "It happened so quickly that as I recall, there was no honking and no braking." Romney said he barely remembered the crash and woke up in the hospital. Passenger Suzanne Farel, who was in the back seat, is credited as saying that "they were driving slowly but the other car had come at them in a flash."  

A Washington Post story by Eli Saslow from 2007 included even more description: "Anderson was dressed in a dark business suit, and Leola wore high-heeled shoes, a white dress and a glimmering necklace with pearl-like beads." Yet the story does not clearly explain who provided these colorful details. 

According to the Post story, "a car heading north at about 60 mph missed a curve, barrelled over a hill and veered into Romney's southbound lane." It says the police officer who responded to the scene "found pearl-like beads scattered across the road." He thought Romney was dead and wrote "il est mort" in his passport. 

From the story: "During those first few days after the crash, Romney grieved Leola's death much more visibly than Anderson, visitors said."  

The New York Times went digging. Its 2007 story says that Romney had "six people in a car that would comfortably seat five."

The Times reporter, Michael Paulson, pulled up an article that had appeared in French newspaper Sud Ouest after the crash. It stated that the driver of the oncoming car was a 46-year-old named Albert Marie, from Sireuil, who was believed to be a Catholic priest.

Paulson's story suggested that by 2007, the priest had since died and that the two passengers who had been in his car could not be located. Paulson wrote that "a priest at the parish in Sireuil confirmed that the church's former pastor, now deceased, was Albert Marie." The rumor among Mormons was that the priest had been drunk, but Paulson could not confirm that. In the intervening years, Leola Anderson's son had become a friend of Romney's and asserted, "Mitt was not in any way at fault."

By then, any official accounts of the incident had disappeared.

From the Times story:
In one of three recent interviews about the accident, Romney said he believes there was a criminal proceeding against Marie, and that he recalls filling out an affidavit about the accident. His spokesman, Eric Fehrnstrom, said in an e-mail, "the governor does not have any records from the court case against the driver of the other car in the accident in France." At the local police station in Bazas, officials said they do not have any records because they routinely destroy all documents after 10 years.
Now, the conspiracy theories are coming out.

Last month, a post by someone named "bontemps2012" on the liberal website Daily Kos alleged that Romney caused the crash and that he "recruited a small group of other missionaries to help him put the blame over on the other driver." The post claims that Romney was under pressure to be seen as squeaky-clean because his father was running for president at the time. It uses images from Google maps to show the curve where the crash ostensibly happened.

Yesterday, a (very amateur-looking) website by Joseph Cannon called Cannonfire contains another post that makes this storier even curiouser. It contradicts the New York Times story and says the priest from the other car is not dead -- he's alive and kicking at 90 years old. From that piece:

For what it's worth, the "priest" was then, and is now, a bishop; his name is not Albert Marie. Although Mitt Romney spoke French well, he apparently didn't understand how nomenclature works in France: The final part of a male first name may be a traditionally female name, attached with a hyphen -- and in religious families, that name is usually Marie. As it happens, the full name of the man Romney hit is Jean-Félix-Albert-Marie Vilnet. Bishop Vilnet, who was at the Second Vatican Council, is still alive at the age of 90.

In January, London's Daily Mail newspaper ran a set of pictures from the 1968 crash scene and the hospital. They were taken by Andre Salarnier. 

In March, French newspaper Le Monde found Salarnier and his wife. The article calls them "French Mormons who often cooked 'coq au vin' and mushroom-stuffed crepes for the young Romney" and says "they received several emails from the candidate's entourage asking them to no longer speak to reporters about the 1968 accident."

The 2007 New York Times story says that only three people who were in Romney's car during the accident are still alive: Romney, Suzanne Farel, and David Wood. 

Reuters article from November 2011 found Farel, 87 and living in France. This article says Farel "still remembers the other car suddenly appearing in their lane. Witnesses at the time said the other driver, a priest who had been drinking, had just passed another car and was undeniably at fault." But this article does not name the other witnesses. 

The 2007 New York Times story said that Wood "believes he received a settlement from the Mercedes driver after the accident; Romney has no such recollection." New Times located and called Wood, but he had not returned our call at presstime.

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According to Wikipedia, Bishop Vilnet, pictured left, retired in 1998. 

The Daily Kos post encourages people to look at Salamier's pictures and compare the hospital picture that is labeled as Duane Anderson. It contends this is actually mislabled; that the image is of Bishop Vilnet (pictured more recently at left), and that this proves Vilnet was the driver of the oncoming car.

IMore similar images from Salarnier appear here.


Conspiracy theorists are debating the whole thing here

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Google Maps 
We looked at the geography. Wikipedia says Bishop Vilnet was "appointed bishop of the Diocese of Saint-Dié on September 24, 1964" and transferred to Lille in 1983. Saint-Die is in the northeast of France. Lille is in the north. And Sireuil... is in the southwest. All three cities are plotted on the map at left.

We emailed and called Florida representatives of the Romney campaign late Tuesday. No one had replied at presstime. 

News database Lexis-Nexis contained only 66 mentions of the names "Leola" and "Romney" -- and some of those were about Bobby Brown's ex-wife.

Sigh... It's times like these that we wish we had opened that darned satellite bureau in Bordeaux. 




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bontemps2012
bontemps2012

Additional evidence has surfaced from the archive of the H. Duane and Leola Anderson family. Mitt Romney and his supporters claimed to Kranish and Helman for their biography (and to other press) that he had been in a coma for two days and that police had written "Il est morte" in his passport.

 

-- farm9.staticflickr.com/8317/7939380748_50ef47aac8_b.jpg

 

Ogden Standard-Examiner for Monday, June 17th 1968 prints a direct report from Andre Salarnier, their stringer in Bordeaux, that depicts Mitt Romney as suffering "minor head injuries" with expectation that he would be released after two days.

 

The serious injury was to ligaments of his right elbow. hardly life threatening -- the head injuries were "strawberries" treated with antibacterial ointment.

 

-- www.france-amerique.com/articles/images/2011/08/11466-11314.main_p.jpg

 

At this point we have to ask whether this Mitt Romney is another Tom Eagleton, the senator who was vice presidential nominee with McGovern for 18 days in 1972. Eagleton had suffered Major Depression with electroconvulsive treatment in the 1960s. Mitt Romney is a dedicated fabulist, a man who has invented false history for himself. He is similar to the creeps who claim to have been combat heroes in Iraq or Afghanistan or Vietnam but never left the states.

 

Eagleton sought and received medical treatment. Romney found the Republican Party of Fox and Limbaugh where compulsive lying is not a recognized mental disorder.

bontemps2012
bontemps2012

There are two pieces of evidence that set aside the Romney team's effort at blaming the other driver: First, the Salarnier pic of Bishop Jean Vilnet from the Bazas hospital after the accident:

 

-- sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/317947_373775036010356_1525983227_n.jpg

 

This was mislabeled as Mr. Anderson, Leola's husband, at boston.com in their Kranish and Helman series. Mr. Anderson suffered eight broken ribs and more. There is no confusing the two men. Here is the accident site from above and driving in from the south like Romney coming back to Bordeaux from Pau (plus two concrete traffic separators added later.) The two-story building on the right is the Beaulac post office.

 

-- sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc6/250931_373787562675770_1177813352_n.jpg 

 

-- sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/s720x720/577517_369576219763571_284653415_n.jpg

 

Romney in hospital was certainly not a "coma" patient. He might have suffered a concussion when he was ejected from the Citroen DS. But no coma.  That is fundamentally impossible as this is not an ICU but rather the lowest level of patient care, a common ward.

 

-- www.france-amerique.com/articles/images/2011/08/11466-11314.main_p.jpg

 

"La dame est morte" was a likely entry in Mrs. Leola Anderson's passport. That entry would have been made and stamped by either a medical examiner or a coroner."Il est morte" for Romney is all but impossible. The lie was constructed for the Romney and Anderson families; seeing it alive 44 years later bespeaks Mitt Romney's devotion to ambition.

 

The biggest story in this is that the Republicans don't seem to know how to check people out for employment to top management positions. Not Cheney. Not Palin. Not Romney. Of the three, Sarah "Barracuda" Palin is demonstrably the most honest, sanest and the least destructive.

Aries419
Aries419

@stefsstuff So was Laura Bush when she was young. Not in France

SusanDKH
SusanDKH

@stefsstuff Oh, don't forget about #POSh*tMitt investing in "troubled teen schools"(AKA tourture centers)! See #opliberation @opliberation1

rabbipedro
rabbipedro

What they failed to mention is that Romney had a dog strapped to the roof f the car.

tlunrine
tlunrine

Well from the picture, it SURE does appear that Romney WAS driving at a slow rate of SPEED.

 

Slow is based on perception.  To a turtle - 5 mph is fast.  To a fighter pilot - taxi speed.

Native
Native

This is only fair given the extensive scrutiny of Obama's mystery years by the media.  Oh wait, never mind.

OO7AAA
OO7AAA

  people like romney were not called "draft dodgers" back in the 60's, that was term used for those men, who had gotten an induction notice, and chose to take the political asylum that canada, and most european countries were offering them, (in sweden that included free education and a living stipend for the first 2 years) rather than follow a drunken nut job like lbj, in an shamefull meaningless slaughter of innocent vietnamese.

   romney was a "chickenhawk" , like geo bush, one who openly supported the war, but made sure that they never got into "harms way".

  very few people who enlisted (volunteered) did so out of patriotism, men enlisted because they  were probably going to be drafted soon, and by enlisting they had some control over their fate, as to what branch they were going into and what kind of training they would get.

  it's ROMNEY that has brought up the french accident up, in the the book "the real romney"  and a Parade magazine article, both published this year, romney talks about the accident as a "turning point" in his life and implies that the other, french, driver was at fault. the accident took place at a intersection where it is 2 lanes southbound, and only one lane north, romney was driving north, it was a head-on collision, you do the math.

  right after the accident romney could have easily been confused about what happened, if he hasn't figured the truth out by now, he is an idiot. most likely he figured the truth a while ago, and just hoped he could brush it under the rug.

  that calls into question his character and integrity which makes it fair game.

patrick.gentry1986
patrick.gentry1986

Really, I mean really, is this the low that the liberal run media has to sink to? I mean come on a car crash that happened almost 40 years ago!?!?!? It was an accident they happen and they are tragic but believe me if the French had any idea that Romney's negligence caused the accident they would of pressed charges or forced him to leave France. Instead an accident happened, they happen every day and sometimes life is lost. I am sure the Mitt has had to deal with the guilt of this accident it killed the wife of his Mission President, why dig up old ghosts like that? Is your King Obama really that terrified about losing that he feels he needs some dirt on a man that has none?

riverrat69
riverrat69 topcommenter

I'm tired of all the unsubstantiated conspiracy theory bullshit from both sides. But here is a fact. Mittens went to France as a Mormon Missionary during the Viet Nam War that he supported. He used that excuse to eat quiche and drink bordeaux as he dodged the draft. He now supports starting a war with Iran. If he's elected, I can bet none of his five son's will be in spitting distance of a recruiting office. The man is a hypocrite of the first order. And not only about this.

stefsstuff
stefsstuff

@Aries419 I remember that story but not this one about #Mittens.Honestly,maybe he wasn't at fault,but he's cried wolf 1 2 many times.

djchris3861
djchris3861

@OO7AAA My father was already in; enlisted on his 17th birthday, 12/05/41, career Navy. He said he had no problem with Clinton, and had wondered "why are we here"? during Vietnam. Note, Clinton gave up an EARNED exemption when he protested;  Cheney and Bush did everything but commit armed robbery to be exempt EVERY YEAR. 

tlunrine
tlunrine

 @OO7AAA

 So what word would you prefer to 'strategic draft dodgers?"  Those who manipulate the system to avoid the draft for multiple years.

 

A rose by any other name is still a draft dodger.

 

But I respect the Canadian draft dodgers.  They were willing to leave the U.S. forever, to be branded criminals, to refuse to fight in a war they didn't agree with.  Not knowing they would be pardoned by a future president.  But ROMNEY, push for the war, make money off stocks in the war industry, but DODGE the war.

 

Cowards. And then as a WHITE MORMON he had the priviledge of dodging the war in France that was not offered to BLACK MORMON men - who were discriminated against by Romney and the Mormons by withholding the priesthood, and thereby not being qualified for Minister of Religion deferments.  Must be the crossless KKK chapter in Utah.

patrick.gentry1986
patrick.gentry1986

Head on means someone was in the wrong lane, are you insinuating that Romeny et al were in the wrong lane and somehow bought off the French police for nearly killing a French Priest? Now that is a great fairy tale to me, the priest was at fault but seeing he is a french clergy man of the catholic faith, in a still very catholic France at the time they would never press charges for drunk driving or vehicular homicide. The Priest is the one the Police were protecting NOT Mitt they cared about him so much they assumed he was dead and walked away instead of getting him needed medical attention.

davidread715
davidread715

 @patrick.gentry1986 No, this isn't the low the liberal media has sunk to. There are still ninety days or so left until the election; Obozo and his smear merchants (and their toadies like the Daily KOokS) have only begun to fling the excrement. It's pure Chicago-style dirty politics - win at any cost, no matter how despicable.

riverrat69
riverrat69 topcommenter

 @patrick.gentry1986I don't give a shit if Mittens had an accident in France. What he did have was a great life eating quiche and sipping bordeaux while dodging the draft. He supported the war he was afraid to fight. Try getting your dumb teabag head around the word HYPOCRISY.

 

PhilSranker
PhilSranker

 @riverrat69 ...you're an idiot. You claim that you're tired of conspiracy theories from both sides, then you unsubstantially claim that Romney used France as an "excuse". I repeat, you're an idiot.

patrick.gentry1986
patrick.gentry1986

@tlunrine I guess English is your second language? You cannot dodge a draft unless you are drafted in the first place. Also FYI for the ignorant and bigoted, white and black LDS members fought in Vietnam. It seems you have the illusion that only black LDS served in the Vietnam conflict.

bontemps2012
bontemps2012

 @patrick.gentry1986  -- French police on the scene might well have believed that Mrs. Anderson had been the driver. She was still in the car while Mr. Romney had been ejected onto the roadway. There was no formal follow-up and we know that Mitt Romney was never questioned.

 

Ambassador Sargent Shriver drove down to Bazas and visited Mitt Romney in the Bazas hospital. Shriver was a close friend with George Romney back when party labels meant very little indeed.

 

Either way, the French at Bazas had little reason to refer the accident to national police for a criminal investigation. we know with certainty that that did not happen. The 21-year old misread the roadway. He was not speeding. For the French that is not criminal behavior, not then and not today. No one ever blamed Bishop Jean Vilnet for the accident -- it happened in his southbound Left Turn lane. ("Defamation" and "conspiracy" for the lies in Mitt Romney's "drunk priest" tale are another matter. Today the French and the Roman Catholic Church have been told all about it.)

davidread715
davidread715

 @riverrat69 Your ignorance, particularly about Mormons, is nearly as stunning as your irrational bigoted hatred.

News flash: Mormons don't drink alcohol, so Mitt wasn't "sipping bordeaux" while in France.

riverrat69
riverrat69 topcommenter

 @PhilSranker

 You moron. It's a fact jack. All you teabag ignorant hypocrites have a real trouble with facts. Fact...

Mittens dodged the draft while supporting the War. There is no conspiracy. Go refresh your stultified mind as to what it means.

bontemps2012
bontemps2012

 @patrick.gentry1986  @tlunrine Dick Cheney scammed his way to two of his five deferrals.

 

King Chicken Hawk !!And yes, that counts as draft dodging.

 

Meanwhile Bill Clinton stood for the draft and got a high number in the lottery -- # 311. It's easy to look up. When you're 311/365 there's no way "draft dodger" is in the mix.

 

But you'll still hear wingnuts carrying on that Clinton was a draft dodger. Same crew as the "Birthers."

tlunrine
tlunrine

 @patrick.gentry1986  @tlunrine

 Mormons are cowards - they only like to shoot unarmed civilian men, women, and children.  Like Romney's namesakes involved in Mountain Meadows.  But why split straws - all Mormons are cowards.

tlunrine
tlunrine

 @patrick.gentry1986  @tlunrine

 Maybe if Mormons invested in dictionaries, not written by BYU 'professors' you could not be so uneducated:

 

dodge /däj / Verb:Avoid (someone or something) by a sudden quick movement:  "we ducked inside our doorway to dodge shrapnel that was raining down".

 

Noun :A sudden quick movement to avoid someone or something.

Synonyms:verb.  evade - elude - avoid - shirknoun.  trick - ruse - artifice - evasion

 

As for White Mormons in Vietnam - they had a choice not offered to black Mormon men, the deferment for minister of religion.  Discrimination that resulted in death of blacks who might have wanted to go to France to knock on doors, but Romney says hey man,you're not white enough - that is BIGOTED Mormon boy.

tlunrine
tlunrine

 @davidread715

 Joseph Smith 'revealed' the Word of Wisdom and was seen in the streets of Nauvoo on horseback smoking cigars and drinking alcohol in town too.

 

That comes from contemporary writers in Nauvoo at his time.

 

So we see with Romney gets his hypocrisy of do as we say, not as we do.

 

Yes, there are Mormons who drink, Mormons who smoke, Mormons who cheat on their wives.  Just because you are Mormons don't mean you are GODS yet.

 

Human fraility and humility.

riverrat69
riverrat69 topcommenter

 @davidread715

 Oh I'm sorry.  So what. He was sucking down lemonade. He still dodged the draft while supporting the war. You teabggers can't ever get a handle on the word HYPOCRITE.  I don't know why, since it's in your DNA.

tlunrine
tlunrine

 @patrick.gentry1986  @riverrat69

 Well it was convenience that Mitt picked Missionary over Draft. After quiting Stanford, Daddy called him a fool, because that automatically placed him back into the draft, and another education deferment isn't automatic from quitting one school - just because Ann was too far from California and he frequently left Stanford to go see his trim in Maine.

 

So Daddy got him a missionary deferment - after all he was WHITE and MORMON and connected - so he was able to secure on the two missionary deferments available per ward per year under the quota system.

 

I'd like to see his Ward roster, where he claims there weren't others qualified for Missionary service, so Daddy's influence wasn't needed to win the MORMON DRAFT>

bontemps2012
bontemps2012

 @tlunrine  @patrick.gentry1986  @smdrpepper  Blacks stood for the draft lottery same as whites.

 

If you were born on the same day as Bill Clinton and stood for the draft in the same year as Bill Clinton, then you got # 311 same as Bill Clinton.

 

There was some fairness to it. Not much, admittedly.

 

Wallace Terry's book "Bloods" is so good at conveying what happened to Blacks in Vietnam that in places it is all but unreadable. "Bloods" is oral history and in those places it mirrors utter savagery. He took many years getting these stories down. Terry's very precision makes it as though Emily Dickinson reported on Hell.

tlunrine
tlunrine

 @patrick.gentry1986  @tlunrine

 The point you are avoid is that the White Ruling Mormon Men thought so little of black men that the White Mormons could get deferments from war to minister - but the 'darkies' in the words of a former mormon prophet, had no option for a deferment.

 

Whites like Mitt were worth more than Black mormons.  Blacks could not be priests, could not go to the temple - but send them darkies to war.

 

Still amazing the small percentage of african american students enrolled in BYU, even though Africa is well represented in your membership ranks.  Black money is OK.  Mormons just don't want to see them though.

 

Since 1978 still NOT ONE black Apostle?  Not even one black mormon male is smart enough, wealthy enough, WHITE enough to be an Apostle.

tlunrine
tlunrine

 @smdrpepper

 Convenient as well that it got horny boy Mitt away from Ann.  He left Stanford on many occasions to chase Ann's tail, and I'm sure Mormon Daddy was upset and worried that Mitt would soil his oats in a non-Mormon girl of an atheist father.  So send his overseas to calm down among the bordellos of France.

 

 

tlunrine
tlunrine

 @patrick.gentry1986  @tlunrine

Name one American war ANY Romney-clan has fought in, producing the documentation.  Romney's are cowards, Mormons by backing a coward show that Mormon accept cowardly behavior.

Much easier to kill unarmed men, women and children at Mountain Meadows.  (MY Lai must have been a Mormon inititative in Vietnam). 

riverrat69
riverrat69 topcommenter

 @patrick.gentry1986  @riverrat69

 Are you really this stupid?  You don't support a war you are afraid to fight. If you support the war, ENLIST.  He dodged the draft and supported the war he was afraid to fight.  Now he wants to start a war with Iran. Do yourself a favor and bone up on a little history. Go read some Thomas Paine. Then ask yourself if Mittens is a Sunshine Patriot.

patrick.gentry1986
patrick.gentry1986

@tlunrine Seeing that to be called as a missonary requires men one to hold the Melchidek or Aaronic Preisthood which was not available to black members at the time, you are correct that there was no black LDS missonaries in France during Vietnam. You are incorrect thought all it was only black LDS members fighting in Vietnam, both black and white LDS memebers served in Vietnam both voluntary and drafted. A mission lasts 2 years, Vietnam was a 8 year war, many return missonaries were drafted and/or volunteered to fight in Vietnam. As they had done in every conflict this nation has fought in since 1830, in fact over half of the current Apostleship are WWII veterans. Even if Mitt had never served a mission and had been eligible for the entire 4 years the US did a draft for Vietnam he still would of never been drafted anyway his birth date was never called.

tlunrine
tlunrine

 @patrick.gentry1986  @smdrpepper

 All WHITE Mormon men, this was pre-1978.  The Black Mormon men went to Vietnam if their daddy's didn't have money to send them to a university.

tlunrine
tlunrine

 @patrick.gentry1986  @riverrat69

 One of thousands of WHITE LDS missionaries.

 

The Black Mormon men went to the trenches. Mighty white of Romney to have blacks park his car, polish his shoes, mow his grass, and get shot at in Vietnam.

patrick.gentry1986
patrick.gentry1986

@smdrpepper Are you naturally that naive or did you have to get in depth training? 1) There is no convience in an LDS mission all young able bodied men of the LDS Church are expected to serve a 2 years mission for the Church. They save up since they get there first allowance to pay there own way for 2 years of full time missonary service without compensation. 2) French national?!?!?!?!?M?! Leloa Anderson was an American, she was in the same car Mitt Romeny was in, she was the wife of the then President of the Paris France Mission. She was killed by the priest whom crossed over into the northbound lane and struck the car Romney was driving head on. Where in your backwards thinking mind did you think a french national died? The only French national was the priest (supposedly drunk priest) whom killed Sister Anderson. And of course the French would never charge a French priest for killing an American woman while drunk driving.

smdrpepper
smdrpepper

 @patrick.gentry1986  @riverrat69 It is awfully convenient that Romney suddenly had to be in France to spread his mythology in a time of war.  Not to mention that his prominent and political father was there to grease the wheels.  The facts are there, he dodged the draft and while doing that ended up involved in the death of a french national.

patrick.gentry1986
patrick.gentry1986

@riverrat69 Romney was one of thousands of LDS missonaries that recieved a deferment to serve a full time mission, and I doubt he is the only one that supported or agreed with our war to keep South Vietnam free of communism. So are you saying that Mormons are hypocrites because they love God and obey his commandment to preach his Gospel to the world? That sounds hypocritical to me riverrat, and going even further what of the millions of American's that recieved educational deferments for attending college? Are you ready to denounce all them as hypocrites as well? Seems like someone is rushing to judgement, and ignoring the fact that Romeny was 1 of millions of youth at the time that "dodged" the draft. A draft that was small in scale in the first place and only lasted 4 years, unlike WWII where 2/3s of the combatants were conscripted (drafted) almost 70% of the combatants in the Vietnam conflict were volunteer, and Nixion moved to make the US military all volunteer in 1973 because it was 1) more cost effective and 2) the draft was severely unpopular dispite how little it was used compared to previous conflicts (what I call the spoiled brat syndrome, there fathers were drafted to fight Hitler did they want to fight and possibly die? No, but they loved there country and they had a duty to do, there spoiled brat children though pissed on our nation and complain about a significantly smaller draft that lasted only 4 years) Even IF Romney had not served a mission in France it is very remote he would of been called up for the draft his borthdate was never called in any of the 4 drafts done. Just like my father's birthdate was never called up, he joined the Army in 1976 after Vietnam ended is he a hypocrite too?

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