Tweet of the Day: In defaming disabled vet, liberal advocate invokes ‘white privilege’

Tweet of the Day: In defaming disabled vet, liberal advocate invokes ‘white privilege’
Greg Jacob (Source: C.J. Lin, Stars and Stripes)

The back story on this obscenity from the left is lengthy and can be read in its entirety at the Washington Free Beacon. The central figure in it is Army Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Gade, who was profiled by the New York Times last week for his iconoclastic view on disability pay for wounded veterans, which he views as a “perverse system of incentives that encourages them to choose, in effect, a sense of victimhood over an attitude of self-help.” It’s a controversial opinion, to be sure, and as the WFB notes:

Gade has credibility on this issue. He is the recipient of two Purple Hearts, which he earned in Iraq (along with the Bronze Star). The second of his injuries cost him a leg.

Obviously Gade has detractors, but a spokesman for one group on the left goes a tad overboard in his reaction to the colonel’s views. His names is Greg Jacob, and he is policy director at the Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN), whose stated “mission is to transform military culture by securing equal opportunity and freedom to serve without discrimination, harassment or assault; and to reform veterans’ services to ensure high quality health care and benefits.”

The name of the organization, which is distressingly similar to race hustler Al Shaprton’s National Action Network, and terms like equal opportunity should send up flares about its malafides.

Which brings us back to the tweet of the day, posted by Jacob and since, like the coward he is, deleted from his Twitter page. Luckily, others on the social network responded to his comment, which can still be viewed as a graphic file (which can be viewed here):

As WFB author Aaron MacLean explains:

A “bootstrapper,” for those not familiar with the lingo, is a term of abuse on the left, reserved for those who fail to check their privilege, and who believe, say, in the power of hard work. Never mind that the last thing that Gade is suggesting is that vets are “lazy moochers.” Also, if Gade were an African-American female, how would that change the discussion? Would Jacobs [sic] be less offended, or would he just have to retreat to more a more defensible position on the battlefield of identity politics, to avoid actually having to engage with the argument at hand?

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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