I received an email this morning from my brother M. In it, he spoke of the unfairness of lumping all Republican party members, including himself and our father, with Reprehensible Todd Akin. Before I address the topic, let me apprise you of who these men are :
My father spent twenty years in the U.S. Air Force, as pilot of multi-engine aircraft, including the KC-135 air-to-air refueler. He servedhis country honorably, and retired with the rank of Major and the wings of a Command Pilot. He flew the Caribou aircraft in the Viet Nam War, and was an instructor pilot for much of his service. Through him, I spent some of the best years of my life at Cigli Air Base, near Izmir, Turkey. My father holds a conservative view of politics and society, and is firm in his belief of what is best for America. My father’s Air Force career, and his life after retiring, have been unswerving in his loyalty to his country.
My brother M. joined the United States Navy after high school and a couple of years of college. He began as an enlisted man, and qualified for the training necessary to complete the requirements to become an officer. The Navy made it possible for him to return to college and he graduated with a degree in Physics. He served twenty years on nuclear submarines, and retired with the rank of Lieutenant Commander. Toward the end of his service, he represented the United States as liaison to the Canadian Submarine Service. He is still married to his high school sweetheart, L. Together, they’ve raised three beautiful children; the oldest has graduated from college, and the younger two have now graduated from high school. I am very proud to be their aunt. They are now living near Minneapolis/St. Paul in Minnesota.
M. pointed out, very kindly, that I lumped all Republicans in with Todd Akin, and thereby misrepresented millions of American Republican citizens.
He’s right — I did. I should not have lumped you all together. I apologize.