(Right) Young Mitt Romney protesting against anti-war protesters while enrolled at Standford University. He supported the Vietnam War but ducked the draft with deferments, in the proud tradition of Dick Cheney, Rush Limbaugh, Newt Gingrich and quite a few other chicken hawks who supported that war and plague us with their patriotic hypocrisy today. But, wait, folks, it gets weirder:
In addition to the more bizarre behavior of Mitt Romney that has been well already publicized (such as the dog on the roof of the family car in the 1980's, or the hair-cutting/forced assault on a gay student at the Cranbrook Preparatory Academy in 1965 when he was a 17-year old hooligan,) we can now another eccentric and disturbing bit of weird and unsettling behavior to the would-be president---he was a cop impersonator.
From the article in The Daily Beast: "'One former classmate told the National Memo, "He (Romney) told us that he'd gotten the uniform from his father," then the governor of Michigan. "He told us he was using it to pull over drivers on the road. He also had a red flashing light that he would attach to the top of his white Rambler."
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I suspect, like the apparent gay-bashing incident, Mitt will only admit that it was some biit of tomfoolery that he doesn't remember but will apologize for anyway and dismiss rapidly as he can. The fact is "The Demon Barber of Cranbrook" was quite the bizarre lad. While at Stanford he picketed AGAINST an anti-Vietnam war demonstration in the Bay Area while at the same time drawing four deferments to prevent his going to fight the war he supported.
According to a book "The Real Romney" by two Boston Globe reporters, Scott Helman and Michael Karnish, Romney was upset that two dozen students had occupied a portion of the university administration offices. http://mije.org/richardprince/first-gay-president-mdash-not
"Mitt was incensed. Skipping his study discussion group for Western Civilization class, which was focusing that spring on the works of Lenin and Marx, Romney put on a blazer and attached a large sign to a pole: SPEAK OUT, DON'T SIT IN. Gene Tupper, a photographer who then worked for the Palo Alto Times, snapped an indelible image that showed Romney in his white shirt and dark jacket, thick hair sweeping over his forehead, appearing to lecture a protester as he brandished the sign.
"The picture ran the next day in the newspaper with a caption that read, 'Governor's son pickets the pickets. Mitt Romney, son of Michigan Gov. George Romney, was one of the pickets who supported the Stanford University administration today in opposition to sit-in demonstrators.' Mitt was at the forefront of a group of about 350 antiprotesters, who shouted at the antiwar group, 'Down with mob rule!' 'Out! Out!' and 'Reason, not coercion!' When a university official announced that students participating in the sit-in would be disciplined, Mitt shouted, 'Come out of the office and let school continue!. . .' "
Notice that Mitt was among 350 protesters against all of about 24 anti-war protesters. Surely, this was a profile in courage!