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02/09/2010 12:52 AM ID: 82819 Permalink   

Vietnam Veteran and Outspoken Representative John Murtha Dies

 

John Murtha died from complications of gallbladder surgery today at the age of 77. Hospital staff from Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington have reported that his family was at his bedside when he died.

The former Marine was elected in 1974 and for most of career was seen as a voice for the Veterans for many years, respected by both Democrats and Republicans when it came to military issues. This changed when he opposed the Iraq War.

He did have some questionable dealings while serving and stuck up for earmarks, saying that they benefited his constituents. He had also written a book detailing his life, entitled "From Vietnam to 9/11."

 
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  Very sad  
 
He had his slip-ups like we all do, but overall he led the life of an honorable man. Murtha truly served his country, in just about every possible way.
 
  by: Ben_Reilly     02/09/2010 04:39 AM     
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Go to God, John. You are a true hero.
 
  by: Lurker     02/09/2010 05:23 AM     
  #Ben  
 
which slip ups?
 
  by: kmazzawi     02/09/2010 10:19 AM     
  Personally I despise  
 
how we allow people to serve in the legislature for the amount of time he did... We seriously need term limits on all legislative positions. Professional politicians are part of the problem and are a sure sign of a ruling oligarchy within our system.
 
  by: slavefortheman     02/09/2010 05:30 PM     
  @kmazzawi, slave  
 
@km -- I thought he´d had some iffy financial dealings, but I´m not certain and don´t take my word for it.

@slave -- Did Murtha do his job well? Yes, he did -- his employers, the taxpayers in his district, felt he represented them well in the U.S. Congress, which was his job. That´s why they kept sending him back.

Murtha should have been proud that his constituents put him in office time and time again. Let´s see if people like Scott Brown, elected largely on the strength of millions of dollars of teabagger money from all 50 states, can replicate Murtha´s accomplishment.
 
  by: Ben_Reilly     02/09/2010 07:34 PM     
  @Ben_Reily  
 
I know where you stand on a lot of things, but really? If a Democrat is elected to office then he´s doing a wonderful job, but if a Republican gets elected, it must have been because of massive donations from a single organization? Hahaha. Can you post something a little more realistic next time?
 
  by: WillyMaykett   02/09/2010 10:51 PM     
  @Ben_Reilly  
 
I dont care if he did a ding-dang-diddly-fantastic job and did it while wearing bunny slippers.

That fact of the matter is, we have lifetime positions essentially and it is disgusting. This is not the Roman Senate. This is the US. We are essentially opening the doors to oligarchs by allowing people to stay in these positions for this long of a time.

We need term limits on all legislative positions that are subject to elections.

Add to this, the fact that businesses are now going to be fully invested in elections, we cannot consider this a democratic system whatsoever. Lifelong masters that answer to no one but corporations is what we have. Democracy indeed. This is an oligarchy of businessmen, plain and simple. The peoples vote no longer matters.
 
  by: slavefortheman     02/10/2010 05:23 PM     
 
 
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