- Posted March 6, 2014 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
What Not to Say When Trying to Win Re-Election
In a recent interview with NBC News, Senator Mark Pryor made this statement about his opponent, decorated war veteran Tom Cotton.
“There’s a lot of people in the Senate that didn’t serve in the military. Obviously in the Senate we have all types of different people, all kinds of different folks that have come from all types of different background— and I think that’s part of that sense of entitlement that he gives off is that, almost like, I served my country, let me into the Senate. But that’s not how it works in Arkansas.”
As an Arkansan I am dumbfounded that he would make such a statement in such a tight election. Was he trying to alienate veterans? For those of you that don’t know much about Arkansas we have two active duty military installations, The Little Rock Air Force Base and the Pine Bluff Arsenal. As a veteran myself, I have to say I was a bit offended that he would insinuate that military service has nothing to do with politics. Tom Cotton was a boot on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan; seems to me he could bring with him a better understanding of what has really occurred there. Is it less valuable than a career politician that gets all his info second hand in a defense briefing?
To hear Senator Pryor’s statement one would think that the only accomplishment Tom Cotton can hang his hat on is his service to our country, but that is not the whole story. Tom Cotton did not graduate from the University of Arkansas as Senator Pryor did. Although the U of A is a good school, Tom Cotton took the Ivy League route and went to Harvard and then to Harvard Law School.
Tom Cotton was not the son of a career politician as is Mark Pryor, he was the son of a cattle farmer. I am partial to those since my husband is also the son of a cattle farmer. If you have never lived with someone that grew up on a farm you will not understand the value that comes from growing up on a farm.
Mark Pryor is a career politician and is the son of a career politician so I suppose I can see where his arrogance stems from. It appears he believes that only people that chose politics as their first career qualifies them for office. That attitude, in my opinion is a lot of what is wrong with our political system today. Political office is no longer strong men and women taking a break from their everyday life to serve their country in its time of need, but people who base a career on enjoying the power and prestige of political life.
Do you think what Mark Pryor said was insulting? Do you think that his career politician arrogance is showing? Or do you think he is the way the perfect man for the job?