We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I heard a couple of the Blumenthal sound bites. He clearly says "in Vietnam" as if he had served in-country.
I was on active duty shortly after Nam. There was a clear distinction between SE Asia vets (being Air Force, few had been in Vietnam itself) and those who had not been there. It's abs7rd to suggest that Blumenthal was fuzzy about whether he'd actually served in-country. So his public comments should always have been clear about service "during Vietname" or "in the Vietnam era". His reference to "when we came back" should have been to "when my comrades came back." Any way I turn his comments, they're lies.
Unfortunately, with Chris Dudd, his father Senator Tom, and Blumenthal, among other lying politicos from CT, I have no reply. Maybe it is the rocky soil. Maybe it is the salt put on the roads to melt snow, which finds its way into the aquifer. However, there are plenty of lying politicos all over, not just in the land of steady habits. Ex: John Kerry, who several times said he was in Cambodia during one Christmas- a lie that was "seared" into his memory.
BTW, neither Dodd nor Blumenthal would be considered Yankees in CT or in the rest of NE. There a Yankee is "old stock," such as the poorly-paid town official in my hometown who was the direct descendant of a revolutionary war hero. He was a down-to-earth sort, highly regarded by Yankees and non-Yankees of the town. Never lost an election. Most people in CT are not Yankees, using that definition. While I was not a Yankee, I never felt the worse for not being one. Saying you were Yankee was like saying you were Irish or Italian or Polish.