That being said, don't get the idea that it's all belly scratches, chocolate kisses, and rainbows for those of us who are serious about the chickenhawk meme. We do have to make a few sacrifices.
For example, since the President of the United States is Commander-In-Chief and may need to go to war, yet it's morally unacceptable for a chickenhawk to send us into battle, all of the candidates without military service should be disqualified -- which is a little embarrassing for Democrats since George W. Bush, who was mocked relentlessly for serving in the National Guard during the Vietnam War, at least served in the military, unlike all of the Democrats except for Chris Dodd and Mike Gravel. Democratic nominee, Chris Dodd? That doesn't have much of a ring to it, but if those of us who call people chickenhawks believe what we say, our choices on the Democratic side are very limited.
Also, we need to amend the Constitution so that only members of the military can vote or serve in office. After all, if we don't want chickenhawks -- like Bill Clinton -- making decisions about sending our troops into harm's way, the only way to make sure it doesn't happen is to require military service as a prerequisite for serving in office.
Admittedly, that will be tough for a lot of people making the chickenhawk argument since they're almost always on the Left and members of the military, as a general rule, tend to have much more in common politically with Michelle Malkin than Michael Moore, but sometimes you've got to take a hit for your principles, right?
I mean, most of the people making the chickenhawk argument aren't the sort of liberals who support keeping the ROTC off of college campuses, enjoy reading anti-military blogs like the Daily Kos, and then call people who disagree with them chickenhawks just to distract everyone from their contempt for the military -- are they?