One way of the Democrats fighting the relentless Republican attacks that they don't understand how to be tough is to have politicians like Jim Webb, a decorated Vietnam vet, get up on stage and explain to them what true bravery and sacrifice actually means. In a pretty devastating attack on Romney's '47%' speech that labeled almost half of Americans 'Takers', Webb framed the statements in the context of those who serve in the military and take veterans benefits. He said:
Those young Marines that I led have grown older now. They've lived lives of courage, both in combat and after their return, where many of them were derided by their own peers for having served. That was a long time ago. They are not bitter. They know what they did. But in receiving veterans' benefits, they are not takers. They were givers, in the ultimate sense of that word. There is a saying among war veterans: "All gave some, some gave all." This is not a culture of dependency. It is a part of a long tradition that gave this country its freedom and independence. They paid, some with their lives, some through wounds and disabilities, some through their emotional scars, some through the lost opportunities and delayed entry into civilian careers which had already begun for many of their peers who did not serve.
Webb is a pretty fierce orator and he clearly prides himself on his service for his nation. This is something the Republicans cannot take away from him given most of the prominent GOPers not only didn't serve their country, but actively ran away from it. Check out Webb's speech below - it's pretty damn effective: