This is a post I was trying to get up earlier this week when my blog started to not recognize me and and have the twitches.
One thing packing up a house is it gives you is plenty of time to think. It’s pretty mindless work: Pick up. Wrap. Put in box. So most of my day is now mindless, except when I get distracted by the memories attached to something I’m wrapping up. (Photos and cards are the worst. They can really set me back a good bit of time as I have to look at them all.) But for the most part it’s Pick up. Wrap. Put in box. Repeat. I usually have my laptop nearby so I can catch up on the talk radio shows of my favorite
rightwing fascist radio hosts, which include Andrea Shea King, Kit Jarrell, the Townhall crew and Troop Talk Radio. Mark Levin rants are the best. Gets the blood pumping and the boxes fill fast.
And in the evening I try to get caught up on the political and milblogs. Sometimes I check in with our local community channel to see what the socialists and anti-military folks are spouting as fact. Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! is really big here.
Then there’s ‘Voices of the Village’. This week, they had a show on the
evil war machine military recruiting. Louis LaFortune (of Bush Impeachment and friend of Code Pink etc.) was the moderator. The other guests were Sherri Conable of Code Pink, Robert Zabala (ex-Marine and Conscientious Objecter) and Joe Williams, a counselor for the GI Rights Hotline. There was a taped interview with one of my favorite Army recruiters. LaFortune prefaced it by saying that Sgt. B was supposed to be there but at the last minute he was unable to make it.
(I talked to Sgt. B the next day and he told me that he wasn’t called to let him know the when and the where to show up for the show. Hmmmm) They showed about 6 minutes of the interview with Sgt. B, carefully edited to make him look like a killer, mostly snippets of his speaking about wanting to be in Iraq and fighting the bad guys instead of recruiting and about the soldiers being killed there. The next 50 minutes were spent talking about the evils of recruiting and how the “War Machine” is sucking in our young people to fight an “illegal war based on lies” and that recruiters lie, lie lie to get the bodies needed to fight this “illegal war”. The moderator didn’t confront any of their statements or ask for resources to back up any of their “facts”. Also was brought up was the “Green Card Army” and how the military is “a form of slavery”. Enslavement, I kid you not.
Sherri Conable kept holding up a sign (the pinkers are really big on signs) inviting everyone to come to their “peace vigil” in front of the Recruiting Station to be held today. (Guess where I’m going to be today at noon.)
Well, I was spitting mad by the end of the show and then I realized that they didn’t have a soldier who was happy with his or her decision to join the military or a parent of a soldier who supports their soldier and the mission. So much for ‘voices from the village’.
But that’s how things work here. Dissent is a one way street. The deck is always stacked against the military.
See, not everyone is like that here ~ there are people who care about the troops. Not many, but they are out there. And they quietly go about it. Yet, their voices are drowned out or ignored by the likes of the panelists on Voices. This is another thing that irritates the hell out of me here – speaking up loud and clear is frowned upon. Passivity rules. Confrontation is only acceptable for the loons. But then they outnumber us by a vast majority.
Yesterday I had a sweet woman call me (who I had given my card to at the Flag Day event the recruiters and the Red Cross put on every year) and she apologized for not getting back to me sooner about sending packages to the troops. She said that they had just found out that her husband has cancer and they had been dealing with that. But she still wanted information on how to send care packages. (please say a prayer for her husband and her ~ they find out the details about the cancer today.)
I wonder how many care packages Pinker Sherri has sent to the troops she professes to care so much about.
And Scotts Valley is having a “Support the Troops” float in their parade and I hooked up one of my Army families to ride on it. I have the Marine recruiter on this too. And I’ll be talking to the Navy and Air Force today. Other families are very hesitant to participate for various reasons.
I was thinking about all this as I was packing and the thought came to me that as much as I dislike it here because of the anti-everything-especially-the -military attitudes, it’s really hard for me to let go. I feel like I’m leaving my post in the middle of the fight. My husband tells me to nevermind – I’ve done quite a bit already, though he does understand my position. (He’s the same way ~ finish what you start.)
Fortunately, my goodest friend here, MaryKay, is of like mind, very energetic and will be keeping the flame lit for the troops and families.
It’s still hard though.
Which brings me to this post from Gathering of Eagles:
Daily Contemplation: What if?
Posted in Daily Contemplation by Gabi on June 21, 2007
(Sent with Author’s permission)
The speech George W. Bush SHOULD give:
Normally, I start these things out by saying “My Fellow Americans.” Not doing it this time. If the polls are any indication, I don’t know who more than half of you are anymore. I do know something terrible has happened, and that you’re really not fellow Americans any longer.
I’ll cut right to the chase here: I quit. Now before anyone gets all in a lather about me quitting to avoid impeachment, or to avoid prosecution or something, let me assure you: there’s been no breaking of laws or impeachable offenses in this office.
The reason I’m quitting is simple. I’m fed up with you people. I’m fed up because you have no understanding of what’s really going on in the world or of what’s going on in this once-great nation of ours. And the majority of you are too damned lazy to do your homework and figure it out.
Let’s start local. You’ve been sold a bill of goods by politicians and the news media. Polls show that the majority of you think the economy is in the tank. And that’s despite record numbers of homeowners including record numbers of MINORITY homeowners. And while we’re mentioning minorities, I’ll point out that minority business ownership is at an all-time high. Our unemployment rate is as low as it ever was during the Clinton Administration. I’ve mentioned all those things before, but it doesn’t seem to have sunk in.
Despite the shock to our economy of 9/11, the stock market has rebounded to record levels and more Americans than ever are participating in these markets. Meanwhile, all you can do is whine about gas prices, and most of you are too damn stupid to realize that gas prices are high because there’s increased demand in other parts of the world, and because a small handful of noisy idiots are more worried about polar bears and beachfront property than your economic security.
We face real threats in the world. Don’t give me this “blood for oil” thing. If I was trading blood for oil I would’ve already seized Iraq’s oil fields and let the rest of the country go to hell. And don’t give me this ‘Bush Lied People Died’ crap either. If I was the liar you morons take me for, I could’ve easily had chemical weapons planted in Iraq so they could be ‘discovered.’ Instead, I owned up to the fact that the intelligence was faulty. Let me remind you that the rest of the world thought Saddam had the goods, same as me. Let me also remind you that regime change in Iraq was official US policy before I came into office. Some guy named ‘Clinton’ established that policy. Bet you didn’t know that, did you?
You need to understand that we face a unique enemy. Back during the cold war, there were two major competing political and economic models squaring off. We won that war, but we did so because fundamentally, the Communists wanted to survive, just as we do. We were simply able to outspend and out-tech them.
That’s not the case this time. The soldiers of our new enemy don’t care if they survive. In fact, they want to die. That’d be fine, as long as they weren’t also committed to taking as many of you with them as they can. But they are. They want to kill you. And the bastards are all over the globe.
You should be grateful that they haven’t gotten any more of us here in the United States since September 11. But you’re not. That’s because you’ve got no idea how hard a small number of intelligence, military, law enforcement and homeland security people have worked to make sure of that. When this whole mess started, I warned you that this would be a long and difficult fight. I’m disappointed how many of you people think a long and difficult fight amounts to a single season of ‘Survivor’.
Instead, you’ve grown impatient. You’re incapable of seeing things through the long lens of history, the way our enemies do. You think that wars should last a few months, a few years, tops.
Making matters worse, you actively support those who help the enemy. Every time you buy the New York Times, every time you send a donation to a cut-and-run Democrat’s political campaign, well, dammit, you might just as well Fedex a grenade launcher to a Jihadist. It amounts to the same thing.
In this day and age, it’s easy enough to find the truth. It’s all over the Internet. It just isn’t on the pages of the New York Times or on NBC News. But even if it were, I doubt you’d be any smarter. Most of you would rather watch American Idol.
I could say more about your expectations that the government will always be there to bail you out, even if you’re too stupid to leave a city that’s below sea level and has a hurricane approaching. I could say more about your insane belief that government, not your own wallet, is where the money comes from. But I’ve come to the conclusion that were I to do so, it would sail right over your heads.
So I quit. I’m going back to Crawford. I’ve got an energy-efficient house down there (Al Gore could only dream) and the capability to be fully self-sufficient. No one ever heard of Crawford before I got elected, and as soon as I’m done here pretty much no one will ever hear of it again. Maybe I’ll be lucky enough to die of old age before the last pillars of America fall.
Oh, and by the way, Cheney’s quitting too. That means the smiling, vacuous nitwit Pelosi is your new President. You asked for it. Watch what she does carefully, because I still have a glimmer of hope that there’re just enough of you remaining who are smart enough to turn this thing around in 2008.
So that’s it. God bless what’s left of America. Some of you know what I mean. The rest have stopped reading by now.
If George W. Bush were to give this speech and this became our reality, do you realize then that 3,961 soldiers will have perished in vain? Since March 2003 the USA has seen more than 3,900 servicemen and servicewomen give their lives in both Afghanistan and Iraq.
Now you tell me, what would Pelosi do to honor them?
(speech crossposted at Hello Iraq)
Then we have this ~ From a Republican!
Monday, June 25, 2007
“…The prospects that the current “surge” strategy will succeed in the way originally envisioned by the President are very limited within the short period framed by our own domestic political debate. And the strident, polarized nature of that debate increases the risk that our involvement in Iraq will end in a poorly planned withdrawal that undercuts our vital interests in the Middle East. Unless we recalibrate our strategy in Iraq to fit our domestic political conditions and the broader needs of U.S. national security, we risk foreign policy failures that could greatly diminish our influence in the region and the world….”
And this ~
Tuesday, June 26, 2007 ~ LGF
The battle against the Taliban in Afghanistan is usually supported even by the looniest of the loony left; but far-left pacifist Democrat Neil Abercrombie (who heads an armed services subcommittee in charge of appropriations—yes, really) thinks it’s time to Cut and Run.
JD Pendry seems to be as angry and frustrated as I am, but writes so much better than I do.
Well, I have to go put on my Army Mom battle rattle and get ready to head down to the recruiting station and stand with my boys. Maybe I’ll make a sign of my own.