Military Families

I just spoke with a customer/friend of mine. Her husband is an Army officer. She said that on New Year's Eve a group of them were sitting around talking and they all agreed that Bush was the worst president in the history of the United States. They don't say it in public, but they talk about it together. Also, this morning I received an e-mail from another customer/friend. He husband is a USMA (West Point) graduate. He wants to get out of the Army. You know he can't just quit. The powers that be have to allow him to get out. I can remember when I first met him and he was all Army all the time. Things have changed in the military. In public they respect the president, but in private they are asking, "What the hell is he doing?"

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This is another one you've gotten us into Ollie....

Bush and his "misadministration" have bastardized everything that is good about America and the military is one of them. After 9/11, young men and women were proud to join up and serve, even those who had recently gotten out signed back up. Then, the real war on terror was an honorable goal. I saw Whoopie do a comedy piece once talking about this....I went to sleep when we went into Afghanistan, when I woke up, we were in Iran....WTF? Good Post Lovey...

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

How can we help?

I have lived most of my life in a military family. I lived on bases in DC, Norfolk, Long Beach (CA) and Jacksonville. So when I talk about how these families are responding to Bush's War, I feel like I have a well-informed soap-box.

Back during the Vietnam war, families of soldiers and Marines were literally up in arms. Their rebellion made a huge difference and helped speed the end of that particular episode of insanity.

Today's families haven't gotten to that point, and I honestly don't understand why. Maybe it's because the Bush propaganda machine has conflated being against this war with being unpatriotic. But whatever the reason, it's time for a change. It's time for those most affected by Bush's war to call bullshit.

Which leads me to this question: How can we help?

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Thomas: you have lots of experience with Marine families . . . can we get you thinking about this some?

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“Don't tell me what you value, show me your budget, and I'll tell you what you value.”
― Joe Biden

Can our wonderful Representative Brad Miller help on this?

He is accessible.....

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

I'm thinking more of encouraging families

to go public with their concerns. If they're willing to talk about it in line at the grocery store . . .

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“Don't tell me what you value, show me your budget, and I'll tell you what you value.”
― Joe Biden

Unfortunately...

The majority of families here are blinded by "patriotism" and can't see what's really happening.

The few that have major heartburn keep quiet because of concerns over the military member's careers...I've heard of more than a few Marines and Sailors being told to shut up and follow along or "face the repercussions."

Another big issue is that a lot of Marines and Sailors have already served and many know the wounded and dead. They're caught up in the "if we leave, Jimmy died for nothing" mindset.

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What have YOU done today to make the world a better place?

Sadly

Jimmy did die for nothing. The only question will be how many more Jimmy's have to die before they come to their senses.

I place a special burden of responsibility on the officer corps. When they stand silent in this debacle, they are guilty of the worst sort of abuse of power and duty.

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“Don't tell me what you value, show me your budget, and I'll tell you what you value.”
― Joe Biden

Mrs. Edwards

mentioned on This Week that her daughter saw military members shipping out on Dec. 23rd. That is just poor timing and a real blind spot. Someone needed to make that flight a month earlier or a month later.

I know that my Dad's unit shipped out to Vietnam a month late so that they could have a big reactivation ta-do. He didn't mind since it gave him one month less in country. But, if they could hold back that many in the middle of Vietnam, I'm thinking that they could have pushed the take-off until the 26th at least.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me