Posted by loudsue
I have to admit, I was always skeptical about the stories of soldiers being spit on. I was in college during the anti-war protests of the 60's and 70's, and everyone I knew in the "movement", still honored the soldiers.
A lot of people I knew in the movement wanted to spit on the POLITICIANS that supported letting our soldiers DIE. But everyone I came in contact with felt deep compassion for our soldiers, who were having to give up their youth and innocence in Vietnam. After all, they were our classmates in school, our brothers, our boyfriends, our cousins, our husbands, or our friends. We knew those guys!
But running over CROSSES, put there to HONOR our fallen soldiers, happened last night. It was real. It was recorded.
Crosses honoring dead Republican soldiers, and crosses honoring dead Democratic soldiers...crosses honoring AMERICAN soldiers, got mowed down by a partisan REPUBLICAN-supporting fanatic.
I've known for years that the republican party has been more interested in their republican party support than they were interested in what was good for all of America. They have been putting THE REPUBLICAN party agenda and loyalty ahead of their patriotism, religion, or their loyalty to our country. They have made a great show of flag waving and religion, in order to hide the lie in their hearts: it's not AMERICA they support, it's the idea of "winning" against their American enemies...the "liberals", or the "democrats"....you know: they "bad guys". The "bad guys" that make up ONE HALF (or more) of the country they claim to love.
They don't love our country. And they obviously don't love our troops. They certainly don't honor our fallen soldiers, who have been sent to foreign soil to die for their oil, as a result of the lies that go all the way to the top of their REPUBLICAN party.
If anyone ever did really spit on a returning vietnam soldier, it was a deplorable act. An act so stupid, so mindless, so twisted that I have always had trouble believing the story was true. It would never have made sense to any of the war protesters I knew....who were people who thought deeply about the whole thing...college kids, mostly. And learned people. We were feeling tremendous compassion for our troops, because, like I said; they were our brothers, our classmates, our boyfriends, relatives. We were hearing the horror stories about what they went through, in letters, and when they got home. At least, from the ones who could even talk about it, because often the words would just stick in their throats, from the pain of it.
But now, we have a group of protesters who yell "We Don't CARE!" about the fallen soldiers, and the people who grieve their deaths. We have some billy-bob-bad-ass that takes a pickup truck, pipe and chain, and mows down Memorial Crosses to our fallen soldiers.
It makes me sad for the loss of our education system, that used to be the envy of the world, that no longer teaches people to THINK critically, rather than be brainwashed easily. It makes me sad for the loss of our empathy and compassion, as a population. Yes, the United States government has done many deplorable things through our history, but much of it was done without the knowledge of the people. So the people generally remained decent, caring human beings.
The likes of Rush Limpballs, and a media ownership structure who chose the dark side, changed all of that culture of decency to a culture of ignorance and hate, for the sake of news marketing.
If the values of running down the Crosses Honoring our Dead Soldiers is what we've come to, it's time this country needs to take a long hard look at ourselves. That type of introspection can't be done with sound bites.
Our young people in uniform are being asked to die, and they're being asked to kill. And when they die, the Crosses that Honor them are being mowed down for partisan sport. It doesn't take a genius to see that something is terribly wrong here.
It's time for a change in the direction our people are being lead. It's time for a cultural revolution. It's time to clean our house here at home, and purge our country from the insanity that would lead someone to mow down the Crosses that Honor our War Dead.