Friday, February 1, 2008

Something needs to be said.

For those that know me, you know that as much as I try to hide it, I'm a sentimental man. When my best friend got married last May, I cried when I watched the father of the bride cry. When another good friend of mine got married the beginning of this year, I cried. And like everyone else in the world, I cried about the dog. No, the other one. So, when I felt the warm lacrimation as I read this article, I knew something had to be said.

Before I go on, I have a very interest analogy I must put into place. You see, I suppose that I support the War. Why? Well, as I once heard, saying that you support the troups but that you don't support the war is asanine. Would you ever say that you supported a sports team but you wanted them to lose? It's like saying you support the Red Sox, but you are furious that their manager has sent them to play the Yankees, and so you don't support the game. So, if by supporting the troups I support the war. So be it. They need all the support they can get. Because other people aren't giving it to them. Did you read the article? No? STOP! Go back, READ IT!

What the hell has happened to this country? Where we can have legislation in line that will allow our soldiers to be misdiagnosed to the point of death, and their family has no recourse? Why was this allowed?

Once again I blame you, America. Not the politicians. They were just doing what was natural for a politician to do. Like sharks hunting fresh blood. No, I blame the people, for not doing their job. This one falls to our grandparents for not getting incensed by this sort of treatment, but the rest of us do not miss the bullet on it, and I'm just as guilty for not paying attention to what goes on in the government above me.

I hope you support your troups. I do. If you do, DO SOMETHING about it. I think it's time I did.


Elly said...

Saying that you support the soldiers and not the war is like saying you support the Rockies, but you don't support them playing against your son's little league team, nor the fact that you have to pay for the privilege of your son's little league team to play against the Rockies. The military, when deployed, should be deployed wisely and for good reason. To deploy our soldiers unwisely and for such a wasteful purpose is shameful, and as citizens we have the responsibility to protest. However, that doesn't mean we spit on the returning soldiers, call them baby killers, refuse to serve them in bars, etc; they were just doing their jobs, and bravely.

That's what supporting the troops and not the war means.

Carlie said...

Ditto to Elly. The whole notion behind "I support the troops but not the war" comes largely from Vietnam, when returning soldiers were treated absolutely shamefully by people back home who disagreed with the war. No one wants a repeat of that.