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February 23, 2005


Our children should always be taught to be supportive and respectful of our men and women in uniform.

ALWAYS. Fucking fundamentals here.

They don't have to like each and every one on an individual basis. Some are scum on an individual basis. So?

They fight for our very pride. They are not politicians. They are not decision-makers. They are our immune system, and without them, all else is worthless.

I was appalled by an interview I saw this morning on Fox. I don't get appalled very often, laid back luvah that I am. But this... I didn't know whether to be angered, saddened or nauseated, but I think I was all three.

Google refuses to cooperate on this one, meaning I have no link for you, so I'll be going on memory.

A man named Rob Jacobs was interviewed. His son serves in the armed forces. As many schools have participated in letter writing to the troops, his son was one to have received letters from an entire sixth grade class.

It is shameful that this sixth grade class out of Brooklyn was brainwashed. Fifteen of the twenty letters included phrases such as "I do not support Bush's decision...," or "I'm sorry you're having to risk your life, when you shouldn't even be over there in the first place." And they go downhill from there.

I really don't know who should be dragged off and beaten, but I can narrow it down to either parents or teachers.

Our soldiers should never be subjected to that shit, particularly from children. It is divisive and disheartening, and it fucking sickens me.

Think this is partisan? One way street partisan maybe. I heard nothing of such letters when Clinton was in office. And if I had, I would have been just as pissed, if not moreso.

Bitch to Congress. Support the troops. Period.

This is not a partisan issue. This is a respect issue.

Update: I figured one of you guys would turn up with the link. Thanks Rob. (Yes, I am that behind on my blog reading. I honestly believe all one million plus of us should be bitching about this one though...)

posted by Key on 04:44 PM | Comments (7)

I've got a link to the story on my site. I wanted to puke when I read it, then I wanted to lynch a teacher.

Posted by: Acidman at February 23, 2005 06:17 PM

... amen...

Posted by: Eric at February 24, 2005 11:17 AM

I was really wishing I could get that soldier's address and send him a letter of support! I know it wouldn't counteract all those other vile letters from little snots living well in this country, but maybe it would help just a little.

Posted by: Teresa at February 24, 2005 06:59 PM

I can get you the soldier's address. (He's in KOREA, not IRAQ, for crying out loud! How many fucking mosques has he blown up THERE?) I saw it today, but I forget where and I'm too sleepy to search for it now.

I'll post it here and on my site tomorrow.

Posted by: Acidman at February 24, 2005 11:28 PM

Letters like that are outrageous, of course. If the teacher were on the ball, that would have been a good time to demonstrate the difference between letters to political representatives (where such sentiments are completely appropriate) and letters to soldiers (which should be positive, or absent if you can't manage that). Writing letters to soldiers, then to Bush, Clinton, Schumer, and their local congressional rep., would have been a good class project (assuming that the teacher could manage to assume an air of political neutrality on the contents letters themselves).

The worst thing about this sort of nonsense is that it gives Fox a perfect opportunity to point to lunatics and say, "this is what liberals are like." We aren't, honestly. It would be like pointing at a militia group holed up in Montana somewhere, threatening to shoot state officials, as an example of political conservatism.

Posted by: The Polite Liberal at February 28, 2005 12:52 PM

To counter the effects of such brainwashing, sensible parents should consider the following:

1) adopt a unit somewhere in the world...a good way to find one is: www.anysoldier.com

2) stop and thank veterans when you see them. We have alot of retired military personnel in our area (i live in Florida) and alot of them still proudly wear their hats and items with their military branch of service printed on it. We make a point (my kids and I) of stopping and asking if they served. And then, my kids and I shake their hands and tell them thanks.

It is the least we can do.

Posted by: Catzmeow at March 1, 2005 10:36 AM

Books for Soliders (http://www.booksforsoldiers.com) is good too--it lets you offer books, DVDs, and the like to any soldier or sailor that wants them.

Posted by: The Polite Liberal at March 2, 2005 11:41 AM
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