Monday, August 22, 2011

Twisting My Own Knickers

This morning I clicked on a link to a story about the military. It was sent round via my Twitter account by an awesome photographer who is also an awesome person.

But one line in the article made me just stop reading it. "Liberals are especially careful to make the right noises" it said regarding support for the military.

And pardon my french but that fucking ass pissed me off.

Just in case you didn't get the memo America, Liberal does not equal unpatriotic.

And to hell with anyone who thinks so.

That's as plain as I can make it.

I was raised in the military. I was raised with a great respect for this country and the men and women who serve it. My son has been serving this country for over six years now and I ENCOURAGED him to join. Two of my three brothers are vets. I live with a vet. My ex was a vet. My former father in law was a career marine.

The respect I have for their service is immeasurable.

I don't have a yellow ribbon on my car. You know why? Because it's an empty gesture.

Instead, I keep track on MegaVote of what votes are coming up, who voted for what. And when something that impacts the men and women serving our nation comes up, I write my freaking Representative and Senators and tell them how I feel about it.

When the current congress killed a vote to increase the combat pay for those risking their lives for us in battle, I complained. (Oh? you didn't hear about that? Probably because it was at the exact same time the Weiner dick photos were "discovered" and we were all distracted by that.)

President Obama proposed an FMLA type bill so the parents of soldiers gravely wounded in battle could take time off to go to their children. Congress shot that down.

I fly THE AMERICAN FLAG on my house, not that traitorous yellow thing.

So why don't you go be especially careful about that?

I don't care if you have a different opinion than mine on political matters but don't you DARE say I don't love my country.


Anonymous said...

Wow.....just another example of how "generalities" are dangerous.......people certainly disagree on issues but it is vital to have your facts straight.....opinions are NOT facts.....liberals aree not necessarily unpatriotic any more than tea party folks are terrorists ...... I am thankful for all of the folks from my family and the country who have served in the military......
Thanks for the reminder.....
Pam, South Bend

Sharon said...

Clap, clap, clap!

I didn't support the war in Vietnam or the Gulf wars and I am *quite* the liberal Democrat, but I spent 12 years volunteering with an organization that went into VA hospitals in the NYC area, because our vets put their lives on the line, whether I liked it or not. And I so agree about the yellow ribbons.

JanetLee said...

And they have no choice in the wars they participate in, so I keep up and make my voice heard.