Yesterday was Memorial Day and I decided to stick with my Memorial Day post and not talk of politics. But today is a new day.
John Edwards….hum drum, small town boy, “I’ll save the poor”, “I love America”, “I support the Troops” Johnny….this guy, has really taken the cake this last week.
So what Cake did he take?
His stance on Memorial Day and the activities we should take part in.
Now..this is from his site :
As citizens, we honor and support our troops for their service and sacrifice.
As Americans, we are blessed by that sacrifice and support, which keeps us safe and keeps us strong.
As patriots, we call on our government to support our troops in the most important way it can – by ending this war and bringing them home.
This Memorial Day weekend, we will all take responsibility for the country we love and the men and women who protect it. We will volunteer, we will pray, and we will speak out. In the days leading up to Memorial Day, we will take action to support our troops, end the war, and bring them home to the heroes’ welcome they deserve. And on Memorial Day, we will honor and remember all those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
Each of us has a responsibility to act, a duty to our troops and to each other. Support the troops. End the war.
Then he goes on to tell you things you can do on Memorial Day.
Get local, get active, and get outdoors. Walk the streets of your neighborhood. Get everyone you know to sign a petition to your local government body—for instance, your town or city council or neighborhood association—to pass a resolution requesting that Congress use its funding authority to support our troops and end the war. Bring the petition to the next meeting. Share your plans here.
Gather in public. On Memorial Day weekend, get your friends, kids, co-workers, neighbors, aunts, uncles, grandfathers, grandmothers, and anyone and everyone you know together to publicly support the troops and end the war. If you hold an event on Memorial Day itself, please make sure that everyone you gather knows it is a day for honoring the fallen only. Be sure to check with your local authority for any permits you need for public gatherings. Contact local media to publicize your event. Before you get started, please take a moment of silence to honor the fallen. And during your event, make sure you conduct yourself respectfully—both for those serving in Iraq and the memory of the brave servicemen and women that Memorial Day honors. Share your plans here.
Get vocal. Buy a bunch of poster-board and markers. At a picnic or with family and friends, make signs that say “SUPPORT THE TROOPS – END THE WAR.” Bring them to your local Memorial Day parade. Many parades are held on Saturday or Sunday. If your parade is on Monday, however, we ask that you choose another action to honor the fallen. Then take a digital photo of yourself and your family or friends holding up the poster and tell us about it. We’ll include it in a “Democracy Photo Album” on our site.
He also has other options inbetween these.
A few examples:
Send our troops a taste of home. Go shopping with your kids, your friends, your neighbors, and buy a whole bunch of stuff that would make a soldier happy to receive (check for restrictions). Then go through a site like Anysoldier.com, OpGratitude.com, or TroopCarePackage.com to send your package to a soldier in Iraq. Take photos and tell us about it.
Pray. Organize a prayer vigil for our troops at your house of worship. Honor the fallen. Tell us about it.
Greet a vet. Before Memorial Day Weekend gets started, get in touch with the Yellow Ribbon Fundand volunteer to provide welcome-back services and mentorships to injured soldiers returning home. Tell us about it.
Nice safety feature don’t you think?
My problem with all of this? It’s a mixed message.
Go out and shake the hand of a Vet and then go take your “end the war” sign to a Memorial Day Parade.
Have we forgotten that War(s) and the Sacrifice of the Men and Women involved in those Wars has lead to the Free and Democratic nation we live in today?
I know that people think talking works, that reasoning can work…understanding; Have we not learned?
The problem is, talking and reasoning only work with people who are willing to talk and reason. If talking and reasoning worked, we would never have war…Never. But we do, why? Because we all have different opinions. We all think we know what’s best.
I’m going to digress for a moment and tell you a story.
In the summer of 2001, July to be exact, my best friend Michelle and I took leave and drove from Dover AFB, to my hometown of Colorado Springs, CO.
One particular evening we decided to head downtown to a bar/restaurant and have a beer and some pizza. Once there, a couple of young college boys invited us to their table. Small talk ensued until they asked us if we were “College” Girls or not. We stated that we weren’t and told them the true nature of our professions…that we were in the Air Force. If we would of known a debate was about to follow we might not have said anything but we did and so came the debate. They questioned our morals, they questioned the Military in general. They asked us why we even needed a Military. To this Michelle and I came screaming to the defense of our Military and told them that there would always be enemies and that’s why we needed the Military. And this is the point in the story to take note of…To that answer they replied and I quote, “We have no enemies, Who are our enemies? The U.S. will never get attacked, mark my words.”
Flabbergasted, we started naming enemies.. “China, North Korea, The Middle East…”
We were so worked up, we threw down money and walked out. We were insulted and couldn’t believe people were so naive. Almost 3 months to the day, we were attacked on 9/11.
After 9/11 there was unabated support for War. Let me say that again, unabated SUPPORT for us going to war. We didn’t wait for anyone to tell us different, we just went to kick some ass. To DEFEND our Nation.
Now Iraq, I realize is a different situation….to a point. They were talking of Regime change well before Bush took office. After 9/11, truthfully, it just gave us more of an excuse to go in. Nevertheless, Bush still went to the U.N. which, as usual, shuffled their feet and shuffled their feet. The infamous 1441 resolution never held water because the U.N. never stood behind it. They wrote it, then discarded it and ignored it. Meanwhile Saddam was sitting there laughing his Dictatoring fat ass off.
Despite what we knew or didn’t know, Congress passed the “Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002“.
The Senate Voted on October 11, 2002, by a vote of 77-23. John Edwards was one of those “Yes” votes.
The point is, a majority of the House, Senate and American People agreed to the war in Iraq at the time, based on the intelligence we had.
But some of those reasons were found to be untrue. And it is those reasons that have torn this Country apart.
Now we hear the phrase, “I support the troops, I don’t support the war”. How exactly do you accomplish that? Do you send little “Thank You” notes for defending this country and respectfully ask them not to do their job? Do you shake their hand as they walk through the airport and tell them you don’t believe in what they do or stand for but you support them nonetheless?
What a Crock of Bull.
And then you have Edwards, a Presidential Candidate, who sucks the milk from this great land, spits it out and has the audacity to call himself Humble.
He tells American’s, on a day when we remember why we are here and the people who sacrificed for us to get here, ‘ehhh….go on Children, write your signs to end this war and go make your voice heard at a Military Dedicated Parade.’ And Vote for Me..Vote for Me!!!
You never had my vote Edwards, in fact..you’re on the same list John Kerry is on, the “kitty” list.
The same people who preach about destitute parts of the world have no problem signing a death warrant for the Iraqi People. Hypocrites all of you!
“Support Your Troops” doesn’t mean typing it out or saying it. That has no validity.
If you say you support the troops and don’t support this war, I’d like to know what steps you take to support them? And I don’t mean asking everyone and their brother to bring them home. That’s not support…just ask the troops. We know that troops would much rather be home then fighting a war, but what you are asking them to do is against everything they joined and trained for. They want to succeed! Why do so many want them to fail???
Why do we want to “Save Dafur” but not “Iraq”? The list of hypocrisies is so long..it’s tiring and gives me a headache.
It doesn’t matter that Edwards said it, he isn’t going to be President and we all know that.
It’s the fact that the message is being said at all. Whatever happened to American Pride? Lots worry of what the world thinks of us? WHY DO YOU CARE? Do you think if they liked us they might help us? lol Too funny. The fact of the matter is, we have never been liked and yet it’s America, the most hated Nation in the World who comes to the rescue of our enemies.
We are a Great Nation, We are a Generous Nation but if you Mess with us, You pay the Price. That is what I love about America, that is why I support the troops and the mission they are doing. That is why no kitty boy will ever get elected.
No one makes this Country great but ourselves. We need to remember that. It’s the foundation our Founding Father’s laid down for us.