Due to numerous requests, well one from Bone who has an exceptionally beautiful post up, I made this into its own post as it was supposed to be.
This Memorial Day please think of the troops. The post that I lost talked about how the government and some media outlets made many people believe that every Viet Nam protester was anti-troop. Yeah we all walked around with rocks and eggs in our pockets to throw at troops. And you try walking around with a raw egg in a pocket. It was hard but we had to punish the troops for serving.
Almost every guy I knew who came home from Viet Nam was an addict or suffering from post traumatic stress. The term was coined for them. The VA wasn’t set up to help them.
In the early 90’s, fifteen years after the end of the war, I worked closely with The Bronx VA which had become great. The hospitals are going down fast. Like so many institutions they have been faced with massive cuts.
Hate the entire Bush Admin. Hate Newt for the stupid stupid Contract with America which closed or curtailed so many wonderful programs. Please hate Karl Rove separately. He personifies immorality and evil to me. Plamegate, that was to be expected from a man who dared utter the liberal thing in New York. Our lives will never ever be the same
I wasn’t downtown. Nobody knew what was going to happen next. Everybody knew many people who worked downtown and/or were on the subways. I have explained why I don’t support this war many times. Not important for this.
Don’t support the war but support the troops. I spent way too much time last year explaining why people who protested against Viet Nam didn’t usually hate the troops. Many good people believed that we had.
The troops in Iraq deserve your support. Think of them on Monday. Think of the walking wounded who still have flashbacks from Viet Nam. Vets from the war in Viet Nam deserve everything. We have failed them. All of us.
Now we have a new opportunity, out of another totally bogus war to make right so many wrongs. I, obviously, wasn’t blogging during Viet Nam, and was too young to be able to say to an audience that being critical of a government doesn’t mean we can’t love our country with all of our heart.
Though when my sister and I went to see a revival of one of the greatest movies of all time Yankee Doodle Dandy and the audience booed it, my sister and I did boo the audience.
It was a different world then. Most people viewed things in black and white. The shades of gray that we see now weren’t available as there wasn’t instant communication or CNN even.
During Katrina I was blogging. People deblogrolled me because they said it was impossible to both cast blame and to help. As somebody who had been here during 9/11 I knew that it was the only responsible thing to do. Did they tell the people who said that the people who remained in New Orleans were idiots not to say that? Or did they secretly feel that same way? Barbara Bush said something horrible, yet I don’t remember those bloggers castigating her
Something else happened to me then. I finally began to feel some closure with9/11 and my mom’s death, a month later. And I met some of the bloggers who would become very important to me. G-d knows, they don’t usually think the way I do, well nobody does, but…they respected me for thinking, and taking every persons feelings into account, but this governments.
A country shouldn’t be held hostage to its government. Shortly after 9/11, Ari Fleischer the then press secretary told people to be circumspect in their speech. I couldn’t and can’t understand how somebody who is the son of Holocaust survivors could say something like that.
This is the United States of America. Don’t stand outside the funeral of a service person and say that the person deserved to die. That’s sick. Channel your anger. Do something productive.
We have a unique opportunity to let the Vet’s know that no matter how much we hate the war and the government, we don’t hate them. This can’t and won’t be another Viet Nam where so much blame was passed around, it became almost impossible to remember who were supposed to love or hate that day
It’s a different world now. We can and have to communicate with each other, and when we place blame, let’s blame the right people. Not the troops.
This all said, the blogoshpere was a very different place when I began to blog. The radical right watched my every move. I began to feel less and less free to blog about things like sex. I like it, for the record. I couldn’t even write about a glitter sock emergency without hearing from one of them.
Some questions that I’m tired of hearing:
Why do you hate Bush so much?
Why do you hate America?
You lost, why don’t you get over it?
Why don’t you move to France? haven’t heard that one in a long time
my personal favorite questions have to be:
next you’ll want to kill all small children and people with disabilities Okay, that’s a statement not a question, but really
Don’t you know this is a Christian country? The First Amendment says so
Why do you hate Christmas?
Why do you lack a moral center or higher purpose in life?
And this was after BIO was formed. I can’t write about politics much anymore. If I’m not fighting the right somebody from the left has to debate baby boomers, as if baby boomers were in positions of authority during Viet Nam. As if baby boomers caused Bush to be elected. And as if I personally am responsible to save the reps of baby boomers
I’m just not that important.
Individually, none of us are.
Together we all are important. Together we can get the country back on track.
Just don’t come to Courting expecting a debate. There are more than enough bloggers who enjoy answering the above questions and more. I don’t. Took me over a year to say that this is a private blog, The First Amendment, which clearly establishes separation of church and state in public places doesn’t apply. Think of Courting as a private house in the midst of a public golf course.
On Monday think about the troops. They didn’t ask to go to Iraq. Some National Guard People were forced to reenlist.
We can reclaim America, and we can begin by thinking about troops. Then electing Republicans out of office in November. One step at a time, and we will get rid of a regime that believes itself to be above the law.
We just can’t hate each other. Then the Bush regime does win.
I do delete. I don’t debate. If you’re looking for a fair fight go to BIO where I probably won’t be much
I’m not that important
I have my own goals, and I’m a baby boomer so all sides have assigned me roles. I’m sick of defending my generation, and explaining what we did after Viet Nam. At least the baby boomers I know.
Yes being a baby boomer has driven me out of political blogging.
Like the people who were at theater the day my sister and I saw Yankee Doodle Dandy you’re all too busy assigning blame to listen. So why should I?