Tuesday, November 13, 2007

How The Left Honors Our Veterans

“Hypocrisy: prejudice with a halo” ~ Ambrose Bierce

We are forever hearing our Liberal and Democrat and Liberal Democrat friends sanctimoniously insist that they support the troops. We are told we are being unpatriotic if we suggest that Libs are treasonous when they use language that undermines the United State's military efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Liberals get offended when we Conservatives suggest they are not themselves patriotic because they constantly denigrate our troops and George W. Bush, the current Commander-in-Chief of those same armed forces they claim to support.

With the preceding statements in mind, I decided, on a whim, to visit a few Liberal blog sites just to see how they honor the veterans of our armed forces this past Veteran's Day, both the traditional holiday on November 11th, and the "official" day, this year celebrated on November 12th.

Since I have only one Liberal blog on my blogroll, ER's blog was the first I visited. And, because I don't have the url's of any other Liberal blogs, I clicked the links to other blogs on ER's blogroll to access a variety of Liberal blogs.

Imagine my surprise when I discovered, much to my chagrin, that none of the Liberal blogs I visited had any mention at all of any veterans. So, it goes without saying there were no tributes to our veterans nor even any acknowledgement that a Veterans day even exists in the Liberal world.


As in zero, zilch, nada, diddley squat.

This is not to say they don't honor veterans, but it does tend to make one suspect a little bit of hypocrisy on the Libs part.

A lack of acknowledgement of Veterans Day nor even a cursory nod to veterans in general is not necessarily indicative of any disrespect to our veterans and members of our current armed forces. Some Conservative blogs made no mention of Veterans day, either. Does that mean they aren't supportive of our troops?

I think the general overall attitude of the whole of the various blogs, rather than one or two days posts is the litmus test of whether they truly support our troops or not. Of course, I see no indication of support from reading the rest of their posts, either.

But it does make one wonder, does it not?


St.Nölff,Ph.D said...

There's a difference between supporting the troops and supporting an agenda.

Mark said...

And yet, there is still no proof that any Lib supports the troops.

Dan Trabue said...

Well, if you looked on my website, you would have seen a post calling for support of our troops when they come home, decrying cutting of funds that go to assist our homeless veteran brothers and sisters.

Does that count as "support" or does it need to be a beat on my chest, waving a flag, planting a yellow ribbon on my blog kind of thing?

Myself, I'd rather support them in ways that count instead of symbolically.

Mark said...

Dan, I confess I stopped looking after about 9 or 10 page views. I figured the point had been made.

Very good post, by the way, but support of the troops is not limited to monetary contributions to war veterans alone as you well know.

You said, "Myself, I'd rather support them in ways that count instead of symbolically."

Why not support them both ways?

Marshall Art said...

"There's a difference between supporting the troops and supporting an agenda."

Yet the troops, for the most part, support the agenda. So, some support the troops, but don't support what the troops support. Quite a conundrum.

For my part, I posted nothing with regards to Vet's Day. They ended the draft a year or two before I became eligible to be drafted. Didn't want no part of that war, mostly 'cuz I didn't understand it at the time. Plus, I was too busy with the revolution, which for me was basically just trippin' and gettin' high and lookin' for booty. I did look into the Air Force when I was about 19 or 20, but what was required in order to fly, and that was still a longshot considering the waiting list for qualified applicants, was more than my lazy ass was willing to offer. The war was over at that point and I felt no other compunction to enlist. I regret that now, with the expert hindsight of a 52 yr old man, but I was young, knew everything and saw no point to it.

Now, I'm a bit apprehensive about doin' the rah-rah for the troops, out of shame for the selfish viewpoint of my yoot, and thus, out of respect for those who risk all. Support? Hell yeah. I am in awe of those people and I thank God for them. Support the agenda? Let's see...should we fight Islamonazi assholes? Hmmm. Yeah, I say absolutely. I say fight them until they wonder what the hell they were thinkin' messin' with this country and it's allies. It's simply the right thing to do.

Dan Trabue said...

Why not support them both ways?

Well, as St. Nolff said, there's a difference between supporting the troops and supporting an agenda.

Trader Rick said...

I bet if you did a survey, you'd find that very few of these liberal bloggers are veterans themselves...

Mark said...

Art, that almost sounds like my youth, although I was elgible for the draft. My draft lottery number was 27 which meant that I was definitely going to be drafted. I considered escaping to Canada, but I was too close to my family to risk never seeing them again. So, because I too wanted no part of that war, I enlisted in the Air Force. I was denied. "Medically unfit for military duty". Translation: Eyes like a bat and my feet are flat.

I feel since I owe my freedom to the Vets, the least I can do now is honor them the best way I know how. I too regret not serving now. I envy our vets, for they above all, understand the meaning of sacrifice, a meaning about which we who didn't serve can only surmise.

Lone Ranger said...

I really kind of pity people who have never been in the military. They missed out on an experience that would have enriched their entire life. When I was the tender age of 21, I was doing things at the Air Force Weapons lab that my civilian counterparts weren't doing until they reached their mid 30s. I came away from the military with not only valuable skills, but discipline, confidence and toughness that I see in very few civilians. I have had a leg up in every competition I've ever had with my civilian coworkers. You can take the man out of the military, but you can't take the military out of the man -- except for the phony soldiers. People like Murtha, Kerry, Al Hubbard, etc. just never got it.

Dan Trabue said...

except for the phony soldiers. People like Murtha, Kerry, Al Hubbard, etc. just never got it.

Way to honor the military, Limpy.

Trader Rick said...

One of the few times I disagree with the venerable Ranger. I believe that even at this late date, John Kerry should be tried for TREASON, found guilty, and hanged from the nearest lamp post. But he is not a "phony soldier". Until the point where he committed his foul treason in Paris, he was there and put in his time, and for that alone I honor him, along with all our comrades in arms, despite the nature of their service.

Marshall Art said...

Trader Rick,

I think Kerry qualifies for the "phoney soldier" label by virtue of the wild stories he told, both of his own service as well as those told about "atrocities" by American soldiers. There have been plenty of questions regarding his service, particularly regarding his Purple Hearts.

Dan Trabue said...

So, if someone serves in the military and, as it turns out, disagrees with you, then they are a phoney soldier and any wild rumors questioning even their injuries are probably valid?

Mark, How about changing the Title to this post to:

How The Right Honors Our Veterans

I'll stick with my tangible ways over some of the ways your buds here "honor" soldiers.