Funny or a Crime? - Page 4

July 29th, 2005  
Thanks for posting that Link DTop... It's really nice to see some support.
July 29th, 2005  
Let us all remember that a large amount of medals are awarded posthumously. I guess that would prompt me to write it out of the script of a comedy.

As to civilians wearing medals, does anyone remember if a relative of a wounded soldier receives a miniature for wear? I think I remember a friend telling me that his Mother received one when he was hit in VietNam and he was a little upset because that was the way she found out he was wounded (again).
July 29th, 2005  
Originally Posted by Doody
I don't see how protesting against a war that they see as unjustified in anyway dishonors the soldiers who are to fight it. You can protest a war, and still support the troops.
I just got up after working 12 hours on the night shift, so I have enough time to comment on this for now.

The great thing about being a anti war protestor is "you are in the United States." After you get done protesting, you get to go home to a warm bed, your loved ones, your car, food of your choosing, green vegetation, any activity that your heart desires, news of your choosing, ect ect ect. You have every freedom that the US has to offer. The soldier that an anti war protestor is "supporting" has a much different outlook on life.

We, the soldier, are thousands of miles from home, eating food that is given to us, washing clothes in buckets, taking showers in nasty tailors used by hundreds daily, sometimes with bottled water because the water system goes down, getting mail that is weeks old, only allowed to watch 3 minutes of the super bowl because the satellite feed went down, forced to wait in lines for 1-3 hours to shop at the PX, forced to wait longer for phone calls late at night because of the 8 hour time zone difference, getting news from print outs at HQ because there are no TV's on base and forced to sleep with in arms reach of 2 of your buddies. Keep in mind that this was some of the things that I experience BEFORE the war.

Picture how you feel from what I experienced in Kuwait. Then how would you feel when you start to see anti war protestors from home. Some of them burring flags, others with signs saying we are baby killers, killing for oil, others acting like complete fools. My mom sent me news papers almost every day. One picture from Maine pissed off old SGT Doody. There were a bunch of protestors around a Civil War monument. The monument had been vandalized with spray paint. There was a peace sign and a weed leaf painted on the statue. What a way to “support the soldiers.” Now my memory might be off, but I remember who were leading the thousands of anti war protestors. It wasn’t government officials, or teachers, policemen, businessmen, most veterans…it was very famous people. Many of those famous people were from Hollywood. Those people who are very rich and live in multi million dollar houses. Some of them said they were ashamed to be an American. How dare they say that when they are "living it up" in America. Thus the reason why I loved the Charlie Daniels letter so much. I read a headline about it in a newspaper and had my brother send me a copy from home. An overwhelming majority of soldiers were motivated by Mr. Daniels’ words.

Lastly, if the average anti war protestor actually supported the troops, where was the drive for care packages? If you did not know, care packages are one of the best ways to support a troop overseas. It’s like sending a soldier a little piece of America. Where was the drive at the San Francisco rally to send soldiers a little piece of America to enjoy? My half brother, who was in the protests, loves to tell me that they “were the biggest in the world.” He never mentions anything about actually supporting the troops. I can tell you were most of the care packages came from. They came from small towns, small cities and small businesses all across America. My unit never received a package from Washington DC, New York, San Francisco, HOLLYWOOD, or any other big city. They were sent from places I cannot find on a map. Those are the people who really support the troops.

I am just telling the view of anti war protestors from the view of one Sergeant who has been there. For me and most of my fellow soldiers, protesting is not our idea of support.

SGT Doody
Of course the extreme protesting, like the flag burning and vandalism, is uncalled for. People like that have no right here.

I'd have to agree on the rest of what you posted, though I'm sure Hollywood or the larger cities aren't entirely opposed to supporting the troops.
July 30th, 2005  
The problem with all these people is, that they fancy all attention that the military can get and fancy mincing around with medals, but consider that their hides are far more worthy than any one else.
August 3rd, 2005  
Hollywood has been very positive towards the military in many films.

Websites are another story.

I hope this post survives.
August 3rd, 2005  
Your posts (or anyone else's) will survive as long as they are respectful of other members. Differences of opinion are certainly allowed.
August 3rd, 2005  
Lord Londonderry
Originally Posted by DTop
Your posts (or anyone else's) will survive as long as they are respectful of other members. Differences of opinion are certainly allowed.
Well said.

I am also against extreme forms of protest.

Unfortunately anti-war protesting (protesting against government policy not soldiers) is always going to upset a lot of soldiers who have to carry out government policy as a part of their job.

Banning films or bringing criminal charges against some film makers I think undermines freedom of expression.

Arclight has expressed himself very well.
August 6th, 2005  
Young Winston
Arclight has made some exceptional points on this topic.