Saturday, December 15, 2007

Soldiers and veterans are victimized by American society

By Walter Haan,

This has been an interesting week. Today is the day for paying tribute to veterans past and present with the laying of wreaths on veterans’ graves as part of the national Wreaths Across America program. Earlier in the week we learned that charities designed specifically to help veterans and our troops give as little as one percent of what they collect to help those veterans and soldiers.

So a lot of people are making themselves feel good by tramping through veterans' cemeteries, laying wreathes and thinking they've made a difference. And those crooks at the charities skimming their collections to build themselves lives of luxury at the expense of our servicemen and women are reprehensible.

Most Americans aren't good enough to stand in the shadow of a soldier or sailor or Marine or veteran. They stay safe, make certain their children are safe from having to serve by being against the draft. Most Americans are hypocrites about our armed force members.

I remember some years ago I congratulated a woman, mother to one of my daughter's friends, for her son joining the Marines after high school. She looked really annoyed and replied, "We're not that kind of people."

In other words, she and her family, except for her son, thought they were above the rest of us who are or were proud to serve. Hypocrites. People like them will fly American flags on their cars, raise the flag on holidays and support charities that purport to help our soldiers and veterans, but won't give of their own time and skills. They will decry the attacks on 9/11 but won't participate in helping correct the situation.

As Vice President Cheney is on record as saying that it was inconvenient for him to serve in the military, they are willing to sacrifice someone else because they deem themselves as too important to do it. Mitt Romney, running for president as a Republican, has five sons and not one of them is or was in the military. Asked about it, Romney replied that they chose other directions for their lives.

Now ask yourself whether you want someone like Romney or Cheney in charge of other peoples' sons and daughters in the military when they and their children have refused to serve. In early November, Congressman Dennis Kucinich submitted a proposal to the House to impeach Cheney. His effort was thrown into the House Judiciary Committee where the hope was it would lanquish and die. But, surprise, surprise, three members of that committee backed the idea of impeaching Cheney this week. There is hope yet to bring down someone like him who finds it inconvenient to do his duty but very convenient to send others' children off to a war based on lies.

You won't see this kind of post in mainstream media because its members are part of the hypocrites that will only sacrifice other peoples' children. Copyright 2007 by Walter Haan,


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