Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Attention Veterans Day hypocrites: big sales today

By Walter Haan,,

Hey there, calling all Veterans Day hypocrites. Big sales today, many in honor of Veterans Day. Get out there and shop on the backs of veterans, those alive and dead, who gave you the opportunity to be callous and ignore them.

News flash: Kohls is starting its Christmas sales today on Veterans Day. Though the ads don't mention Veterans Day, the chain knows you're all hopped up to spend money today. So get out there and buy meaningless stuff. Speed past the local Veterans Cemetery to get there as fast as possible so you won't miss the big buys.

Or perhaps you'll be passing a VA Hospital or medical facility. I hope all those slow driving, elderly veterans don't get in your way as you speed off to Macy's or Wal-Mart. Ever visit a VA Hospital or medical facility? Stop in and see the veterans waiting to have blood drawn. Elderly men and women, some not dressed well, some not looking well, patiently and cheerfully waiting their turns. Staffs at VA medical facilities are professional, caring and kind to the veterans, among whom are suddenly appearing young people who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

But you don't care about that. You care about a big sale on denims or blouses or sneakers which you call "cool boots."

You don't care about those who have served, just as long as it wasn't you or one of your family members. And that's why you won't support a draft in this country because, horror of all horrors, someone you care about might have to serve.

All day yesterday ABC Radio hyped that it was the 40th anniversary of the start of Sesame Street. This news was repeated all day, as if it was important in the scheme of things, like what happened last week at Fort Hood. Are you giving any thought to that while loading your basket in the toiletries aisle at CVS?

Happy Veterans Day all you hypocrites who at best give only lip service to veterans and their very real sacrifices. Copyright 2009 by Walter Haan,,


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