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Tuesday, August 24

Bitchin'

by pissed off patricia


Shut the Hell Up, Leave Your Freedom at the Door and Fall in Line!

Have you noticed that you're experiencing the gag reflex frequently these days? Every damned news show begins with the swift boat bs. They are given more free airtime than any other part of the news. It has been dissected over and over again. , Every newscaster, while allowing that it's all bunk, seems to be trying as hard as they can to find something in the story to give credence to. It's frustrating and tiring.

When a news show comes on, this story will supersede the story of how many military personal died that day in Iraq. How great is that for the bush campaign? We are supposed to care more about who said what 35 years ago than how many soldiers died today and how. This is insane.

Imagine that one of your family members went to Iraq, was injured and decorated, and then returned home. Now imagine how you would feel if the public swooped down on that family member accusing them of not being injured enough to deserve the medals they received and condemning them for telling what they experienced while they served. That is exactly what is happening in our world today. The very souls who screamed that we must support our troops are questioning one of our troops who fought in another war and they are calling that person a liar. I remember the war in Vietnam and I was just as adamantly opposed to that war, but I was never opposed to the military members. I was opposed to the policy.

Someone said yesterday that it isn't enough to say we support our troops. We must support the mission or else we are playing into the hands of the enemy. That's narrowing the path too much. Now we are supposed to be intimidated into supporting all American policy and leaving no room for dissent. Where's the freedom factor in all this? Once you have been dictated to that you must support all military policy you have become a member of the administration's war machine and you are allowed no exit.

If all this doesn't scare the hell out of you, then you don't realize what is happening to our country. Imagine the next dictates if bush is allowed four more years. Look at what we have lost in just the last four years. Think back before bush was in office. Did you feel as though your rights were shrinking and disappearing during President Clinton's eight years in office? Sure, you probably felt frustrated as Ken Starr nipped at Clinton's heels and his hunting missions gobbled up tons of money and time, but at least the public wasn't the prey. Today that's all changed. Not only are we the prey, but we're also being penned up in the name of patriotism. Free speech will now be relegated to a soundproof, controlled area, not only during conventions, but nationwide everyday. When free speech is controlled, when members of our military are smeared with lies because they speak out, when some of the same atrocities that occurred in Vietnam are being committed today with little concern, and when political and military policy outweighs individual freedoms, we are on the road to the encampment of all this country used to stand for.

Damn it all to hell, this is not what we are about. We absolutely must speak out just as long as we can. The saddest part is, I don't know how much longer that will be. As the swift boat guys continue with their freedom to question a decorated military hero's record, we are losing our rights to question their questions. Any veteran who supports bush because Senator Kerry spoke out 35 years ago is turning his back on the very policy bush claims we are fighting for in Iraq today. Bush preaches that freedom is a gift from god. No, it isn't. Freedom is no gift, it's something that must be constantly exercised or it will wither and disappear or it will be confiscated. It will be lost. If we shut up, the enemy wins and we lose our freedom. If we give up, the enemy wins and we lose our freedom. If the enemy wins we will lose it all. The question is, just exactly who is the enemy and what is their mission?

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Now for the "makes your hair catch on fire" message

Today in the Washington Post, from Dana Milbank's editorial: "Now for an update on the White House's ongoing effort to kill the press corps. The White House travel office signed a contract last week with an airline called Primaris to fly the press corps to Bush events. The two-month-old company has only one airplane. True, media representatives gave their blessing to the deal. But that was before they learned that the company's president twice had his pilot's license revoked related to his flying of an "unairworthy" aircraft, that the chief executive flopped in his last attempt to start an airline and that the 15-year-old plane itself was damaged in a hailstorm a decade ago and spent most of the past two years mothballed in France."

Do I smell hair burning?

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