addendum to the stone soup
As an update to the post below.
Apparently, some people have a bit of a problem with reading comprehension. Either that, or they are so eager to see a cause they can martyr themselves for that they bypass the obvious. If you are one of the people who think that because I don't support the idea of mixing a commemoration of 9/11 with a support the troops rally, you have missed the entire point of the post and you owe me a fucking apology. Do you really think I'm "tired" of the military? Do you really think this has anything to do with me not being happy with how the war is going? I just don't think the two things belong together. I don't think it's right. To stretch that into me being tied of the military or that I think the families of 9/11 should be living lives of bleak existence. There are people who are so eager to run their mouths into high gear that they don't even bother to make sure how they are responding is appropriate to what they are responding to.
So I get an email calling me anti-American. You're kidding, right? Just because I think this march is a crass idea, I'm anti-American? Loosen up those knotted panties, buddy. Read the post again. How - and I ask this honestly, not rhetorically - does what I wrote make me a) anti-American and b) against the troops? Show your work, please.
The best response I've seen to this was on MeFi, where someone said:
On September 11, everyone should bring a plate of cookies to their local firehouse. Let's turn the day into a day of thanks to all the people who step out on a limb or do a dirty job no one else wants. Say thank you to EMS and sanitation workers. Thank a cop or a fireman.
I think that's a grand idea. And much more in line with what an honorable commemoration should be.
You know what? If they held a support the troops march on any other day, I would be all for it. My issue on this is not with them, it's not even with the war. It's with the juxtaposition of supporting the military and honoring the victims - and heroes - of 9/11. I just can't reconcile the two in my mind.
If you honestly think that I no longer support the troops or I am "tired" of the military or that I was intending in any way to be condescending towards anyone in the military or fighting this war, then don't ever again try to consider yourself my friend. Don't profess to think you know me at all. You are sadly, sadly mistaken and you are the one who is being condescending, not to mention off-base, thick headed and single minded.
I see how it is. You make a few comments here and there about how you disagree with some things the administration does and suddenly there's a crowd of arrows headed toward your head. Heaven forbid you say anything that can be taken as negative towards our president and his administration and their choices. If you're going to be part of a political party, make sure you take it all, lock, stock and barrel. Make sure you don't question or go against the grain. That's anti-American, don't you know?
I have no use for right wingers or left wingers. You all can kiss my ass. It's six of one, half dozen of another. Say something in support of the troops and the lefties see you as a mindless drone who practices the Hitler salute in front of the mirror at night. Say something against Bush and the righties call you a dirty hippie who flirts with treason.
Some may call that a lose/lose situation. I call it the price of being honest about your beliefs.
Update: Timmer says his "tired of military" comments were not directed at me, but my feelings about the whole thing and the ensuing comments/emails still stand. I just wish the people who email me had the balls to put their thoughts down in the comments.