Friday, August 26, 2005

It's Fuck You Friday

A resounding fuck you to the fascists at the American Legion, who apparently don't understand the constitutional protections and freedoms that our soldiers are told daily they're fighting and dying for.

At their recent national convention, national commander Thomas Cadmus had the following to say about the uptick in organized war protests:

"The American Legion will stand against anyone and any group that would demoralize our troops, or worse, endanger their lives by encouraging terrorists to continue their cowardly attacks against freedom-loving peoples."

The delegates voted to use whatever means necessary to "ensure the united backing of the American people to support our troops and the global war on terrorism."

Use "whatever means necessary"? Exactly what "means" will force the American people to give "united backing" to Bush's war policies? For that's exactly what they're demanding. When you hear the phrase "support the troops" come from a right-winger - which, of course, everyone does, how ridiculous to imply otherwise - what they're really demanding is that you "support the war". So what kind of violence will the American Legion unleash upon the public to demand "united backing" for this war?

And did anyone else enjoy the crude irony of his considering us a "freedom loving people" while he recommends using "whatever means necessary" to quelch those same freedoms? Orwellian...

And the media calls the anti-war activists crackpots! Yet hardly a word has been said about the open threats of violence made by the American Legion this week, nor have they been taken to task or picked apart or openly attacked as Cindy Sheehan has been all month.

Cadmus didn't stop there. He continued:

"No one respects the right to protest more than one who has fought for it, but we hope that Americans will present their views in correspondence to their elected officials rather than by public media events guaranteed to be picked up and used as tools of encouragement by our enemies."

To this quote, Editor and Publisher added the following dry remark: "This might suggest to some, however, that American freedoms are worth dying for but not exercising."

Gee, I wish that my elected officials would give two shits about what I write them. I continue to do it, but it's like pissing in the wind. Never has there been a greater disconnect between the public mood and the actions of our elected officials, but that's the sole avenue the American Legion gives us before they start cracking heads.

Cadmus, obsessed with the notion that any hint of discord will bolster "the enemy" - you know, the people whose country we attacked without provocation, whose families we've killed with our bombing and casual shooting, whose cities we've destroyed, whose land is now permanently tainted with depleted uranium, whose water, sewage, and electrical systems are in tatters - goes on to again note that the insurgents are more interested in what we're doing here than the destruction we're causing there:

"We had hoped that the lessons learned from the Vietnam War would be clear to our fellow citizens. Public protests against the war here at home while our young men and women are in harm's way on the other side of the globe only provide aid and comfort to our enemies."

I wish to fuck we had learned the lessons of Vietnam!

So, I suppose that the 4,000 members of the American Legion who signed on to this doctrine will now become the brownshirts of the vaterland, wading into war protests and using "any means necessary" to stop them. I hope they understand that should they lay even one filthy paw on this "peace visualizing" war protestor, my foot will aim directly for their nuts.

Bush, the great "uniter", has not only created violent private militias in Iraq, but he's apparently created one here in the United States. By not publicly condemning the fatwa the Legion issued this week, he's encouraging blood in the streets at home courtesy of the "patriots" at the American Legion.


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