Monday, July 24, 2006

Tired of Chicken-Hawk Phonies and Their Sheep-Like Followers? Let's Listen to a Real Patriot


Okay, today's subject is distrusting your government and I'm bringing in the real thing - my Mom. Tiger Wood's emotional outburst after winning the British Open reminded me so much of what I went through last year when my Mom died. Tiger showed how deeply you can feel the loss of a parent, but it was one word that reminded me of another aspect of the process. He said the experience had been "interesting". That's exactly what I thought, because you suddenly saw yourself reacting in ways you had rarely seen. It's like these deep emotions you didn't even know you possessed came up from the depths of some psychic ocean and swam around on the surface for a few months before drifting back down to where they are now. In a way I miss the intense part of the grieving process and maybe it's the weirdness of being out of control. Whatever. Now to the credentials:
The reason my Mother was older than most of the other kids' mothers was that she spent part of her 20s in the Red Cross serving overseas in hospital wards during World War 2. She was a recreation worker which meant talking with soldiers right after they had been wounded in some of the most famous battles in history. As a result she was carrying around a lot of pain from what she had seen in those wards. She barely mentioned it to me my entire upbringing. However in her later years she began to open up. It was like she was saying, “Okay, 50 years have passed. I’m ready to talk about it now.” She told me she still couldn’t watch any ceremony on TV with American soldiers and the flag. It moved her too much. It brought back too many memories from World War 2. This wasn't the patriotism of the blustery right wing talk show hosts like Lars Larson, who never served in the military. Or David Reinhard, who I bet never served in a combat zone either. And it certainly wasn't the phony tough guy act Cheney and Bush have been running the last few years.
During her Red Cross years, Virginia helped many soldiers. There were the soldiers who were just beginning to realize that their futures had been changed forever by their wounds, men who could have easily become locked into bitterness and anger or feeling sorry for themselves. I believe that by being there at this critical time, giving emotional support and courage, Virginia had a positive impact on these men that would last them the rest of their lives. And believe me, I can imagine my Mom telling them, “We’re all sorry this happened to you but you’ve got to pull yourself together, young man, and go on.” But there was another group of soldiers; soldiers who were not out of immediate danger. Soldiers who needed to have a strong attitude not to live out their lives back in the States, but just to make it through the week. These men couldn’t afford to feel despair right then. They needed to be strong to fight through infections and other medical complications. They needed to be strong to survive. I have no doubt that Virginia with her presence and sheer goodness, saved some of these soldiers from death. Just as surely as the doctors treated their physical bodies with transfusions of blood, Virginia helped save their lives with transfusions of strength.
It’s ridiculous that the word hero only applies to men. And by the way, if we’re going to have a word for heroic women can we do better than heroine? I mean come on. Well, it might not be correct English but it’s true: By helping save the lives of these men, my Mom was an American hero. To this day there are thousands of families across America who had a relative helped by my Mom, even if it was just to be there as they lay dying.
Recently in this country there has been a wave of inexplicable support for the Bush administration. Apparently certain members of our society have gotten the words wrong, and recite the pledge of allegiance directly to our current President. The sad part is that they think they're being patriotic so it might be useful to bring in a real patriot to show you what being an American is really about. And joy of joys, dear right wing readers, it happened during the Clinton Years - a time you love to focus on. Wait, here's one interesting tidbit relayed to me by my Mom, before we start: Did you know our troops in Europe were aware that General Eisenhower was playing around - that he had a mistress? That's something to keep in mind next time you're revisiting your glory years of sniffing around in Bill Clinton's shorts.
Okay, so here comes the point to all this. I was talking to my Mom about the War in Kosovo, which was happening at that time. I said I was amazed that we could fight a war and only lose 2 soldiers.
She said, "If you believe what the government is telling us." What's this? A rebellious attitude from a silver-haired lady? Do you realize how awkward it is when you realize your Mom is hipper than you are? So here we had a super-patriot not willing to buy everything the temporary occupiers of the White House dished out. It's called being "ever vigilant" in guarding our liberty. That's something to keep in mind next time you pledge your allegiance to President Bush and attack any dissent as being the griping of traitors.

15 Comments:

At 1:53 PM, Blogger LaurelhurstDad said...

A lovely piece. Thank you for sharing it.

Too many people who work for peace are never recognized. Unlike deserters such as Bush and dodgers like Cheney, a lot of people who refuse to go to war, go to work to stop it. And those who do go into harm’s way to mend the wounded are not hailed as the brave people they are.

Invade a country that never attacked us, kill over a hundred thousand people, mostly innocent, and you are considered a ‘great leader.’ Suggest peaceful and relatively simple solutions and you are branded a traitor. What a mixed up system.

 
At 4:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree, nicely done Bill.

And re Laurelhurst's last paragraph:
how 'bout actually serving in Vietnam, you know rather than wherever the president was hiding those years, and getting "swifted" for it. Simply amazing.

 
At 5:25 PM, Blogger Rat said...

I served in Viet Nam in 1969. As Mao said, "Peace grows out to the barrel of a gun". It is time that people realistically faced the fact that there are a hell of a lot of folks out there who want the West destroyed. One note: This site actually allows dissent. Bully for the Freelancer. Unlike that coward Jack, Bill has cajones although his opinions are whacko.

 
At 5:51 PM, Blogger LaurelhurstDad said...

Discussion is good.

So why can't we discuss why so many people want to see the west destroyed?

I agree that it is hard to argue with religious fanatics (we have them right here -- those who want to control women and those who force their beliefs on the rest of us, for example). Maybe getting out of their lands would be a place to start. Give them countries of their own if they don't have one (we did it for Israel). At least then we could have a real target to bomb if it does come down to that

 
At 5:53 PM, Blogger Bill McDonald said...

Don't be calling Jack a coward. He's got cajones to spare.

 
At 6:05 PM, Blogger Rat said...

Jack is afraid of any posting that disagrees with his warped view of the world.

I mean how many "yes, masser" postings can one stand. The guy is, witnout a doubt, a sissie blogger. I will bet he didn't serve in Viet Nam.

 
At 6:56 PM, Blogger Bill McDonald said...

I've got a comeback here, but I'm not sure you won't be offended. Not all comedy is safe.

 
At 7:48 PM, Anonymous Tenskwatawa said...

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Wrong info and lies builds opinion haters. Like adult illiterates, opinion haters feel everyone sees their shame, shameful ignorance that hates all opinions and double hates their own personal inferiority-complex of inadequacies.
Fact is, Mao Zedong's "Little Red Book" says:
POWER proceeds out the barrel of a gun.

Also:
Let a hundred flowers blossom.

Opinions and ideas being the 'flowers.' So peace demonstrations included putting daisies sticking out the barrels of National Guardsmen standing stock-still going to shoot and kill American citizens ... and then they couldn't do it. Flower power kryptonite on kill-brain damage.

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But my beef is with you, Bill, for your benefit-of-the-doubt bending-over-backwards for the sake of ? peace, I guess, your peace with celebrities who are fascists who intend to, and work to, see you, and your mother's unworthy TYPE of person, dead. And them, the fascists, remain alive living in stealing your estate.

This your lines:

[Nationalistic militarism] It moved her too much. It brought back too many memories from World War 2. This wasn't the patriotism of the blustery right wing talk show hosts like Lars Larson, who never served in the military. Or David Reinhard, who I bet never served in a combat zone either. And it certainly wasn't the phony tough guy act Cheney and Bush have been running the last few years.

"Blustery right wing talk," Bill, is NEVER "patriotism."

Liars Larson would see you and any human dead so he can get m$o$n$e$y from sponsors of hate. Same as Devil Reinhard.

If rightist, pathological brain-disordered, dangers to society like Liars is, can denigrate your mother and her generation's legacy (the institution of the U.N., f'rinstance), for one single day more inhaling vapors of their celebrity power addiction, by GOD your mother gets it with their gassing.

And if she had a gold tooth, they would scrape it out of their scorched earth incendiary, and cash it. And if she were a Gold Star mother, Liars denies her life:
"Cindy Sheehan is a nothing."

Whoever here called themself patriot in the name of The Nam and Bush fascism, ask: Do you kiss your mama with that mouth?

Smarten up, at least you're not severely brain damaged, though that is enough to qualify for celebrity rightist. READ a freakin' book !!

Especially the part on psycho sick mercenaries -- patriots of no nation, that is: Liars and Devil -- working to extend The Nam abominations for personal piece$ o$f $ilver.

The truth is your mentally sick hero George Hitler Worker Bush and his spawn are full fruitcake fascists, and it is documented, and don't come back and comment here until you have READ it.

 
At 7:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

......whoa, hot summer nite.

 
At 8:04 PM, Blogger Bill McDonald said...

I think I'm going to move on to the next post now.
Thanks for participating. Drop by if you're ever in this part of the galaxy again.

 
At 12:30 AM, Blogger LaurelhurstDad said...

And I thought I ranted.

 
At 12:07 PM, Blogger Rat said...

this is getting too deep for me....

 
At 12:09 PM, Blogger Rat said...

Wow.. Where are the folks in the white coats when you need them?

 
At 3:30 AM, Anonymous Tenskwatawa said...

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Bill, in front of your eyes.

me:
dangers to society like Liars is, can denigrate your mother and her generation's legacy (the institution of the U.N., f'rinstance), for one single day more inhaling vapors of their celebrity power addiction, by GOD your mother gets it with their gassing.

http://mediamatters.org/items/200607250006
Savage: CNN's Blitzer "would have let children into the gas chamber in order to stay alive an extra day"

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Fact: Liars Larson reads your blog. Other trolls here are, indeed, assigned to monitor you, for their Fuhrer Dunce. Whether self-assigned or waged or come to call -- doesn't matter. Meet your custodian, here to sweep your life away.

Fact: Any potent words the monitors discover, gets bucked up the rightist channels of the mental mesmerists. And if the word whip cracks them, they just nonsensically whip it back to mean you. "I know you are, but what am I." One example you see around is fascist liberal. The idea is nonsense, impossible like 'sterile creativity.'

Bill, murderous autocratic rightist fascism -- fascism is ALWAYS rightist -- can NEVER be patriots. Because they intend their advantage by eliminating others dead. 'Others' their fellow citizens.

You and me and our society and such niceties as music and humor causes literally headache brain pain for them to open to it, from their catatonia of consciousness. Literally pain for their brains to accommodate divergence or two sides of thought. MRI brain scans show it. Rightism is the sociopolitics of brain pathology constriction.

They are not patriots. They are sociopaths. Disorderly and disruptive. WE, the PEOPLE, must NEVER permit the mentally ill to microphone their manic mindset. There is psychologic employment testing, just like urinalysis, which can screen out the criminally insane like Liars and Savage -- so use it, suspend their license to drive thoughts into their dead end brick wall.

Or we get, as you see, illegal Prez Dunce, war crimes invasions, inhuman hate, dead lives, despicable deeds. Don't feed the trolls ant rat Liars. (rat means he tells on you, if you create a line or joke his degenerative gestapo can steal and use).

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Oh, and you could have used this for Devil Reinhard: Not brave enough to fight, because his mother wore combat boots.

 
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