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Thursday, July 27, 2006

Red Friday

Below is the text of an email message I received from the mother of two soldiers:

RED FRIDAYS ----- Very soon, you will see a great many people wearing Red every Friday. The reason? Americans who support our troops used to be called the "silent majority". We are no longer silent, and are voicing our love for God, country and home in record breaking numbers. We are not organized, boisterous or overbearing. We get no liberal media coverage on TV, to reflect our message or our opinions.

Many Americans, like you, me and all our friends, simply want to recognize that the vast majority of America supports our troops. Our idea of showing solidarity and support for our troops with dignity and respect starts this Friday -and continues each and every Friday until the troops all come home, sending a deafening message that.. Every red-blooded American who supports our men and women afar will wear something red

By word of mouth, press, TV -- let's make the United States on every Friday a sea of red much like a homecoming football game in the bleachers. If every one of us who loves this country will share this with acquaintances, coworkers, friends, and family. It will not be long before the USA is covered in RED and it will let our troops know the once "silent" majority is on their side more than ever, certainly more than the media lets on.

The first thing a soldier says when asked "What can we do to make things better for you?" is...We need your support and your prayers. Let's get the word out and lead with class and dignity, by example; and wear some thing red every Friday.

IF YOU AGREE -- THEN SEND THIS ON

IF YOU COULDN'T CARE LESS THEN HIT THE DELETE BUTTON --- IT IS YOUR CHOICE. WE LIVE IN THE LAND OF THE FREE, ONLY BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE.

THEIR BLOOD RUNS RED---- SO WEAR RED --- MAY GOD HELP AMERICA TO BECOME ONE NATION, UNDER GOD.

HAVE A GREAT DAY!


The two soldiers are young men who I have known since they were small boys. They were both like auxiliary sons who spent vast amounts of time playing and hanging out with my sons. Often I would play sports with them or go places with them, sometimes with their dad along as well. They grew into fine young men and both chose, like my oldest son Rob, to join the military.

You may know that my son (Sergeant) Robert served in a combat zone in Afghanistan and while still in the military, is now stationed stateside.

Of the two young men previously mentioned, one of them (Specialist Four) Charles served in Iraq and is now back stateside. He is in the National Guard. The other, (First Lieutenant) Cecil, is preparing to go overseas to Iraq. Military and military-familiar folks call it "The Sandbox". The entire country is a combat zone so anyone deployed there is risking his life and limb for the sake of the rest of us.

I tend to dislike forwarding emails like the one above. Yet I am doing more than forwarding, I am publishing this one out of respect to the children and parents of those who serve their country. In an all-volunteer military force, those who serve are doing so by choice and not by force. They deserve to be acknowledged and honored. So I will find something red to wear on Friday. It is a small thing for me to do, is it not?

13 comments:

cranky old fart said...

Great. Another "love it or leave it" opportunity. Total B.S., totally dangerous and totally totalitarian.

If I see another flag/cross combo, I'm gonna puke.

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chaos_engineer said...

This is a great example of slacktivism

We've been supporting the troops by buying magnetic yellow ribbons from China and putting them on the bumpers of our cars for years. I agree that it's not enough, but if we start wearing red clothing one day a week, will that be enough to make a difference?

Maybe it would be better to take a step back, and see what the real problem is. Is it just that we're not buying enough knick-knacks from China?

Or maybe it's that we don't have enough soldiers to do the job. They're trying as hard as they can, but Iraq isn't getting any more stable.

So let's try this: Don't go out and buy some red clothing. Instead, take the time to call your representatives in Congress, and ask them to take action.

I can think of two things that would work:

1 - Tell the Iraqs, "OK, we've freed you from Saddam, and we've destroyed all the WMD's we could find. We've given you a republic, and we hope you can keep it. But now it's time for you to take responsibility for your country. We're ending the occupation, but of course we'll be happy to provide your government with training and weapons as long as you respect human rights."

2 - Send over enough soldiers to completely root out the terrorists. If we have to raise taxes or have a draft, then that's what we have to do. We can't expect to win this war as long as we're fighting it on the cheap.

(Do other people have other ideas? I'm leaning towards option 1, but frankly anything would be better than that status quo.)

highboy said...

Actually, another option would be for anti-war activists to stop whining and spinning the usual liberal talking points, and be intellectually honest about the war in Iraq, and the progress that has been made.

chaos_engineer said...

Highboy,

I was looking for suggestions about what can be done in the real world.

Our Congressmen can't force "liberals" to agree with us. If things were that easy, then we'd just force the Sunnis and the Shiites to start liking each other.

Let's forget about the Mean Old Liberals for a minute. Can you think of a practical way to stop the escalating civil war between the Sunnis and the Shiites? If not, can you think of a practical way to minimize the number of American soldiers getting killed in the process?

If wearing red clothing and blaming "liberals" is the best you can do, then I suppose we'll have to live with that. But I really do think the troops deserve better.

ExPreacherMan said...

Radar,

Great site -- I will put you on my Bloglines feed and my BlogRoll.

In Christ,

ExPreacherMan

highboy said...

"Can you think of a practical way to stop the escalating civil war between the Sunnis and the Shiites?"

What civil war?

"If not, can you think of a practical way to minimize the number of American soldiers getting killed in the process?"

Its a war. Our soldiers are going to suffer casualties, as they have in every war. We've actually suffered less casualties in Iraq than most wars on our nations history by a long shot.

"If wearing red clothing and blaming "liberals" is the best you can do, then I suppose we'll have to live with that. But I really do think the troops deserve better."

Oh, I agree. I think our troops deserve to have guys like Murtha shutting their moronic mouths, and to stop calling our troops bloodthirsty killers. I think our troops should not be accused of every crime imaginable by every Democrat in Congress, without any substantial evidence. I think the troops who are accused deserve a fair trial before morons like Murtha declare them guilty. I think our troops deserve to be paid a heluva lot more than what they are. I think our troops deserve to NOT have the NY Times undermine their strategy by posting it all over their newspaper. I think they deserve to have Americans get their information from reliable sources on the ground rather than left-wing rag organizations hell bent on getting their favorite spin artist elected.

As far as casualties go, I knew what it meant when I swore in, and so do they. They're heroes, and they aren't dying for nothing.

creeper said...

"Oh, I agree."

Given your subsequent comments, shouldn't that read "Oh, I disagree"?

highboy said...

"Given your subsequent comments, shouldn't that read "Oh, I disagree"?"

No I agree with Chaos Engineer that our troops deserve more than supporters wearing red and blaming liberals. Absolutely.

Jake said...

No I agree with Chaos Engineer that our troops deserve more than supporters wearing red and blaming liberals. Absolutely.

Right. You also think that those who don't support the war should be forced to shut up, wear red, and start blaming liberals. That'll solve everything.

highboy said...

"Right. You also think that those who don't support the war should be forced to shut up, wear red, and start blaming liberals. That'll solve everything."

That's funny. I don't remember saying any of that. Liberals are easy targets though, being wrong and all.

highboy said...

Check these pictures out radar.

radar said...

Well, hey, I got a rise out of cranky!

No, wearing red won't accomplish much of anything really. I wanted to honor the request of a military mother and I did. The Troops overseas aren't going to know it or see it.

I will say that it would be a better world if the ridiculous naysayers for pseudo-peace would get a clue and get behind the war effort. If it takes red clothes and yellow ribbons, so be it.

More to the point, we need a large faction of liberal politicians to quit making the war on terror and Iraq in particular a political football, be part of the solution rather than the problem, and run against conservatives on other issues.

Highboy, excellent! Very true and very sad that the MSM is in the business of preaching traitorous trash rather that giving us straightforward information.

chaos_engineer said...

More to the point, we need a large faction of liberal politicians to quit making the war on terror and Iraq in particular a political football,

I disagree. If the liberals stop doing that, then the conservatives would have to stop doing that too.

And then we'd be bereft of Highboy's contributions. Imagine what a bleak place the world would be with no one screeching about how the troops are being "accused of every crime imaginable by every Democrat in Congress" and how Congressman Murtha is a "moron" and how the mainstream media preaches "traitorous trash".

Life gets boring without a little bit of hysteria to spice it up! (Besides, we can't shut Highboy up anyway; he's got that pesky First Amendment on his side!)

Of course, people other than Highboy are equally free to say stuff that makes sense. (If they want.)

Anyway, I didn't explain myself well enough last time...let's start at the beginning.

Can we agree that our goal in Iraq is to set up a democratic government that is friendly towards the US, that respects the rights of women and of ethnic and religious minorities, and that doesn't sponsor terrorism?

Would you say that we're making progress towards that goal, or that we're just holding steady or even falling away from it?

If it turns out that we're making progress, then, yes, we should stick with the status quo. But if we're losing ground, then don't you think we should consider a change of strategy?

Also, I just remembered...wearing a piece of red clothing is one of the recognition signs for the "Bloods" street gang. It's OK to wear it, but just be aware of your surroundings, especially those of you who are in your late teens/early twenties.