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Marines are defenders of the republic and the Constitution. That is our oath, that is our purpose, that is our calling. Many are Democrats. This is the journal of one such Marine. This leatherneck's progressive perspective is as follows...

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U.S. Marine,0300 MOS,eight years in,honorably discharged,college-educated. To all the damned trolls, you better believe there are liberal Marines. Read "War Is A Racket" by 2-time Medal of Honor recipient Maj.Gen.S.D.Butler, plus Lewis B. Puller, Jr.'s "Fortunate Son" and maybe then you'll understand. Semper Fi!

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Friday, August 19, 2005

On the Verge of a Serious and Significant Social Upheaval: Cindy Sheehan, Gas Prices, the Iraq War and the Initial Signs of Stress and Crisis on the Face of a Nation on Edge Posted by Picasa
Greetings to all. It has certainly been awhile since my last post, but as stated repeatedly, I am in the process of shoving off for graduate school. For all of you good people out there who are interested, I was able to secure a substantial sum of financial aid but presently find myself fighting the V.A. (www.gibill.va.gov) "tooth and nail" for my GI Bill benefits (in fact, V.A. sent me a charming letter saying that I no longer rated my benefits...damn bureaucracy...look, I just want my little piece of money. It ain't much, but I sure as shi* earned it). Anyway, enough of that, now time to play "catch-up". The Space Shuttle Discovery returned to Earth safely on 9 August 2005 at 8:12 AM EDT and yours truly (like so many other concerned folks not only in this country, but around the world) was up and glued to the television as she landed so gracefully and flawlessly at Edward's Air Force Base (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edwards_Air_Force_Base) after being waived-off of landing at the KSC (Kennedy Space Center, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kennedy_Space_Center) and White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Sands_Missile_Range). In fact, today's headlines report NASA (www.nasa.gov) won't launch another shuttle until sometime in 2006 (http://www.japantoday.com/e/?content=news&cat=4&id=346756) ...good idea NASA, it is obvious there are still a few things that need "tightening up" in terms of the shuttle fleet (i.e., big chunks of foam falling off of the shuttle as it headed into orbit, among other things) Also, kudos to devildog Paul Hackett (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Hackett) who wasn't quite able to secure the OH-02 Congressional seat during that district's special election on 2 August 2005. Although defeated in the election, Hackett had a fantastic showing, receiving 48.25% of the vote and giving GOP candidate Jean Schmidt a real run for her money in an election where the GOP should have skated to victory...but the GOP had to slog and scrabble for votes every step of the way...in short, Hackett brought the funk! Paul Hackett is nothing short of a hero who has inspired the Democratic Party; more importantly, he has showed that Democrats can not only bring the fight for the soul of America right into GOP territory (http://www.antiwar.com/justin/?articleid=7009), but can also hold their own in GOP territory. I find it ironic that this war in Iraq, the one GWB and his GOP (for the most part) cohorts were so hot to pursue and prosecute may, in fact, be the catalyst for the creation of a whole new generation of "super-Democrats", i.e., political candidates who are war veterans (of Iraq or Afghnaistan); and, moreover, are also Democrats/Democratic-leaning who (because of their military/combat experience) will have the "juice" to "rain the thunder down" on the heads of the GOP and drive the Republicans out from their current power position. In other words, the very war that was a creation of Republican ideologues is turning out to a nurturing field that is cultivating a whole new generation of tough-minded liberal/Progressive/Democratic candidates who will come home, run for office and kick the Republicans out of power. You have to admit there is a kind of poetic justice about the whole thing. Since I'm talking about Iraq and this fu**ed-up war, allow me to focus on Ms. Cindy Sheehan (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cindy_Sheehan), who one might call the "John Brown of the anti-war movement" (or, what I call, "the Iraq War resistance movement"). Bottom line here is: she's a saint. Cindy Sheehan has become the embodiment and personification of a feeling and an urgency that has been without a leader/front-person since this madcap war began. Enter Ms. Cindy Sheehan and we now have a full-fledged movement, not just a bunch of protesters...but a full-fledged-movement. In short, add one screwed-up foreign policy/war that is costing thousands of young lives (http://icasualties.org/oif/), plus a frustrated citizenry who feels "hijacked" by it's national leadership and who are also willing to step up and sound-off and then add one earnest, honest and passionate personality (i.e., Ms. Cindy Sheehan) and (watch out!) you've got yourself a movement which can do nothing but grow in strength and intensity. What Ms. Sheehan and those brave Americans are doing down there in Crawford/Waco (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McLennan_County,_Texas ) is nothing short of American patriotism, grit and courage at its very best. What is happening down there in the Waco/Crawford area is inspiring a nation and waking-up a country that has been asleep at the switch for far too long. God bless Ms. Sheehan and the American patriots down there who have the "cojones" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cojones) to tell the truth to power and not back down. For all those concerned the Democratic Party has lost it's will/ability to fight, let me refer you to Ms. Sheehan, the Crawford Peace House (http://www.crawfordpeacehouse.org/) and those warrior Americans who are standing tall against this current Administration's screwed-up policies right there (literally) in the President's backyard. That's guts people. You see, that's the kind of guts Paul Hackett exemplified a few weeks ago in Ohio and it's the kind of guts the American people respond to and respect (regardless of party affiliation) and it's the kind of guts that's going to give us victories in 2006 and in 2008. This is awesome, Democrats and Progressives flexing their muscles again after long last. Semper Fidelis


Blogger Dropout/Postgrad said...

Right on. Thank goodness for the law of unintended consequences. Well, sort of. I'm all for the idea of veterans of the thinking-man's military making policy and writing laws, but I worry about whether many will be able to get over their allegiances to their favorite color of uniform to serve the country as a whole? But there are other sorts of unintended consequences (like the fact that occupying someone's land to fight terrorists who may or may not be there causes the man whose property you landed on to become a terrorist... sometimes) that we need lawmakers and policy makers to deal with more objectively. I hope that someday we'll see an alliance between thinking-men and level-headed fighting-men tp deal with those problems. Today, Democrats and intellectuals are made shy by the military. That does not help them gain the ear of servicemen and women. And many military brass exhibit a sort of hubris that makes it very difficult for the ununiformed to work with them. I don't know what can be done about that... but I prefer bringing it up now.

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