Who Hijacked Our Country

Friday, May 23, 2008

Those #!$%&#$!&% Tax-and-Spend Democrats are Coddling Veterans Again

Dick Cheney: “We have millions of working-class drones who are only good for one purpose — cannon fodder. Then they come back from the war and start sniveling about some sort of injury, or wanting an education or whatever. We don’t need them any more. They can go fuck themselves!”

Cheney’s cute little sockpuppet: “If these folks had anything to offer besides their lives, their daddies would have gotten them out of the service, like my daddy did for me. Thank you Daddy.”

OK, Bush-Cheney didn’t actually say those exact words. But that’s been their obvious sentiment ever since our cakewalk started in Iraq more than five years ago.

“Support Our Troops!” means not saying a F#$%! word against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Sssshhhhhhh!!! You’ll demoralize our soldiers, and you’ll encourage The Enemy! You can’t possibly be against the war AND support the troops. As the popular soundbite goes: “That’s like saying you support your home team but you don’t want them to win any more games.” Oh, and you DO have a few yellow ribbon decals on your car, don’t you???

“Support Our Troops!” DOESN’T mean giving a flying fuck about our soldiers after they come home injured or disabled. And it sure as hell doesn’t mean caring about the families of soldiers who were killed in action. Will that sniveling Cindy Sheehan EVER stop bawling and blubbering? Get over it!

The “Support Our Troops!” rhetoric is sort of like the “pro-life” soundbites that fetus-worshippers are always spewing. After the baby is born, it’s no longer sacred. After a soldier comes home disabled, the warmongers suddenly forget all about their protective maternal “ssshhhhhh!! Our soldiers are over there fighting! Don’t distract them!” slogans. A returning soldier and an already-born baby are both devalued, like a new car that’s just been purchased and driven off the lot.

“Oh, you’re born. OK, run along now.” “Oh, you’re not over there fighting in the trenches any more. Well, whaddya want now?”

And now, taxpayer-financed college educations for soldiers? Who’s the Communist that came up with that idea???

Yesterday the Senate voted (as always) to give Bush the war funding that he demanded — $165 billion, enough to fund the war through next spring. But this bill also includes tens of billions of dollars for veterans’ benefits, including a much-improved GI Bill.

Dumbya — that great supporter of our troops that he is — has threatened to veto the bill if it contains extra money for veterans’ benefits. But the Senate passed the bill by a veto-proof majority, 75 to 22.

Not only did some previously invertebrate Democrats suddenly grow spines, but — better sit down for this — twenty-five Republican senators deserted Bush’s sinking ship and voted for the bill.

A Republican senator from Utah, Robert Bennett, said Bush “has no political capital left.”

It’s about time.

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Blogger Mentarch said...

This reminds me of the usual refrain put out by neocon warhawks and chickenhawks concerning the (too many) deaths of soldiers, the lack of proper training, the lack of proper gear, and the never-ending re-deployment of those who somehow managed to survive each of their tours: "Hey - they chose to enlist. Nobody forced them into the armed forces. Besides, it's their job. So, they should stop complaining."

I wonder what these fatuous morrons will do or say when the draft is re-instituted, should the war in Iran gets going?

May 23, 2008 at 1:28 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Mentarch: "Fatuous morons" -- good description. That really pisses me off too. They pretend to have this maternal attitude towards "our troops," like any criticism of the war will demoralize them and jeopardize their safety. And then when you mention the soldiers' injuries and hardships, they suddenly change to "hey, they volunteered. They're adults. They knew what they were doing."

May 23, 2008 at 1:50 PM  
Blogger American Hill BIlly said...

I got your blog from Carlos there...for other reasons I am John Doe....To the point, I recently met a Honduran freighter Captain, he served 6 years in the US army willingly, and proudly. He, and most of his "grunt" buddies got out when Bush was declared the winner by the courts....They all knew the SOB would take them to war!!!
Also, of note the USS Kitty Hawk Carrier is set for decommission in less than a year. It is normally in Japan....They have moved this soon to be destroyed ship to the Strait of I believe Hormoos???? Persion Gulf. Call me quacky, but I remember alot of false flag crap that made tons of people money! The ship is/was set to be sunk off California in 2009....but now it is in harms way?????? Also, the Air Commander was recently relieved of duty...basically "quote being unfit"

May 23, 2008 at 6:03 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

American Hill Billy: Interesting story. Those guys got out of the Navy just in time.

And you're right, it does sound kind of fishy that the USS Kitty Hawk is being sent to the Persian Gulf, and their commander being declared "unfit for duty."

May 23, 2008 at 7:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

After years of watching conservative hawks poor trillions into weapons and contracts while cutting Veterans Benefits.

It took a dreaded Liberal like Ron Dellums when he was chair of the House Armed Services Committee to pass bills increasing pay and more job protection for reservist.

Watching Conservatives Like Bob Dole who would not be here if it wasn't for the GI Bill then turn around and cut it for todays veterans.

C'mon Bush after all the stories this year about inadequate veterans care, poor mental care and hushed memo's regarding suicides and PTSD you are now going to Veto a bill that would help them?

Good thing the Republicans caught on in this Election year.

Note McCain tried to introduce his own bill, which isn't as "generous"
as the one on the floor.


May 24, 2008 at 3:29 AM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

Wonder if another signing statement is on the horizon.

Then again, perhaps it's all moot. There won't be any college TO go to if we end up in yet another war. The world hates our ass now. Imagine going after Iran. Talk about being a pariah on a Nazi Germany scale. Is it drafty in here?

May 24, 2008 at 8:29 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Erik: I sure hope this issue will be brought out front and center from now until the election. This particular bill isn't law yet; the House still has to vote on it and so far they don't have a veto-proof majority.

But if this keeps getting debated, maybe the public will start to see how two-faced these "Support Our Troops!" rightwingers really are. "Support" them while they're over there getting shot at and blown up, and then drop them like a hot potato when they come home disabled.

Randal: Yes, a signing statement is definitely in order here. Any veteran who has ever been either (1) by himself, or (2) with somebody, is hereby disqualified from any benefits.

May 24, 2008 at 10:22 AM  
Blogger Lew Scannon said...

This is the end result of electing a couple of draft dodgers into the chief executive position. Not every soldier can marry into a fortune like McCain,

May 24, 2008 at 4:56 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Lew: Yup, same old story. A few sheltered chickenhawks dream up wars for the less fortunate to die in.

May 24, 2008 at 5:10 PM  
Blogger Mile High Pixie said...

Gee, happy Memorial Day, all you who give and/or risk the ultimate in their service. Let's not actually take care of our servicemen and servicewomen.

[rolling eyes]

May 27, 2008 at 7:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You people have no idea what your talking about. There is more than one bill out there. Bush supports the one that will really help the vets. Get a clue!!

May 27, 2008 at 9:06 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Mile High Pixie: Hell no, we don't want to actually take care of soldiers and veterans after they've come home. It's much more fun to just make a bunch of empty slogans and gestures.

Anonymous: Bush and McCain support the bill that offers fewer benefits and lower GI Bill payments to veterans. Is that the bill that "will really help the vets?" Typical wingtard "reasoning."

May 27, 2008 at 11:20 PM  

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