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    I don't quite know how to write this. I have written the same thing over and over and it always reads like I am raining on the parade of others, or it reads like I am trying to be self-righteous, or preach to what are otherwise well meaning folks. This is not my intention, and because in writing the same thing now multiple times, I will just put it out there and let it be interpreted by you as you will.

    Folks, if you live in a big city, and for those of you who live in not so big cities, you don't need to reach out 7000 miles to help a soldier. All you need to do is drive down to the poorest part of wherever you live, or visit the nearest VA hospital.

    I met a guy 'on the skids' just yesterday. His name was Elmer. He related to me his story about how his motor home had been stolen, along with what little in the world that he owned. Because we both served in the Army, we began to trade stories. Elmer, quite soon in our conversation, got around to the image that I think sticks with many of us who served at a time in our history that many would like to forget. While times, places, and particular memories are different, the effect was I think, for most of us who experienced it, the same. 'God damn hippies spittin' on us when we got off the plane'.

    At this point I stopped Elmer, you see I have grey hair now. It has been said that with age comes either dementia or wisdom. I reminded Elmer that these kids were following their conscience and their convictions, and we were kids following orders, and doing what we thought was our job.

    Which leads me, the long way around, to two points that I want to make with this comment.

    * My first point is partly made by myriad.

    If you really want to provoke a good discussion on the militarism in the USA, start another thread, and don't start by branding all US soldiers killers.

    Agreed here myriad. mishimishi, while I admire your conviction, I have to say that your words and thoughts are very familiar. May I suggest that you redirect some of your conviction and your zeal.

    * My second point is this.

    Elmer did two tours of VietNam. There are those who live in L.A., or New York, or Chicago, any big city in the states, when seeing guys like Elmer every day on the street, at most point out 'the bum', and just drive by in their car with the 'Support Our Troops' sticker on the tailgate.

    Elmer didn't want hard candy. Elmer didn't want DVD's, or baby wipes, or gun oil.

    You see Elmer hadn't eaten in two days, and because we met at the self-serve car wash, Elmer wanted to wash my car in exchange for a cheeseburger from the fast food place next door.

    If the terriers and bariffs are torn down, this economy will grow - G. Bush

    by superscalar on Thu May 26, 2005 at 07:09:28 PM PDT

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