Tuesday, September 08, 2009

What is wrong with this country?

It was just a few years ago when the right was telling us that if you didn't support the president (in a time of war) you were NOT a patriot ... they told us it was our duty not to question warrantless wiretaps, torture, rendition and a host of other (at least) questionable activities taken on unilaterally by the executive branch...

Now, those same folks are telling us -- while we are still at war btw -- that they don't want their kids to watch a speech by the president ... a speech who's theme is "stay in school" and "help out in your local communities" ...

Has this country really gone this bat-shit crazy? I mean, we aren't supposed to question the violation of our 4th and 5th Amendment rights ... but we should teach our children that this president's words aren't to be trusted -- even when he speaks about something ALL of us (supposedly) agree on?

There truly is no hope for a people who are this screwed up... The politicization of EVERYTHING is at hand when a message like "stay in school" is seen as serving some evil, ulterior motive.

4 comments:

Josh Saint Jacque said...

Which well known right wingers declared anti-war dissenters to be unpatriotic? This is a charge the left has made many times, but it's simply not true.

If you're burning the flag or declaring your hate for the country then you are unpatriotic, but no one on the right in any position of influence suggested or suggests that simply being opposed to a president's foreign policy.

http://thepursuitofliberty.wordpress.com/

RR said...

I take it you were'nt a fox news watcher during the last administrations tenture: Sean Hannity (should I post the clips?), Bill O'Reilly, etc. ... all of them have said - on the air - that not supporting the president during time of war is unpatriotic.

Anonymous said...

I don't support the current President, but that dosent make me unpatriotic. The President and the entire executive branch work for me, and you, and every other american who voted. If I am not satisfied with his performance than I will vote to replace him. How can you support a President in a time of war, when he never served in the military himself. It's the troops who need our support, the troops who deserve our respect, not a politician.

RR said...

Serving in the military is not a pre-requisite to lead the military. I'm in the military ... the president is not: most haven't been.

As for 'supporting the troops' -- I don't know what that means: sounds like a slogan to me. The real tangile way you "support the troops" is with your tax $$$ ... Note that Bush was the only president NOT to raise taxes after starting/getting involved in a conflict. Wars are supremely expensive... If you want to looks at why the deficit is so large, ask how many 100's of billions have been spent overseas.

And that money isn't 'coming back to us' -- as it would if it was spent (yes, by the gov) here at home on infrastructure projects, etc.

Anyway, I digress...

Support who you like... That's your choice. But asking why military folks support a president who hasn't served in the military is kinda silly. I swore to defend the CONSTITUTION... and the processes it entails. That process puts a civilian in charge -- by the vote of the electoral college. It doesn't say anything about military service as a requirement.