Happy belated birthday to the United States Marine Corps!
I’m gonna go off a wee bit…okay?
I have had enough of conservative pundits and politicians sporting American Flag jewelry and spewing ig’nant as hell rhetoric about [insert "other" determined to rile up the base].
I am the grand daughter, daughter, niece and cousin of veterans. My grandfather, bless his soul, served during World War II...standing up to protect this nation even though this nation wouldn’t stand up to protect him when he had the audacity to travel while black and in uniform through the segregated south.
From the very beginning…the damned Revolutionary War, for Christ’s sake...people of color, immigrants and non-citizens, women and gays and lesbians and so forth have fought on behalf of the United States of America. Shit, there wouldn’t be a United States of America is it weren’t for the assistance of France…and French soldiers and military know how.
And to this day there are non-citizen soldiers who serve honorably…soldiers who are immigrants who deserve our respect not our skepticism and hatred.
Latinos, both citizens and non-citizens, serve and have served.
Black people serve and have served.
Native Americans serve and have served.
Women serve and have served (a tip of the Afro to my cousin…go on, girl!)
Gays, lesbians, bi-sexuals and transgender people serve and have served.
Muslims…Pagans…Jews…Atheists…serve and have served.
So let me tell it plain so fools can’t say they weren’t evah told.
Lou Dobbs - you cannot honor the American Veteran and preach hatred and fear of immigrants.
They are often one and the same.
Rush Limbaugh – you cannot honor the American Veteran and preach hatred and fear of people of color in general and black men in particular.
They sure as shit are often one and the same.
Glenn Beck, Michelle Malkin, Ann Coulter, the Cheney Women, the staff of FOX television/radio and the rest of you assholes who know who you are – you cannot and you DO NOT honor the American Veteran or soldiers when you campaign against LGBT people, mock the contributions of women, question the equality of and work to erode the rights of women, question the equality of work to erode the rights of LGBT citizens and generally, but with freakish dedication, contribute to a climate of hate and fear toward Muslims.
They are, more often than you allow your tiny little brains to think, one and the same.
Because this is America, the “other” you hate has, is and will continue to fight for the right of all Americans to say and do what those who spew hate sadly say and do.
But if you want to get your hate on you really ought to take those fucking flag pins off and pull the bullshit video segment celebrating America’s heroes off the air.
Because when you hate on the “other”…
…you are, more often than you think, hating on America’s heroes.
No if, ands or buts about it.
Happy Veterans Day and special cyber hugs to all members of the flock of bitchitude stationed at Ft. Hood …blessed be.
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