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Supporting the Troops

Friday, August 25, 2006

I really don't understand why more people can't see through the facade that these right-wing fanatics put out there. They talk about supporting the troops this, and supporting the troops that. I would imagine that only 1 out of 10 of these people has actually served any time in the military. Karl Rove got deferments, Dick Cheney got deferments, Rush Limbaugh got a deferment because he had a boil on his butt; the list goes on-and-on. These chicken-hawks make me sick. They espouse this fake patriotic drivel, hoping that people will be continually fooled, vis-a-vis the 2004 election. When are people going to wake up and realize that the supporting the troops does not mean sending them off to fight and die for empty ideals? Sending our fighting men and woman into harms way under false pretenses is, by it's very definition, treason.

Those responsible should therefore be tried for treason. The United States Constitution has a clause specifically dedicated to such acts, and treason is the only crime to be mentioned by the document. Article 3 defines treason as only levying war against the United States or "in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort," and requires the testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act or a confession in open court for conviction. 18 USC § 2381 states "Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States." I'm going to say that the present administration of this country has done more than their share of what could be considered treasonous. Sending the brave men and women of the armed services off to be killed, mauled, and maimed under false pretenses would surely qualify.

Furthermore, I think that any person who repeats this drivel is themselves a traitor and not a patriot as they make themselves out to be. How many of those people driving around with the yellow magnetic ribbons on the back of their hugs SUV's have actually served in the military? How many of those people even know someone who's serving in the military. 90% of the men and women serving in todays military come from the lower/poverty levels of US society, not from the rich white suburbs of America. So these people with the yellow ribbons, and those who run around saying "support the troops" and themselves not supporting the troops. If they want to support the troops, they should enlist. I'm sure they'd get a much different perspective on things after doing that. I think that everyone should start calling these people out for who and what they are. Traitors.



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