Saturday, November 26, 2005
Spitting On The Troops: The Ultimate Case Of Right-Wing Projectionism
Ever since Vietnam, one of the right-wing's biggest talking points has been that The Lefties Hate Our Troops. This TP, which in its simplest and most visceral form has been codified as the "Vietnam vets were spat upon" story -- a story which has been as thoroughly debunked as the old Dolchstoß ("stab in the back") theory, first used by German right-wingers during World War One and revived by American right-wingers during Vietnam -- is what has driven many military people into the arms of the Republican Party. In fact, the only known and confirmed spitting on the troops being done during the Vietnam War was, in fact, done by pro-war conservatives attacking World War II veterans who were protesting our involvement in Vietnam. And George McGovern, the 1972 Democratic candidate for president who opposed the Vietnam War, was hailed as one of the best bomber unit commanders ever to touch a throttle in the European theater of operations during World War II. With that in mind, it shouldn't surprise anyone that the persons desecrating memorials to America's fallen in Iraq, or who are attacking honorable veterans such as John Murtha, are in fact right-wingers and Republicans. (Let's not even go into how the GOP and the Bush administration want to destroy the Veterans' Administration.) War is Peace. Freedom is Slavery. Attacking the Troops is Supporting the Troops. I think you get the idea.
OUT. NOW. period.
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