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Sunday, May 20, 2007

Troubled

I am troubled by a few of things lately.

First I am watching the View, regularly. Not the whole thing, just the 'hot topics', still I know, lame. During said topics Rosie O'Donnell debates issues with one Elisabeth Hasselback. I get crazy watching the two of them. I have been known to talk to the television(yes, while folding laundry, so! ). What troubles me is how a young, college educated, mother of one and one on the way, can defend the acts of this president. I mean what is wrong with her? She defends Mr. Bush like he is a member of her family and we Americans should not have any ill opinions about her crazy uncle or something. She actually said in a time of war we should be more loyal to our president, because he is the president. Someone needs to hit that girl over the head with a swastika. Loyalty? To what exactly? I have had it with her. This is AMERICA. The greatest parts of American history are marked by our inability, as a people, to be loyal in times of moral crisis.

The real heart of this war is what troubles me the most. It seems to me that Ms. Hasselback and other 'loyalists' like her in this country, value American lives more than any other on Earth. Who is suffering in Iraq? Who suffers the most during all times of war? Mothers and children. Some 600,000 civilians in Iraq have been killed. I cringe at the thought of not being able to provide my children with clean water, food, security. And yet thousands of Iraqi people have lived without these basic needs for how long? This is where Hasselback's compassion as a mother should kick in. We mom's are all connected at the heart of our children. We would die for our babies. Iraqi mommies do not feel differently. Why is it OK with her if others suffer so she can continue to live her life uninterrupted? One life is not worth more than another. Period.

I know I should be troubled by the fact that this person bugs me as much as she does, but I find I cannot help myself. She is on television with a microphone and everything, living a privileged life and not asking herself the hard questions. What is this war for? Business. Who is running this war? Business men, filthy rich, lying to our faces, business men. They do not deserve our loyalty, when if anything, they have earned our disdain.

I have been troubled since the moment I heard our president announce the "War on Terror". I remember I scoffed. A war on terror? Someone get that guy a cape and tights. He could have a huge "I" shield across his chest, "I" for IDIOT. Can one rid the world of evil? Not so much. Certainly not with guns. With this president at the helm I feel less safe that I did four years ago. Taking our shoes off at the airport, packing 3ounces or less of any liquid the equivalent of buying bigger locks on your door in a crappy neighborhood. It does not make us more safe, he has worsened our place on this earth and our children's future on this Earth.

I am troubled by the fact that this administration uses fear to control us. Terrorists, terror cells... How dare he and his administration try to scare us, as if men with bombs are just lurking around every corner. Who do you think Iraqi children believe the terrorists to be? The other night I was watching the Daily Show and saw an American soldier fully armed throwing a ball with a child. Am I supposed to feel this image is endearing? Yeah I would love it if a guy covered in weapons wanted to throw a ball around with the boys.

Keep in mind that we are in fact raising the next generation of Iraqi children to also hate Americans. Are we going to rid the world of that evil too? I will not be sending my children to that war.

I am troubled that Rosie is leaving The View because I wonder who will challenge that crazy loyalist and others like her? I understand Hasselback is allowed her opinions, but I hope someone with equally passionate beliefs on the side of truth will also be seated at the table. I know I will probably stop watching the show, but just knowing she and others like her are out there makes me crazy. In my opinion 2008 is WAY too late. Impeachment anyone?

Finally I am troubled about the message that we are sending our kids, those underlying, never have to say out loud because they are so ingrained in our culture messages. War is not OK with me. Hatred is not OK with me. Lying is not OK with me. So why am I standing by as my president attempts erase all of the values I am trying so hard to instill in my children? Loyalty? I think NOT!

3 Comments:

At 12:29 PM, Blogger Toni Maria said...

God bless you, Allie.
I think we must be related by more than just marriage.

I remember that soon after the war began, a Bush spokesperson was telling the number of American soldiers killed. He was asked how many Iraqi had died. He replied, "We don't keep those numbers." That said it all for me.
Apparently, the Iraqi lives don't count to this administration.

There is another factor that isn't discussed often enough. We not only ask our soldiers to put their lives on the line for this war, we ask them to kill others. While I cannot even imagine the pain of losing a child in this immoral, unnecessary war, neither can I stand the thought of my country asking our sons and daughters to kill other human beings.

I support the troops by wanting them home to live full lives with their loved ones. How about you, Elisabeth?

 
At 4:44 PM, Blogger Jules said...

Your heartfelt and thoughtfully stated post shines a bright light this Administration's (and those who support them like EH) belief that one life is more important than another. Period. We KNOW that this illegal and immoral war was begun on the basis of lies. We KNOW that innocent people die in Iraq everyday for no reason. We KNOW that there was never any legitimate justifcation for this war - not our "security", not our "way of life". We KNOW this war is being waged for no other reason than political gain and the bottom line.

For those that need a refresher her's the definition of FASCISM:
"A system of government marked by centralization of authority under a dictator, stringent socioeconomic controls, suppression of the opposition through terror and censorship, and typically a policy of belligerent nationalism and racism."

Sixty years ago, fascism rose and innocents perished when good people remained silent. NOW is the time that all of us - Mothers, Fathers, Sisters, Brothers, Old, Young - ALL OF US raise our collective voices in the fullness of our power in this democracy and say "ENOUGH!"

 
At 7:04 AM, Anonymous Frank Stech (Colonel, ret. USAR) said...

When I was still in the Infantry, I shared a breakfast table in the Benning mess with a colonel whose blouse had every badge and more ribbons than I had ever seen. We got to talking, casually mostly, but he was a colonel and I was a wet 2LT and before he left he dropped the crumb I had hoped for when I sat down. “The hardest thing we do isn’t asking young men to die because we say so; the hardest is asking them to kill because we say so.”
The Emotional Quotient (EQ) has become a pop psychological element of how we think about intelligence and mental health. As we swirl though the whirlpools of the stages of grief, more public breakdowns like that of Defense Secretary Gates are likely. The private breakdowns we have felt, or will, have to the national stage of McLuhan’s global village. The bizarre lack of empathy, repeated rush to violence and cruelty, Nero-like blindness to national catastrophes, Orwellian “compassionate conservatism,” and sneering allusions to feeling other people’s pain, have awakened our collective EQ and focused the national PTSD. We get to watch as the tragic circle of callous denial contracts around our Hamlet-Lear-Richard III leaders. Sooner or later, we will decide what the rest of the world has been asking for half a decade: What kind of people are we; what kind of people do we want to be?

 

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