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Wounded Iraq Vet Threatened, Spat on by 'Antiwar' Protesters (D.C. Chapter Report on 1/27/07)
Sunday, January 28, 2007 | Kristinn

Posted on 01/28/2007 5:37:22 PM PST by kristinn

I'm angry. I'm angry at the 'antiwar' protesters who heaped abuse on our troops. And I'm angry at the people who couldn't be bothered to stand up for our troops yesterday.

Tens of thousands of anti-American leftists and their dupes marched on our nation's capital calling for America's defeat in the war on terror in Iraq.

Only about forty people could be bothered to turn out in support of America's victory in Iraq. Among those forty was a civilian POW held by the North Vietnamese communists and several Iraq war veterans--including wounded warriors who left the hospital to stand up for their brothers in arms on the home front.

Why did former POW Mike Benge and Iraq vet Joshua Sparling only find a few dozen people willing to stand with them? Why, as the anti-American left is heading toward repeating their victory in Vietnam, are so many people sitting on their asses and doing nothing to stop them?

Why, when Joshua Sparling was spat on, cursed at and threatened by 'peace marchers', were there so few people there to defend his honor?

Why was Jane Fonda allowed to desecrate the Navy Memorial and only face token opposition?

Why did Mike Benge see thousands more people showing up to cheer Jane Fonda than there were to denounce her?

Those who were there to support these patriots will be posting their observations and photos on this thread. I've said my piece.


TOPICS: Activism/Chapters; US: District of Columbia; Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: 82ndairborne; answer; antiwar; army; iraq; iraqifreedom; janefonda; joshuasparling; ratcrime; sparling; suspiciouspackage; usarmy; vetabuse; wcw; worldcantwait
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To: at bay
All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men and women to do nothing.

Well then, we know how this story will end.

51 posted on 01/28/2007 6:16:51 PM PST by tgslTakoma
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To: at bay
All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men and women to do nothing.

Well, the "good" ones are doing a dang fine job!

52 posted on 01/28/2007 6:17:50 PM PST by Just A Nobody (I - LOVE - my attitude problem! NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! Beware the ENEMEDIA)
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To: tgslTakoma
You forgot Justa A Nobody from below Richmond, 2 1/2+ hr. drive, and GunsareOK, at least a 2 hour drive.

[Mr] T
53 posted on 01/28/2007 6:18:44 PM PST by trooprally (Never Give Up - Never Give In - Remember Our Troops)
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To: tgslTakoma
1,764 registered Freepers flying a DC, MD or VA flag. 40 showed up, and of that number, 1 drove down from NJ, one from Philadelphia, two from NC.

Don't forget your West Coast rep!

54 posted on 01/28/2007 6:19:48 PM PST by SandyInSeattle (Temporarily Posting from Washington DC)
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To: stratman1969
The First Amendment is not an excuse for spitting on a wounded Iraq vet.

EXACTLY RIGHT!!!!

NO Amendment covers spitting, PERIOD!

Spitting on someone else is ASSAULT, and if I witness assault, I WILL respond in kind, PERIOD!!!

55 posted on 01/28/2007 6:19:49 PM PST by dirtbiker (I've tried to see the liberal point of view, but I couldn't get my head up my "rear end"...)
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To: Little Bill; Cheesel

PING


56 posted on 01/28/2007 6:20:49 PM PST by Little Bill (Welcome to the Newly Socialist State of New Hampshire.)
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To: trooprally

If I had been closer, I would have attended. I posted to people in the Lake County, Indiana area to see if there might be some people who would be interested in joining me there to show our support for the troops, because the protesters are growing in numbers every Saturday but there was not one reply.

But what do we expect? If they won't vote to keep the Democrats out of power, then why on earth would we expect Stay at home Conservatives to get out of the bubble and stand up for their country and our Troops?

Yeah, I'm ticked. This is dangerous and I for one have not had such a concern for this country like I have at this time.


57 posted on 01/28/2007 6:20:54 PM PST by Paige
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To: SandyInSeattle

Thanks for representing the left coast, Sandy!


58 posted on 01/28/2007 6:21:08 PM PST by 4woodenboats ("Show me what 100 hours brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman")
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To: BluH2o
Tens of thousands? Obviously you're buying into the Washington Post, NY Times numbers ... actual count from more reliable sources put the number closer ... 6 to 8 thousand.

Hello?!

We were there. We watched them march by us - for two hours. I drove around their rally perimeter and saw the crowds with my own eyes. They had tens of thousands.

Whoever your "reliable sources" were are blowing smoke out of their butts with that 6-8k number.

59 posted on 01/28/2007 6:21:28 PM PST by tgslTakoma
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To: tgslTakoma
Been there, done that. Didn't happen.

Been there, done that. Did happen.

But, thanks for the laugh.

60 posted on 01/28/2007 6:23:04 PM PST by Enosh
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To: trooprally
Well.....you know, I don't put much worth in this so-called leftist "rally". It was kind of like trying to get kids to go to church by offering them ice cream. They might show up and eat what you've got on Saturday but amazingly they won't be there on Sunday.
61 posted on 01/28/2007 6:23:14 PM PST by Earthdweller (All reality is based on faith in something.)
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To: 4woodenboats

My pleasure! It was a vere educational experience, that's for sure!


62 posted on 01/28/2007 6:23:39 PM PST by SandyInSeattle (Temporarily Posting from Washington DC)
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To: quesney
Pearl Harbor, Sputnik or 9/11 are what got the liberals, nay sayers and isolations off their a$$.

You sound like a very pessimistic person. Did you vote this past November, or just say it was a lost cause because the MSM said so and stayed home.

This protest march should be a wake up call!!

[Mr] T

63 posted on 01/28/2007 6:24:12 PM PST by trooprally (Never Give Up - Never Give In - Remember Our Troops)
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To: dirtboy

"I had other things to do that day."

That's the problem, Dirtboy. Those that claim to stand with the troops and America's best interests put more importance in the "other things". But what is more important than standing up for the troops, the country, and freedom? Certainly not laundry, a movie (even with a hot date), or a latte. The anti-war, anti-Americans find their agenda so important that everything gets put aside for one day, or a few hours, every week. Saturday's march was an event, whereas they stage rallies in cities across the country EVERY week! I, like Kristinn and his stalwart band of supporters, counter the Lefties EVERY week! We have done so for years, and we have other things too. Our numbers have dwindled, but our spirit remains committed to the purpose we pledged to.

You can go to Walter Reed or Olney and participate. Or start your own rally. It is not too late. And when the Lefties march again, and they will, put the "other things" aside.


64 posted on 01/28/2007 6:24:22 PM PST by oneamericanvoice (Too many morons, so little time.)
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To: kristinn; almostheaven aka MrsDrumbo; andy58-in-nh; bg987; billorites; Blacksmith; Bowana; ...

Ping, I know Kristinn; Rightous anger.


65 posted on 01/28/2007 6:26:15 PM PST by Little Bill (Welcome to the Newly Socialist State of New Hampshire.)
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To: oneamericanvoice
That's the problem, Dirtboy.

I agree entirely. Guilty as charged. I used to get out to protest. Have gotten out once over the last couple of years. Need to do more. The pinkos get out.

66 posted on 01/28/2007 6:27:09 PM PST by dirtboy (Duncan Hunter 08 - rationalization not required, he IS a conservative already)
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To: Paige
Thanks for trying. Keep up the effort.

Of course one FReeper counter rallies sure piss off the moonbats also.

If you do a one FReeper FReep, post a thread on it with pics. That will start to get the word out.

[Mr] T
67 posted on 01/28/2007 6:27:29 PM PST by trooprally (Never Give Up - Never Give In - Remember Our Troops)
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To: kristinn

I blame you for this.

You knew what the left was capable of, and you put this man, and others in the line of fire. For what? To counter a mind set such as these demonstrators? Personal recognition??

Well failed the former, and you got some as far as I'm concerned on the latter...


68 posted on 01/28/2007 6:28:48 PM PST by sit-rep ( http://trulineint.com/latestposts.asp)
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To: Enosh

Enosh, we've had plenty of those, were you at any of them?


69 posted on 01/28/2007 6:29:50 PM PST by RaceBannon (Innocent until proven guilty: The Pendleton 8...down to 2...GWB, we hardly knew ye...)
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To: kristinn
Why was Jane Fonda allowed to desecrate the Navy Memorial and only face token opposition?

The words "conservative" and "complacent" have much more in common than the fact that they start with the letter 'C'.

70 posted on 01/28/2007 6:30:30 PM PST by The Duke (I have met the enemy, and he is named 'Apathy'!)
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To: familyop
...unless our President can pull even more unprecedented success out of his pool of strategic skills.

It is about time the American people woke the hell up and quit blaming everything on President Bush and expecting him to handle every dang detail of wars...at home and abroad!

When the communists manage to facilitate a Vietnam redux we won't have to worry about money, TV or beer!

71 posted on 01/28/2007 6:30:31 PM PST by Just A Nobody (I - LOVE - my attitude problem! NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! Beware the ENEMEDIA)
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To: Anti-Bubba182

300 buses from 40 states...they are motivated.


72 posted on 01/28/2007 6:32:33 PM PST by Just A Nobody (I - LOVE - my attitude problem! NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! Beware the ENEMEDIA)
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To: tgslTakoma

Disk surgery soon....(sigh)...


73 posted on 01/28/2007 6:33:21 PM PST by RaceBannon (Innocent until proven guilty: The Pendleton 8...down to 2...GWB, we hardly knew ye...)
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To: kristinn

Because I was up here in Watertown New York, celebrating the fact that my husband was finally home from Afghanistan. And, holding the hands of my fellow Army spouses whose husbands have been extended 6 more months. And, working overtime so I can rack up some comp time at work, so when my son goes back to Iraq with the Marines (for the third time) I maybe able to get down to Camp Lejeune and see him off. That's why.


74 posted on 01/28/2007 6:34:20 PM PST by SAMS ("I may look harmless, but I raised a U.S. MARINE!" Army Wife & Marine Mom)
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To: sit-rep; kristinn

huh?

How do you put volunteers anywhere?

And just what about Kristinn's presence allows or promotes that behaviour?

Does THEIR presence mean WE can assault them because we disagree?


75 posted on 01/28/2007 6:35:15 PM PST by RaceBannon (Innocent until proven guilty: The Pendleton 8...down to 2...GWB, we hardly knew ye...)
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To: trooprally
Those guys whose photos you posted, Mr T, are the guys who threatened to shoot Josh (well, there is a second guy who also threatened to shoot Josh) and I have them all on film. That group of guys tried earlier to leave their "peace" march to come down the sidewalk to get Josh, but the coppers stopped them then. So 30 minutes later, the guys came into the park from behind us, and that's where you got your photos. I have them on film there, too - after I alerted the Park Poice officer that they were the guys who threatened to shoot the soldier on crutches.

I watched Vietnam protests and riots on TV news as a kid, and I watched how my older cousins were treated by the radical left back then. I was too young to do anything then. I'm almost too old to do anything now - but until we get some help out on the streets, I'm not going to just stand by and do nothing.

Vietnam II coming to TVs in your home - unless you do something to stop it now.

In-freaking-credible.

76 posted on 01/28/2007 6:35:28 PM PST by tgslTakoma
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To: trooprally

Thank you all so much for being there.


77 posted on 01/28/2007 6:35:55 PM PST by bluesagewoman
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To: trooprally
Don't you apologize, sir. You and Kristinn are absolutely right. It's not enough to just talk anymore. March 17th is far enough away to make plans. My own plans were made after reading Kristinn's post. We all have to be there this time, we were warned yesterday. No excuses.
78 posted on 01/28/2007 6:36:20 PM PST by ishabibble (ALL-AMERICAN INFIDEL)
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To: Just A Nobody
"300 buses from 40 states...they are motivated."

Motivated or manipulated?

These kids were in it for the free ride. It's a joke.

I have not seen one on campus demonstration in the news.

79 posted on 01/28/2007 6:36:20 PM PST by Earthdweller (All reality is based on faith in something.)
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To: Enosh

Oh, so you DID show up?

Which one?

How may times?

How many did you organize?

How many did you help?


80 posted on 01/28/2007 6:37:34 PM PST by RaceBannon (Innocent until proven guilty: The Pendleton 8...down to 2...GWB, we hardly knew ye...)
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To: Just A Nobody

I heard that. The left was always good at putting bodies in the street.


81 posted on 01/28/2007 6:37:47 PM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: RaceBannon

Yes.


82 posted on 01/28/2007 6:38:17 PM PST by Enosh
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To: sit-rep

You are an a..hole

These brave soldiers came out to do what you won't do. They came out to defend their fellow soldiers against these idiots.

Enough said before I get booted by the MODS.

[Mr] T


83 posted on 01/28/2007 6:38:58 PM PST by trooprally (Never Give Up - Never Give In - Remember Our Troops)
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To: WashingtonSource
MARCH 17, 2007 .....

The COMMIES plan an anti-war rally/march starting at the Vietnam Memorial and march to the Pentagon.

Organize bus transportation and pick up others on your way in.

See post 3!!!

They will now desecrate yet another War Memorial. One that they contributed to greatly...by adding thousands more names!!!

84 posted on 01/28/2007 6:40:03 PM PST by Just A Nobody (I - LOVE - my attitude problem! NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! Beware the ENEMEDIA)
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To: RaceBannon

No. We would not do it, we do not copy off stupidity from 40 years ago. But the left does. And if I was in any position such as the host of this thread, I would have NEVER brought wounded vets any where NEAR a leftist anti war rally. And believe me. I am AS patriotic as anyone here, possibly more so.


85 posted on 01/28/2007 6:40:04 PM PST by sit-rep ( http://trulineint.com/latestposts.asp)
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To: SandyInSeattle

Oh no, Sandy! I knew I would forget somebody! CRS in my "old age." Thank you very much for joining us in defending our troops and our country. You guys (a generic, non gender-specific term) who came long distances are the best!


86 posted on 01/28/2007 6:40:41 PM PST by tgslTakoma
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To: kristinn
kristinn...

The good folks of Free Republic appreciate the DC Chapter and your efforts as you consistently represent many of us who admire your courage & faithfulness.

Do not grow weary (or despondent) in well doing, kristinn.....

We are here supporting you with thankful hearts and prayer many times over...

..and we have been 'on the line' for our great nation defending other arenas under assault.....abortion, illegal immigration, etc.

Countless Freepers are veterans of past wars and many are actively engaged in the present one.

We have not abandoned you, ignored this protest or suddenly become bored with defending our military.

There are many arenas.....many theaters of war and those of us who care, know our parts.

We have not stopped caring, nor will we.

I have been actively involved in pro-life for almost 20 years....

..yet I have never marched with all the others in the yearly anniversary in DC.

But I have marched in my own state, traveling the 6 hours to Tallahassee to join 10,000 strong.

I have stood across the street from an abortuary time and time again.....hoping, praying babies would be saved that day.

We do what we can....where we can.

I joined fellow Freepers & many other patriotic citizens in West Palm during the 2000 debacle....standing on the street holding signs.

We are here, kristinn....

You are there.

Thank-you for being there.

God bless you.

87 posted on 01/28/2007 6:41:59 PM PST by Guenevere (Duncan Hunter for President....2008!)
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To: kristinn
kristinn,
You have met me at various FReeps, in two states.
I am the first to applaud you, and all FReepers who "protest" and "counterprotest" , giving of your own personal time and money to do so.
You have my gratitude.

I was spit upon, while traveling in the USA, in uniform, in the 1980s.
I was targeted by terrorists, in the 1980s, overseas, for wearing my uniform, and no one in the USA cared.
I myself am very uncomfortable "protesting", by which I mean aimlessly marching around a designated area with a "sign" to attract media attention.
I thank you for countering the 60s throwbacks, and sometimes I do physically join in demonstrations, or counter demonstrations, but the fact is, I am looking for a little less talk, and a lot more action.
You are very good at public speaking, Kristinn, and I thank you for all your hard work.
I sincerely hope you have some positive affect, but I ready myself otherwise.
88 posted on 01/28/2007 6:42:48 PM PST by sarasmom ( War is not the most vile of the evils humanity commits . There is always apathy...)
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To: mystery-ak
you know, we would have been there with you if we ween't so far away

You and your son and your husband should not have to stand and defend yourselves here - that's the job of the citizens who are benefiting from your sacrifice.

89 posted on 01/28/2007 6:42:51 PM PST by tgslTakoma
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To: tgslTakoma

I just wish I could stay for the Pentagon FReep in March, but I'm going back to Seattle February 18th.

I hope to make Walter Reed a couple of times before I leave.


90 posted on 01/28/2007 6:42:57 PM PST by SandyInSeattle (Temporarily Posting from Washington DC)
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To: SAMS
Thank your husband and son for their service, and thanks to the families that support them on the home front.

I'm positive Kristinn was NOT talking about FReepers with similar situations.

We are on the front lines against the moonbats for our service families.

[Mr] T

91 posted on 01/28/2007 6:43:07 PM PST by trooprally (Never Give Up - Never Give In - Remember Our Troops)
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To: trooprally

Ya pal, you pucker up... If Vets came to me and said "I wanted to do this" I would discourage them anyway I could. Say your piece on TV or radio. Why put your self in a situation that could have been WAY worse than it ended up.

What's your definition of Martyrdom??


92 posted on 01/28/2007 6:43:45 PM PST by sit-rep ( http://trulineint.com/latestposts.asp)
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To: Just A Nobody
300 buses from 40 states...they are motivated

There are some deep pocket funding these anti war rallies ... who exactly is doing all the funding?

93 posted on 01/28/2007 6:44:08 PM PST by Mo1 ( http://www.gohunter08.com)
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To: mdittmar
Several were hanging out after the event. I think we all had a different number beginning with 7-8 thousand. There were no more than 10-15,000...maybe 20 IMO.
94 posted on 01/28/2007 6:44:28 PM PST by Just A Nobody (I - LOVE - my attitude problem! NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! Beware the ENEMEDIA)
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To: Enosh

Where and when and why didnt you tell any of us about it?


95 posted on 01/28/2007 6:44:34 PM PST by RaceBannon (Innocent until proven guilty: The Pendleton 8...down to 2...GWB, we hardly knew ye...)
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To: trooprally; kristinn

Looks like we are far enough away from the Vietnam war days and the Jane Fonda anti-American traitorous days that we have a lot of people who do not have a clue what this is all leading up to.


96 posted on 01/28/2007 6:44:54 PM PST by Arizona Carolyn
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To: RaceBannon

You done flappin' your jaw yet, or would you like my social security number?

What's your's, by the way?


97 posted on 01/28/2007 6:45:07 PM PST by Enosh
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To: tgslTakoma

Thanks for alerting the police. Guns was sure worried about those head knockers.

[Mr] T


98 posted on 01/28/2007 6:46:21 PM PST by trooprally (Never Give Up - Never Give In - Remember Our Troops)
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To: Enosh

Ah, so now I know you lied.

Thanks.


99 posted on 01/28/2007 6:47:18 PM PST by RaceBannon (Innocent until proven guilty: The Pendleton 8...down to 2...GWB, we hardly knew ye...)
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To: tgslTakoma
BRAVO!!! WELL SAID!!!

What else can be said? Thanks...great job!

100 posted on 01/28/2007 6:48:07 PM PST by Just A Nobody (I - LOVE - my attitude problem! NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! Beware the ENEMEDIA)
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