Skip to comments.Wounded Iraq Vet Threatened, Spat on by 'Antiwar' Protesters (D.C. Chapter Report on 1/27/07)
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.
See Post 420
Your right Trooprally. I know alot of conservatives who fit that description. After this weekend...NEVER AGAIN!!
Joshua Sparling was just on Fox & Friends to talk about the rally
Then at the end of the interview he got down on his knee and he asked his girlfriend to marry him
I saw! How wonderful!! God Bless them both!
He told what happened at the rally....he told how he was treated, or mistreated....
..lots of people know now, kristinn....
..Sparling did a very articulate, clear job in the telling.
Did you arrange this, kristinn?
It was great.
And guess what....after he finished...(with his girlfriend sitting by him, and who had been by his side through this past year)...
..he proposed to her right there on F & F....and she accepted.
IT WAS GREAT!!!!
I was about to turn the channel till they mentioned Josh would be on
I'm so glad I stuck around .. that is such great news
He dad was being interviewed also
Very good news indeed. :)
I got all choked up went he got on his knee. "let me take care of you for the rest of your life". sniff......
In Spring 2006, his father described how Pfc Sparling was insulted at an airport while in a wheelchair.
The security guard said, You are no different than any other passenger with no boarding pass - no go. My son started to cry uncontrollably and told the guard to go to hell. Another lady spoke up and said, Thats what you get for fighting in a war we have no business in. Madder and very emotional I asked, Cant you remember 9-11? She responded that was just our excuse to be in Iraq when we should not be there and we deserved whatever we got. That is when my son really lost it. Three WWII vets were coming off flights into DC, gave my son a hug, and stood up to the lady and security guard. They stayed with my son until he flew out.
Thanks for the heads up on the AP photo. I emailed firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you willing to pay my travel expenses and reimburse me for missing work? If you can't afford to do that and/or aren't willing to, then don't be so quick to judge.
Jeez, since not enough people voted to keep Republicans in control of at least one House, the troops and us all are paying for it now.
With that I agree.
In fact I do remember!
As the old phrase goes, "Elections have consequences".
I totally understand about not exposing kids to the "moonbats". I THINK I was thinking about "pro troop" rallies when I wrote about bringing the kids along, but probably didn't express that clearly. CFRiverRat, I hope your little one wasn't badly frightened by the behavior she saw; I would have come over to encourage her but didn't spot you folks. (I was doing rear guard duty over the coats and othe supplies.) She's a sweetheart and a stalwart trooper. Please thank her for me for supporting the troops.
You've addressed your response to the TOTALLY wrong person. Kristinn didn't post the comment which talked about spitting on vets being covered by the 1st amendment. Please review the first page and please consider apologizing to a stalwart supporter of our troops (Kristinn).
Great news, this kid is more than just a fighter, like they say....character is destiny.
*Off to email my son the good news*
BUT, I certainly hope that you are directing your remarks to those that are within travelling distance of DC.
Moonbats either don't have jobs or don't care whether they keep them or not.
I would love to live closer and be able to give my support the same way you folks do.
My job won't allow it.
I understand that you were , and probably still are, angry but you're painting with a broad brush that, I think, you grabbed by accident in the heat of the moment.
Josh has more courage then I do. I couldn't speak. I would just want to start shooting. God Bless that man.
I'm glad to hve been there to support our troops and their efforts to defeat the terrorists who would take away teh freedom of all of us, including those lunatic maniacs who were screeching about how evil the troops are.
Are the Commis using the Islamofascists, ar ethe Islamofascists using the Commies, or is it both?
Dang...I missed it!!!
Hopefully, they will show it again sometime today.
Thanks for the heads up.
The venomous tone of these lefites never ceases to amaze me, especailly since they're the ones who always lecture teh rest of us about "hate speech."
Yet they have signs like "Bush=Hitler", "9/11 Was An Inside Job", and other hateful, seditioous slogans and acts.
I'm tired of these haters desecrating everything about my country that they can. I think it may be time to dust off the Sedition Acts and use them. I'd also throw RICO at Code Pink, United For Peace and Justice, ANSWER, and the rest of the organizers. They are deliberately undemining our war effort and our country. They would deny you and me our freedom just as eagerly as bin Laden would.
Right down to the "Make Love, Not War" signs. Geez, you'd think they could at least get some new slogans!
this bout says it all
1. The people who live in the area and never show up.
2. The statements this time about, "Let have a rally just for support". We have had them already and posted it.
3. The people who criticizes what we do and never can out. We have Freepers coming from all over the country. They all tell us it was one of their greatest times they ever had.
This is what we hate.
Now what we don't mind is:
1. Useful suggestions, money, a yearly visit (or two).
Keyboard Freepers who never show up or do any thing but post need not have an negative comments! They will be met with disdain.
That was great. Thank you for posting it.
Don't give up. There ARE kindred spirits. G-d bless you!
In the video you can see a man wearing a baseball jersey debating the moonbats. His name escapes me, but he is an Iraqi combat veteran. He's written a book called "182 days in Iraq". He is well spoken and brought a lot of energy to our small rally.
I heard numerous protestors ask him "if you love the war, why dont you enlist". Most of the time he would turn to the crowd and let them read his jersey which read "IraqVeteran". Most protestors would turn and walk away, but many would shout at him that he is blind and cant see the truth. I saw and heard a lot of sick things on Saturday. Many of which were directed to him, Josh, and the other veterans in our group.
I tend to agree but just want to be clear that not all FReepers can make the trip to DC twice, or even once, a year.
I also tend to agree with kristin that not enough FReepers get out to the FReeps.
However,there are things that FReepers do in their own area that never get the same type of press, even FR press, that the DC chapter gets.
I'm not saying that the DC chapter are press fanatics, they communicate better than some other areas and, seem to, have more opportunities to have successful FReeps.
I'm an ardent admirer of the DC chapter simply because they DO go out and "walk the walk".
Just want to be clear about who, and what, kristin is bringing to task.
The man in the jersey is Phil Kiver. If you get a chance to pick up his book "182 days in Iraq" do so. He was an inspiration to talk to and is very involved in conservative politics.
To all that went:
I'm sorry I can't make it to these rallies. I always want to be there, but we are out here in Arizona, and I just can't get there. At hubby's next EAS date, we will be doing out best to get back east. Even if I could fly out there, my time is unfortunately being taken up preparing to send my husband to war again.
Our days are filled with the usual pre-deployment questions--"Where do you want to be buried and in what" "Will the Marine Corps send me home to Boston for your funeral" What do I say to the kids if you don't come home?" "How will I live without you". I can't fit anymore in there right now. I feel so sorry for these soldiers that get treated so poorly. These are my worst fears. I can't imagine how I would react if it were my husband.
I write this today because I don't know where else to put it. There is so much inside of me right now, and I have nowhere to put it. I just came back from the doctor to recheck my wrist, and I broke down. I have always been a good military wife. I have sent my husband to war before, and I have always kept it together. But this is different this time. He has no support here anymore. He has no support from his own government. He has no support from the media that he would defend with his life. He is willling to leave us, knowing full well he may not come back, and he does it for these people. And they DON'T CARE. And I don't think I can take it anymore. These people think that they are supporting the troops by doing these marches and by making their speeches, but they AREN'T. They make it worse. They make it worse because now, not only do these soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines have to leave, they have to leave knowing their families will be bombarded with this left-wing bu*&*^%* day after day after day. They will have to worry that their wives will be so overwhelmed by the idea of their husband being left behind as a pawn in a political game that she may not make it. They have to be worried that someone is going to call their them killers in front of their children and they will have to come home to a child that will fear him.
I have never, EVER had such an issue with a deployment before. But I am so afraid he will be left over there, undersupported, and he will die, all because Pelosi and her ilk are afraid of offending someone. Well she offends me. These moonbat morons pretend to be so smart, and they pretend they have our best interests at heart, but they don't even bother to stop and see the absolute and utter DAMAGE they are doing. They don't want anyone to question their patriotism, but dammit, how patriotic can you be if you are causing military families this much pain????
I thank you for those representatives that do show up on our behalf to these marches. Please accept my undying gratitude. And I swear, when I can, I will be joining you.
KRISTIN....i realize now that you were not the person I should have posted to. PLEASE ACCEPT MY APOLOGIES. I just get ENRAGED at folks who abuse our troops!!!
Thank you JOYJOY. I always bring the kids to Pro-troop events. A while ago I took them to a counter protest of NJ Peace Action . My kids saw for themselves how vicious these peaceniks are. Anyway I have only the deepest respect for all of you constantly being out there and confronting the loonies. I will do what I can as often as possible...you can count on that. God Bless all of you who showed to do the dirty work.
I am sitting here almost in tears after reading your posting. I wish I could be there to hug you and cry with you. You and your husband are the reason we show up at these moonbat rallies. We street Freepers will probably never change the mind of a moonbat but we want our servicemembers and their families to know that there IS support for them. Standing on a street corner with a "pro troops" sign is the very insignificant least I can do to honor those who protect our freedom. Your post needs to be read by ever Freeper who says "don't counter protest". And by every Congressman, Senator, civil servant, news anchor and journalism major. I know I can't begin to comprehend the depths of your fear. But I'm asking Jesus to give you the strength to deal with this. God bless you, your husband and every servicemember who has ever donned the uniform.
I'm sorry, my post #537 was supposed to be to reply to you.
And I mean no sarcasm with my thanks. I am truly grateful to all those that attend.
I am also sorry to all about the huge vent. I really needed to get that out. It's been sitting inside for quite some time. God bless our wounded veterans. When I get back to the East Coast, I will be at every single FReeper event that I can get to.
Please read post #537 on this thread. We can't, we mustn't give up our efforts. The posting has given me renewed commitment.
Thank you so much for your kind thoughts and your prayers. We so greatly appreciate your support.
"I write this today because I don't know where else to put it."
Put it with us. We are here with you, and with your husband. Frustrated, angry and a little frightened, but determined none the less. Our daughter is getting quite a different kind of education during this, her freshman year in college. She has been taken aback by the absolute intolerance of the left, and even more so, by the visceral hatred they cannot keep hidden. I tell her, and you, that she is not alone.
Unfortunately, those of us who are truely aware, have always been outnumbered by those who choose to exist in their own inwardly focused world. Those who are so certain that they understand ideas that the rest of us are simply incapable of grasping, are difficult to reach, but we cannot stop trying. Just as it was with our founding fathers, we are here to continue to speak for freedom and reason and right, and to teach by example.
They may have the media, but they do not have all of us fooled or cowed, and never will.
Thank you, and your husband and your family.
Thank you so much for posting that video.
Did you and everyone else hear Josh's father say that Josh is in bad financial shape???
Our daughter served a tour in Ramadi last year. It was one of the most difficult years of our life. And she has expressed what you say, the soldier has the double burden of fighting the war and worrying about the family at home.
Please know we Freepers will be here, day or night for you should you need to talk. My prayers are with you to remain strong and with your husband for his safe return. Please thank your husband for us for what he does for this great country.
Passiveness -- it makes me very angry. We get a lot of lip service, but when the bodies are needed, everybody is too busy enjoying their freedoms and can't be bothered to show support for those who protect those freedoms.
God bless you! I'm so angry, too! I'm too far from D.C. to have been able to attend, but I'm thinking seriously of organizing a rally here to support our troops. Maybe, at least, for all of us who can't make it to D.C., we could do something in our hometowns or state capitols to support our troops in answer to the "massive" hot air flatulence that went on in Washington.