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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: Brandie

See Post 420

[Mr] T


501 posted on 01/30/2007 2:48:04 AM PST by trooprally (Never Give Up - Never Give In - Remember Our Troops)
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To: zoomie81
Hey Zoomie

The problem is with those who sat home just watching TV or playing videos. Then they complain about how bad the world is.

[Mr] T
502 posted on 01/30/2007 2:52:31 AM PST by trooprally (Never Give Up - Never Give In - Remember Our Troops)
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To: trooprally

Your right Trooprally. I know alot of conservatives who fit that description. After this weekend...NEVER AGAIN!!


503 posted on 01/30/2007 5:20:47 AM PST by Olney-Keith
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To: Doctor Raoul; trooprally; Lakeshark; kristinn; pinz-n-needlez; onyx; ohioWfan; Texasforever; ...

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


Woo Hoo!


504 posted on 01/30/2007 5:48:50 AM PST by Mo1 ( http://www.gohunter08.com)
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To: Mo1

I saw! How wonderful!! God Bless them both!


505 posted on 01/30/2007 5:49:39 AM PST by tiredoflaundry (Where did I park my car????? Oh no!)
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To: kristinn; Angelwood; All
KRISTINN!!!!!...Joshua Sparling was JUST ON Fox and Friends.....Oh I hope you saw it, but you're probably at work!!!!

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!!!!

506 posted on 01/30/2007 5:52:56 AM PST by Guenevere (Duncan Hunter for President....2008!)
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To: tiredoflaundry

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


507 posted on 01/30/2007 5:54:58 AM PST by Mo1 ( http://www.gohunter08.com)
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To: Mo1

Very good news indeed. :)


508 posted on 01/30/2007 5:55:31 AM PST by BigSkyFreeper (There is no alternative to the GOP except varying degrees of insanity)
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To: Mo1

I got all choked up went he got on his knee. "let me take care of you for the rest of your life". sniff......


509 posted on 01/30/2007 5:57:15 AM PST by tiredoflaundry (Where did I park my car????? Oh no!)
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To: Mo1; tiredoflaundry; All
I didn't know much about this patriot's past, but I found this from wikipedia. (emphasis mine)

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, “That’s what you get for fighting in a war we have no business in.” Madder and very emotional I asked, “Can’t 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.

 

510 posted on 01/30/2007 5:58:51 AM PST by BigSkyFreeper (There is no alternative to the GOP except varying degrees of insanity)
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To: Olney-Keith; RonDog

Thanks for the heads up on the AP photo. I emailed apimages@ap.org


511 posted on 01/30/2007 6:00:24 AM PST by BufordP ("Every morning I start my day with juice, toast, and a big bowl of Baby Crunch!" -- Michael J. Fox)
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To: BigSkyFreeper

Remember this?
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1534174/posts


512 posted on 01/30/2007 6:03:08 AM PST by tiredoflaundry (Where did I park my car????? Oh no!)
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To: trooprally
Unfortunately it is all so true. I understand the frustration and anger on Kristinn's part . Again I am sorry I wasn't there for the much needed support...Thank you all again .
513 posted on 01/30/2007 6:05:05 AM PST by zoomie81 ( the nation which forgets its defenders will itself be forgotten)
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To: trooprally
For all you too far away, with the Dems in control of both Houses, the excuse of being too far away won't cut it any more.

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.

514 posted on 01/30/2007 6:07:59 AM PST by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: tiredoflaundry

In fact I do remember!


515 posted on 01/30/2007 6:09:38 AM PST by BigSkyFreeper (There is no alternative to the GOP except varying degrees of insanity)
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To: trooprally
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.

As the old phrase goes, "Elections have consequences".

516 posted on 01/30/2007 6:11:15 AM PST by BigSkyFreeper (There is no alternative to the GOP except varying degrees of insanity)
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To: zoomie81; cf_river_rat

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.


517 posted on 01/30/2007 6:11:58 AM PST by JoyjoyfromNJ (Psalm 121)
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To: LC HOGHEAD; kristinn

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).


518 posted on 01/30/2007 6:19:29 AM PST by JoyjoyfromNJ (Psalm 121)
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To: JoyjoyfromNJ
I watched F&F. Awwwwww. I was blubbering like a baby when he proposed. I wish them both the best.
519 posted on 01/30/2007 6:21:30 AM PST by armymarinemom (My sons freed Iraqi and Afghan Honor Roll students.)
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To: Mo1
Dang. Missed a good show I did.......

Great news, this kid is more than just a fighter, like they say....character is destiny.

*Off to email my son the good news*

520 posted on 01/30/2007 6:27:53 AM PST by Lakeshark (Thank a member of the US armed forces for their sacrifice)
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To: kristinn
First, thank you for all that you do.
Thanks to the DC chapter for all they do.

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 do.

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.

521 posted on 01/30/2007 6:32:47 AM PST by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: RonDog

Josh has more courage then I do. I couldn't speak. I would just want to start shooting. God Bless that man.


522 posted on 01/30/2007 6:37:23 AM PST by bmwcyle (If no one buys illegal drugs, we win the war on drugs)
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To: kristinn

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?


523 posted on 01/30/2007 6:52:19 AM PST by TBP
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To: Mo1

Dang...I missed it!!!

Hopefully, they will show it again sometime today.

Thanks for the heads up.


524 posted on 01/30/2007 6:55:41 AM PST by Txsleuth (Duncan Hunter 2008)
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To: kristinn

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.


525 posted on 01/30/2007 6:56:33 AM PST by TBP
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To: Army Air Corps
Ah, more actions from the 1960's edition of the peacenik playbook.

Right down to the "Make Love, Not War" signs. Geez, you'd think they could at least get some new slogans!

526 posted on 01/30/2007 6:58:55 AM PST by TBP
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To: Lakeshark

Yep!


527 posted on 01/30/2007 7:29:15 AM PST by Mo1 ( http://www.gohunter08.com)
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To: kristinn

http://www.swiftvets.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=23247

this bout says it all
eddie


528 posted on 01/30/2007 8:33:34 AM PST by Eddie The Lock
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To: Just another Joe
We want to be clear what pissed of the DC Chapter.

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.

529 posted on 01/30/2007 8:35:11 AM PST by bmwcyle (If no one buys illegal drugs, we win the war on drugs)
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To: Lakeshark; Mo1; kristinn; tgslTakoma
Here's the link to the F&F video of Josh from this morning.

Josh and Protesters

Kudos to tiggles for burning the midnight oil on this!!!!
530 posted on 01/30/2007 8:42:26 AM PST by PleaDeal (concretebob in '08!)
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To: PleaDeal

Thank you


531 posted on 01/30/2007 9:13:59 AM PST by Mo1 ( http://www.gohunter08.com)
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To: PleaDeal

That was great. Thank you for posting it.


532 posted on 01/30/2007 9:28:49 AM PST by Lakeshark (Thank a member of the US armed forces for their sacrifice)
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To: np2464
You've learned more in your 16 years than some people learn their whole lives!

Don't give up. There ARE kindred spirits. G-d bless you!

533 posted on 01/30/2007 10:03:57 AM PST by doberville
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To: PleaDeal

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.


534 posted on 01/30/2007 10:06:10 AM PST by Olney-Keith
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To: bmwcyle
Keyboard Freepers who never show up or do any thing but post need not have an negative comments! They will be met with disdain.

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.

535 posted on 01/30/2007 10:46:41 AM PST by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: Olney-Keith

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.


536 posted on 01/30/2007 10:59:15 AM PST by Olney-Keith
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To: Olney-Keith

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.


537 posted on 01/30/2007 11:31:13 AM PST by USMCWife6869
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To: Doctor Raoul
\/\/ayne's great too. I wait to read his AAR's from Tucson.

It is indeed a great honor hear such praise from the acknowledged Master of Free Republic Protesting.

I understand how frustrating it is when people don't show up, and I also understand how hard it is to show up. I can only make about one or two protests a month, and it was hard to get out the first time. I've been to a few FReeps but no time to make a report! I also lost my camera but found it yesterday, thank the Lord.

But I don't think negativity is going to help. We need to look more at how good we are at encouraging people and rallying patriotic Americans.

We need fresh ideas and things FReepers can do even if they can't make the rally or protest. For instance, a FReeper who can't make the rally could put flyers up at places like veterans organizations and conservative areas of town encouraging people to attend the counter-protest or rally.

They could also make banners and posters at home.

Non attending FReppers could also send emails to blogs, Republican clubs and activist websites.

They could have handouts or leaflets made up at a printers!

In other words, if a FReeper can't come to a protest, FReepmail someone who does and volunteer to help.

And let's all work together and strategize how we can improve the number of people who do stand for freedom with a sign or flag - with a positive attitude and patriotic message to the people.
538 posted on 01/30/2007 11:51:58 AM PST by \/\/ayne (I regret that I have but one subscription cancellation notice to give to my local newspaper.)
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To: JoyjoyfromNJ; kristinn

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!!!


539 posted on 01/30/2007 12:22:18 PM PST by LC HOGHEAD (Hillary canít even stand up to a cheating husband, how canshe contend with N. Korea & Iran???)
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To: JoyjoyfromNJ

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.


540 posted on 01/30/2007 12:38:26 PM PST by zoomie81 ( the nation which forgets its defenders will itself be forgotten)
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To: USMCWife6869

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.


541 posted on 01/30/2007 1:01:55 PM PST by JoyjoyfromNJ (Psalm 121)
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To: trooprally

TroopRally:

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.


542 posted on 01/30/2007 1:03:18 PM PST by USMCWife6869
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To: tgslTakoma; trooprally; Doctor Raoul; kristinn; Jen's Mom; PleaDeal; Albion Wilde; ...

Please read post #537 on this thread. We can't, we mustn't give up our efforts. The posting has given me renewed commitment.


543 posted on 01/30/2007 1:06:02 PM PST by JoyjoyfromNJ (Psalm 121)
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To: Txsleuth; All

Proposal

http://hotair.com/archives/2007/01/30/video-iraq-war-vet-joshua-sparling-talks-about-being-spit-at-proposes-to-his-girlfriend/


544 posted on 01/30/2007 1:06:23 PM PST by AliVeritas (Stop Global Dhimming. Demand testicular fortitude from the hill. Call the crusade.)
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To: JoyjoyfromNJ

Thank you so much for your kind thoughts and your prayers. We so greatly appreciate your support.


545 posted on 01/30/2007 1:07:15 PM PST by USMCWife6869
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To: USMCWife6869

"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.


546 posted on 01/30/2007 1:13:37 PM PST by thesearethetimes...
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To: AliVeritas; All

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???


547 posted on 01/30/2007 1:48:33 PM PST by Txsleuth (Duncan Hunter 2008)
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To: USMCWife6869
I cannot find the words I want to type right at this moment. I am filled with loathing for those who have made your burden heavier than it already is. And I am ashamed that I haven't been vocal enough in support for you and your husband. I am making a promise to you right now, that will change.

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.

God Speed.

548 posted on 01/30/2007 2:51:45 PM PST by Stars&StripesNE (Liberals are the enemy within)
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To: JoyjoyfromNJ
I am more determined than ever to work at organizing a rally in support of our troops. We are up against a lot -- we don't have a Soros to fund it and unfortunately, we don't have enough people who seem to be on fire and care enough to take time from their lives to show up.

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.

549 posted on 01/30/2007 3:01:06 PM PST by Stars&StripesNE (Liberals are the enemy within)
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To: kristinn

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.


550 posted on 01/30/2007 5:08:02 PM PST by fishergirl (My warrior, my soldier, my hero - my son. God bless our troops!)
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