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Scenes from Crawford: “You Don’t Speak for Me, Cindy”

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 10:02 am - August 28, 2005.
Filed under: General,War On Terror

There are some good photos here of the pro-Bush rallies this weekend in Crawford, TX. The Washington Post reports the influx of Bush supporters resulted in over 8,500 people in Crawford. Here is just a sample.

Also of note, Dina Burnett, whose husband Tom Burnett was one of the Flight 93 heroes on 9/11, flew into Crawford this weekend from Little Rock to support the President.

-Bruce (GayPatriot) – gaypatriot2004@aol.com

The Racism of the Anti-War Movement

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 9:54 am - August 28, 2005.
Filed under: General,War On Terror

Damning…..

COMMENTARY: The Racism of the Anti-War Movement – Jim Forsyth, WOAI NewsRadio

Even if you drink every last drop of the anti war Kool Aid, even if you are convinced that President Bush was ordered by the Chairman of Halliburton to start the Iraq war and that he intentionally lied to the American people about the existence of weapons of mass destruction, the simple fact is that today, there is demonstrably more freedom for the people of Iraq and for the people of Afghanistan, some 50 million brown skinned Muslims.

President Bush is actually the greatest liberator of Muslims in history, considering that there weren’t 50 million people in the entire MIddle East when Saladin beat back the Crusader hordes. But to the anti war activists, providing freedom from slavery, democratic and economic opportunity to brown skinned people isn’t worth the sacrifice of white Americans. Good thing they weren’t around when Lincoln was drafting the Emancipation Proclamation.

[Related Story – A War to Be Proud Of – Christopher Hitchens, The Weekly Standard]

(Hat tip for both pieces to Little Green Footballs)

-Bruce (GayPatriot) – gaypatriot2004@aol.com

Sunday GP Mailbag

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 9:46 am - August 28, 2005.
Filed under: Blogging,Gay America,War On Terror

I received this email on Saturday and was quite moved. When I was interviewed by the Philadelphia Gay News, the reporter asked me what kind of “mix” of readers/commenters the GayPatriot blog had. I responded that my sense was about 50% supportive/like-minded gays, 30% violently opposed/leftist gays, and 20% straight, conservative and curious about a gay Republican.

I’m not sure if this reader falls precisely into that last category. But one of the main reasons I kept this blog going was to reach out to straight conservatives to make them see that not everyone in the gay community thinks America is bad, is against capitalism, is anti-religion, and is supportive of pro-terrorist/anti-war groups.

I found your blog a few weeks back, and have added it to my list to read on a regular basis. I’ve found your writing to be precise and your opinions quite reasonable and fair, and usually pretty accurate as well. It’s always refreshing to see someone who can see the big picture.

As to myself, I’m a very straight man, with a wife and three kids. I’m also a life member of the Disabled American Veterans. I was an aircrewman in the US Navy, and have a little over 4,000 hours of Combat Aircrew time in P-3 Orions, and some hours in helos. But I digress.

My interest in the gay community has grown over the years because two of my shipmates were gay. They were fine men, with whom I spent many hours, both on missions, and just on liberty. They trusted me with their lives, and I trusted mine to them. Both loved life, and died far too early from HIV/AIDS. That was nearly 20 years ago, when so little was known about the disease and how to combat it. I think of them from time to time, and can still see their youthful faces, so full of life, with such good souls. I miss them, as I do other shipmates who died in service to their country, lost in their youth fulfilling a promise to the nation to be there if it called.

Maybe it’s survivor’s guilt, or maybe just waxing nostalgic for my own youth. Not that I’m old, mind you, just older (I turned 50 this past February). It might be that I was left behind to tell their stories. If so, I’m a poor choice for that. Perhaps though, I might yet give it a shot. We’ll see.

Anyway, enough rambling. I just wanted to say thanks for the work you are doing. It’s important to cut through the politics and the shrill voices of the victim-cults. We are all under attack by a cunning and devious enemy, who on one hand proclaims the moral rightousness of his cause, while his other is smeared with the blood of innocents. Folks who cry the loudest about oppression and the loss of “rights” haven’t a clue as to what life is like under the Taliban, which is where our enemies want to drag us.

You fellows get it. For that, you have my thanks and my respect. If you are ever up in Maine, feel free to drop by. I don’t have much, but what I have is there to share. I can only promise you a good cup of coffee, a good meal, and a warm welcome.

Thanks for the kind thoughts! But more importantly, thanks for your service and sacrifice to your nation. We are proud of you.

-Bruce (GayPatriot) – gaypatriot2004@aol.com