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Reflections Post-Veterans’ Day

Posted by ColoradoPatriot at 10:05 pm - November 11, 2006.
Filed under: Heroes,War On Terror

Now that the pageantry of Veterans’ Day is passed (and thanks, by the way, for all those who emailed their well-wishes), I’d like to reflect on something I saw at the parade this morning in Denver. There was a group of anti-war folks marching, carrying signs we’ve all seen before, most notably, “I support the troops, not the war.” This got me to thinking: How in particular, does the person with this t-shirt or bumper-sticker “support” the troops?

Does minimizing and criticizing the effort for which they’re risking (and in so many cases, losing) their lives show “support”? Does infantilizing and patronizing them by pitying them for being there, when they’ve volunteered to serve show “support”?

Here’s an example: If your son came to you and said he was going to move to Hollywood and become a moviestar, would you say “Well, son, I support you. Of course, you know, that’s a completely foolish idea and it’ll never work. You would be putting yourself in danger, and I think you shouldn’t do it. I encourage you to give up your mission of becoming a moviestar, move back here, and live the life I think you should. Oh, but yes, I support you, of course.”

Now, I can understand wanting your loved ones (or even non-personified ideas of “troops” in general) to be safe, and therefore not in a war half-way around the world. And I can appreciate (although I don’t agree) that the people who have this perspective feel it’d better serve our troops if they weren’t in combat. No-brainer, sure. But how does advocacy for tucking tail and abandoning their mission show support for the troops? Moreover, how do you think they interpret the “Support Troops/Oppose Their Mission” crowd’s actions? Do they feel like they’re being supported?

Let’s have an open discussion here: For those of you who “Support the Troops, Not Their Mission”, I ask you: Give me a concrete example of what you’ve done, say, this month, to “support” them. And if you could, also please explain how this counterbalances your lack of concern for (or more properly, your disdain for) what’s most important to them: Their Mission.

Do Something for Veterans’ Day — Support the Troops!

GayPatriot has joined the “Marines” team for Project Valour-IT.

Project Valour-IT, in memory of SFC William V. Ziegenfuss, provides voice-controlled laptop computers to wounded Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines recovering from hand and arm injuries or amputations at home or in military hospitals. Operating laptops by speaking into a microphone, our wounded heroes are able to send and receive messages from friends and loved ones, surf the ‘Net, and communicate with buddies still in the field without having to press a key or move a mouse.




Please remember all of our Veterans this weekend and their families who have given so much to our nation.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Possible Election Fraud in Three House Races — Where’s Al Gore?

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 7:05 am - November 11, 2006.
Filed under: 2006 Elections,Post 9-11 America

In the spirit of “every vote must be counted” that was Al Gore’s mantra, I completely agree with Liz at GOP Progress that the NM-1 and WA-8 House elections must be investigated.

On Tuesday, 7 November 2006, in New Mexico’s First Congressional District, only 150 ballots were supplied to Republican-leaning Precinct 603 in New Mexico’s Bernalillo County by Democrat County Clerk (and Secretary of State-elect) Mary Herrera–despite the fact that there are 2,400 registered voters in Precinct 603.  Similar actions were taken in another Republican-leaning precinct in Bernalillo county by Ms. Herrera.  These actions, in their totality, led to Representative Heather Wilson requesting via a petition to the House of Representatives’ Administration Committee that election observers be deployed in New Mexico, due to concerns regarding voter suppression based on party affiliation.  These actions also constituted a violation of the Voting Rights Act, which the Department of Justice would be remiss not to investigate as a matter of urgency.

On Tuesday, 7 November 2006, in Washington’s Eighth Congressional District, reports abounded that King County Executive Ron Sims had supplied ballots for only 60% of registered voters to certain Republican-leaning precincts in the county, forming part of the Eighth District.  Due to torrential rains and flooding, a number of voters, of a demographic that trends Republican, were unable to reach the polls until late in the day, which due to the shortage of ballots prejudiced their ability to vote in the standard fashion.  While measures to allow these voters to cast a ballot were put in place, they were not ideal and entailed people voting in a way that did differ from regular procedure (e.g., using ballots printed in Chinese).

Since the election, King County has been inordinately slow in counting its ballots.  By some estimates, King County had, as of the end of business yesterday, failed to count as many as 130,000 ballots.  This is of concern, given allegations of election fraud committed by partisan Democrats involved in counting ballots in 2004, in the context of the Washington State Governor’s race.  There was much evidence to suggest that those who are now responsible for overseeing the counting of ballots in the WA-8 Congressional race did in fact engage in tactics amounting to election fraud in 2004, in order to deliver a win for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Christine Gregoire.  The concern is now that they are involved again in this election, and that as days pass following the election, public scrutiny is easing off, meaning that there is a much increased possibility of certain votes being disregarded for partisan motivations, or other ballot counting irregularities benefiting a particular candidate occurring at the hands of those involved in the alleged 2004 fraud.

And there’s this from CT-2

The recount began yesterday in CT-2, a 64 town district. The first town resulted in a net pick up of one vote for Simmons.

Republicans are licking their chops over one town where they believe the number of votes cast exceeds the number of voters checked in by nearly the number of votes Courtney is leading by.

So where is Al Gore himself demanding that every vote be counted?  It seems there was election fraud, but it happened to the wrong people.

Maybe only Democrat votes count in Al Gore/Howard Dean/John Kerry’s America?  


-Bruce (GayPatriot)