I'm fixin' (that's right, I'm from Texas) to piss some of y'all off. Keep in mind, if you don't like what you are reading, DON'T READ IT. Pretty simple.
I received an email today from someone I deeply love and respect. This person, let's call them "Pat", got a little fed up with the following email, which was sent to them via a friend, via a friend, via another friend, and so on. Please read below:
" RED FRIDAYS ----- Very soon, you will see a great many people wearing Red every Friday. The reason? Americans who support our troops used to be called the "silent majority". We are no longer silent, and are voicing our love for God, country and home in record breaking numbers. We are not organized, boisterous or over-bearing. We get no liberal media coverage on TV, to reflect our message or our opinions. Many Americans, like you, me and all our friends, simplywant to recognize that the vast majority of America supports ourtroops. Our idea of showing solidarity and support for our troops with dignity and respect starts this Friday -and continues each and everyFriday until the troops all come home, sending a deafening message that Every red-blooded American who supports our men and womenafar, will wear something red. By word of mouth, press, TV -- let's make the United States on every Friday a sea of red much like a homecoming football game in the bleachers. If every one of us who loves this country will share this with acquaintances, co-workers, friends, and family. It will not be long before the USA is covered in RED and it will let ourtroops know the once "silent" majority is on their side more thanever, certainly more than the media lets on. The first thing a soldier says when asked "What can we do to make things better for you?" is...We need your support and your prayers. Let's get the word out and lead with class and dignity, by example; and wear some thing red every Friday. "
Okay, so here's how "Pat" responded:
Call it what it is--this is a partisan ploy to rah-rah for Bushie & the Boys ( and I don't mean the soldier boys). And as competence goes, this is par-for-the course."Whatever do I mean?" Well lets try something new for you, lets check your "facts"! Are you following me? Do I need to slow down? 1. "Silent Majority"?\- have you checked out the polls lately? The majority of Americans today....(?) not so "gun-ho" over your blood and guts in Iraq. 2. No media coverage? "Liberal media"? Again, wake up!Mostly until a couple of months ago America's media was the best Bush and Co could pay for. Nothing liberal about that, but nothing democratic, either. Proud? You and "all your friends" have had 5 1/2 years in this tainted "spotlight". How's a healthy, exposed and newly liberated (liberated not liberal) 4th Estate working for you now?Ouch!! 3. "Every red-blooded American"--so if you don't wear red on Fridays,what, are you pink blooded? Didn't we do this stuff in grade school? 4. "Homecoming football game in bleachers"... again with the school yard Rah-Rah--Sounds too much like a Yale Yell-leader for my tastes. No, sorry can't do it. How about this--listen, read divergent perspectives, think for yourself; Ask yourself some hard questions; Ask your leaders these samr hard questions; Get answers to your questions, don't accept platitudes or "talking points" from ANYONE. Every now and then, leave your Rah-Rah red at home and wear some somber black to remember those soldiers who were sent to war on a pretense, who died for a pack of lies, who are maimed and will be suffering for the remainder of their lives because our government was led by a group of incompetent twits. I know you mean well, but your cheerleader antics are grotesque in light of the truth of the mind-numbing mess that all of us "red-blooded Americans" are caught in, thanks to, at best, a compromised government leadership. Pretty pissed are you? Well just so you know...1. Yes, I am a liberal and I am proud of it. Always have been on both counts. 2. You may not consider me Christian, but I have a very close relationship with God and I try to follow the principles I understand God to have laid out for His followers. Principles like true compassion, generosity, tolerance, acceptance of others, non-judgmental, loving.... Just so you know, I care not just for the unborn life, but for the lives of those around us who struggle, who hunger, who despair, who suffer and are unheard and invisible to the powers that be in this great and powerful country. Not all my friends think or feel just like I do, but I love them and wouldn't disparage them just because their conscience leads them to a different perspective than mine. They, too, have a close walk with God and I can not and would not judge that. So good luck to you and your plan. It might make you and all your friends feel better about America and our little war, but please don't fool yourself, it won't make America better. Dressing up in red won't make us better, we have to dig deep within each of us and hold each other accountable. I must defend your right to speak your mind but you have to do the same for me if we want America to be all the things you and I were taught about this wonderful country growing up and in school. It will take a leap of faith, but I am willing to take the leap, are you? If you want to find me, I'm the one wearing black on Friday. Rah-Rah."
Couldn't have said it better myself...