Please Fix This

Listen — I’m not a veteran.  I never served.  My father did — WW2 — that was the Big One, you know, Winnie — as did most of my uncles.   Miraculously, they all made it home alive and intact.

Winnie and Herbert T. Gillis

When I came of age to serve, Lyndon Baines Johnson was President, and the Vietnam War was raging.  “LBJ,  LBJ, how many kids have you  killed today?”  Got the idea?  I was an undergraduate with a student deferment.  When Nixon took over — you know, Nixon, a Nazi back then but by today’s ‘Pub standards at least a socialist — if not a Negro Kenyan– he  introduced the draft lottery.  I drew #357 out of 365.  Free!  My older brother and cousin, born the same day got #335.

Lucky lucky me. I stayed home and protested.  This war is a mistake.  The people in charge are fascist assholes.  My job is to make this war end and bring the boys home.  Bring Home the Boys!  Tear Down the Wall!  Got it?

This country has fucked over its veterans for fucking ever.  It’s appalling.  It makes me crazy.  It keeps me up at night.   And even though I have no skin in the game, I can’t even finish this post. How can we do this to our veterans?  Where the fuck is our fucking respect?

So.  Here’s a brief video that speaks to this– not my style at all, but really well done.  (Thanks, Thor.)

And here’s a link to a vet and a Veteran Mom whose blog is worth visiting to appreciate her perspective as both.  No, I’ve never met her or even spoken to her .  I just like her, especially today.

War sucks.  Write that down.

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12 Responses to Please Fix This

  1. Thor says:

    Thanks for the credit. I saw the video on TV, found it on the web, and sent it to a group of friends.
    Amazing this thing called the web!

    It says so much, simply, but packs a helluva message.

    It’s one of the very few times I’ve said to folks….PASS IT ON. I hope some of your readers do the same thing.

  2. Lois Terms says:

    Great video. Thanks.

  3. 'Nonymous says:

    People should remember that when Vietnam vets came home, draft-dodging anti-war liberals like you literally and figuratively spit on them, calling them murderers and baby killers. So while it’s nice to see you changed your tune, it’s important to remember how cowardly you behaved before you did.

    • Barbara Ganousch says:

      Great vid. I watched it twice.
      Hey ‘Nonymous — you’d hardly believe it still needs saying after all this time but there are always dickwads like yourself who can’t help but get it wrong. Lumping all the war protesters with the few who conducted themselves as badly as you correctly describe is like saying all the pro-life people burn down abortion clinics and shoot doctors. Years after I marched with my parents in the streets to protest that war, one of my children joined the Army. Nobody in my family spit on anybody. We’re the rule, not the exception.

      • Squathole says:

        Thanks for handling that one, BG. Time after time after time — nothing but guilt by association. In fact, as a nation we treat veterans pretty badly regardless of individuals who kiss or spit on them. ‘Nonymous is too busy wiping his ass in public to suggest anything constructive, as usual.

    • Je me souviens says:

      Gulf of Tonkin and Domino theory

      a war of attrition and the weekly body count

      Westmoreland collects a dollar from CBS

      881

      Humpin’ the bush

      Tunnel rats

      Luke the Gook

      Vets turning in medals and leading protests

      Bring us together and the secret plan

      The end of the money and April ’75

      Napalm and Agent Orange

      Yeah, I remember.

    • Thor says:

      Beliefs can and often do change over thirty years, except for ignorant a-holes such as you.

    • syrbal says:

      Not all. I got spit on in a laundromat, washing my own fatigues back then. But not all protesting sorts were that way. My aunt protested, and sent her four sons to Canada; but she didn’t spit on me. Not all were cowards, some simply had the courage to say the government was WRONG and stick by their words. I was IN the Army and was an anti-war liberal, thank you very much!

  4. Dawgbowl says:

    The Iraq War proved that we didn’t learn a damn thing from Vietnam. As long as people have the authority to send other people off to war, this will happen over and over.

  5. syrbal says:

    Thank you. And yes, war sucks. Sending husband to Ft. Campbell next month to see our youngest son, still military, before he re-deploys to Afghanistan. War sucks, war sucks, war sucks….if that were the national mantra we would be worlds ahead of where we are and where we are going.

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