Kill any children today?

  1. First, let me establish my credentials as a card-carrying bleeding-heart liberal. I strongly support the environmental and pro-choice movements, see no reason why my gay friends shouldn't marry, and think Bush is a plague visited upon us by the political gods as a penance for Monica. I surf this forum often, and benefit greatly from the discussions on both sides. Up until now I've been quiet, but something has happened to make me speak out and elicit opinions from my colleagues.
    My son has just received his Air Force commission, graduated from college and is at his first active duty station. He signed up for Air Force ROTC in the aftermath of 9/11 and has never regretted his decision. He strongly supports his country.
    A few days ago, he came out of a fast-food restaurant where he'd grabbed a quick lunch. He was wearing his uniform and prepared to go back to work when a well-dressed woman stopped him with the following comment:
    "Kill any children today?"
    My son was stunned, and before he could respond she had moved on. He was very upset that this happened to him. Whatever people's feelings about Iraq and our place in other countries, he hadn't expected to encounter such a cruel and prejudicial attitude toward those in uniform who are trying to defend our country. Frankly, neither did I. I thought that such cruel and vicious feelings toward the military had disappeared in the post-Vietnam era. And this was no homeless person or radical extremist, but a professional-looking person. Is there really such a common and prominent anti-military feeling among intelligent, educated people? Please share you thoughts on this. Thank you! Nursemouse.
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  2. 109 Comments

  3. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    That woman should have kept her ****ing opinion to herself. How would she have felt had it been HER kid that some stranger said that to?

    ('scuse the language, but people like her that make comments like that to people they don't even know tick me off)
  4. by   fergus51
    That isn't a liberal, that's an idiot.
  5. by   BRANDY LPN
    Quote from fergus51
    That isn't a liberal, that's an idiot.

    yep absolutely! tell your son that I for one (and I'm sure most of the members on this BB) am proud and grateful for his service in our armed services along with everyother soldier who is unselfish enough to risk thier lives to protect ours.
  6. by   NurseRatchet26
    What a cow! Just goes to show you, nice clothes and/or level of education does not equal actual intelligence. You would have to be stupid to say something like that here, the area is FULL of military.
  7. by   Dixen81
    nursemouse,
    I'm very sorry your son had to be on the receiving end of such a hateful and idiotic remark. I think most Americans are very proud of our soldiers and support them in their efforts. I hope you and your son are able to forget about what that idiot said. There's always one bad apple in the bunch.
  8. by   nursemouse
    I sent him a link to the thread and he's really appreciating the support. Helped make his day after this happened. Thanks! Nursemouse
  9. by   prmenrs
    When Linda Vandevanter (an RN) returned from her year in Vietnam, she got off the plane, was standing on the street in her uniform, she was SPAT upon by some 'dudes' in a VW van covered w/peace symbols. Welcome home!

    I am glad your son is doing what he is doing. Will pray for him. As for the woman, what goes around, comes around. She'll get hers.
  10. by   NurseHardee
    Let's see now? I have been in the antiwar movement for umpteen hundred years now. There are definitely all types amongst the antiwar set, including many a police undercover agitator. They get paid for causing trouble, and they're good at it, too. It comes from tax money, that me and other antiwar people like me pay along with the rest.

    During all this time, these stories of supposed abuse of US military people keep croppping up amongst us. Funny though, with all that time going to antiwar demos, being in antiwar offices, sociaizing with activists, etc., and not once have I ever seen in person such stuff as comes up in these tales. Go figure here?

    It reminds me of when all the flag waving started with the governemental decision to attack Iraq under Poppy Bush. All of a sudden, it seemed that every Tom, Dick and Harry was telling me personally, even, that they knew some particular and delightful Kuwaiti somewhere or another! Stories, stories, and more stories. Anything for a cause, I guess? But this one of supporting war in multiple countries all at one time is going to be a lost one. Tall tales or otherwise.

    Nurse Hardee
  11. by   nekhismom
    I believe the abuse was real if your son says it was real. Please convey my deepest appreciation for his service in protecting all of the people of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. I'm very sorry that he had to encounter someone such as this, but I am deeply grateful that he is willing to protect all of us, including rude and obnoxious people such as this lady.
  12. by   NurseHardee
    When you disagree with some post, why not state why? I think I stated why I had my opinion, but now, all you have done is just call me 'rude and obnoxious' for having the opinion I have. Do you see the difference here?

    And insinuating that I might be a 'domestic enemy' was not nice, either. What is that, some sort of roach? I don't think that that describes this kindly dad quite at all,

    nurse hardee
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    QUOTE=nekhismom]I believe the abuse was real if your son says it was real. Please convey my deepest appreciation for his service in protecting all of the people of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. I'm very sorry that he had to encounter someone such as this, but I am deeply grateful that he is willing to protect all of us, including rude and obnoxious people such as this lady.[/QUOTE]
  13. by   Nurse Ratched
    Quote from NurseHardee
    When you disagree with some post, why not state why? I think I stated why I had my opinion, but now, all you have done is just call me 'rude and obnoxious' for having the opinion I have. Do you see the difference here?

    And insinuating that I might be a 'domestic enemy' was not nice, either. What is that, some sort of roach? I don't think that that describes this kindly dad quite at all,

    nurse hardee
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    She was talking about the lady in the original story, not you.
  14. by   RNPATL
    That is terrible that your son was subjected to such an insult. My friend just returned from Iraq and she experienced terrible conditions over there! I for one am so thankful of the contribution these young men and women make to protect our country. Please convey my thanks to your son for his commtment to protecting our freedom.

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