My adult son sent me this!

  1. "American citizens will forever be haunted by that fateful day. The lives lost and the families torn apart by the hateful actions of those terrorists can best be memorialized by leaders adhering to American principles founded in the highest callings of our country's better nature.

    Imagine the pride Americans would have felt had Bush defiantly refused to allow acts of terrorism to change a single aspect of American life. Is that so unrealistic? Leaders of stature go about the business of reassuring Americans and calmly work towards safety and security.

    Now let me state unequivocally that I have complete and total faith in our men and women of the military. I support them with all my heart and soul, as they are about to put their lives and the disruption of their family's lives on the line for America. They do so through duty to country and their Commander in Chief. In reality, they are in no position to question the morality or the righteousness of orders they are about to be given. They should understand that anyone who expresses dissatisfaction with the proposed war against Iraq is in no way dissatisfied with them. No, indeed! Any dissatisfaction expressed is at the administration alone!

    Has there ever been a time in our history when protests of such proportions against war have taken place prior to war? If so, I cannot find evidence of such. Yes, comparable protests have taken place, but only after the actions of war have begun. Does that not tell the administration something? Does that not tell Tony Blair something? Apparently not, and that is one of the saddest aspects of this moment in world history.
    Rushing into war only proves that patience is not a virtue to be admired by the country taking such actions. Is that what America is about? Not in my mind. And not in the minds of patriots who value American history.

    There is an extreme divergence of opinion between those who value peace and those who push for war no matter the costs in human life or monetary expense. This divergence is evidence not of patriotism, but of nationalism.

    If we fail to value human life, regardless of nationality, what has our history taught us? Are we to be a nation of peace or are we to be a nation of determination to war no matter the human cost? Are we not a nation founded upon the principles that define the best aspects of human decency? Of course we are!

    Patriots understand these principles must not be forgotten in a zealous desire to seek revenge. Rather than pursuing a path of calming influence, the administration has ratcheted up his rhetoric and has incited animosity among American citizens. The proposed war against Iraq is an extremely divisive issue because it will set a precedent of "first strike." This is not something to be taken lightly.

    Protesters for peace are accused of aligning themselves with the enemy. Celebrities who speak out are belittled. Those so fearful angry, or who want revenge are called "warmongers". But true patriots do not call other American citizens derogatory names simply because they disagree on issues. Patriots value freedom of speech and civil liberties.

    Patriotism does not shy away from a critical examination of mistakes made by leaders or policies. No, patriotism searches for mistakes made and analyzes contributing factors leading to those mistakes. Patriotism seeks the answers to questions. Patriotism seeks to have America learn from its mistakes and uses those insights gained to improve the standards upon which America takes future actions.

    Their budgetary calculations include tax cuts I fear will lead to escalating deficit spending and record setting national debt. Who is going to stand accountable for this monumental national debt? It will be our children, their children and their children.
    Not only will future generations suffer, but also current American citizens will suffer through a lack of funding for programs already in place: Education, the needy, infrastructure, homeland security, the environment, etc. Where will the funding come from to finance programs?

    Is a war against Iraq and Saddam Hussein to take precedence over everything in America?

    History will judge whether America takes the right course in this confrontation. I fear that history will not look kindly upon America in this matter.

    Just count me as one patriotic American who loves this country deeply enough to stand behind her all the way. No matter what actions are taken in our name, we must always keep our deep and abiding love of country close to our hearts. May that love strengthen us and keep us safe!"
  2. 9 Comments

  3. by   VivaLasViejas
    Beautiful. Just beautiful. This expresses every single emotion I've felt since all this war talk began. Thank you, spacenurse, and thanks to your son as well. I wonder who wrote it, though?
  4. by   pickledpepperRN
    Wish I knew who wrote it.
    My son got it from a friend by e- mail
    My baby is now a good man, and a good husband.
  5. by   eddy
    I love it. Thank you.
  6. by   Nurse Izzy
    For the free people that still protest

    Your welcome, we protect you

    and you are protected by the best.

    Your voice is strong and loud

    but who will fight for you?

    no one standing in your crowd.

    We are your fathers, brothers and sons,

    wearing the boots and carrying the guns

    we are the ones that leave all we own,

    to make sure your future is carved in stone

    We are the ones who fight and die,

    we might not be able to save the world

    Well, at least we try.

    We walked the paths to where we are at

    and we want no choice other than that.

    So when you rally your group to complain,

    take a look in the back of your brain

    In order for that flag you love to fly

    wars must be fought and young men must die.

    We came back to fight for the ones we hold dear

    If that's not respected, we would rather stay here.

    So please stop yelling, put down your signs,

    and pray for those behind enemy lines.

    When the conflict is over and all is well,

    be thankful that we chose to go through hell.

    Corporal Joshua Miles and all boys from 3rd Battalion 2nd Marines Kuwait

  7. by   Mimi Wheeze
    Hmmm.. I prefer Nurse Izzy's version. Big surprise, huh? :chuckle:
  8. by   eddy
    I love my country.
    Yes I do.
    I'll defend her passionatley.
    As would you.

    I believe in freedom.
    Not killing to prove a point
    I'll promote freedom forever
    But not at gun point.

    I love my country
    Yes I do.
    I question it's motives
    So should you.

    We founded a country
    From rags to riches
    Now we forget
    Our founders wishes.

    I love my country
    I love those troops
    They don't belong there
    I'm censored... oops.

    I'll accept your opinion.
    But please spare me
    Your world wide dominion.

    Can't we all
    just get along...
    I forgot we're right
    And you are wrong.


    Poems are fun.
  9. by   Mimi Wheeze
    Oh, sure Eddy. But can you make up a war haiku?
  10. by   eddy
    Originally posted by Mimi Wheeze
    Oh, sure Eddy. But can you make up a war haiku?

    Hehe... I just about fell out of my chair. Thank you.

    See? Even the "Warmonger" and the "Treehugger" can have a laugh.... hehehehe....

    Disclaimer: Please oh please, don't take this as a serious comment. It's just a joke. We need to all loosen up just a bit.
    Last edit by eddy on Apr 4, '03
  11. by   Mimi Wheeze
    Don't sweat it, Eddy. This ol' warmonger isn't over-sensitive.