Note: This is the first in a series of posts that I am publishing in an attempt to debunk the Republican and Conservative dishonest definitions of liberalism.
I think it is time for these liars to be called out.
"It is by no means enough that an officer be capable...He should be a gentleman of liberal education, refined, manners, punctilious courtesy, and the nicest sense of personal honor... No meritorious act of a subordinate should escape his attention, even if the reward be only one word of approval. Conversely, he should not be blind to a single fault in any subordinate."
- John Paul Jones - 1775
Liberals hate the military.
This is a line the conservatards love to parrot. The next time one of these idiots says this bullshit to you, point out that it was two liberal presidents (FDR and Truman) that led us to victory over the Empire of Japan and Fascist Europe in four years, SIMULATANEOUSLY.
Point out that, because of George W. Bush and his conservative cronies ineptitude, we are still stumbling around trying to find the perpetrators of 9-11 a fucking decade after it happened.
Also point out that the Bastard Reagan cut and run after a terrorist attack on the Marine barracks in 1983.
Be sure to remind them that there were no combat fatalities in the War with Kosovo under Commander in Chief, Bill Clinton. A war whose objective was achieved quickly and decisively and was predicted to be a failure by ALL conservative pundits and politicians.
Let's do a brief history of liberals and the military.
After World War II, the corporations were salivating at the thought of all the returning service men. Visions of virtual slave labor in the factories had dollar signs floating around the corporatist heads like flies around shit.
With Americas chief industrial competitors, Germany and Japan, bombed into the stone age, projected corporate profits were giving the Wall Street bastards hard-ons of never before seen stiffness.
But the liberals put the brakes on the exploitation of these combat heroes by enacting The Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944, better known as the G.I. Bill of Rights.
Signed into law on June 22, 1944, by President Franklin D. Roosevelt amidst the shrieks of dismay of conservatives, this VERY liberal legislation put in place job securities and guaranteed college education.
Check out this news real from the era:
It was liberals, not conservatives, that worked on involving the U.S. in the First World War, the Second World War, Korea, and Vietnam.
In fact the Democratic Party was once known as the War Party among its critics, particularly those Republicans of the conservative, isolationist mentality.
After LBJ escalated the Vietnam Conflict with the Gulf of Tonkin lie, http://www.fair.org/index.php?page=2261 the Democratic Party was the leader in pushing for an end to the war, despite LBJ being of the same party.
Johnson, under pressure, chose not to seek nomination for a second term. (Contrast this to the lying fucker George W. Bush. The conservatives supported him even though there was no evidence to support his invasion of Iraq, in fact all the evidence that managed to come to light showed that Bush knew he was lying.)
The Republican Party seized upon this anti-war movement of the 1960s and used it to paint liberals and Democrats as cowards and anti-military.
This distortion by the right-wing continues to this day.
One of the more despicable lies of the Vietnam War, coming from the Right, is that American troops were spat upon at airports and bus stations as they were coming home from the war.
This urban legend has been repeated as a fact by the conservative liars, so often that people now believe it to be true. Even people who lived during that time and should know better will argue that it is a fact.
The truth is, there is absolutely NO EVIDENCE that a returning Vietnam War serviceman was spat upon by anti-war protesters or anyone else.
To begin with, Vietnam veterans did not return by the boat loads like the WWII vets did. They rotated back into the real world as their tours of duty ended. So, it is improbable that hippies, or whoever, were hanging around the airports and bus stations waiting to spit on them.
Secondly, I would imagine a battle hardened man wouldn't take to being spat on by anyone very well and even the most stoned out protester would not want to risk hospitalization and possible death by spitting on one.
Thirdly. There are no police reports, FBI, state, or any other enforcement agency that can corroborate the story.
The spitting myth got started years after the last of the soldiers came home.
Fueled by movies like Rambo (does anyone really think a hippie would be stupid enough to spit on a special forces vet?), it took a life of it's own. George H. W. Bush (the smart one) used the analogy to justify the first Gulf War. His dim wit son jacked it up several notches for his Iraqi invasion.
With the corporate controlled media, the lying conservatives have managed to equate war protest with hatred for the troops comparing war protesters to maggot infested communist hippies or something.
It is all bullshit and easily debunked. Good luck getting a fucktard to listen to you though.
This is one of those stories that is ingrained so goddam deep into the Conservatard, it is part of their fucking DNA.
Let's not forget about what happened to Senator John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election.
A group calling itself, “Swift Boat Veterans for the Truth” set out to destroy the liberal candidate's presidential bid.
They attacked his record as a combat hero, called his Purple Hearts, Bronze Star, and Silver Star medals phony and undeserved.
This organization, funded by hard line right-wingers and Republicans distorted, lied and smeared John Kerry's military record. It was one of the most shocking and despicable actions ever taken against a former member of the armed forces. And a highly decorated combat veteran at that. And the fucking right-wing bastards have the audacity to claim that it is the liberals that hate the military.
More information on this heinous Republican ploy can be found here: http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Swift_Boat_Veterans_for_Truth
George W. Bush refused to disavow the advertisements by these bastards, even when repeatedly asked to do so by other veterans including Senator John McCain.
And we know why the asshole Bush refused to separate himself from the ads. They worked. To this day people still believe that Bush is a combat veteran of the Vietnam War and Kerry is a lying coward.
Max Cleland, a Vietnam War hero, who left 3 limbs behind on a battlefield in Vietnam was smeared by an asshole by the name of Saxby Chambliss during the 2002 election for Senator of Georgia.
During the campaign, Chambliss ran ads juxtaposing Cleland's face with Saddam Hussein's. The right-wing attack ads put in question Cleland's patriotism and desire to protect the country from terrorists.
An article by the slimy cunt, Ann Coulter, circulated among the conservatives suggested that people quit referring to the Silver Star awarded vet as a “war hero”.
While I would never suggest that honest conservatives hate the military, it is factual that conservative pundits have absolutely no problem smearing the records and lives of military personnel that have a politically different ideology than that of their favorite candidates.
The silence among leading Republicans and Conservatives when these smears are going on is deafening.
Can anyone produce an equivalent smearing of the military from the left? I think not. The most they can come up with some silly ass hand-job making disparaging remarks then trying to tie all liberals to that.
Dishonest. Disgusting. Disturbing.
But don't look for anything to change to soon. It is in the millionaires and billionaires best interest to keep people believing these lies. War is profitable. Killing is business and business is fucking good.