Clearing the Water

elvis_and_nixon.jpgJeff and I both hail from the more right-brained side of the political spectrum (that’s the left for those of you who failed HS biology) and, as a result, we get accused of things that aren’t  true.  The truth is we’re not so surprisingly open-minded.  For instance, although I don’t think that Reagan was god’s gift to America, I do think he was the right man for the time.  And more than that, I believe Nixon is one of our most underrated presidents.

But the thing that gets me the most is when people accuse me of not loving my country because I’m not an apologist.  Anyone who says that what we do is right just because we do it is a moron.  As a country, we do a lot of wrong many times despite having the best of intentions.  Lincoln suspended habeas corpus, Roosevelt threw a bunch of Japanese-Americans into internment camps and they both thought that what they did was right because there was a war going on. 

When it comes to war, the water always becomes extra murky.  If I don’t support a war, I’m told that I hate America or, even worse, that I hate “the troops.”  Wait a minute, I’m the one who hates the troops because I don’t want them dying in some god-forsaken desert for a war they have no idea why they’re fighting?

Here’s the deal.  Both Jeff and I have friends and family who served in the past and who are currently serving and we couldn’t be more proud of them.  We may not always agree with them on everything but that doesn’t mean we support them any less.  In fact, just to show you how much we’re behind them, we’re dedicating this video of our troops hard at work to all of our military readers:

Seriously guys?  We’re not asking for much, just a little help here.

Happy Saturday!  And stay safe.

-A

5 Comments

Wow, we actually share political ground other than our distaste for religion. There’s hope for the blogosphere yet.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve disagreed with buttheaded Texas rednecks over US foreign policy, only to be met with a flurry of empty platitudes like “freedom ain’t free”, “the best defense is a good offense”, and “I’m gonna kick yer liberal asss!”
:^)
–Jonestein
http://jonestein.mlblogs.com

you are taking me back back way back. Agree that the gipper was the right man at the time. Can’t C the video but I”l check it out at home. I am at the club level at Dodger Stadium having a drink while watching game.
Emma
http://crzblue.mlblogs.com

I will retain my views on the war since they need more space than the comment box, regardless, at least one guy in your first picture was worthy of his title…. and what exactly is it you need help with?

-peter
Phillies Outside

hahaha i saw that this morning and it made me crack up! I’m a fan of Lady Gaga actually :D

Let us Support Our Troops even the ones who get a little bit too crazy on the fun ;) eheheheheheheh quit telephonin meh eheheheheheheh~ stop callin stop callin i don’t wanna think any more~

http://mimi.mlblogs.com

That vid reminds me of a lot of goofy $hiit we did in the Army. There was that one time in the Mojave Desert when we….. I should have had a recorder. Guess I was born too early for the cool gadgets we have now-a-days. I could have really used one in Germany. No one would believe that story. Reagan was my “boss” back then and thank goodness for it. Full Disclosure > I consider myself Moderately Republican.
…and YES! Nixon WAS one our most under-rated Presidents. He messed up but he was damn good too.
mike

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