Supporting our Troops

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Supporting our Troops
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Tue, 10-19-2004 - 6:28pm
I heard this on the radio today, and it really made me think.

For the people voting against George Bush rather than for John Kerry... The polls show that military service members support George W. Bush by a decided majority. Can you really say you support the troops if you cast your vote against the person they want as their commander in chief?

Food for thought.

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Registered: 03-25-2003
Tue, 10-19-2004 - 7:01pm

This really bothers me.

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Tue, 10-19-2004 - 7:20pm

Very simple - wanting to have our soldiers home, alive and well, is the ultimate in supporting our troops.

Carrie, Mom of Alex & Anna

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Registered: 11-16-2003
Tue, 10-19-2004 - 8:09pm
>Can you really say you support the troops if you cast your vote against the person they >want as their commander in chief?

>Food for thought.

My DH would tell you that by making your own choice as to who to vote for would be the exact reason he served in the military. I don't think any servicemember thinks that voting for Kerry is not supporting the troops. I think most would tell you that they serve in the military so that we at home can live in a democracy.

Mary


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Tue, 10-19-2004 - 8:49pm
I agree with your DH that the reason we serve is to protect democracy. The caller was specifically aiming her comment, not at Kerry supporters, but rather people who are simply voting against Bush. In the military you respect the office of Commander in Chief, regardless of who is in it. I think your DH would agree with that. I believe that when you don't respect or trust the person in the office, it makes it that much harder to serve with pride, and to believe in what you are doing. Your DH may or may not agree with that. If someone is simply casting their vote against Bush, this is something they might want to consider.

I don't believe the caller meant to imply, and I didn't either, that those who are voting for Kerry because they believe he personally is the right person for the job (as opposed to those who are voting for anyone who is not Bush) do not support the troops.

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Tue, 10-19-2004 - 9:04pm

As a person who is evenly split between the concept of voting against Bush and voting for Kerry, I have to say that the "Commander in Chief" argument just doesn't float for me.

Carrie, Mom of Alex & Anna

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Tue, 10-19-2004 - 9:38pm

I think that's worthy of consideration.

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Tue, 10-19-2004 - 9:42pm
Personally I think there is an element to it that they HAVE to agree with the mission in order to do it and survive it and keep their souls intact.

Carrie, Mom of Alex & Anna

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Tue, 10-19-2004 - 9:46pm
Right!
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Tue, 10-19-2004 - 9:52pm
Ummm, those are your words and not mine, and no that's not what I think.

Carrie


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Carrie, Mom of Alex & Anna

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Tue, 10-19-2004 - 10:07pm
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Sounds like you're calling them mindless to me.

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