I'm a little perplexed right now. Ya see, I know a few vets who served in Vietnam. One was finally able to put it past him about 8 years ago when a former service buddy had him do a sweat lodge on Indian reservation. I've known others who were affected by Agent Orange. One was finally given VA disability because as they told him..."you are still alive..."
I was reading an article about Max Cleland
. He was a senator from Georgia until 2002. He lost the election to a Republican Saxby Chambliss
. During the election Chambliss adds suggested that Cleland was in bed with the terrorists. What that stemmed from was that Cleland thought the Patriot Act went just too far.
Cleland is disabled.
He lost both legs and an arm due to a grenade. He had gotten off a Huey, saw the grenade, bent down to pick it up when it went off. He barely lived.
Under Jimmy Carter he was the head of the Veterans Administration. He did a lot of good. There were a lot of horror stories about the VA back then. They were true. I won’t go into them here. But just imagine a Sgt Major paralyzed from the neck down. He cannot feed himself. He can’t do anything.
Now imagine a VA worker bring him a tray of food, setting it down and walking out. Later she comes back. States that she see’s he hasn’t touched any of it. He replies that he can’t he’s paralyzed from the neck down. She touches it. She comments that it’s gone cold. Then she makes a snide remark about him not wanting then fine… Takes the tray and walks out.
The man was thin as a rail. He was slowly starving to death. Cleland help stop that and other things. The VA got better.
Reading the posting from the “Right Wing” nuts would make any veteran angry. They said he was drunk when he picked up the grenade. The man had just stepped off a Huey. They called him a cry baby. He was suffering from PTSD and didn’t know it until he sought help.
It tore him up that innocent soldiers, men and women were being injured, disabled and killed by the out and out lies of Bush, Chaney, Rove, Rumsfeld, and others who had not served in Vietnam.
And the people attacked Cleland. I know that politics is dirty. Very dirty. I’ve seen it first hand.
But you have people going after the man just for the sport of it.
Its like they smell blood and attack.
And they don’t limit it to Democrats.
The same people went after John McCain
in the 2000 Republican Party primary. McCain gets “angry…”
Personally, if I was stuck in a POW camp where my fellow prisoners were tortured, beaten, isolated, and worse, while others like Bush, Rove, old Rush, Saxby Chambliss got deferments (Saxby got 5
), I’d be damn angry too.
I’m surprised these people don’t hang out at the VA and wait for disabled vets to come by so they can spit on them.
This is one reason I’ve been for a draft since 2001. Drag these right wing nut cases into the military screaming and kicking. Then ship their gung ho asses to the war zone.
I’m sure their first morning in the military you’d find them crying like a baby because the drill sergeant was having them make their own bed.
So what's your take on this?