Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Sign The Petition

Another Words Have Power Contest!

Find anyone in this picture who is currently serving in any capacity in the United States military? No, President Bush's role as the Commander in Chief, doesn't count. He does get to wear cool, quasi-military uniforms, though.

One Pissed Off Veteran directs us to Buzzflash, where we can all sign a petition requesting that the Republican power elite send some of their children to replace the children of the poor and middle class who are fighting and dying in Iraq.

“Bush has derided the mothers and fathers of our nation's war dead for not wanting any more young American men and women to die in Iraq. "We owe them [the already killed and wounded soldiers] something," he told veterans in Salt Lake City (even though his administration tried to shortchange the veterans agency by $1.5 billion, according to Maureen Dowd). "We will finish the task that they gave their lives for."

Yet, not one -- not one -- of any of Bush's children or his nieces and nephews have volunteered for service in any branch of the military or volunteered to serve in any capacity in Iraq. Not one of them has felt the cause was noble enough to put his or her life on the line.

Think about the non-economic factors that motivate our all volunteer military. Pride, patriotism, love of country are all components that get factored into the decision to sign up in their country's armed forces. These are values that are learned at home from their parents. Imagine the values that the Bush family children must be learning from their parents.