I was reading a post to Black Five's blog the other day about what he calls “Clueless” mail rather than “Hate” mail. It's a http://www.typepad.com/t/trackback/2990165 letter from a Joan Mackie Ochoa and you can decide for yourself how you would classify it. After she spends a paragraph running down President Bush and letting us, the military know that we are all “brainwashed”, she states that she supports us.
I've been stewing on this for a while and it's taken me a little while to separate all the self-contradicting statements but it made me start thinking about what it means to “Support Our Troops”.
Like one of the many people who left comments this post on Black Five's blog, I wonder just how it is that Ms. Mackie-Ochoa has been supporting the troops. Has she been sending care packages to troops in Iraq or making donations to Soldiers Angels, Books for Troops, Toys for Iraq or any number of other charitable operations that support deployed troops or their mission, sadly, I think not. I may be wrong, but I think Ms. Mackie-Ochoa just came to the blinding epiphany that war is bad, assigned blame at the top (because that doesn't require the effort of research and the forming of an independent opinion), then considering herself intellectually enlightened, attempts to lend credibility to her statements by blithely throwing out that she supports all of us brainwashed lemmings sent to fetch riches for the president.
Enough about her, I don't like to take up space in this blog reacting to someone’s caustic, ignorant ramblings but it was necessary as a contrasting segue to a true shining example of support that I came across.
I ran across this article http://www.glenwoodindependent.com/article/20050821/VALLEYNEWS/108210010 in the Glenwood Springs Post Independent yesterday. Having grown up in
<p>This is what “Supporting Our Troops” looks like instead of just paying lip service to it. Each of these organizations didn't contribute much but what they gave collectively, means the world to a troop and their family who have endured months of separation and hardship.
If you have the time and inclination, please take a few moments to let these people know their support is appreciated.
Roaring Fork Outfitters - http://www.rfoutfitters.com/
Vicki Lee Green Realtors - http://www.vlgrealtors.com/
Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge and Pool - http://www.hotspringspool.com/
Glenwood Canyon Brewing Company - http://www.thehoteldenver.com/brewpub.html