Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Memo To Wingnuts: THIS Is How You Support The Troops!

Never mind filling the coffers of some Chinese entrepreneur by buying dumbass yellow ribbon magnets for your gas-guzzlers. Try some real support. John at AMERICABlog (a liberal who doesn't support the war in Iraq but knows what the troops need) has shown you the way.

It began with the ridiculous notion that a serviceman who was injured in Iraq should be forced to pay for his damaged body armor by the money grubbers at the Bushtagon:
I've had it with the Bush administration. Enough is enough. Now they're charging US soldiers injured in Iraq for their lost body armor. Enough is enough. We liberal folk may disagree with the Bush administration over the reasons for going to war and over how they're fighting this war, but one thing you'd expect no disagreement over would be the treatment of our soldiers. They fight for their country and they deserve some respect in return. And that means not charging them for their body armor because someone blew them up on the battlefield.

That's it.

This soldier had to pay $700 for his armor, and now is out trying to find work. He has friends who have faced the same cruel, ridiculous policy. Let's finally raise some cash for these guys and show the Bush administration how compassion really works.

I'm serious. I've set up a special PayPal donation fund. If you click the button below and donate, it will be earmarked with a special code so I'll know it's for the body armor fund. All the money collected, ALL OF IT, will go the soldier who was forced to pay for his armor, and if we get more than $700, I'll give him that as well to help him get back on his feet (he's now unemployed, and he says he knows other soldiers who have faced the same problem, if he wants, he can reimburse his pals who also had to pay for their armor).

I'm pissed. Please help.
And help he duly got - from other liberal minded folks who also think the Right is great at talking the "support the troops" game but not much on forcing their politicians to walk the walk.
Wow, you guys were amazing. In just two hours, we raised over $5,000, with over 180 donations ranging from $1 to $400 (average donation was around $20, so this really was a community effort).
NOW do you wingnuts get it? They are YOUR politicians. YOU are their base. FORCE them to do something concrete to help the troops for a change, so that liberals don't have to pick up their pieces like this. Go on, I triple dare ya!

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