Robin Cox – 12/27/05

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Patriotism redefined; Robin Cox; Beaver County Times; December 27, 2005.

Below is a copy of the letter as I submitted it.  I got the idea for the letter when I wrote a critique of a letter by Thomas Finch.

Let’s look at some actions recently referred to as patriotic.

·        Taking a position whose success requires our country’s failure in Afghanistan and Iraq.

·        If you’re a former U.S. Attorney General, becoming a member of Saddam Hussein’s defense team.

·        Voting for a war when you believed being a “hawk” would help your election prospects, but now claiming you were duped because you believe that vote may hurt your next campaign.

·        Giving an anti-war congressman 24x7 coverage when he says we’re losing in Iraq and repeats his old call to cut and run, while ignoring a Democrat senator who returns from Iraq and reports “progress is visible and practical.”

·        Reporting every bad thing occurring in Iraq and Afghanistan while refusing to report the good.  When forced into reporting something good – like an election, demeaning it by claiming the next milestone is the “real test.”  When the next “real test” is met, demeaning it and repeating the process.

·        Barring U.S. military recruiters from high school and college campuses.

·        Asserting a teenager interested in enlisting in the Marines “was probably brought up to be a two-faced traitor to his country.”

·        On the floor of the Senate, comparing our soldiers to “Nazis, Soviets in their gulags, or some mad regime - Pol Pot or others – that had no concern for human beings.”

·        If you’re a senator and former presidential candidate, alleging American soldiers are “terrorizing [Iraqi] kids and children [and] women.”

·        If you’re an anti-war congressman, telling the enemy our combat troops are “broken, worn out” and “living hand to mouth.”

·        To make sure people don’t get the wrong idea from the above “patriotic” acts, assuring everyone that despite not supporting anything they’re doing, you “support the troops.”

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