8/11/2005

Parody Patriotism: Comments on Daily Kos: WTF?

Our kind = rich (4.00 / 3)

I swear, sometimes it seems like the only respected aspiration in this country is to accumulate wealth with as little personal risk as possible.

by f8free on Thu Aug 11th, 2005 at 21:51:20 CDT

More like our kind = white (4.00 / 4)

and Anglo and not like you, Sgt. Rivera.

by flo58 on Thu Aug 11th, 2005 at 22:28:12 CDT

my thoughts exactly (none / 0)

I imagined her saying "our people" and waving her flabby arms to display the nice, suburban lily-white neighborhood.

sorry, just my first impression.

"not for our people. but for your people...sure, whatever. be a dear and cut our grass on the way out, wouldya?"

Imagine your average American. Then realize, 50% of us are below that.

by kineticdissent on Thu Aug 11th, 2005 at 22:40:59 CDT

I'm surprised (none / 0)

that she didn't ask to see his green card.

by AdmiralNaismith on Thu Aug 11th, 2005 at 23:02:22 CDT

Damn straight (none / 0)

How many other contexts besides race (and corporate propaganda, which doesn't apply here) do you hear anyone say "Our people"?

by Antioch on Thu Aug 11th, 2005 at 23:15:21 CDT

Parody Patriotism (none / 0)

It's really sad that there are so many of these parodies of patriotism around, ready to grab the good from this country but unwilling to pay any of the costs, whether taxes or allowing their child to enlist. They have no idea what citizenship is.

by freelunch on Thu Aug 11th, 2005 at 23:12:34 CDT

Typical chicken hawks (4.00 / 5)

I had the same discussion with a 20 ish puke who was standing at a "Support the Troops" type display in Chicago last month. The pussy said "It does not fit my plans" when I asked when he was leaving for Iraq. I spit on his shoes.

by UndercoverRxer on Thu Aug 11th, 2005 at 21:55:47 CDT

Aw, gee... (4.00 / 4)


the pussy was just trying to tell you that "he had other priorities..."

Some day the pussy will grow up to be your Vice President.

by Radiowalla on Thu Aug 11th, 2005 at 22:01:54 CDT

after Meeting Cindy Sheehan Today (4.00 / 3)

I cannot begin to express the level of rage that this woman's very existance causes me.....

WTF indeed. The problem with our country in a nutshell, eh?

by deepintheheartoftx on Thu Aug 11th, 2005 at 21:57:08 CDT

Upper Class = Off Limits (4.00 / 5)

I grew up in a nice entitled life in the south. Starting in kindergarden, I attended a nice "liberal-minded" private school founded by my classmates' parents. This was during the Vietnam war..

as I'm grown now, and having met many people who can't count the number of friends they lost on two hands, I have to wonder ... in a school of over 200, why is it that not one person, not one graduate, ever went, much even died, in Vietnam?

Because our parents were the movers and shakers, the textile kings and political croneys of the generation. No one from my school had to go to war because they could afford to buy out of it. Let's face it; military service in the face of a war is not something the rich want to deal with. Let some poor slob who can't afford college die for his country. Their sons are too busy buying it.

Things never change.

by Hyppie Grrl on Thu Aug 11th, 2005 at 21:58:01 CDT

* That's why Bush's TANG story was important (none / 0)


It showed exactly what kind of people identify with him.

by lawnorder on Thu Aug 11th, 2005 at 23:41:48 CDT

War games (4.00 / 2)


In thinking about this kind of situation for a while, I've increasingly come to the conclusion that people like the flag-swaddled dimwit in the article view this war as a spectator sport. They wallow in the seriousness of rooting for their team, but they think it's absurd for them to even consider making a financial or personal sacrifice. This woman would no sooner want her son to join the military than she would be willing to suit up personally and play middle lineback for the Steelers.

And yes, it is very disgusting.

by loudGizmo on Thu Aug 11th, 2005 at 21:58:28 CDT

And furthermore... (none / 0)


I was thinking about this today. Modern battle gear is so complex and protective that it obscures the human-ness and individuality of the soldiers.

Think of the photos from WWII, even Viet Nam. You can see their faces, their hands, their necks. You can almost see their personalities.

Nowadays, our soldiers in full battle gear look like CG characters in a war game on my newphew's Playstation.

They're not only "not our kind", they're not really humans. Until their heads or legs or guts get blown to bits and the blood and bone is exposed. But we don't see much of that these days, do we?

I'm grateful that our soldiers are decked out in the best protective gear that our taxes can buy but an unintended consequence is that the protection morphs them into alien beings that look like something out of Ridley Scott's mind. They're the good aliens fighting for us but who cares when a good alien dies?

by Dillie Taunt on Thu Aug 11th, 2005 at 23:21:54 CDT

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