Taken from Glenn Beck-Thanks bj

BECK: You know, I read something earlier this weekend that really disturbed me. It was this anti-war rally in Washington, D.C. A protester reportedly spit on an Iraq war veteran. This is a guy who risked his life. He lost a limb in the name of his country.

Let me be clear. Have we learned nothing from Vietnam? You know, before the Iraq war started, I organized a tour around the country called "The Rally for America". Liberal media marked it as a war rally. It wasn`t. It was a rally for our troops. It was a time for us to get together and promise each other something.

Tens of thousands of people came from all around the country. We were there to make a promise to ourselves and to our troops. And it is a promise that I stand by today, and I believe you do, as well.

It was a promise that we learned our lesson well in Vietnam, that no matter what, we would stand by our troops. We would support them through this war, you know, that we would be there as they fought with everything that they`ve got and we`ve got. And we wouldn`t handcuff them, that we would get the job done quickly, and we would bring our men and women home.

You know, I want you to really think about this tonight. What would you do if somebody handed you a gun and told you to put another human being in the cross-hairs and squeeze the trigger? That is what we ask our soldiers to do in our name every day.

We ask them to go against everything that they were taught as children, to go against everything that they stand for, as we stand for, as human beings, all in the name of this country and our security.

And in exchange, we tell them that they have our support and what they`re doing is OK.

You know what? I can`t imagine what it`s like to have to kill another human being. Not just one but many. And I refuse to allow anyone to put these men through any more hell than war because of politics. Like it or not, we asked them as a nation to go and do this. And guess what? We`re in it. So let`s stand by their side.

This weekend, thousands of Americans marched on Capitol Hill to protest the war in Iraq. You know what? Antiwar protesters, you have a right to speak out. This is America. Speak out.

But a young veteran, who was at that rally, there to support our troops, says that someone spit on him.

Whatever the claims, the details of the story, it`s not really about this incident. This incident is a reminder. It is a reminder to all of us about a promise we made to ourselves, or should have.

Listen and listen well. You can disagree with this war. You can — you can support the war or not support. You can yell from the highest mountaintop that you don`t want this to turn into another Vietnam. Well, you know what? None of us do. I don`t, you don`t. None of us. Why would we want to turn a war into another national nightmare?

I`ll support your right to speak out, but I will not support your right to spit on our soldiers or in any other way hurt their morale. You start taking apart our soldiers, and you`ve got to come through me and millions like me.

It is time to draw a line in the sand. We need to win this war, bring our troops home. When they come home, we need to celebrate them, throw parades in their honors and welcome them as heroes. We will not humiliate them. We will not mistreat our soldiers again.

Comments

  1. Thanks Major, that needed saying, Beck has gained a lot of my respect.
    Another graduate of the School of Hard Knocks. Class of ’68-’69.
    We don’t need a repeat.

  2. That needs to be printed in every paper across the nation. Won’t happen, but wish it could.
    From what I’m hearing from ‘my guys’ they know most of the country is behind them, the others are just noisier. Guess we need to figure out a way to make more noise huh?

  3. Great post and the protestors do not have a clue as to what out troops are going through every day. My support and prayers are with our troops daily. Be strong, we love you!

  4. You’ve got my support in everyway I can give it.
    And, I don’t mean to spam, but now sounds like a good time to remind folks that, if they don’t have someone serving, there are plenty of soldiers that need support.
    Don’t forget about soldier’s angels.

  5. MAJOR P,
    I ONLY WISH I WAS THERE WHEN THAT PUNK SPAT ON HIM ,OR ANY SOLDIER OR MARINE . I STILL HAVE A TAD BIT OF COMBAT LEFT IN ME AFTER ALL THESE YEARS.PUT ME IN COACH I’M READY TO PLAY.
    AND AT MY AGE MY WIFE BACKS ME UP, BUT SHE STILL THINKS I’M KOO KOO.
    TRUST ME FOLKS, I CAN STILL TAKE CARE OF BIG BRO JIM I.

  6. When I get the right funding for NSN (No Shit News) I will hire Glenn Beck, and a few Barb Barker girls for the weather!
    AhhhhhhTack!

  7. I love Glenn Beck. I watch him every chance I get. I am going to copy and paste to some Editors I know. If you have not seen the movie “Flyboys” you are missing a great movie. Sorry if that is off topic.

  8. Thank you, great post… so comforting to read supportive clarity. Liked the link to Orson Scott Card’s “Honoring Those Who Died” article as well. Author of ‘Ender’s Game’ et all. Both are speakers of reason and sense.

  9. Excellent and thanks for a post that should be required reading in High School. I do video work for the Wounded Warrior Project that can be seen at livevideo.com/cardmankev. God Bless

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