Wow. I know that a lot of people disagree with the policies out government has set out, but I'm more than a little shocked and offended at your judgmental, harsh, and frankly hateful tone.
To judge an entire class of people who sign up to put their lives at risk so that you can sit back and criticize them is tasteless at best and malicious at worst.
Rather than encourage you in your Limbaugh-esque diatribe (another hate monger who speaks only negatively with no regard for truth or even reality), I'm going to sign off by saying that, with no equivocation, no exception, and no room for debate, you're wrong in assigning those traits to our soldiers. You're absolutely wrong.
The men and women in our military are not perfect, they are not flawless, and they are just as likely to make mistakes as the next person. They are also brothers, sisters, fathers, mothers, and friends who vote Democrat and Republican, who fight when they have to, who miss their families when they're separated, who do the best they can, and who deserve more than someone like you.
Ok, can I just say that for an article about the best of what Colorado Springs has to offer, I'm seeing a lot of the worst of this city.
You can disagree with the policies and politics of the military, but don't trash the soldiers. I don't agree with it either, but I won't tell those in my family who've bravely agreed to take on a responsbility I would never choose that their choice is one that makes them bad people.
For those who don't know, when you join the military you don't get to pick and choose the issues you are willing to fight for. You say, "I'm here, I'm willing to stand up for my country, and I'm going to do it to the best of my ability." Not, "I'm here, I'm willing to stand up, but only if we can run through the pros and cons of each issue first." The ones who are responsbile for that are those in charge of our government, not our soldiers.
You wouldn't blame an assembly line worker for the failures of GM, would you? Don't blame the men and women who fight for us for the past mistakes of previous administrations.
I wonder what the gentleman would have us do? You say that the candidates are too loyal to their own parties and that voting is a waste of time and an exercise in futility. What are our options? We have no greater right, privilege, or responsibility than to vote. We must vote our conscience and vote with confidence in our knowledge of issues and candidates.
If you really feel that there is nothing to be gained, then stay home. But do so knowing that you have forfeited a right people have died to provide you. A right that we've worked for and earned as a nation and as individuals. If voting doesn't work, it's because the voters aren't doing their jobs.
Vote. Know for whom and what you're voting and then take action. It is the single greatest act available to us to change the course of government in this country. It is not peer pressure, the "in" thing, or a passing fad. Voting is an essential element to our country's success. It's a responsibility we need to take seriously.
Ok, I'm a feminist from way back. I have been a supporter for women's rights and I think it's stellar that the Republicans have finally put a woman on the ticket. However, I don't think Sarah Palin is in anyway qualified to be our VP. The entire population of the state of Alaska is less than the population of Colorado Springs. By almost half. She's new to foreign policy, she doesn't have clear answers about the history of the supreme court, she doesn't have answers about the Bail Out plan, she doesn't have experience in Washington, and she's been caught several times in verbal blunders that make Dan Quayle look like a Mensa candidate.
If a man insults Sarah Palin, it's sexism. If a woman insults Sarah Palin, it's jealousy. What about just concern that someone who inept could potentially be in charge of our nation?
Ok, I agree that it's ridiculous for FotF to raise such a fuss over hotel room porn. For one thing, isn't it better that these "sexual deviants" who dare seek out adult films do it in the relative safety of a regularly sanitized room away from we "good folks"? (Please note the dripping sarcasm here, folks.)
Despite my agreement with the argument that FotF really needs to drop this, I have to say that I get fed up with mocking all Mormons, Evangelicals, Baptists, and so on to prove a point. Yes. Focus is an extreme organization and their views are a little too extreme for my taste. Yes. Many of the believers are equally extreme, but let's not run the Haggard thing (even further) into the ground. Let's not make any more jokes about the high ranking religious officials and their not-so-secret lives. Isn't the issue itself--a religious group attempting to censor sex, marriage, and general morality to make it fit into a specific little box that now we supposedly can't even take out of the house--ridiculous enough without tramping over well-trodden (and mean-spirited) ground?
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