In Honor (Redux)

As many of you are aware, we at Comments From Left Field started a fund raising drive on Tuesday in honor of the fallen Op-Ed soldiers Sgt. Yance “Tell” Gray and Sgt. Omar Mora. The drive is going well as is evidenced by the flood of support in both dollars and publicity it has received in a mere two and half days.

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(Snapshot of progress 8:30 AM EDT, 9-28-2007)

We decided it was appropriate to launch this campaign on the day Tell Gray was being buried at Arlington National Cemetery. IWe felt it was a proper way to honor these fallen hero’s. So you can imagine my indignation – not to mention the indignation of others – then when I read the following display of hatred toward these soldiers.

During the September 26 broadcast of his nationally syndicated radio show, Rush Limbaugh called service members who advocate U.S. withdrawal from Iraq “phony soldiers.” He made the comment while discussing with a caller a conversation he had with a previous caller, “Mike from Chicago,” who said he “used to be military,” and “believe[s] that we should pull out of Iraq.” Limbaugh told the second caller, whom he identified as “Mike, this one from Olympia, Washington,” that “[t]here’s a lot” that people who favor U.S. withdrawal “don’t understand” and that when asked why the United States should pull out, their only answer is, ” ‘Well, we just gotta bring the troops home.’ … ‘Save the — keeps the troops safe’ or whatever,” adding, “[I]t’s not possible, intellectually, to follow these people.” “Mike” from Olympia replied, “No, it’s not, and what’s really funny is, they never talk to real soldiers. They like to pull these soldiers that come up out of the blue and talk to the media.” Limbaugh interjected, “The phony soldiers.” The caller, who had earlier said, “I am a serving American military, in the Army,” agreed, replying, “The phony soldiers.”

This man is sick and sad really if you ask me. A pathetic grandstanding, narcissistic, glory hound who has no sense of reality. If he even had half a clue he would realize that these men are indeed heros and the American public agree with me on this one.

Don’t believe me? Fine, listen to the words of some of the people who chose to join us in our memorial fund raising drive.

Contributor Amount Comment
     
John Tadler $30.00 “Great project, great cause. Here’s my $30.00”
Anonymous $121.00 “Great way to honor & support those who sacrifice the most. Oh … BTW … Macswain rules!”
Anonymous $120.00 “Their courage – their sacrifice – our responsibility.”
Todd Jersey $30.00 “Thank you brave soldiers. I am sorry I did not do more to stop this war and occupation. You are my heros.”
Jerald & Peggy Lyon $30.00 “As a U.S. Army vet myself, I salute your integrity.”
Eva Phillips $60.00 “No matter how one feels about this war, we can all agree that our soldiers need our help, given the fact that we can’t count on our government to provide them with what they need.”
Deborah Weisdepp $120.00 “Thank you so much for doing this.”
irene ericksen $20.00 “Blessings to you all for your work and service – irene”
Anonymous $30.00 “My husband was a Navy man. He took his oath very seriously and I am damn proud of that and of every service person who does. If only others understood this….sigh….My husband died six months before 9/11 and I am very glad that he did not have his heart broken by what this group has done to our fine Military. My compassion to the friends and family.”
Richard Vinsen $120.00 “A nice tribute for these men who were brave enough to fight not only on the battlefield but off as well. “
Michelle Mattos $30.00 “We are an active duty USAF family. BAMC (Brooke Army Medical Center) was our last assignment. We have both seen firsthand the devastation this war/occupation has brought forth not only onto the American landscape but our own home. I urge all American who say they “support the troops”, to put their money where their mouths are and get rid of that offensive made-in-China yellow ribbon car magnet.”
Anonymous $30.00 “Thank you for your service. I pray that our government can find the back bone to end this occupation of Iraq.”
Anonymous $10.00 “I live on a fixed income, and am proud to have served in the United States Army these young men honored with their courageous service. May all other Soldiers become truth-tellers, as well!”
dave anton $30.00 “God Bless Our Troops. We can’t ever thank you enough.”
Anonymous $20.00 “I hope my donation helps someone who needs it.”
Bobby Cramer $30.00 “Speaking as a conscientious objector and a Quaker, I am proud to support the men and women who have chosen to defend my rights to be both. I honor the memory of these brave men and I hold them and their families in the Light as they go through this darkness.”
Jerry Keene $120.00 “A truly wonderful cause. Proud to contribute and help out. SFC Jerry D. Keene, US ARMY Ret. Pennsylvania”
Anonymous $60.00 “Thank you for bravely telling the truth to our nation and the world. All Americans can be proud of Sgt. Omar Mora and Sgt. Yance T. Gray. Your “last full measure of devotion” deserves our utmost gratitude and respect. E Pluribus Unum. “

So as not to forget let me repeat the current list of supporting blogs/sites as well:

Update: Thanks to Cernig for the vote of confidence.

4 Responses to “In Honor (Redux)”

  1. Thanks for doing this one. I read the Limbaugh deal yesterday and just couldn’t write about it. I don’t often get angry enough to where I can’t express myself, and that angered me into utter silence.

  2. Cernig says:

    This bipartisan effort is all the answer Rush needs.

    Regards, C

  3. My point exactly. Now let’s see if we can get some more “bi-partisans” to join in, preferably one of those a-listers we all know so well.

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