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03-19-03 6:17 pm PST

          The deadline passed just over an hour ago and I don't know if what I am writing now will be relevant when I finish writing, but here goes .....
          As I write this, hundreds of thousands of Americans are preparing to fight in a war. They are our brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, friends, and co-workers. They are putting their lives on the line to protect millions of people from an insane dictator who does not hesitate to kill even his own countrymen.

          As I write this, hundreds of thousands of Americans are preparing to protest a war. What gives these people the right to protest the war? The same people who they are protesting against and others just like them gave the right to the protestors. The same people who gave me the right to disagree with and speak out against the protestors. Nobody wants a war, nobody likes a war, but when war happens it is imperative that we support our countrymen who are fighting in a war. The protestors are doing a great disservice to our country and to our military effort. Morale is a great motivator to our servicemen and women. Protestors only serve to defeat the morale of the military and to hamper our effort.

          Who are these protestors? They seem to be made up of two distinct (or maybe not so distinct?) groups of people. First we have the old hippies. They are the folks in their 50's and 60's who are trying to relive their college days protesting the Viet Nam war. The other group is the current college crowd who seem to be infatuated with "retro". Even though of two vastly different age groups, they can be lumped into one group of similar beliefs ...... hippy liberal tree hugging tie-dyed antipatriots.

          There is a saying which I believe to be accurate ..... "Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it". Each and every member of our military forces deserves the respect, admiration, and mostly the support of every American citizen. Our Viet Nam era troops did not get these things from our country. As a result we lost a generation of American men. Lost not only to the war, but lost to society because of society's reluctance to embrace these American heroes. Let us not lose another generation because of people who would rather die at the hands of a madman than live in a world free of threats to our country.

          7:04 pm PST Operation Iraqi Freedom has begun ....
Instead of rambling on, let me just make my point .... A short message to all the hippy liberal tree hugging tie-dyed antipatriots ..... Your time will be better spent by supporting the men and women who are protecting your right to say that they are wrong. The time for protest is over. The time for support is now. Let us all band together and we will come out of this in good shape.


more about Travis Burnham and Verizon to follow. I just thought the war was more important right now.