Army of Mom

So this is how liberty dies ... with thunderous applause.

11.13.2006

Blame my husband

I still haven't posted much in the past few weeks as life is crazy and nuts, as usual. On Nov. 6, my dear husband and I took our boys to a political rally in Dallas in which President Bush appeared. Of course, there had to be some protesters outside. They were a smelly bunch, as hippies tend to be, and they had some very clever rhetoric including signs that said "You suck" and equally enlightening things. (I'm not making that up.)

There were two, in particular, who defaced the American flag, too. My sons were horrified. They have been taught to love our country and our freedoms. So, my husband and I spent a good hour or two that evening explaining to them that we have the freedom to speak our mind and protest peacefully at events. We're all entitled to our opinions - however misguided they may be. We talked about why these people have their opinions, etc. The boys were most troubled by the desecration of the flags. While it is illegal to do, I know most cops won't enforce it because they don't want to give these people the martyr status they so strongly desire.

I give all this explanation to build up to why my 7-year-old Hot Rod has been on a campaign of eliminating the world of hippies. All of his play lately has centered on sending the hippies away. I found this site with shirts designed by Army Rangers and I was thinking that one, in particular, might be a good one for my son.

Don't blame me, blame my husband for this one. And, no, I'm not really going to buy it for him. Please.

13 Comments:

  • At 1:25 PM, November 13, 2006, Anonymous Army of Dad said…

    Yeah good call on not buying him that shirt...they don't make them any smaller than adult medium.

    He is above average size fror his age, but that would never fit him!

     
  • At 2:51 PM, November 13, 2006, Blogger Army of Mom said…

    LOL

    You know me, I have just enough touchy-feely, left-leaning opinions still in me that I wouldn't let him wear that shirt anywhere but at home or a gun show. ;)

     
  • At 4:09 PM, November 13, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Well, this hippy isn't going anywhere soon. And just for the record, I do not smell, and you wouldn't know me from a republican by the way I dress. I find it rather disconcerting that someone with your reach through your blog would speak so disrespectfully of people. I think maybe I'm most bothered by the generalizations and the "yes we can all protest peacefully EVEN IF WE ARE MISGUIDED." That is really an insult and doesn't tell your boys anything but that it's okay to speak disrespectfully about someone whose opinion is different than yours.

    I've been reading you for a long time, and I know you have strong opinions. But I'm not sure I'll be reading any more in the future if someone like me has now become the butt of your tasteless politicking.

     
  • At 4:50 PM, November 13, 2006, Anonymous Army of Dad said…

    I don't care how you try to defend it, but I will not let my children think that is is ok to disrespect our country and our flag.

    Misguided is a nice word compared to what I would use. I would have preferred the Dallas PD take a 15 minute coffee break so I could personally instruct the young smelly hippies (they had to smell, you could tell by the nasty clothes they were wearing) about the proper way to treat our flag. Something would have gotten through I am sure. >:)

     
  • At 8:04 PM, November 13, 2006, Blogger Army of Mom said…

    Anon - I have learned through blogging that there is no way to satisfy everyone. Trust me. There are times when I think I'm posting something that no one will think twice about it and I've pissed off half the planet with it. *shrug* I honestly feel like I'm being pretty fair-minded by telling my kids that everyone has a right to protest - even if I disagree with them. I'd venture to say that the protesters wouldn't be so fair with me if they were talking to their children. I truly feel like most people who take the time to protest have a firm belief - even if I think it is misguided - and at least I'm not telling my children that these people are shitty (even if they are in my opinion - these people were ugly and signs like "you suck" don't even make a point other than to say how low rent and trashy these protesters are.

    And, just one more point, I don't try to tick people off. I really don't. But, I think most people who read my blog are a bit intrigued by the strong-opinioned, big mouth soccer mom that I am. Most people love me or hate me, I'm sorry to offend people. Really, I am.

     
  • At 10:26 PM, November 13, 2006, Blogger Mo K said…

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  • At 7:05 AM, November 14, 2006, Blogger Mo K said…

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  • At 7:55 AM, November 14, 2006, Blogger Mo K said…

    [d'oh! Third time's the charm?]

    Anon, I think it's that hippies have historically been considered to be less critically-thinking, and more emotional. I'm sorry that you feel you've gotten a bad rap, but consider what you value, as well. Do you believe in limited government, low taxes, and the freedom to make your own decisions in your life? Democrats have been increasingly for the European way of life: that the government knows best, that health care should be socialized, there should be more taxes, distribution of wealth, and less emphasis on a strong military.
    If you identify with the latter group, then you fit the bill of a socialist/communist. And if your mantra is "Make love not war"? ... you might be a hippy.

     
  • At 9:58 AM, November 14, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I already identified myself as a hippy. Yes, I believe in make love, not war. I do not believe for ANY REASON that our troops should be in Iraq and our boys and girls dying day by day. It makes me sick to my stomach to see it happening and I am so thankful that my children will never be in the military because of their disabilities. If we'd just mind our own damned business in this country and TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN we would have a lot fewer problems in our OWN COUNTRY. Let the rest of the world take care of itself, they've been doing it for tens of thousands of years. What makes the US so perfect and wonderful that we can go into anyone's back yard and tell them how to live, how to worship, how to spend their money, and how many children to have?

    What do I value?? I value my FREEDOM. That FREEDOM includes making a decision about what/who/how I worship (can you guess at this point that I'm NOT CHRISTIAN?), that FREEDOM includes me being able to homeschool my children and teach them a more tolerant view of the world, that FREEDOM means that I accept everyone and every belief system as being VALID. This means I don't have the right to insult people by calling them names or thinly veiling my insults with fancy words.

    And for the record, I would never burn an American flag, but I will not for ONE SECOND deny someone else's right to do it, nor will I waste precious personal energy trying to change their minds. Same thing with abortion...I won't have one, but I will not ever deny someone else's right to do what they feel they need to do. I am not them and cannot make those decisions for them.

    So, some of you may be surprised at my views and how like yours they truly are. Some of you may just dismiss me as a crackpot. Some of you might be surprised to know who I am.

     
  • At 10:33 AM, November 14, 2006, Blogger Army of Mom said…

    Feel free to identify yourself and be proud of your views. You are very articulate and convey your views well.

    Of course, you know I'm going to disagree with them, though. ;)

    First off, it is NOT a RIGHT to burn the flag. It is NOT protected speech.

    Second, it is the isolationist attitude that has gotten us into many predicaments. I do believe a World War came to us when we opted not to participate. If you look back in history (and my hubby is much more knowledgable in citing history than I am, I must admit) it is clear that when we just try to stay out of things, people will bring it to us and they WILL most certainly make it happen to us. It seems the terrorists were bombing our embassies and the USS Cole while Clinton was president and tried to turn the other cheek. I tend to believe that this is a just war in trying to instill peace and democracy in the Middle East. If these people taste TRUE FREEDOM, I bet they'll be hooked just like you and I are! Then, the hope and goal is that it will spread.

    The US is not perfect. No country is. But, it is what we have and I think it is pretty darn good. Just look at us getting to have this wonderful debate without fear of a government agency stepping in to silence one or the other of us for dissenting with what the leaders say. It is wonderful. Personally, I think we'd be selfish NOT to try to help others. I don't believe isolationism is a great policy and I think it is/will be a big mistake if the new powers-that-be follow it. Mark my words.

     
  • At 11:03 AM, November 14, 2006, Anonymous Army of Dad said…

    Most of us have learned the hard lesson that you can't ignore problems forever. That philosophy cost us a lot more lives during both word wars than necessary. Our country wanted no part of either war yet both wars found us. Pacifism didn't benefit America then and won't benefit us now.

    The current battle against Islmo-facists is no different. (paraphrasing Jefferson) Make no mistake that if we do not fight them over there we can well and truly expect to fight them here.

    Fortunately, no one has ever burned an American flag in my presence. I would hate to think that I could go to jail defending my flag now, when a few short years ago I would have been lauded for it. The Supremes were wrong to rule that is a protected form of speech. It will be overturned one day, either by a different court or via constitutional amendment. Desecrating the flag by writing on it is still against the law and is not protected speech.

    Trust me, those hippies at the rally were unkempt and filthy...had I gotten close enough to them I would be able to tell you firsthand that they smelled.

     
  • At 6:06 PM, November 14, 2006, Blogger Mo K said…

    >that FREEDOM includes me being able to homeschool my children and teach them a more tolerant view of the world,

    (That's the most sensible thing you've said so far)

    >that FREEDOM means that I accept everyone and every belief system as being VALID.

    EVERYone? Pedophiles, rapists and murderers? They're valid as "evil" or "sickos" and should be put away.
    EVERY system? Even if a belief system (not saying there is one) thinks that anyone who doesn't believe as they do should be killed? You would still believe in a system/religion such as that?

    There are absolutes. Right and wrong. We know it in our gut. How does any person with one ounce of morality feel when they see someone punching and kicking a poor helpless person? How does any decent person feel when they hear someone yelling racial slurs at someone just because of the color of their skin?

    Do you not realize that the USA, while being a Super Power, is also just about the most tolerant and multi-cultural place on earth, with people of different stripes living here in freedom, protected by law from discrimination (I'm not going to say that there aren't bigots, there always will be, but the point is, we don't promote that in this country).

    One of the best primers I've heard recently contrasting liberals and conservatives is from Mark Levin. He's right on the mark, and history has confirmed it. Which one do you most identify with, and are you proud of it?
    http://marklevinfan.com/?p=1680

     
  • At 7:10 PM, November 14, 2006, Anonymous Mike Marshall said…

    Y'all leave me speechless..............think I'll eat some tacos. Peace, Mike.

     

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