Rushpubliscum politicians and their talking heads in the media have tried to dismiss the “Occupy” movement as a bunch of spoiled children. That is, when they aren’t trying to portray them as the resurrection of the doped-up, free-love hippies of the 1960s.
But, we don’t expect much more than that; after all, Rushpubliscums also claim that THEY are the only true patriots in America, in spite of the fact that you can’t find a right winger within 10 miles of any Armed Forces Recruiting office. Rushpubliscums like to talk about how we should stick it out in war after war, from the comfort of their homes, studios, and offices.
And, I am sure, the Rushpubliscums that are criticizing these REAL American patriots will be doing their criticizing from those same safe zones, because there’s no way in hell that they’d ever dream of actually facing down our veterans and telling THEM what ungrateful hippies they are. Rushpubliscums never put themselves anywhere near harm, after all.
Thousands of U.S. military veterans are heeding the rallying cry of Occupy Wall Street, saying corporate contractors in Iraq made big money while the troops defending them came home — and can’t make a living now.
“For too long, our voices have been silenced, suppressed and ignored in favor of the voices of Wall Street and the banks and the corporations,” said Joseph Carter, a 27-year-old Iraq war veteran who marched Wednesday to Zuccotti Park, the epicenter of the movement that has spread worldwide.
The former Army sergeant from Seattle spoke to fellow Occupy protesters and passersby on Broadway after joining about 100 veterans marching in uniform from the Vietnam Veterans Plaza through Manhattan’s financial district nearby.
Their unemployment rate outstrips the national average and is expected to worsen. They worry about preservation of First Amendment rights. And they’re angry.
A week before Veterans Day, generations of former U.S. military men and women threw their considerable weight behind the Occupy movement born in mid-September when about 100 protesters also marched in the Wall Street area.
“For 10 years, we have been fighting wars that have enriched the wealthiest 1 percent, decimated our economy and left our nation with a generation of traumatized and wounded veterans that will require care for years to come,” said Carter, who leads the national Iraq Veterans Against the War group.
Requiring care now in California is a former Marine whose skull was fractured last week when he was hit by a police projectile at an Occupy Oakland rally. Police there are now the subject of a formal investigation by the city’s Citizens’ Police Review Board.
In New York on Wednesday, police circled the veterans as they stood in formation in front of the New York Stock Exchange, chanting, “We are veterans! We are the 99 percent!” and “Corporate profits on the rise, soldiers have to bleed and die!”
These patriotic American men and women have, again, answered the call. I’m proud of them, and you should be too.
Just like you should be ashamed and disgusted of the worthless louts who are trying to disparage them.