Is it NOW time to question their patriotism?
This is how Cindy Sheehan's friends at Code Pink and Veterans for Peace "suport" our troops. Just to show you that I am not taking just the word of some "right wing news source" I will direct you here and here and here and here. The Freepers have pictures at their site and there is a video link at the CNS news site.
Every Friday night, armed with props like mock CASKETS and signs that read "Maimed for a lie" and "Enlist here to die for Halliburton", Cindy Sheehan's friends from Code Pink and VFP protest in front of Walter Reed Medical Center - in full view of the patients (soldiers wounded in the line of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan) and their families. The protestors are unapologetic when confronted (by soldiers and their families) with the inappropriateness of their protest at the hospital gates. One said (in the video clip) that he was "offended" at people being offended by his protest!
Now, I have no problems with these folks protesting the war. We have free speech in this country, however, there is a little restriction to full free speech. You are not allowed to engage in speech that can incite a riot and this could certainly qualify for that. The location and the style of the protest are at best questionable. It would be like staging a KKK march through North Minneapolis. Or Downtown DC. Or the Jewish neighborhoods of Skoie Illinois (as was done 5 years ago). Would that be considered "acceptable free speech"? In the case of the 2000 Klan Rally in Skokie, the city of Skokie sued to get the rally stopped, stating that it was (and correctly so in my very humble opinion) a public safety issue.
The demonstrations are held of Friday nights for a reason. Friday night is a popular night for family visits. This protest is DESIGNED TO HURT the family members of the wounded soldiers! So the next time one of these anti-war types tries to tell you how much they "support the troops" I hope you will join me in telling them what they can do with their so-called support.
UPDATE: I am truly honored. This entry was choosen as one of the top 5 entries in the inaugural "Blog of the Week" competition that Hugh Hewitt is hosting. Voting is over at Radio Blogger. The winner of the contest will be interviewed by Hugh (gulp!) on his program next Monday night and will hold bragging rights for the week. I hope that you will all go over to Radio Blogger and read all of the fine entries. The competition is tough. May the best blog win!