Veterans hit the street, thanks to lame leadership

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

There are troops rioting in Washington, D.C., and I can’t believe it. What’s this? There are riot troops in D.C.? Is that because of the shutdown?

No, the troops, our veterans, are demonstrating because their monuments are closed. They took barricades and marched on the White House. They threw metal barricades at the White House fencing while confronting the D.C. Park Police.

The riot troops are rioting and I say that’s a riot. Yeah, that’s crazy to have veterans demonstrating while those bullies on Capitol Hill hold the government, country and world in danger. Then the idiotic gall of Sarah Palin and those Capitol Hill 30 tried to take over the demonstration. But the troops would have none of that and the vets shot them down.

I’m glad that’s good, for back in the early 70s Jane Fonda tried to take over the Indian movement and then got big in the anti-Vietnam War struggle. Yeah, it’s good that no vets were starstruck by Sarah Palin. But whatever the deal, the idea that it is getting to the point that the troops, our veterans … the people that served their country have to protest.

It only can be desperation caused by the moronic leadership on both sides that these veterans had to act and I am so glad they saw through Palin and the other Republican mental midgets.

In the Vietnam era of the 60s and 70s, many stateside troops were forced to do hours of riot control drills. My Fort Lewis-based outfit went on alerts from Berkeley to Seattle and then the American Federation of Indians, as I remember them being called back then, took Alcatraz.

Indian combat attacks on the West Coast? Well, I was there, so we headed for San Francisco. Then it was back to Fort Lewis to get prepped for the same Indians that took Alcatraz now wanted Fort Lawton in Seattle. I felt it crazy when we busted Jane Fonda and saw how lame she acted. But I never thought that years later the same kind of lame mentality would be running our country and we would be demonstrating.


Jim C. Reilly

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