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Michael Moore: "I don't support the troops, America, and neither do you."

 


 

I don't support the troops, America, and neither do you. I am tired of the ruse we are playing on these brave citizens in our armed forces. And guess what -- a lot of these soldiers and sailors and airmen and Marines see right through the bullshit of those words, “I support the troops!,” spoken by Americans with such false sincerity -- false because our actions don’t match our words. These young men and women sign up to risk their very lives to protect us -- and this is what they get in return:

1. They get sent off to wars that have NOTHING to do with defending America or saving our lives. They are used as pawns so that the military-industrial complex can make billions of dollars and the rich here can expand their empire. By “supporting the troops,” that means I’m supposed to shut up, don’t ask questions, do nothing to stop the madness, and sit by and watch thousands of them die? Well, I’ve done an awful lot to try and end this. But the only way you can honestly say you support the troops is to work night and day to get them out of these hell holes they’ve been sent to. And what have I done this week to bring the troops home? Nothing. So if I say “I support the troops," don't believe me -- I clearly don't support the troops because I’ve got more important things to do today, like return an iPhone that doesn’t work and take my car in for a tune up.

2. While the troops we claim to “support” are serving their country, bankers who say they too "support the troops," foreclose on the actual homes of these soldiers and evict their families while they are overseas! ( http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/29/bank-of-america-illegal-foreclosures_n_1118471.html ) Have I gone and stood in front of the sheriff's deputy as he is throwing a military family out of their home? No. And there's your proof that I don't “support the troops,” because if I did, I would organize mass sit-ins to block the doors of these homes. Instead, I'm having Chilean sea bass tonight.

3. How many of you who say you "support the troops" have visited a VA hospital to bring aid and comfort to the sick and wounded? ( http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/02/17/AR2007021701172_pf.html ) I haven't. How many of you have any clue what it's like to deal with the VA? (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/28/us/veterans-wait-for-us-aid-amid-growing-backlog-of-claims.html ) I don't. Therefore, you would be safe to say that I don't “support the troops," and neither do you.

4. Who amongst you big enthusiastic “supporters of the troops” can tell me the approximate number of service women who have been raped while in the military? Answer: 19,000 (mostly) female troops are raped or sexually assaulted every year by fellow American troops. ( http://public.cq.com/docs/weeklyreport/weeklyreport-000004169541.html ) What have you or I done to bring these criminals to justice? What's that you say -- out of sight, out of mind? These women have suffered, and I've done nothing. So don't ever let me get away with telling you I “support the troops” because, sadly, I don't. And neither do you.

5. Help a homeless vet today? How 'bout yesterday? Last week? Last year? Ever? But I thought you "support the troops!"? The number of homeless veterans is staggering -- on any given night, at least 60,000 veterans are sleeping on the streets of the country that proudly “supports the troops.” ( http://nchv.org/index.php/news/media/background_and_statistics/) This is disgraceful and shameful, isn’t it? And it exposes all those "troop supporters" who always vote against social programs that would help these veterans. Tonight there are at least 12,700 Iraq/Afghanistan veterans homeless and sleeping on the street. I've never lent a helping hand to one of the many vets I've seen sleeping on the street. I can't bear to look, and I walk past them very quickly. That's called *not* “supporting the troops,” which, I guess, I don't -- and neither do you.

6. And you know, the beautiful thing about all this "support" you and I have been giving the troops -- they feel this love and support so much, a record number of them are killing themselves every single week. In fact, there are now more soldiers killing themselves than soldiers being killed in combat (332 suicides in 2012 through November vs. about 210 combat deaths). Yes, you are more likely to die by your own hand in the United States military than by al Qaeda or the Taliban. And an estimated eighteen veterans kill themselves each day, or one in five of all U.S. suicides -- though no one really knows because we don't bother to keep track. Now, that's what I call support! These troops are really feeling the love, people! Lemme hear you say it again: "I support the troops!" Louder! "I SUPPORT THE TROOPS!!" There, that's better. I'm sure they heard us. Don't forget to fly our flag, wear your flag lapel pin, and never, ever let a service member pass you by without saying, "Thank you for your service!" I'm sure that's all they need to keep from putting a bullet in their heads. Do your best to keep your "support" up for the troops because, God knows, I certainly can't any longer. 

I don't “support the troops” or any of those other hollow and hypocritical platitudes uttered by Republicans and frightened Democrats. Here's what I do support: I support them coming home. I support them being treated well. I support peace, and I beg any young person reading this who's thinking of joining the armed forces to please reconsider. Our war department has done little to show you they won’t recklessly put your young life in harm's way for a cause that has nothing to do with what you signed up for. They will not help you once they've used you and spit you back into society. If you're a woman, they will not protect you from rapists in their ranks. And because you have a conscience and you know right from wrong, you do not want yourself being used to kill civilians in other countries who never did anything to hurt us. We are currently involved in at least a half-dozen military actions around the world. Don't become the next statistic so that General Electric can post another record profit -- while paying no taxes -- taxes that otherwise would be paying for the artificial leg that they've kept you waiting for months to receive.

I support you, and will try to do more to be there for you. And the best way you can support me -- and the ideals our country says it believes in -- is to get out of the military as soon as you can and never look back.

And please, next time some “supporter of the troops” says to you with that concerned look on their face, “I thank you for your service,” you have my permission to punch their lights out (figuratively speaking, of course).

(There is something I've done to support the troops -- other than help lead the effort to stop these senseless wars. At the movie theater I run in Michigan, I became the first person in town to institute an affirmative action plan for hiring returning Iraq/Afghanistan vets. I am working to get more businesses in town to join with me in this effort to find jobs for these returning soldiers. I also let all service members in to the movies for free, everyday.)

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amirparvizforsecularmonarchy

amirparvizforsecularmonarchy I Love Waterfalls and Find One of the most humorous things in the world; is the notion that Americans are a greater force for good & more civilized than Nazi's, Mullahs and Communists.

I stopped at 21 many many many years ago, when I realized age is merely an illusion. I am starting to forget things so soon my age will get less.

SoosanKhanoom

akaDarya With life as short as a half-taken breath, don't plant anything but love. - Rumi

FOX NEWS in action ... Shame !

Check out the latest from the face book page of Michael Moore concerning the heartfelt piece he wrote about the troops . ... It would be a shame if Facebook take that post down ! This country is also moving toward dictatorship and censorship ... slowly but surely !

Michael Moore | Facebook

I guess I should've assumed that this would happen. For the past three days Fox News and other right wing media have been having a field day with my Facebook post about how the troops "we support" are not really supported but rather used as cannon fodder and then spit out onto the "I-thank-you-for-service" street. It was, I thought, a well-reasoned piece about the hollow platitudes we mouth about our troops. when in fact we send them to die in useless wars that have nothing to do with our self-defense. I then pointed out how the suicide rate, homelessness, joblessness, and home foreclosure among service members and veterans is disgraceful. And I asked young people to carefully reconsider if they are thinking about signing up for the armed services.

So how did Fox and company report on this? By taking out of context the words "I don't support the troops" and running stories about how I am attacking the troops. I can see how they might have misconstrued this -- IF THEY HAD ONLY READ THE FIRST FOUR WORDS! Are they that stupid? Illiterate? Professional liars? All three? They tried to whip up a lot of anger amongst soldiers and veterans against me by stating the COMPLETE OPPOSITE of what I wrote.

As you can see from some of the comments here on Facebook, it's clear that either what I wrote was too intellectually complex (doubtful!), or hit to close to the bone of the hypocrisy the right displays when they say they "support the troops" and then do anything but. I know I was speaking some pretty ugly truths about this great country, but the USA will never be great if its citizens are afraid to point out the wrongs done in our name.

AND NOW THIS: A few hours ago, I was sent a notice from Facebook stating that they have received a number of complaints about my post from the haters. Facebook informs me that, by posting my piece on the troops, I "may have violated Facebook policies." They say they are now deciding what to do. Of course, the only thing I violated was the fallacy that America supports its troops. We'll wait and see if young Zuckerberg and company pull down my post or this site.

(Side note: It's funny that when you type "Zuckerberg" on Facebook, it comes up as a misspelled word...)

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amirparvizforsecularmonarchy

amirparvizforsecularmonarchy I Love Waterfalls and Find One of the most humorous things in the world; is the notion that Americans are a greater force for good & more civilized than Nazi's, Mullahs and Communists.

In all fairness, its not just fox news, before fox, it was all the others, from ny times, to time magazine, to CNN etc. Fox News just lies to serve a different agenda and master, that's all. Otherwise media in general has become a joke, that does the lying that makes it possible for the politicians to break all the laws. The Tragedy which no one talks about is that for societies that are capable of functioning with democratic institutions, are doing more to harm human life and human rights than anything before them. Human life and Human rights have become cheap as a direct result of modern democratic government, i mean for all the rest of the world, not as much for the democracies themselves.

SoosanKhanoom

akaDarya With life as short as a half-taken breath, don't plant anything but love. - Rumi

You stated that human life and Human rights have become cheap as a direct result of modern democratic government, i mean for all the rest of the world, not as much for the democracies themselves. "

but not anymore. America is not going to be a democracy that it once was or at least meant to be ... They are changing the laws as we speak ... this following is the latest
Here comes the Dictatorship
H.J.Res. 15: Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to repeal the twenty-second article of amendment, thereby removing the limitation on the number of terms an individual may serve as President.

and war on terror which has yielded many unconstitutional laws to be passed in the U.S one as recent as last year. which I blogged on jan 2012


"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." Benjamin Franklin"

amirparvizforsecularmonarchy

amirparvizforsecularmonarchy I Love Waterfalls and Find One of the most humorous things in the world; is the notion that Americans are a greater force for good & more civilized than Nazi's, Mullahs and Communists.

The UK/France/USA/Germany/Canada/Holland etc and many other democratic societies with democratic government systems have proven to be more harmful to others and their human rights. Yes democracy has proven to have benefits for the people living in the countries with it, but it has not been a happy story for others, infact it has been even worse than the colonial era.


Unfortunately, the root causes of human rights and value of human life and its relationship with family life and the principal of unelected automatic inheritance are not well understood. Yet the most positive history and track record of tolerance and human rights in practice was developed by a Monarchy, the Iranian Monarchy. When Iran expanded into Egypt or towards Mongolia, no one was forced to change governments or religions or anything. It was the victor which was forced to change, the victor being the persians.

amirparvizforsecularmonarchy

amirparvizforsecularmonarchy I Love Waterfalls and Find One of the most humorous things in the world; is the notion that Americans are a greater force for good & more civilized than Nazi's, Mullahs and Communists.

Zuckerberg came up fine for me in facebook, not sure about the comment, Michael Moore has a developed conscience and he helps people grow greater tolerance. If we could figure out a way to stop the lying then laws would be far harder and even impossible to break. Instead we go after people that expose liars.

I hope one day in my life time the lies that were created about savak torturing iranians or the shah being corrupt, stealing or being a dictator are discovered by Iranians, stories about the shah calling all the shots, doing what he wanted and other nonsense implying he was authoritarian need to be clarified so Iranians can learn from their mistakes.

amirparvizforsecularmonarchy

amirparvizforsecularmonarchy I Love Waterfalls and Find One of the most humorous things in the world; is the notion that Americans are a greater force for good & more civilized than Nazi's, Mullahs and Communists.

What's funny is that if the US empire could send the troops into Syria lawfully based on all the false propaganda the US main stream media is pumping out they would send them to Syria too. Why not stop paying for the foreign death squads, the sunni extremists training to fight in Syria or at the very least stop selling the extremists weapons to unlawfully attack the Syrian People? Look I know law plays little part in the calculations of an empire as we saw in Libya, Iran, Iraq and Pakistan, but for the rest of the world who Oppose the USA Empire Law, which had its public hypocritically elect a constitutional lawyer only to break laws using absolute power, the law matters a whole lot.

SoosanKhanoom

akaDarya With life as short as a half-taken breath, don't plant anything but love. - Rumi

Good points ..... And more laws are going to be broken .. this country is also moving toward dictatorship and censorship ... slowly but surely ! Read Michael's latest comment which I posted above !

amirparvizforsecularmonarchy

amirparvizforsecularmonarchy I Love Waterfalls and Find One of the most humorous things in the world; is the notion that Americans are a greater force for good & more civilized than Nazi's, Mullahs and Communists.

Moving towards???? It has been a dictatorship for the last 50 years. It is now. The constitution has been broken by every President in pursuit of the agendas of his own party for over 40 years continuously.

SoosanKhanoom

akaDarya With life as short as a half-taken breath, don't plant anything but love. - Rumi

He writes from the heart that makes it beautiful.... it is also nothing but the truth and truth hurts and now FOX NEWS is at it ... read above !