Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

POWERFUL stuff from a 15 year old

Posted Thursday, September 27, 2007, at 10:09 AM
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  • It is a great video and it is hard to watch it without tears. Although I may not support this war or our current administration I have always and always will support our troops.

    And I still believe they need to be home instead of fighting war for greed.

    -- Posted by Dianatn on Thu, Sep 27, 2007, at 11:30 AM
  • Powerful video. Sure made me cry. My son will be home in 13 days and a wake up. I am really looking forward to that day!!!

    -- Posted by SoldierMom on Thu, Sep 27, 2007, at 12:52 PM
  • SoldierMom

    I am so glad your son is getting to come home in 13 days. I will be glad when the day comes that all our troops are coming home.

    -- Posted by Dianatn on Thu, Sep 27, 2007, at 2:41 PM
  • Me too Diana!

    -- Posted by darrick_04 on Thu, Sep 27, 2007, at 4:29 PM
  • I watched the video........I am a mother and wife of marines. My husband is still active in security and my youngest son just signed up for the USMC. He doesn't graduate until next June. My oldest son just got out of the marines a few years ago. I support our troops no matter what.....we all should and realize that those poeple over there are fighting for our freedom. They were the only ones brave enough to step up to the plate and do that for you and me and everyone in this country. God bless all families who go through what I go through every day.... 24-7!

    -- Posted by jkelley on Thu, Sep 27, 2007, at 8:45 PM
  • What freedom did we lose in Iraq? Better yet what freedoms have we LOST since this "war on terror"...

    We had more rights before the war, and less since it began! I love the troops, but as has been said, there is no military solution. It will not work! I'll admit I wasn't brave enough to step up to the plate and go to war over oil. I respect our troops, without a doubt.

    I THINK IT IS PERFECTLY OK TO LOVE AND SUPPORT TROOPS and want them HOME... and not in some country, where if our leaders want us to fight so bad, they should send the troops home and fight for themselves!

    -- Posted by nascarfanatic on Thu, Sep 27, 2007, at 10:14 PM
  • I too am curious as to what freedom of ours they are over there protecting, I don't recall our freedom being in danger at all. Perhaps it is now, with the Patriot Act getting revisions.


    and yes, that was such a touching video

    -- Posted by Vindicated on Thu, Sep 27, 2007, at 10:19 PM
  • jkelley

    I truly understand that you support our troops and so do I, most like everyone else here. No one has said that they don't deserve our respect and support. We just think it is time for it to end and bring our troops home. In most wars we have something to gain by putting our troops in harms way...what is it that we hope to accomplish in Iraq? We have been there now for over 4 years and nothing is any better, if anything it is only getting worse.

    The "War In Iraq" has not been a war since Mission Accomplished: We now have our troops in Iraq dying for the "Occupation Of Iraq" to the tune of 160,000 troops occupying Iraq, more now than when it was actually a war.

    But even with that said this is not the fault of our troops, this is an administration problem.

    I do hope your family members stay safe and return home very soon unharmed.

    -- Posted by Dianatn on Thu, Sep 27, 2007, at 10:22 PM
  • This is jkelley's son who just signed for the Marines! I just checked my email an i got this link to this video an a short message from my Mom (she told me she was proud of me an loved me at the end of the email)! Well... I watched the video an broke down an cried... thinking bout what my mom just told me(an thinkin bout how much I'm gonna miss her when I'm gone...an how this could be my last yr. with my family forever)! Most kids my age don't have to face what I'm about to go through... an its probably best most of the kids don't cause they probably can't handle it. Kids today don't have respect for nothing... all they know is they want nice cars with loud stereos in them an they want to go to college an party! with me thats not the case... all I want is my family for one more year an to live life as best as I can for one more year before I have to head overseas! Guess who gives the young punks the freedom to enjoy their little sports cars?..The Troops! We are over there for a reason... the reason is ... so they don't come over here terrorising our crap! why don't we just kill them over there that way we don't have to worry bout em anymore! What would you rather do? A.fight them over there and let our troops do it OR B. let them come over here an kill your family an you get to fight em in your backyard an you got the risk of little tommy's sport car being blown up by a RPG! Yea exactly... A ... So yea i support this War! If we pull out now that would be a waste of money an time an lives an all the good things we've done over there! But yea anyways... Thanks for supporting our troops atleast you people do do that... An i really appreciate that... you guys don't realize how much it helps the troops out... just for saying you support them!

    An Mom I love you with all my heart and you've been a really good mother to me... An reguardless of what anyone does or says atleast I know you will always have my Back an support me in whatever I choose to do! I love you Mom!

    -- Posted by mkelley on Sat, Sep 29, 2007, at 2:19 AM
  • mkelley

    First let me say Good Luck to you and you are wrong about the kids of today. Many Kids of today have more heart and more soul than any other generation. These children of now a days have seen more unnecessary violence than any other. They saw terrorist come onto our land and attacks us using our own planes from our own country..they have seen the very ones they go to school with attack them and their friends at a place most of us always thought was safe, at school. They have watched and listened as our government has taken their rights away little by little. They must wonder how this will effect their lives in the very near future. They have watched all the doom and dread of global warming and wonder will the earth survive into their adult years or What future does it hold for their children. They have watched their brothers, sisters, boyfriends or girlfriends, fathers and mothers come back from Iraq in body bags and severely hurt and they ask themselves, WHY? They watch as our National Debt becomes larger than it ever has in history and they wonder how in the world will our economy ever be able to support this debt. They watch as Nations across the world hold rallies of hate towards the United States and they wonder why these people hate them so much and they know in their hearts Hate only grows, how much more hate can they endure. They listen to the news as the very terrorist that attacked our Nation are on video telling them to beware more attacks will come and they know these very same terrorist are speaking to the ones already in place inside the United States and there is no one here to protect our great nation because they are away fighting an entirely different war..a war for Oil and Greed. Leaving the very people they are suppose to be protecting virtually unprotected. Watching the very people in government offices that are suppose to be protecting their rights and freedoms being hauled off to jail for cheating and stealing.

    The Children of Today live with all these fears everyday. Along with more broken homes and single parent homes than ever in history. More child suicide than ever in history. More teen pregnancy than ever in history. More children with stress and anxiety problems on Prozac than ever in history.

    Considering everything going on around the youth of today I personally think they are doing pretty darn good coping with life in general.

    -- Posted by Dianatn on Sat, Sep 29, 2007, at 11:23 AM
  • Not to mention the video you just viewed was made by one of these today's youths.

    -- Posted by Dianatn on Sat, Sep 29, 2007, at 3:55 PM
  • With all due "respect" to the young boy going off to War. IRAQ DID NOT ATTACK US! How many times does this need to be said. you are going over there to kill them before they kill us? you scare me more than they do.

    and DianaTN...Well spoken..Bravo to you. The kids of America have been dealt a rough hand for the future. They are a generation in distress, yet they seem to be handling all of it pretty well.

    -- Posted by James48 on Sat, Sep 29, 2007, at 5:19 PM
  • And just out of curiosity, What good have we done there, besides show them that Democracy is not such a good thing. They don't even want us there. Yeah, we got rid of Suddam, but their lives aren't any better and it never will be, they have been fighting amongst themselves for years and will continue to do so long after we are (hopefully) gone.

    -- Posted by James48 on Sat, Sep 29, 2007, at 5:21 PM
  • They called it "the greatest generation". They grew up in the shadow of one world war more devastating and cruel that anything the world had yet seen and then fought another even worse. They saw "terrorists" attack Pearl Harbor and felt the hate and holocaust of Hitler and other fascists. Then they entered into the Cold War with nuclear destruction hanging over their heads. They saw racism recognized as an offense against mankind and then saw those gains reversed by the welfare state. The only things they didn't endure, at least in the earlier years, were the devastating social changes of the sexual revolution in the form or pornography, sexually transmitted diseases, and legal murder called abortion. Their children and grandchildren are heir to these.

    This generation has its share of issues to deal with but I don't know that they have it any worse than that previous generation. I hope they learn from its mistakes.

    When it comes to the rights that we are losing the ones I am most concerned with are my right not to have my eyes and ears assaulted by every kind of perversion imaginable by every media available and have it called free speech; my right to be a Christian without being treated like a fascist and called a hypocrite because I stand for causes that are unpopular with social liberals; and my right to protect my children from the indoctrination that seems to be taking the place of education in schools today.

    -- Posted by devan on Sat, Sep 29, 2007, at 5:22 PM
  • Devan:

    "When it comes to the rights that we are losing the ones I am most concerned with are my right not to have my eyes and ears assaulted by every kind of perversion imaginable by every media available and have it called free speech"

    Don't watch TV, you have the RIGHT to turn it off, what is offensive to you may not be offensive to others.

    "my right to be a Christian without being treated like a fascist and called a hypocrite because I stand for causes that are unpopular with social liberals"

    Yeah, OKAY WHATEVER...Fascism is an authoritarian political ideology that considers individual and other societal interests subordinate to the needs of the state... Fascists seek to forge a type of national unity, usually based on ethnic, cultural, or racial attributes.

    Yes you are a Facists if you think you will ever gain national unity on YOUR Religion

    "my right to protect my children from the indoctrination that seems to be taking the place of education in schools today."

    I KNOW, RIGHT? How dare your children grow up and know that people are different and have different beliefs? That is such a horrible thing for kids to learn *rolls eyes*


    -- Posted by dc_0725 on Sat, Sep 29, 2007, at 7:16 PM
  • Oh and Devan, one last thing, the VERY admendement that you dislike because of the assault on your eyes and ears, is the very one that protects your right to go around preaching your religious beliefs. The First Amendment is not just their for Christian's to enjoy, but for all of us to enjoy, like I said, if you don't like what you are seeing simply grab the remote and click the change channel button, really isn't that hard.

    -- Posted by dc_0725 on Sat, Sep 29, 2007, at 7:20 PM
  • AMEN dc.. Did I just say "Amen"? It seems that way..

    And mkelley, I think you have missed the whole point about going to Iraq... You aren't signing up to protect our freedoms, you are signing up to protect oil!

    I know exactly who you are... We were once co-workers, and you are a wise young man. But to hear you speak about Iraq as if they are going to kill us, is mind boggling! Iraq DOES NOT want American troops there any more than the AMERICAN people do...

    I support troops, and the best way to support them, is to actually demand they do what they are signing up to do, PROTECT America, not foreign countries. Iraq is one of the absolute least threats we have. If we are so concerned with spreading democracy, which we don't even have, then we I could think of about 20 other nations, that are BEGGING for our presence.. WHY? Simply because they have NO valuable resources that we can benefit from, by invading and protecting their people! Don't become a government sheeple! ARMY: "Be all you're told to be." Your brother was over there at one point in time, and I know your dad plays a special role in the government too... But just because they think it's right to be in the WRONG country, doesn't mean you should.

    And devan, it seems to me, that if you just had a little baby girl (and were in the hospital for three days) you would be spending more time with her than on the T-G blogs.

    -- Posted by darrick_04 on Sat, Sep 29, 2007, at 9:37 PM
  • And when I say "you just had a little baby girl" it is implied as meaning, you and your wife...

    And Matt, I just don't understand why want to go to Iraq? Is the the college money and the increased signing bonus they offered you?

    I think, if I were joining the military I'd demand that the administration that seeks to start wars instead of negotiating peace(while sitting in America and hearing about it), should be on the front lines.

    "There's no war worth fighting for if the leaders aren't fighting!"-Darrick

    -- Posted by darrick_04 on Sat, Sep 29, 2007, at 9:52 PM
  • dc_0725: I think we were off topic before my post.

    I think you made some unfounded assumptions about the beliefs behind my comments. I do believe in the First Amendment - probably as strongly as you do because as you pointed out it should protect us all regardless of belief. That includes the ideal of separation of church and state. As pointed out in some of the other blogs, most of the worst violence done to mankind has happened when states controlled religion or religion controlled states.

    My objection to the perversion in the media would be the same if I were not a Christian, and was before I became one, because its destructive of our society, our health, and our security. I just believe the definition of speech as protected under the constitution has been corrupted and there may be our disagreement. You know its not as simple as turning off the TV. Its all the media and you could hardly lead a public life and avoid it.

    Lastly, I have no problem with my children having exposure to different beliefs and cultures. Education is fine but indoctrination is not and that has nothing to do with religion either. Its has everything to do with parental rights. Perhaps as we have future discourse you'll find that we don't disagree about everything, or maybe we do. Either way that's what we're here to find out.

    You are right, see we agree on something already, this started out about honoring and supporting our troops regardless of whether we support the war in Iraq. So God bless and protect them until they can come home.

    -- Posted by devan on Sat, Sep 29, 2007, at 10:36 PM
  • Sorry darrick_04 I think you have me confused with someone else. No babies for me.

    -- Posted by devan on Sun, Sep 30, 2007, at 4:50 PM
  • So... when is enough, enough in Iraq?

    -- Posted by nascarfanatic on Sun, Sep 30, 2007, at 8:57 PM
  • one would have thought that the enough should have come right after Mission Accomplished.

    -- Posted by Dianatn on Mon, Oct 1, 2007, at 12:14 AM
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