Edwards: Don't Picnic on Memorial Day
Democrat John Edwards makes a rather vague call to Americans to "reclaim patriotism" on Memorial Day weekend. "Don't just go to picnics," he says, and don't just hang out with friends.
What does he want us to do? Speak out. Where? How? Not at all clear. See whether you can figure it out:
He sends us to a site to support the troops and end the war. That is the mantra: support the troops -- but. . . .
Related: See Guardian columnist Gary Younge's explanation to his UK readers of our unwavering (well, in this war) support for the troops:
"There is no overestimating the popular reverence Americans have for their men and women in uniform. A direct translation of 'squaddie,' a term steeped in class contempt which betrays as much antipathy and ambivalence as it does admiration in the UK, simply does not exist in the US. Fighting for your country is generally regarded as the ultimate form of public service.
"Flight attendants will announce the presence of an active service man or woman to cheers from the rest of the plane. At anti-war demonstrations, protesters wave banners proclaiming 'Support the troops, oppose the war.' The nation may be irrevocably split on the moral value of any war, but when it comes to backing the people who are executing it, they speak as one."
-- Jeff Jarvis
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Posted by: Frank Rich | May 13, 2007 9:03 AM
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