We all remember how right-wing leaders wrapped themselves in the flag as they tried to stifle any dissent regarding the reckless war in Iraq. They of course always claimed to be doing this out of their deep love for U.S. soldiers, and used to suggest that anyone who criticized the war was secretly opposed to our armed forces. But their rhetoric was as hollow as it was thoughtless, and their concern for soldiers reached only as far as those soldiers could be used as pawns in their political agenda. Nothing can be better evidence of this than seeing how the leaders of the tea party movement treat soldiers who disagree with their political ideology.
The always classy Adam Sharp went out of his way recently to mock two veterans who were part of a total of three people who showed up to counter-protest the 2,000 teabaggers in Quincy, IL on Sept. 12. Their protest was obviously small and not part of any organized effort, and nobody would have even heard about them if Sharp didn't decide to vindictively attack them. Though aware that they were veterans, he first put up a post mocking the size of their rally, and a seeming spelling error on one of their signs. His deep hatred apparently not satisfied, or else simply moved to do the bidding of Grand Teabagging Daddy Roger Stone, he today decided that he might as well call the veterans LIARS and COMMUNISTS as well, suggesting that they were 'looking for a fight," and (apparently oblivious to the notion of "contradiction") claiming that they "slunk away like cowards."
And Dana Loesch, whom I'm told used to be a somewhat normal and maybe even decent person, apparently suggested that they make faces mocking the veterans as they were being interviewed.
It's quite amazing that these veterans simply showed up as citizens to express their point of view, and end up getting mercilessly mocked by the leaders of the tea party movement. The head teabaggers often like to pretend that they're fighting a big oppressive government, because that makes it easier for their blind hatred for anyone who disagrees to seem more justified. But in moments like this their true motivations are exposed. They don't care about fighting "big government." They care only about trying to destroy anyone who disagrees with them, even people who risked their lives fighting for the country.