Michael Moore's Unhappy New Year's Resolution....
Before I even start, let me address the concern that no doubt about half of you are voicing right now: "Why are we discussing this guy with everything else going on? Isn't this just a bid for attention?" Well yes, largely that's exactly what it is. But it also provides a segue to a larger issue that deserves our attention.
So, for background, at about 8 pm on New Years Eve I got an email from Michael Moore. I sign up for just about every newsletter of this type, from Moore to Code Pink to Fox News to Americans For Prosperity. I like to get news from hudreds of sources, so that I will know what is going on across Terra Firma. This email from Mr. Moore was entitled My New Year's Resolutions and can be read at the link above.
Of his resolutions, two are the source of much controversy. First, #4:
Stop saying "I support the troops." I don't. I used to. I understand why so many enlisted after 9/11. Sadly, many of them were then trapped and sent off to invade Iraq. I felt for all of them. I understood those who joined because of a lousy economy. But at some point all individuals must answer for their actions, and now that we know our military leaders do things that have nothing to do with defending our lives, why would anyone sign up for this rogue organization?
This is (of course) the worst kind of tripe. Notice how it manages to be condescending (troops are so dumb they were trapped by recruiters), pitiable (we joined because we couldn't get any other jobs) and nefarious (rogue organization!).
But fear not, because he sets it all right in #5:
5. Apologize for #4. I have enormous respect for anyone who would offer to sacrifice their life to defend my right to live. Is there any greater gift one can give another? It's not the troops' fault they're sent to invade other countries for dubious reasons and outright lies. It's OUR responsibility to prevent this, to elect representatives who believe in peace, and to only put our troops in harm's way when it's absolutely necessary. My uncle was killed in World War II. Today would have been his 90th birthday. My dad still misses him. Our family has served this country in the military since the Revolutionary War. None of them watch Fox News.
Oh, well then, all is forgiven.
Look, you can't WRITE something, then immediately apologize for it in the exact same publication. Apologies don't work that way. But that stuff about his family supporting the military does crack me up. It's reminsicent of the old "I can't be a [racist/homophobe/sexist]; some of my best friends are [minority group.]" Are we really to understand that Michael Moore can't disrespect the military because of an uncle who died 10 years before he was born? And if his family has served the country since the Revolution, it seems odd that he would pick a relative who served 70 years ago, before he was even born to make his point.
Koutz explained that Moore is able to openly express his opinions because American troops have fought and given their lives for freedom for over two centuries, as they are doing today in Afghanistan and other theaters in the global war on terrorism.
“What I can say is that The American Legion fully supports all the men and women serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, always has and always will,” Koutz said. “We don’t need to make a New Year’s resolution for that. It’s what we do every day, every year. No resolution needed.
“We do it by supporting the families of military personnel before, during and after their deployments. We do it by fighting to preserve the benefits military men and women have earned and deserve while they are in the service and after discharge. We do it when they come home and need help adjusting to lives as civilians.
“Moreover, The American Legion supports the troops in our hearts and prayers, appealing to God every day that they may come home safe, having stood strong against those who would gladly take away the freedoms that define the greatness of our nation.”
He's exactly right of course. But since Moore has already said he won't be espousing the fiction that he supports the troops any more, we'll just have to pick up the slack left by his absence. Since that never amounted to much anyway, I'll have his yearly gratitude for the troops matched before I go to lunch.
UPDATE: Moore doubles down. To answer his question as to who has done those things, well The American Legion has been doing those things for almost 100 years now. Every single day. We support the troops, we volunteer at VAs, we do honor guards, we honor our brothers and sisters, we raise money to help them when they need it, and we give them a hand when they need it.
You might not do any of those things, but we do.