Monday, April 23, 2007


A Hit! A Very Palpable Hit!

You have got to be fucking kidding me.

COPPERAS COVE – History will be made today when Copperas Cove resident Bill Thomas and his wife, Georgia, present President George W. Bush with a Purple Heart at the Oval Office.

Thomas said he and his wife came up with the unprecedented idea to present the president with the Purple Heart over breakfast one morning a few months ago as they discussed the verbal attacks, both foreign and domestic, the commander in chief has withstood during his time in office.

"We feel like emotional wounds and scars are as hard to carry as physical wounds," Thomas said.

Now, this isn't official, of course. It's an act from an individual who once served in the military, expressing a private belief. Still. I don't think I can even count the number of ways this spectacle shits all over national decorum.

A man who spent his entire military career sitting his ass down in Alabama is being handed an award typically associated with being wounded in combat. As he receives this award, he refuses to do anything about the clusterfuck that is the War in Iraq, troops have had their tours of duty
extended from twelve to fifteen months, wounded soldiers have been denied basic medical services for months, if not years, and the hellhole that was Walter Reed has been handed over to people who still refuse to admit that it was all their fault.

Furthermore, if Mr. Thomas is instituting this policy, perhaps he should give a Purple Heart to Bill Clinton, too. I mean, hey, the man's been fraudulently accused of everything from real estate fraud to spousal rape to aiding his wife in covering up a man's murder. Or did 9/11 just change everything?

Someone deserves restitution for the wounds caused to America. But it sure as hell isn't George Bush.

There's so much about this that's screwed up on a Neronian scale, but I think this just highlights exactly how incompetent and egotistical Bush is. Any politician worth five cents would see this as a golden propaganda opportunity: thanking the vet for his sentiment, but turning down the Purple Heart.

Accepting it is a shocking act of megalomania, arrogance, hypocrisy, incompetence, and, most of all, contempt for what the Purple Hearts stands for. It's such a bizarre and incomprehensible action it's like something torn from the pages of Suetonius or Tacitus.
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