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|Monday, April 21st, 2008|
P.T.S.D. Love Poem
The following poem was written by the tireless Vietnam vet and advocate Sarge Lintecum. It is a brutal and frank piece of work. When I asked for permission to reprint part of the poem (I intended to leave off the last three stanzas not wishing to offend others), Sarge explained, "I'm going to guess that you are not a veteran because the verses you want to omit are very important to my poem." He went on to gently educate this writer.
I've included Sarge's explanations in the hopes that it will bring about a deeper understanding as well with other non-vets who are trying to get their heads around this issue. Not having gone through the experience of war myself, I appreciated the extra time Sarge took with me, explaining things fully. Thank you, sir.
P.T.S.D. Love Poem - © Sarge Lintecum 2003
(Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Poem)
I love you through my anger,
In between my fits of rage.
I want us to be happy,
But I just can't turn the page.
I see in you the answer
To every time I've prayed.
Then I get mad; you leave the room;
I wish that you had stayed.
My love just wants to hold your hand,
But my anger doesn't care.
I feel the weight you carry.
It really isn't fair.
I gave our country everything
The day I went to war.
I thought the cost would be my life,
But it turned out to be much more.
I look into my child's eyes,
And I see a child burned
By Napalm lying on the ground,
Without a lesson learned.
Without this verse the veteran will think his PTSD causing memories are worse than other vets.
So now they send the young folks
To act like war is fun,
Without a thought of how they'll feel
When their killing job is done.
Without this verse you would leave out the lack of help from the government that was a bigger slap in my face than "Charlie" (Viet Cong) ever gave me.
When folks go fill their gas tanks
I think they all should know,
A veteran's future happiness
Is drowning in the flow.
Without this verse you would leave out the underlying reason for the war that is easily hidden from the public but not the veteran.
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|Wednesday, March 19th, 2008|
|Sunday, June 25th, 2006|
|Friday, November 11th, 2005|
Dear Mr. President:
Read this, and tell us how you can sleep at night:
“This goes out to everyone for prayer. My cousin commited suicide two days ago because he didn’t want to go back to Iraq. We was a Marine and was put into reserve status which means that they could call upon him to go back if they watned to. He didn’t see this as an option he wanted to face so he shot himself. In his mind that was his only other option. Please pray for our family, especially my cousin, Debbie, his mom, and my Uncle Sonny and Aunt Marie. They are the hardest hit with all this. They are in Springfeild, Oregon.
According to Uncle Sonny the Marines will allow him a military funeral, but he was put into reserve status, which mean he didn’t finish his tour of duty. What this really means to us is no money to bury him with since they only pay after the tour of duty is finished and he then beomces a vet. None of us have the money to do it and the going rate for a funeral, as we all know since we have done 3 recently, is around $5000. “
Thank you so very much for your love and support. You see I talked to the marine’s yesterday and it seems they have closed the door on my grandson. They told me he was released from active duty Oct. 30, 2005 and put in reserve status. He has no benefits coming to him. We have no money to bury him, but with Gods grace I’m sure we will find a way.
I have been in touch with the Veterans Administration and a number of other Veteran organizations with very little help. The VFW told me that technically he is not a VET. I have no idea what he is talking about. This young man has experienced more than any young man should ever have to. He has seen and felt the pain of losing his buddie. He has seen the blood and the charred bodies of his friends and others. It’s more than I can ever think about.
With God’s help I am going to find a way to bury him with the honors he has earned. I am sending you a picture of him. I ask that when you look at him, you will stop and say a little prayer for him.
May God bless you and your family.
I lLOVE YOU”
|Sunday, September 4th, 2005|
|Saturday, September 3rd, 2005|
Dear Mr. President:
That was a good photo-op with those two teenage girls in NOLA. Maybe Condoleeza will take them shoe-shopping with her, that would get their minds off of losing their entire family! One can never have enough shoes, especially with all the tramping through dirty messy places like Lake Zero, you have to have enough style to replace them for each press shot.
I am sure glad that you are in charge of the free world. I wouldn’t want some compassionate people-loving freak to be in charge of all that power, influence and money who would put actual people ahead of a good vacation, plans for world energy domination (SO much fun to get to play with the big boys!), or a mere Presidential vow. Your super-relaxed response to every crisis really shows you are in charge, and makes me feel safer knowing that nothing that happens to any of us is really that big of a deal. It’s quite zen-like now that I really see where you are coming from. I appreciate a good cosmic joke as much as the next person.
You are almost god-like, the way you are re-making our world into your own image!
It’s also a stunning display of superior human genetics to watch how you crack down on those rowdy rebellious criminals who are taking advantage of a stunned and chaotic country by looting, stealing, and passing out all the goods between their friends....
We all know that YOU would never do anything like that.
from the bottom of my heart
(the part that gets no light),
Subject: Vacation is Over...an open letter from Michael Moore to
George W. Bush
Date: Fri, 02 Sep 2005 05:18:40 -0400
Friday, September 2nd, 2005
Dear Mr. Bush:
Any idea where all our helicopters are? It's Day 5 of Hurricane Katrina
and thousands remain stranded in New Orleans and need to be airlifted.
Where on earth could you have misplaced all our military choppers? Do
you need help finding them? I once lost my car in a Sears parking lot.
Man, was that a drag.
Also, any idea where all our national guard soldiers are? We could
really use them right now for the type of thing they signed up to do
like helping with national disasters. How come they weren't there to
Last Thursday I was in south Florida and sat outside while the eye of
Hurricane Katrina passed over my head. It was only a Category 1 then
but it was pretty nasty. Eleven people died and, as of today, there
were still homes without power. That night the weatherman said this
storm was on its way to New Orleans. That was Thursday! Did anybody
tell you? I know you didn't want to interrupt your vacation and I know
how you don't like to get bad news. Plus, you had fundraisers to go to
and mothers of dead soldiers to ignore and smear. You sure showed her!
I especially like how, the day after the hurricane, instead of flying
to Louisiana, you flew to San Diego to party with your business peeps.
Don't let people criticize you for this -- after all, the hurricane was
over and what the heck could you do, put your finger in the dike?
And don't listen to those who, in the coming days, will reveal how you
specifically reduced the Army Corps of Engineers' budget for New
Orleans this summer for the third year in a row. You just tell them
that even if you hadn't cut the money to fix those levees, there
weren't going to be any Army engineers to fix them anyway because you
had a much more important construction job for them -- BUILDING
DEMOCRACY IN IRAQ!
On Day 3, when you finally left your vacation home, I have to say I was
moved by how you had your Air Force One pilot descend from the clouds
as you flew over New Orleans so you could catch a quick look of the disaster.
Hey, I know you couldn't stop and grab a bullhorn and stand on some
rubble and act like a commander in chief. Been there done that.
There will be those who will try to politicize this tragedy and try to
use it against you. Just have your people keep pointing that out.
Respond to nothing. Even those pesky scientists who predicted this
would happen because the water in the Gulf of Mexico is getting hotter
and hotter making a storm like this inevitable. Ignore them and all
their global warming Chicken Littles. There is nothing unusual about a
hurricane that was so wide it would be like having one F-4 tornado that
stretched from New York to Cleveland.
No, Mr. Bush, you just stay the course. It's not your fault that 30
percent of New Orleans lives in poverty or that tens of thousands had
no transportation to get out of town. C'mon, they're black! I mean,
it's not like this happened to Kennebunkport. Can you imagine leaving
white people on their roofs for five days? Don't make me laugh! Race
has nothing -- NOTHING -- to do with this!
You hang in there, Mr. Bush. Just try to find a few of our Army
helicopters and send them there. Pretend the people of New Orleans and
the Gulf Coast are near Tikrit.
P.S. That annoying mother, Cindy Sheehan, is no longer at your ranch.
She and dozens of other relatives of the Iraqi War dead are now driving
across the country, stopping in many cities along the way (http://bringthemhomenowtour.org/
). Maybe you can catch up with them
before they get to DC on September 21st.
|Friday, July 1st, 2005|
Dear Mr. President,
I hope you are really listening to the world, and not just mocking it with empty promises.
Mr. Bush, I am just ONE more voice asking you to listen.
Please watch this short video. It’ll be easy...it’s got all your favorite stars in it!
This could be so easy, if you’d take just ONE minute of your time.
Thanks to everyone who cares,
Cecilia, just one artist
|Thursday, April 21st, 2005|
wtf are you doing, trying to "urge the confirmation" of john bolton? it's not your decision. you nominate, and then let the committee and the senate decide. let them figure out if he's actually a good man to do it. i mean, we all know JUST HOW GOOD YOU ARE at picking people for important jobs.
i think it's fairly obvious to everyone (ya, maybe even your crazy republicans) that this man might not be the best guy to REPRESENT US in the UN. i mean, everyone hates us already, why make it worse.
i am getting really sick of your idiocy georgie. i seriously hope that the next president isn't as dumb as you.
|Tuesday, March 22nd, 2005|
the sanctity of marriage
Dear Mr. President,
I am also confused on one point. Haven't you been touting the sanctity of marriage as being between a man and a woman for a few months now? Why have you suddenly decided that Terry Schiavo's parents and the rest of her family are part of her marriage? Am I wrong here, or is that incestual and homosexual
? Have your values changed or are you just entirely confused? If marriage is so freaking sacred, then let Mike Schiavo make the decision as Terry's husband to pull the plug and leave it be. Stop making one family's pain a political platform to spread your religious values. What do you suppose is harder for Terry's parents? Letting her go once and for all, or all of this nonsense with Congress coming in on a fucking Sunday (did that do that for 9-11? just wondering since that was a terrorist attack that affected the ENTIRE NATION not just ONE FAMILY) and pulling the tube, putting the tube back in, pulling the tube, putting the tube back in? I think the agony of not knowing whether she will live is much more traumatic than just saying their final goodbyes. I really wish you would stop overstepping your boundaries here you arrogant moron. The founding fathers set up a system of checks and balances for a reason, but you don't seem to care about that. If the courts don't rule the way you want them to, it isn't okay to just call your cronies in Congress and have them make a bill to allow a different court to rule on the case. But, in the end your plan didn't work anyway because that federal judge is apparently not
in your pocket and does recognize and participate in the system of government which our founding fathers created. Maybe you should try taking a political science class or something.
I would appreciate it if you could pick a stance (either marriage is
between only a man and a woman, or other forms of marriage will be recognized) and get back to us.
Oh, and BTW, you did a great job on the roast of Jeff Foxworthy on ComedyCentral the other night. You really looked like an idiot, as usual, but this time it was good for a laugh. Normally, we are just mortified when you open your mouth to give a speech because you are trying to be serious but you really look like a dolt. At the roast, though, your ignorance was comical.
i am a little confused on something. how are you all pro- terri schiavo and trying to get her feeding tube reinserted but you're pro- death penatly as well? maybe i'm missing something, but your statement about preserving every american's right to live doesn't really make sense to me.
|Saturday, January 22nd, 2005|
Hi Mr. President.
I was just wondering if you had a whole ton of fun during your inauguration. I mean, $40 million spent on parties is pretty extreme. I bet you got loaded, and hopefully you puked on your wife's shoes.
Anyways, I wanted to thank you for continuing on with the celebrations. I think it has helped more people who may have supported you in the past to realize what an asshole you are. You are the FIRST President to throw a party this big, and one of the only Presidents to throw a party while a war was going on.
I'm glad you realize what's life's priorities are. Have fun, fuck everyone else, huh?
|Wednesday, December 22nd, 2004|
Dear Mr. President:
I was a big fan of the man who previously held your position; I found him to be a wonderful public speaker and one who attempted to alleviate problems at home. You also are a wonderful public speaker, but I have mainly seen you put them to use to justify your actions abroad.
There were two major labor strikes during the Clinton administration: Major League Baseball and UPS, and the former president stepped in both times introducing 5 new bills to a congress that opposed him. There have been similar labor disputes during your administration and you have made little or no effort to fix either of them, resulting in extreme economic downfall. The first being the 3 month long grocery strike in Southern California where 70,000 UFCW workers picketed, there was no major revelation at the end of the 3 months, except many upset consumers and lowered employee morale on the grocers behalf. The other labor dispute is currently ongoing since September 15th, yet has received little news coverage; this dispute is between the NHL and the NHL Players Association. The owners and the players have mailed snail like progress on their negotiations, and those who are affected most by this are the millions of fans, arena workers, and local area vendors all of whom are potential voters.
All I want for Christmas is the NHL back. I want to see hard-hitting bone crunching fun, please help?
Thanks :) Current Mood: depressed
|Monday, December 20th, 2004|
Dear Mr. President.
I know that you are the dumbest mother fucker out, but I guess I had more faith in you. Do you seriously think that banning all culture relating to homosexuality
is going to make this country a better place to live? It is surrounding our lives more and more each day. Gay relationships are inevitable. Stop being such a close minded reject. It is by nature that people are gay, not by seeing a broadway play w/ a gay couple you idiot.
|Monday, December 6th, 2004|
Dear Mr. President,These
are the people who support you and think that you are a great president.
I think you've made my point.
|Friday, December 3rd, 2004|
George, you aren't exactly my favorite person. In fact, on a list of people in this world that I dislike the most, you'd be in the top ten. But, a lot of people in this country count you as being Commander in Chief and with that comes a responsibility
to the troops who aid your cause. Regardless of how I feel about your legitimacy.
Tell me, George. Why is it that you can send us to war, watch us kill and be killed, watch us suffer with the knowledge that said war is bogus, and then not take the time
out of your busy schedule to go to one soldier's funeral? Now, I'm just writing this without knowing all of the facts. You simply must
have a reasonable explanation for not honoring the dead with this sort of respectful gesture.
But, here's what it looks like from my end, George.
You are one of the only, if not THE only, president who has not attended the burial of a soldier during a time of war. Those other presidents recognized how important it was to honor the sacrifice of the fallen. To grieve with their families. George, they just need to know that you fucking care.
One funeral. That's all you need to attend to acknowledge them. That one gesture.
But, here's what I think. I believe you're afraid. You're too afraid to see the cost of this war with your own eyes. Have you ever looked at the Faces of the Fallen
? These are real people, George. We aren't pawns in your little chess game. We aren't weapons of the United States that are expendable
Go to a funeral, George.
|Friday, November 19th, 2004|
Dear Mr. President
Please remember that 55 million of us voted against you and your agenda. You may have received more votes than anyone in history, but so did John Kerry.
|Wednesday, November 10th, 2004|
|Monday, November 8th, 2004|
Dear Mr. President,
I am usually fairly level-headed. I will speak my mind if there's something on it that bothers me, but it is very difficult to get me upset. Experience tells me that I'm pretty good to have around in an emergency-type situation. I don't panic, and I don't lose my self control. On 9/11, I was the one on my campus who was telling everyone who was crying where they could donate blood and send emergency supplies and clothes. I don't frighten easily. When I was 17 I was one of two openly gay students at the all-male Christian high school I attended, and never gave it a second thought walking down the hall or changing in the locker room - I wasn't going to let a bunch of ignorant children run my life through their closed-minded bigotry. The more ignorant souls around me also knew that it was a bad idea to act out on their ignorance, because there were enough decent human beings around who wouldn't stand for a classmate being harmed.
I don't say this to make myself to be any kind of a hero or great person, but rather to set up a contrast. I was reading news articles this evening, and happened up this one (http://www.commondreams.org/headlines04/1108-01.htm
) and others like it.
After reading these bits of news, I began to think about how lucky I am to live so close to Canada, and to have family in Toronto who woud put me up until I was granted political asylum. And I think I know who to contact about how to go about doing that, so things could be worse for me. I thought these things because I was afraid. I have never been more afraid in my life than I was tonight. I started thinking about my female friends, and the times they have told me about when they've been on the bus and a creepy guy with no teeth sat next to them and started pawing their leg. That kind of fear - the "I'm in such danger of being violated beyond my worst nightmares and there is no place I can go to" fear. Add to that the shame I felt, the humiliation, the sense of powerlessness.
Yeah, I was in a right state.
But even as I write all of this, I'm feeling different. I'm remembering who I am and what I stand for. Actually, I never intended it to, but remembering when I was in high school has helped me. And this letter is writing itself in a direction I hadn't anticipated.
Implement whatever policies you want. Legislate, amend, veto, anything you want. It won't last. Your political legacy will die with your administration in four years. Anything you implement now the hurts peole will be undone. I and others will see to that.
I will not let my life be run by ignorant children, be their high school classmates or politicians. Listen, because I'm telling you now and not for the last time, it is not to your or anyone else's benefit to act on your ignorance. There are people in this country and in this world who will not stand for it. And we are watching you.
I will not live in fear. I am not going anywhere.
Dear Mr. President,
Does it make you feel dirty to know that priests have been threatening their followers to vote for you?
I heard from a friend of mine that her priest said she would go to hell if she didn't vote for you. Luckily, she knew he was wrong. Unfortunately, many of her peers didn't.
I know this can't be a one time incident, and I am patiently waiting to see it in the news. Threatening or bribing people into voting for a specific candidate is ILLEGAL. Do you disagree? How do you feel about having support from these unfair votes?
I know this issue is MUCH less important than your crusade to limit my rights, but it is just another issue that bothers me. You should encourage friendly political debate and education of those who aren't up to speed on the issues, don't threaten them.
Just think about it Mr. President. How would you feel if you were in their situation?