Keepin’ It Real

May 12, 2007

Outrage: John Edwards dishonors the troops and the fine organizations which support them

Filed under: John Edwards,Politics — mary @ 4:03 pm

It takes a lot to anger me, but John Edwards has done it. Today, he announced a new website where we can support the troops by getting our elected officials to pull them out of Iraq.

Nothing new from him there, but this is the part that outrages me: he has also advocated in the same breath to send goodies to the troops through organizations like and He, the political equivalent of a snake oil salesman, advocates through this website that, on one hand we undermine troop progress and morale by protesting for their immediate withdrawl from Iraq, while sending them bon bons to boost their morale.

Under his Reclaiming Patriotism section he tells readers to:

Send our troops a taste of home. Go shopping with your kids, your friends, your neighbors, and buy a whole bunch of stuff that would make a soldier happy to receive (check for restrictions). Then go through a site like,, or to send your package to a soldier in Iraq. Take photos and tell us about it.

Undermine the troops, take photos and send them to us. What a creep.

I have supported soldiers through and through other fine organizations and I am furious that such fine and good-hearted people, who have been supporting the troops from the beginning, would have their cause in any way harmed by Edwards’ posturing.

Frankly, John Edwards has now become the lowest form of human being in my book.

If you read this and agree with me, please speak out. Call your local talk radio folks, write a letter to the editor. Don’t allow him to demoralize our troops and those who have faithfully supported them.

ETA: Here’s a link to a well-written blog entry on this same subject:



  1. Concise and to the point! What Edwards is doing is nothing more than political posturing at the expense of every one of our Troops and Veterans.

    Calling for anti-war displays at memorial Day activities is bad enough. But, to ask for pictures so he can use them in a political campaign is even worse.

    Every time I think the left can’t sink any lower, they prove me wrong!

    Comment by LewWaters — May 12, 2007 @ 5:47 pm | Reply

  2. ATTENTION PATRIOTS!! edwards Calls For Protests on Memorial Day!!

    In a feigned “patriotic” message, edwards the pretty-haired “boy”, kerry’s “good buddy”, has called for antiwar activists to “support the troops” while protesting the war. The two actions are contrary to each other and is proof positive that…

    Trackback by Snooper — May 12, 2007 @ 6:20 pm | Reply

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  4. As I commented at Lew’s place, outrage isn’t enough. Couple it to action and indignation are more appropriate. Words CANNOT express the utter disgust I have for edwards and his genre of foolish morons…the pelosi and the reid, for examples.

    Here they are playing political football with our troops and our lives and our security and our very existence. My son is one of those troops and he cannot stomach even mentioning reid’s name…he calls him something else!

    I am VERY pleased with Lew’s pointing me to this blog. I have added you to my sidebar as we share a common goal. We may not always agree on all things but show me who does.

    Keep the Faith and keep up the GREAT work! It is a pleasure to “meet” you.


    Comment by Snooper — May 12, 2007 @ 10:21 pm | Reply

  5. Today’s Washington Post reports on this despicable act by Edwards. While the article itself seems neutral, the headline says it all. ”Edwards Campaigns To Make Memorial Day An Antiwar Statement”

    Comment by LewWaters — May 13, 2007 @ 3:39 pm | Reply

  6. To Snooper and Lew:

    Thanks for your comments! Ya’ll got caught in the spam filter, which I just figured out how to use!

    Snooper thanks for your kind words and the link. I never expect to always agree with anyone(though I bet we agree on many things). I love my country and that’s what is important to me. I’m tired of it being denegrated and destroyed by hypocrites.

    Comment by keepitreal — May 15, 2007 @ 10:50 pm | Reply

  7. i am an american soldier. and i take that very seriously.

    but i’ve never agreed with the war in iraq. i didn’t think it was a good idea, or the right thing to do before i joined, and i haven’t changed my mind since joining.

    i believe in the army and i believe in the united states of america. but i don’t have much faith in the administration that got us into the mess we’re in today.

    why can’t people make the distinction between the military men and women who wear a uniform and follow orders and make the best out of whatever situation they’re in, and the suit-wearing, CIVILIAN politicians who are in charge of us?

    politicians are liars and creeps. they speak in double-talk and never acutally say much of anything (i’m talking about democrats and republicans here, i hate all politicians equally). all they do, is have their aides find out who they’re tlaking to, and then they say whatever will make that crowd happy. politicians are liars, fact spinners, and all around sleazy characters.

    i’m sick and tired of all these self-righteous flag-waving ‘conservatives’ who insist that badmouthing the president (a politician) is the same as badmouthing a soldier. quite frankly, i’m offended to be lumped in with politicians.

    a soldier can be acknowledged for the good deeds he’s done in a bad situation without being left in that situation indefinately.

    i’m not saying edwards is right, and i’m certainly not saying bush is right. i’m just saying that as a soldier, i don’t like being lumped in with the civilians put in charge of me. and i’m sick of the idea that american citizens have to support this debacle of a war to have the honor of supporting troops. personally, i want to get the hell out of here. and i know a lot of other people who feel the same way.

    Comment by steve — May 22, 2007 @ 3:14 pm | Reply

  8. Steve,

    Thank you for your comment. I appreciate your opinion and am grateful for your service. I still stand by my opinion that John Edwards dishonors the service of people who put their lives on the line by asking folks to make political statements in their sending of care packages and in protesting in parades honoring those who have lost their lives in war.

    People who run the care package organizations, and those of us who send care packages, do it to give something back, to give a soldier a little piece of home in what they know is a difficult situation. Their groups shouldn’t be used as a protest vehicle. And those who have died in war, and those families who survive them, deserve the respect of all of us on that day. It should not be turned into a political event.

    The Iraq situation is difficult, but in my opinion it must be solved. John Edwards’, Nancy Pelosi’s and Harry Reid’s political theater weakens our ability to solve this problem and emboldens those who take aim at you and your fellow soldiers every day.

    Best wishes to you and prayers for the safety of you and your fellow soldiers. Thank you for your service to our country.

    Comment by keepitreal — May 22, 2007 @ 3:44 pm | Reply

  9. Steve is a liar. Don’t fall for his nonsense. On my blog he said he was a civilian before the Iraq War and always disagreed with it. If so, why did he enlist?

    The anti-war left, in their “the ends justify the means” stance are posing as conservatives, Soldiers, Veterans, whatever to travel through blogs and try to convince readers and hosts that there really isn’t any support for Bush or the War amongst conservatives and the Military.

    Sending care packages to the Troops has always been grand and well appreciated. Using them to lie about the Troops isn’t.

    Comment by LewWaters — May 22, 2007 @ 9:48 pm | Reply

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