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 Anysoldier.com and OpGratitude.com. 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 Anysoldier.com, OpGratitude.com, or TroopCarePackage.com 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 Anysoldier.com 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: