11 April 2007

I was perusing articles on Media Matters for America today, when I came across an article referring to Cindy Sheehan wearing a tee shirt depicting the current count of American servicemen KIA in Iraq, with the question, "How many more?" Apparently, the Baltimore Sun referred to it as "less patriotic" that a tee shirt worn by Beverly Young, stating "Support the Troops — Defending Our Freedom." Media Matters goes on to note, "Neither AP nor the Sun explained how decrying the deaths of more than 2,000 American service members indicated a lack of support for the troops or lack of patriotism." Since the folks at Media Matters are apparently incapable of processing the situation, I will sum it up. I will begin by stating, unequivocally, that I cannot imagine a more vile or reprehensible thing for a mother to do, than what Mrs. Sheehan has done to her son. She uses her own son's heroic sacrifice in the name of honor and human liberty to claim moral authority to denounce the very cause for which he fought. Further, she attaches that moral authority to people like Michael Moore, and organizations like United for Peace and Justice, who have explicitly stated that they believe that the people who killed her son were justified in doing so. I lack knowledge of any invective strong enough to condemn her. Now, on the subject of the patriotism of her shirt: what that shirt does, is give the illusion that the American servicemen fallen in Iraq are victims whom Sheehan is championing. What arrogance! These brave people do not need a champion-they are the champions of human life, liberty and dignity in face of inhuman cruelty. To denigrate her son-a hero who knowingly and willingly volunteered to put himself in harm's way to promote freedom and democracy abroad-by transforming him into a victim…this is the very opposite of patriotism. Patriots honor the memory of fallen heroes. Patriots volunteer to put themselves in harm's way to promote the best ideals of their community, and to defend their community from harm. I cannot imagine how anyone would be confused regarding the patriotism of Cindy Sheehan's continued denigration and victimization of the U. S. Armed Forces. Sincerely,

Jason C. Diederich

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I spent the first years of my life in a trailer park outside of a tiny town in rural Missouri. I grew up to be a long-haired, gun-hating, military-hating, Presbyterian super-liberal. Well, perhaps the “growing up” happened later. While in high school, I was on the cross-country and wrestling teams, and actually won my weight-class in a State powerlifting competition. I went on to attend college on a Bright Flight scholarship, where I promptly became an atheist. I trained for a few years in Shotokan karate and Cheng-system taijiquan before training in my first real martial art, Hwarang-Do, under the late Franklin Fowlkes (later the Founder and Grandmaster of the Five Elements Martial Arts System). I married an older Taiwanese woman my junior year, got divorced in short order, and dropped out of college. After completing my AA in Psychology, I decided I needed a complete change of scenery and joined the U.S. Marine Corps (having early been assured that there was no way that a skinny liberal like me would ever survive Boot Camp). Contrary to what the Hipster Zombies will tell you, this did not “brainwash me into being a Conservative”. Instead, it made me a very unhappy, short-haired liberal, surrounded by guns and the military. However, I spent my whole contract (after schools) on the island of Okinawa, where I was exposed to points of view not dominated by the American liberal media. During this time, I taught ESL classes as a side-job, trained under some of the highest-ranking masters of karate on Okinawa, and discovered the practice of Buddhism. I also spent some time in Korea, where I got to train in hapkido. It was during this period that I came gradually to realize how stupid and evil American liberalism actually is. This was partly due to my Military Police command sending me to Small Arms Instructor school, which gave me more exposure to guns than I could ever have imagined—thus negating my idiotic liberal distaste for them. After the active-duty portion of my Marine Corps contract was over, I worked several jobs, from security contracts to operating a forklift in a warehouse. In 2002, however, when the invasion of Iraq was getting under way, I signed up with the Missouri Army National Guard, and have remained with them since, continuing as a Military Policeman. I am also full-time corrections officer, a member of the Anglican Church, and at one time was an Instructor Candidate in Dekiti-Tirsia Serradas Kali (until my instructor moved away). My hobbies (beyond blogging) include strength training, shooting sports, martial arts, creating digital art, and being a huge science and science-fiction geek.

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