I heard today, after it had already started and I was unavailable to watch, that Oprah served up military families on a platter. I also heard that it was atypical in that it didn't show glitzed surprise reunions that make the war-stupid public feel better about themselves. It didn't fart glitter and fairy duster. It talked about some of the real issues of the military family life. And it was a call to Americans to support the troops beyond buying a ridiculous yellow ribbon magnet you can stick to the ass of your car and forget about. I've heard it didn't exploit, either, as certain commercials like to do (and who the fuck has that kind of bandwidth on a carrier, for fuck's sake?!).
So while I'm glad to hear that Oprah's huge following got wind that this isn't all proud tears and tearful reunions with no stress or strain twixt each, I'm not grooving on the situation, either. After all, we heard from Ms. Obama before the election that milfams were her pet project. And yet what have we seen? Not much. As usual, with every elected official I've been alive to witness, it's a lot of lip service and not much else. There are programs, like MyCAA, but there are also clusterfucks. Like, um, MyCAA.
And though we've been at [wiggledy fingers] war for almost a decade, the American public is as ignorant - and I'd go so far as to paint them with the willful ignorance that is so abundant on the far right, which is strange since I see it amongst those on the far left, too, where milfam issues are concerned - as it's always been.
So I did a little bit of digging. I watched one of the clips and was heartened to see that about two minutes were dedicated to the hardships of the typical Army family. That's cool, though I hope to gods they dug deeper outside of the clip and really expounded on those issues and how they're the same and different among the different services. I also found a link to serve.gov, which looks like a great idea. I'm not sure, again, what it's about or how much traffic the site is generating now, but every little step, right? And as LAW said to me today, if the show means one military family gets the help they need, then it's a good show. Absolutely.
I guess I'm just tired of having smoke blown up my ass. It kinda chafes after a while.
One of my faves among the service sites is United Through Reading. How awesome is that? Because books ROCK, and stories are such a hard-coded way for us to bond together as people. I love this. Love it! I did think there was one funny, though not because of the service. Rather because of certain dickwads who like to dismiss Those Who Do Not Agree as traitors and most certainly not patriots. Little Patriots Embraced helps milbrats get through deployments. By far, I think this is one of the best ideas ever. They so need help. All of them.
The thing that made me giggle, though, is the perverse image I had of one of those fucktard neo-cons screeching about a five-year-old whose parents are liberals, so clearly that kid is genetically fucked as far as patriotism goes. But wait! That's science, right? And science needs to take a back seat to GAWD because GAWD throws science at us in order to test our faith. Right? So genetics are just balderdash. Like electrons that drive the interwebz. All balderdash. (/neocon wankfest)
Anyway, let's hope that we see real efforts by civilians to serve the milfams and milspouses that need help and yet bend over for the sake of the military on a regular schedule. I'm serious about the chafing. It's getting to be more than a nuisance.
An Open Letter to Congress
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