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Bumper sticker “support the troops” slogans mean nothing to US military personnel


How dare some people claim they “support the troops” just because they have some bumper sticker or magnet on their car. Every time I see one of those worthless slogans on a car I want to rip it off and admonish the driver. Why? Because supporting the troops is so much more than the $3 purchase of a car decoration (that’s probably made in China and doesn’t even support American workers).

Supporting the troops is about doing all you can to demand your elected representative bring the troops home from this worthless war in Iraq. It’s about demanding your elected representatives give all US military personnel bigger pay raises than they did at the start of 2007. How many average people know that Congress last year (109th Congress, Republican controlled) supported the troops by giving the military their smallest pay raise in the last 13 years? Is that supporting the troops? Did all those bumper sticker “troop supporters” write their Congressperson to complain and demand better pay for the troops they “support”? No, most people did nothing.

Supporting the troops is about speaking out against a war where American soldiers are being killed (4,000+) and wounded (28,000+) to support a country (Iraq) that doesn’t want us there and doesn’t represent the “freedom” we say we’re fighting for. How many people know women are not treated as equals in Iraq and do not have the same rights as men? How many people know American troops have repeatedly been killed or injured by the very Iraqi soldiers they are trying to train? How many people know that while the media reports Iranian and Syrian involvement in the everyday mess in Iraq, very little is really being done to demand Iran and Syria stop their involvement in helping insurgents kill and injure American soldiers?

Supporting the troops is about stopping this ridiculous funding that’s being sent to Pakistan while Al Qaeda is growing and operating freely in the tribal regions of the country. On September 20, 2001, President Bush addressed a joint session of Congress and said (in part)

“We will starve terrorists of funding, turn them one against another, drive them from place to place, until there is no refuge or no rest. And we will pursue nations that provide aid or safe haven to terrorism. Every nation, in every region, now has a decision to make. Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists. (Applause.) From this day forward, any nation that continues to harbor or support terrorism will be regarded by the United States as a hostile regime.”

and yet the administration has looked the other way as Al Qaeda has restrengthened itself in the safe-haven sanctuary of the tribal regions of Pakistan.

It’s time for Americans to “support the troops” and listen to the words of American Patriot Melissa Etheridge:

I need to speak out
Something has to break up
I’ve been asleep
And I need to wake up

Some of you may say who am I to say what “supporting the troops” means and how dare I question the actions (and inaction) of our leaders. Well you see, I am an American Airman (18 years and still on active duty) and I’m the one these bumper stickers are supposedly “supporting”.

So, do you REALLY support the troops or do you support a bumper sticker slogan?


July 21, 2007 - Posted by | Current Events, Iraq, Military & War, Politics, Random


  1. “Every time I see one of those worthless slogans on a car I want to rip it off and admonish the driver. Why?”

    Because you’re a lunatic? It’s a bumper sticker. And free speech. Get a grip.

    “Airmen” or “army men” don’t have any more right to define “support” or the lack of it than anybody else.

    The United States was built by lawyers, for businessmen, not by soldiers for the rest of us.

    Comment by klasher5 | July 22, 2007 | Reply

  2. 1.klasher5. you are the one who needs to get a grip.

    you see clasher left a comment on my live journal writing about the senate not voting for biden’s bill to honor the soldiers contrats. my son is a soldier, but i dont think clasher cares…clasher only wants to assume i dont care about the iraqi people and argue instead of coming into agreement with people who want to end the war…clasher cannot seem to be able to reason.

    read what i wrote if you want. and yes… i let klasher have it before clasher could respond back…sorry but i am only human.

    Comment by cindy kaylor | July 22, 2007 | Reply

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  5. I just want to say something short. Americans don´t want a war why the president does, who´s going to be the next president Paul Ron or the mexican guy Antonio Viyarraigoza who´s better for the chair I guess the mexican mexicans dont´fight

    Comment by jose Ma. Aguilar | August 19, 2007 | Reply

  6. Take it easy on the ribbon people, Most people do not support the war, but do support our sons and daughters who are overseas, you don’t know what people do besides hang a magnet on the car. I voice my opinion to my congressman and I collect donations and mail out many care packages to soldiers overseas. They have written back with many thanks for supporting them, even just by sending them goodies from home.

    lawyers and business men didn’t build the US, but the people did, the people who came over by boat and paved streets, and worked hard to become attys and businessmen and never forget, we may have all been speaking German if it wasn’t for our Armed Servicemen and woman or WWII.

    Comment by Mary | June 27, 2008 | Reply

  7. Haha�!! J’ai �t� dans votre code source � plusieurs reprises pour savoir comment vous faites que je puisse les mettre sur mon site. Merci!

    Comment by Kirby Ikuta | August 30, 2011 | Reply

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