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Conservatives Say, “Wear Red on Fridays”

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The following missive arrived the other day in my inbox.

Almost everywhere I go I can see “Support The Troops” or “Pray for The Troops” magnets and stickers on cars and trucks. I have one myself. Recently I received an email that wanted everyone to do more to show our support for the troops and their mission in Iraq and the war on terror. We can pray and show support by displaying these stickers, but now conservatives wanted the public to show how unified we are in support of our troops by wearing red every Friday until they come home. I hope that you will participate.
by Rob Hood

First, the mainstream media pulled their scam, whereby states that voted Democrat would be called “blue” and those that voted GOP would be called “red.” That was such a transparent ploy to turn history on its head, that I don’t understand why the allegedly political right didn’t immediately beat it back.

Ever since then, I’ve wanted to slug everyone who’s ever spoken of “Red State America” in a positive or a negative sense. I’m not a Red.

And now you want me to wear red, to celebrate red? On the one hand, this sounds like GOP boosterism, and on the other, it sounds like the boosters don’t know their history.

I must be a very old man if I’m the only one who understands what the hell this “Red State-Blue State” stuff is about. In my childhood, folks used to say, “Better dead than red.” Still sounds good to me.

And I thought conservatives were supposed to have so much reverence for history.

Are we talking about conservatives, or are we really talking about members of the Republican National Committee or editors at National Review?

When I was in my 20s, folks still died trying to cross The Wall in East Germany. When I lived Over There (in the former West Germany) from 1980-85, and even after I came back to the US, whenever I had the chance, I used to visit West Berlin so that I could pass through Checkpoint Charlie on a day visa. I remember the excitement, the feeling of my heart in my throat. And I recall too what it was like to drive along the border fence in the middle of nowhere in Bavaria, and be surveilled at every step of the way by the soldiers on the other side. If you ever stopped, got out, and took a look around, they’d take down your license plate. Next time you went to Charlie, they wouldn’t let you through.

I know I’m a simpleton, so you needn’t bother telling me. All this “red” stuff must make sense at some level of ultra-sophistication. It’s way over my head. Maybe it’s all out of respect for the Bloods street gang, the way it’s cool to celebrate convicted rapists like Snoop Dogg (or is it “Snoop Doggy Dogg”?). After all, if George W. Bush could bow down to Ozzy Osbourne, far be it from me to disrespect Daimler-Chrysler’s new pitchman.

All the same, I can’t help but think that this “wear red” business was cooked up by the same highly educated, sophisticated “conservatives” who 20-odd years ago came up with the idea of making all of our soldiers and Marines look like they’re fighting for Hitler’s Wehrmacht.

This “wear red” stuff just makes me blue.

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  • Mary K. Williams

    Interesting comments. I never can keep the ‘red and blue’ thing straight either.

    I recieved a different email, but with the same request, for the same reason. For everyone to wear red on Fridays until our troops came home.

    However, the email was titled something like, “Their blood runs red”. So, that was taking a different angle for the same result.

  • Alethinos

    Why stop at the color RED my conservative rich Republican brothers? Why not splash a bit of BLOOD across your lovely $1000 Armani suit – it would send SUCH a message! As in, YOUR son or daughter went to Iraq and Afghanistan, not MINE! Or… “I pay virtually no taxes thanks to my accounting firm!” Then there’s, “Red symbolizes the KILLING I made in the stock market this year! What? You… You don’t own any stock? Why? Oh… The minimum wage thing, all that detestable hand-to-mouth affair… Too bad that… Oh, you missed a spot on the toe there…”

    Am I ranting? I hope so… My ranting get’s raves you know…

    Good post Mr. Stix!


  • Thanks for the background, Mary. It’s possible that one person wrote the original e-mail for one purpose — simply showing suppoort for our troops — and the person who sent it to me sought to make it a GOP thing (as in supporting our troops, means supporting OUR party). I feel safe in the latter interpretation, because it was sent to me via a mailing list that is written entirely by Bushbots, for whom “conservative” is synonymous with “The Party.”

  • Time to up the meds, Alethinos. The alternative reality is asserting itself again.


  • Alethinos

    Well what was that I took this morning???


  • Chief Wiggum

    I believe the label read “Kerry and Kennedy Koolaid”

  • With all the things we could be doing to make the world a better place, I have a hard time understanding why anyone gives two shits about what color someone is wearing, and why. Or why it’s a campaign for anything. Or… well… anything.

    Nothing against Nicholas — I’m just saying that this whole thing has always boggled me. Wear red? Wear blue? How about doing something… anything.

  • Alethinos

    Kennedy is dispicable… Kerry I had and still have hopes for…

    Wasn’t Koolaid, maybe too much tonic in the gin?

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone!


  • Who doesn’t want to wear de ribbon??

  • Gregory Romeu

    When you stop to shop in a Veteran’s Hospital convenience store, you will find that the COLOR being sold to VETERANS…. is RED!

    Semper Fidelis till I die