Michael Aaron

Support our troops?

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Liberals ask about the war and the war-cry goes up that we don’t “support our troops.” Conservatives boo a gay soldier and … crickets.


I remember the Bush presidency days – W that is – when conservatives would call you “anti-American” and “against the troops” if you questioned the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Here we are into a Democratic presidency and we have the conservatives booing a soldier at a presidential candidate debate.

My question is – where is the conservative out-cry? Why is there not a slap-down of these audience members who outwardly, publicly and on national television booed a soldier stationed in Iraq?

Stories of the hypocrisy of the fringe of either side are nothing new. But, generally, those on “their side” distance themselves from their extremists to ensure the middle that they don’t espouse “quite those beliefs” (though secretly they likely grinned at their over-exuberance). In this case, however, deafening silence.

Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, Jr. had it right when he said that the proper beginning for a response to any question an active United States soldier asks is “Thank you for serving the United States of America.” You can follow up with “I disagree with every shred of your humanity,” but at least start off with respect for the duty they are serving.

Here. Do an experiment. Click here to see the vitriol on Fox News about the booing of an active-duty soldier.


How about RightwingNews.com, CNSNews.com (The Right News, Right Now), The Weekly Standard, KSL.com?

The only reaction I could find was about a quip “openly gay” NBC news anchor Thomas Roberts made, saying conservatives would like to “build a time machine and go back to when women couldn’t vote and slavery was cool.” THAT raised their ire.

What color will all the ribbons plastered to cars up and down the freeway be this time? (Hint: pink is already taken.)

Michael Aaron

Michael Aaron is the editor and publisher of QSaltLake. He has been active in Utah's gay and lesbian community since the early 80s and published two publications then and in the 90s.

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