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A Vermont Guardsman Responds to this post on the anti-war activists hijacking of Vermont town meetings. The following is a comment signed GreyEagle06:
I am a Vermont Guardsman and have been for the past 17 years. I can only give my perspective. What I will say is that the people who supported the demand to withdraw from Iraq in these towns don't reflect the opinions of the troops who we have deployed and some who have returned. Our soldiers are proud of their service and did their duty. They are proud of what they have accomplished, both in Iraq and in Afghanistan. Last June I attended the funerals of three Guardsmen who were killed in action. Without exception all three families were proud of their loved one's service and sacrifice. All three families had met one another through the family support net program and attended the funeral services for their new found friends' loved ones, in spite of their own grief and pain. I learned to love and hate Toby Keith's "American Soldier" from those funerals. Each family had that song played during the services. That says an awful lot. That is also reflective of how most of the troops and their families feel. When the unit returned from theater last week, I know two, if not three, of the families of our fallen soldiers were there to greet their loved ones' comrades as the got off the jets at the return ceremony at the VTANG airbase. That was at 0500 and in the front end of a snow storm that day. That says an awful lot too.
The majority of our soldiers here are from the rural areas of the state and these area are predominantly conservative types who like their guns, hunting, fishing, snowmobiles and four wheelers. I know this for a fact as I had commanded one of the armor battalions in the most rural area of the state. The people behind the so called peace resolutions are pretty much from what I call the bohemian proletariat. They are trust fund babies. They have come from MA, NYC, NJ etc. They brought their liberal politics with them. This influx of liberals have moved up into Vermont since the late '60s. Since many do not have to work for a living they need things to do, like get active in the local politics, and have taken it over. I realize that I will get some flak but in the town where I live, about half the population of 2500 do not have to work. The very liberal speaker of the Vermont House is also from my town (go figure). These people are not the true Vermonters.
If people look back in history, Vermont, Maine and NH were the only three states who voted against FDR in the presidential election of 1940, and that was after 8 years of the New Deal! If you dig back farther, the Vermont Brigade had a reputation in the Army of the Potomac similar to the Jackson's Stonewall Brigade. These were the ancestors of our troops, no exaggeration.
So if you take a swipe at Vermont-please do not slight the troops. We are as disgusted with the stupidity and ignorance and anyone with good sense.
Last point, one of our young officers who did a tour in Afghanistan stood up in the town meeting on Tuesday and told the crowd in attendance what he and our troops did there and the good that was being accomplished. He even spoke to what was going on in Iraq and the good being done there and how our guys feel about it. He was given a standing ovation and the town voted down the resolution. I couldn't believe it as it was my town. I guess you could call say it was a good demonstration of information operations.
Sir, I salute you and all the other proud sons and daughters (and parents and others!) of Vermont. Thanks for your service and for taking the time to set the record straight!
Thanks for your kind words. I also appreciate your efforts and commentary at this site. The possibility of having our troops slighted bothered me and I felt I had to say something on their behalf. They are good soldiers and patriots.
GreyEagleO6Posted by GreyEagleO6 at March 3, 2005 06:25 PM
Sir. After my retirement, I thought my battles were over as well. Three months later, our country was attacked. I am sure you know how when we take the oath to defend the Constitution, it specifically says, "against all enemies, foreign and domestic". But you also know, that unless Posse Comitatus is cited, we (the active duty we) can't truly respond to defend against domestic enemies.
And now that I am retired, that is my job. To defend the Constitution against domestic enemies, since I can't do so against foreign enemies. (It is a younger man's game anyway).
I see domestic enemies in the "trust fund babies" your great state has unfortunately been infested with. I am proud of you and your troops service abroad and at home. I am proud that you choose to defend our country at home with the few legal weapons we are allowed. Your voice and your example. You and your men deserve our thanks and respect. If we can ever assist you in defending the Constitution against these domestic enemies, you must ask. We will do our best to respond.
Thanks for setting us straight on how things are in Vermont, Sir.
SubsunkPosted by Subsunk at March 3, 2005 07:24 PM
Good to hear the truth from the troops.Posted by Wallace -Midland Texas at March 3, 2005 09:18 PM
I thank you and all the troops as well. My family does indeed sleep safer at night because of your work and sacrifice and courage to do the violence to those who would harm them. For that I am eternally grateful. I am glad the record is set straight as well and my earlier post was never directed at the troops. I stand with Subsunk in a "ready to respond" mode when called on.
With all due respect
Thank you for your comments. That's why I come here. I want to know exactly what our troops feel and I want our troops to know exactly how much we support them. The only way for me to stand beside is you is to show my support for you. We who are trying so hard to get the word out that we support you also get frustrated with those who let stupidity and ignorance show. After those who are anti-war get more news coverage then those of us trying to showing there support. God bless you all for your service and your sacrifice and thank you for protecting us and our families.Posted by DebbieR at March 3, 2005 11:47 PM
You will know Vermont is doomed when they enact gun control. I find it ironic that VT has more gun freedom than the 'Live Free or Die' state.Posted by Otis Wildflower at March 4, 2005 09:32 AM
It is a great thing when the soldiers themselves attend the town hall meetings.
The peace activists cannot claim to speak on behalf of the soldiers when one of the soldiers shows up himself to represent his brothers-in-arms. And to defend their just cause.
I look forward to the day when Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine (and maybe - just maybe - someday Delaware and New Jersey?) turn back to their roots and reject the cancerous liberalism...Posted by Andy at March 4, 2005 06:47 PM
Welcome home, son, and thanks for your service.
From an old retired Navy CPO in Texas
Welcome home son, and thank you for your service.
from an old retired Navy CPO in Texas
GreyEagle, isn't the real war right here in Vermont? Look at the tyranny...judges being retained by a crooked legislature full of lawyers and imports...the judiciary is full of imports who are imposters...those willing to go along to get along, all working to enslave the People of this good "free" state. Subsunk ought to know that the time IS upon us, the domestic enemy IS HERE but not just the Peaceniks at our town meetings, they have infiltrated our statehouse in our legislature and our judiciary. How long before OUR guns are ripped from OUR hands? Who do we have brave and willing to fight the fight if not for our skilled guardsmen? I'm a mother, a grandmother with son-in-law now in the Reserves--gone over three times already and scheduled for another stint months away--I AM PROUD of all of them but who is here to guard the henhouse? Where is the militia? Do we have a ready militia? Volunteer militiamen (500) in Texas guarding the border will be targetted by an evil gang (it's planned) on April 1st--what then? No national guard to move in on them. The war IS here, the younger men ARE being sent away while we enjoy a false sense of security. Yes, they are doing good things, but what about home? I don't fall into your category of peace activist. I'm a many, many generations Vermonter, proud of my heritage. Of course I would rather live in Peace than at War--the coyote is even slier than the fox and he guards the henhouse--like Justice Doley--watch if he is "forgiven" for his transgressions, then it is all over.
Posted by Morning Star at March 8, 2005 08:39 PM
I'm currently serving in Afghanistan and have run into a bunch of the "Green Mountain Boys" serving here with TF Pheonix. I'm glad to see them for many of them I've got a bond with from my college days at the "Military School of the Great White North", more commonly know as Norwich University. Be assured that the men and women of the Vermont Guard are living up to their reputation and taking the fight to the enemy. Not to mention they arrived just in time! It's going to be a bitter winter here in Afghanistan and they'll feel right at home (I kinda feel bad for the Florida Guard troops that are here).
I remember the liberalism of Vermont and how they HATED having a private military college right in the middle of the state. But I did run into many of the native vermonters who were true woodsmen of the north.