Oh *please* tell me this guy’s not for real.

WACO, Texas — As President Bush’s neighbors seek relief from protesters by way of the county commission, one local resident took matters into his own hands and now has been charged with criminal mischief. McLennan County resident Larry Northern 59, faced $3,000 bail Tuesday after witnesses said he swerved his pickup truck in and out of a display of crosses set up on the side of the road by anti-war protesters. The crosses represented the U.S. troops who have died in Iraq, with individuals’ names on each. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,165897,00.html (excerpt from longer article, emphasis mine)

I don’t know where you stand on the war against terror. I know where I do – madmen must be stopped, and there will be a cost for stopping them. It is abhorrent to me that someone might want to take the attitude of “go ahead, have anything you like” toward a terrorist.

TERRORIST: If you don’t give us whatever unreasonable thing we demand, we’re going to bomb your buildings, work to destroy your economy, poison your children, behead contractors and reporters, and do anything else we can think of to get our way. MUAHAHAHAHAAAA.

[SOME FOLKS]: Oh, you poor oppressed repressed picked-on people-group. Here, have anything you like. Have some flowers, too. :sniff:

Ummmmmmmmm. forgive me. I know that something so incredibly complex should not be reduced to something as simple, stark, and black and white as I just painted the picture above. However – it would seem to be that simple when talking to people as I”m “out and about”.

However, with that said, I have a couple of other thoughts.

FIRST – the mothers (and other family members) of our troops killed overseas must be in incredible pain right now. It’s one thing for your child to be killed while fighting a war that you and everyone else understands and supports. It’s got to be another thing altogether, when it happens and there’s even a hint of controversy over what your kid was doing there in the first place. It doesn’t matter what side of the controversy these people were on, either. There are people in pain because their son “died fighting in a war we had no business in”, and there are others who feel just as strongly that their daughter died valiantly in a war we aren’t fighting strongly enough, and no one cares about her sacrifice. I’m sure there are people who are wondering – “Are my grandchildren going to hear one day that their daddy was a traitor, because he died in this war?” I sure hope not. But to the reverse I can certainly understand the people who are camping out in front of the President’s ranch, wanting to be heard: “My son is dead, Mr. President.” The anguish must be unbearable. I can understand.

I honestly think that Bush might need to schedule a meeting with them. I don’t agree with their purpose any more than he does. But their pain deserves a response from “the one” who sent their children off to war. A thank you, and an “I’m sorry for your grief” can be given without bowing down and saying “yes, and we’ll hand the terrorists what they want on a silver platter so that they will leave us alone.”

SECOND – I can also understand that it’s gotta be hard to live next door to the President. People showing up en masse to protest like this can be a little wearing. Me, I’d invite them in for coffee and a chat, but after a while… yeah. I can see why all these folks are getting a bit frantic and taking it up with the county.

THIRD – this is the “Great Butt” statement – BUT – the fool who took his truck and wiped out all of these crosses as his own “protest” ……. what was he thinking? Those crosses symbolize the sacrifice that someone made so that he can own his sorry truck in a free country in the first place….

What ever happened to polite society? Why have we all become absolute muppets? “Road Rage” has become everything rage and it’s perfectly acceptable to mow down whatever makes you angry. What an embarassment to the men and women who’ve given the ultimate sacrifice…

Good grief. And I do mean – grief.