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It's almost like there are these periods where our relationship is smooth and steady, and then there are times when it's like standing on the edge of this gorgeous, wonderful waterfall and just letting yourself drop, knowing that there's a safe pool of water ready to catch you at bottom. You take the plunge and you're in wayyyy over your head, but oh man, it's exhilarating, it's breathtaking, it's just incredible and you feel better than you ever have before and the water is cool and refreshing and exactly what you needed.

Sam is my waterfall.

- LJ entry from 8/2005


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Decal patriotism

I'm listening to an oldie but a goodie, John Prine's Your Flag Decal Won't Get You Into Heaven Anymore.

The lyrics are worthy of a read:

While digesting Reader's Digest
In the back of the dirty book store,
A plastic flag with gum on the back
Fell out on the floor.
Well, I picked it up and I went outside
And stuck it on my window shield,
And if I could find ol' Betsy Ross,
I'd tell her how good I feel!

But your flag decal won't get you
Into Heaven any more.
They're already overcrowded
From your dirty little war.
Now Jesus don't like killin'
No matter what the reason's for,
And your flag decal won't get you
Into Heaven any more.

Well, I went to the bank this morning
And the cashier he said to me,
"If you join the Christmas club,
We'll give you ten of them flags for free."
Well, I didn't mess around a bit
I took him up on what he said.
And I stuck them stickers all over my car
And one on my wife's forehead.

Repeat Chorus:

Well, I got my window shield so filled
With flags I couldn't see.
So, I ran the car upside a curb
And right into a tree.
By the time they got a doctor down
I was already dead.
And I'll never understand why the man
Standing in the Pearly Gates said...

"But your flag decal won't get you
Into Heaven any more.
We're already overcrowded
From your dirty little war.
Now Jesus don't like killin'
No matter what the reason's for,
And your flag decal won't get you
Into Heaven any more."

I am listening to this song, and I am reminded of all those damn yellow ribbon magnetics all over cars here in Texas and across the country. Some with slogans such as "SUPPORT OUR TROOPS". And I wonder two things.

First, how come I have yet to see a yellow ribbon sticker that says "BRING THEM HOME NOW!"? A yellow ribbon is supposed to be a sign that you're eagerly awaiting somebody's return. Anybody remember that cheesy fucking song by Tony Orlando back in the 70s? That's where the yellow ribbon tradition got its start. And it's been used countless times over the years since, to show that you're hoping somebody will come HOME. An imprisoned husband. An abducted child. And yes, a deployed soldier. But the yellow ribbon is NOT about "Hey, tell them what a great job they're doing!" - it's about "Come home. We want you home. You should be home."

Second: What precisely do these decal sticking people think they're accomplishing, other than to say "OH HEY! I'M A GOOD AMERICAN, YES YES YES I AM!". It takes a lot more than a damn sticker to show support for folks. And the only support those poor fuckers over in Iraq and Afghanistan need is the support of a comfortable flight HOME.

And God, and Barack Obama and congress willing, that's exactly where those soldiers will be in not too long.

Vote Obama. Vote for peace.

Borderline symptom of the day: annoyedannoyed

In 1973, when Bill and I first went out to Camp Pendleton, Ca. the first place we lived was a "hotel" over a bar. "Tie a Yellow Ribbon" was on the juke box and I got to the point I almost hated that song. There were times it seemed that it was the *only* song on that blasted box.
Yeah, very much do I understand "bring them home" and "Tie Yellow Ribbon".
I've been a USMC wife for all but two weeks of my married life, so I really do understand all too well. Too many of our troops have died for no good reason, except the overblown egos of our national leaders.

No stinkin' subject! - (Anonymous)

Definitely not seen in rural Texas. I'd give my left arm for one of those! Of course, it might get me shot at, but hey.. then I'd be supporting the troops AND empathizing with 'em.

For me, Roy Zimmerman sums it up best:

Thanks For the Support
Roy Zimmerman

You've got that yellow ribbon stuck on your H-2
Thanks for the support
Memorial Day weekend you threw a bar-b-que
Thanks for the support

I can feel the love seven thousand miles away
And I'm a partiot, as I was trying to say
When you cut me short
Thanks for the support

I was gunning for Osama, and you sent me for Saddam
Thanks for the support
Now I'm sitting down to dinner - it's another can of Spam
Thanks for the support

You say complete the mission, and I say count on me
‘Cause I don't even know what mission there might be
To abort
Thanks for the support

You sent me here a third time, and my house was repossessed
Thanks for the support
Now my wife is in a trailer, but she sent a kevlar vest
Thanks for the support

And I think of her only every time I bleed
And someday we will meet again at Walter Reed
The resort of last resort
Thanks for the support

And you hired those mercenaries who make eight times what I do
Thanks for that
And you dropped in on Thanksgiving with a turkey and a camera crew

Now you're giving guns to the ones who shot at me
The tank is full, but the strategy might be
Down a quart
Thanks for the support

I ‘preciate the stopgap, and I ‘preciate the Surge
Thanks for the support
Another twenty thousand voices to harmonize this dirge
Thanks for the support

And to the Democratic Congress who could have brought me home
Who must have come down with a new Gulf War Syndrome
Of some sort
Thanks for the support

And if I die tomorrow, won't you ship me home at night
Thanks for the support
And if I have a funeral, make sure it's outta sight
Thanks for the support

In the final seconds you've got a plan to win
Cut those taxes and let Jesus put one in
From half-court
Thanks for the support

OMG! I fucking LOVE John Prine!!! And I love that song. How come the more I read your LJ the more we have in common? That's really kind of cool.
It's funny - I live in a rural area that is VERY right wing conservative. My husband and I joke that we are the only Dems in our county. We actually have to be a little afraid of putting Dem stickers on our cars or signs on our lawns. Lawn signs 'disapear' all the time. Then we put a new one right up. Yet - we do it anyway and we do it proudly. So we live where everyone and their brother has Support Our Troops stickers all over their cars or trucks. And I agree with you totally!

This is one of the two magnets we have on our cars. I can't find the other online right now, but it's similar.

Mostly what those magnetic ribbons do is enrich the manufacturers who produce them. This, of course, is not true in all cases but in most cases, yes.

I'm a good American *because* I sometimes dissent. If we all go along in perfect lock-step, the country will fall from it's own inanity. It is the dissenters who keep things going; sometimes from fomenting change and sometimes just from making people think about something other than their own views.