Winter's Soldier Story
A running commentary on the issues of the day, especially as they relate to war and politics.
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
On Tap - Crushing Communists! Gathering of Eagles to Reconvene in DC Sept. 15
The GOE, backed by numerous organizations including Move America Forward, is expanding beyond its wildly successful pro-troop vigil in March to once again bring thousands of veterans and our supporters to Washington. The purpose is to again show Congress, the President, and especially our troops, that the vast ocean of Americans who are never contacted by polling organizations support our efforts to win in Iraq and the wider War on Terror.
Just as a reminder, the Gathering of Eagles advocates a non-violent vigil to show support for our troops and our country. As can be found at the GOE website, wwww.gatheringofeagles.org the GOE credo reads in part:
Gathering of Eagles is non-partisan. While each member has his or her own political beliefs, our common love and respect for America and her heroes is what brings us together.
We are a non-violent, non-confrontational group. We look to defend, not attack. Our focus is guarding our memorials and their grounds.
However, we are adamantly opposed to the use of violence, vandalism, physical or verbal assaults on our veterans, and the destruction or desecration of our memorials. By defending and honoring these sacred places, we defend and honor those whose blood gave all of us the right to speak as freely as our minds think.
The original gathering in March was supported to a huge degree by the pro-troop group, Move America Forward, which sponsored a nationwide caravan that started in California and ended in DC in time for the March 17 event. Move America Forward is again sponsoring a caravan which is timing its arrival in DC to coincide with the September Gathering.
According to the Move American Forward website, "Supporters of Operation Iraqi Freedom will conduct a nationwide caravan along with more than 2-dozen rallies calling for continued support of U.S. troops based in Iraq ... .
From September 3, 2007 through September 15, 2007 the nation's largest grassroots, pro-troop organization, Move America Forward www.MoveAmericaForward.org will lead thousands of supporters in a cross-country effort called the "FIGHT FOR VICTORY TOUR."
"We'll launch the cross-country caravan Monday, September 3rd with rallies outside the offices of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in Nevada and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in California," said Melanie Morgan, Chairman of Move America Forward.
"During the cross-country caravan we will stop and conduct pro-troop rallies that will be attended by thousands upon thousands of patriotic Americans who believe that our leaders cannot be allowed to undercut our troops who are bravely serving on the front lines of the war against Islamic jihadism," said Robert Dixon, Executive Director of Move America Forward.
More information on the caravan also can be found at www.MelanieMorgan.com.
In addition to the Gathering of Eagles organization, others who were active in making the original gathering such an overwhelming success are again working on the September gathering, including Ret. Army Col. Harry Riley, who is rallying support through his web site www.eaglesup.us.
Bloggers including Iraq War Today, http://iraqwarnews.net/ also are reaching out to their readers. By the way, Iraq War Today has been sponsoring an effort to send email sympathy cards to the family of Navy SEAL PO1 Jason Dale Lewis, of Brookfield, CT, who was killed in action in Iraq this month:
If you log on you can show some direct support to the family of a fallen hero.
According to Col. Riley's website, the goals of the September gathering are similar to those of the March gathering including:
We will engage the Act Now to Stop War and End Racism (ANSWER) rally/march, scheduled for the same day, which is viewed as an anti-American, anti-troops, destructive, movement. This engagement will be conducted in non-violent, non-confrontation, non-partisan, non-political, lawful freedom of speech manner ... this implies we will not be run over.
Protect hallowed memorials from violence, vandalism, desecration or other form of destruction or dishonor. Demonstrate to our troops that America has their backs, will accept only victory, surrender not an option.
Confirm to the families of our warriors that we honor their loved ones, pray for their safety, and acknowledge their sacrifices. Encourage the vast number of patriotic Americans to stand up for America, show love for America, have faith in America, and that America is worth fighting for.
Confirm to the enemies of America that wars we fight are not lost until America speaks ... America is saying loud and clear, "We've never lost and we're not starting now."
Once again, the GOE will need help funding the event. In March the entire enterprise was put together in 6 weeks for a fraction of the money spent by ANSWER, with ZERO support from the American Terrorist Media and major veterans organizations.
Of the nationally known columnists and commentators, Melanie Morgan and Michelle Malkin were our biggest and most enthusiastic supporters. It would be nice to see the rest of the media and talk show hosts give us a nod this time. Donations can be made directly at the Gathering of Eagles website, as well as at Move America Forward.
Aside from the fact that in March we vastly outnumbered the ANSWER forces, headlined by Cindy Sheehan and the other usual communist sympathizers, prevented any damage to our memorials, and completely blunted their anti-military, anti-American messages, the part I liked the best was when an ANSWER supporter whined to the New York Times, which up to that point made believe we didn't exist, to have been "intimidated" by the veterans.
I loved reading that. I saw it as kind of a vindication of our status as America's defenders, the real ones, not the self-anointed blowhards. And in that vein I have one message for the ANSWER forces who are planning to go to DC in September.
Prepare to be intimidated again.