CNN owner Ted Turner was being interviewed by Piers Morgan, when asked what he thought about US soldiers committing suicide at a rate of 1 a day, he said “I think that is t…ter…good.” I believe he was going to say that he thought it was terrific.
I have this to say to Ted Turner.
Well Mr. Turner, all that wealth you have, it is because you live in the greatest country in the world. WE are a great country because of our soldiers and our veterans. After reviewing your bio, I noticed that you did not serve our country. I realize you are now to old to serve, you should have, your world view would be different. I also noticed that your father committed suicide, You have my most sincere sympathy. Since you know how people who are left behind feel, it seems odd that you would say such a horrible thing. I realize that your father’s untimely death allowed you to take over his assets but, I pray, that is not why you would say a horrible thing about our brave troops. While we are talking about your father, is your father’s right-wing activism why you are so left-wing, are you still angry about him leaving you. I understand that. I do. BUT you need to let go of the hate and the pain, Ted. Embrace the kindness of the world. Seek out people who challenge your tiny world views, walk in the steps of your father, learn why he thought as he did, and stop hating, Ted.
Maybe I am being sensitive about Ted Turner’s words.
Maybe it is acceptable to wish the young men and women who put their lives on hold, who left friends and family, loved ones, to travel around the world, to defend freedom and democracy. Young men and women who put their lives and their health in harm’s way.
Maybe it is acceptable to exploit these same young men and women to make money for your “News” organization.
Maybe it is acceptable. Maybe. BUT to me, I will NEVER accept it. EVER. It sickens me, it saddens me, it brings out a rage in me. It brings blood to my eyes, and hate to my heart, it brings out the worst parts of me.
So here I sit, blogging and listening to the soothing voice of Toni Braxton, instead of losing control. I will get off here, and go and love on my beautiful wife, and my loyal dog, and my wonderful children. While remembering that Ted’s hate filled words are to be pitied and condemned not used to incite hatred.