Let’s Have A Chat About This Anti-Syrian Refugee Meme, Shall We?
This is a meme that is going around on Facebook right now. There are others like it. I am lucky in that I found out about it only because a friend of mine was appalled by it, because if anyone I knew personally shared it in earnest, I might actually consider setting them on fire. That is how mad this makes me.
Let me tell you why.
Every single time any bill involving helping veterans comes up for a vote–you know who votes against it? Republicans. If you vote Republican, you need to get the words “homeless American veterans” right out of your ugly mouth. You do not get to vote for people who vote against helping veterans, and then wonder why we have homeless veterans.
The Comprehensive Veterans Health and Benefits and Military Retirement Pay Restoration Act of 2014, drafted and lobbied for by one Sen. Bernie Sanders, was supported by essentially every possible veterans organization–Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, Paralyzed Veterans of America, the list goes on.
In a letter endorsing the bill, the American Legion wrote:
The American Legion also appreciates the many areas in which this bill addresses needed attention regarding Military Sexual Trauma counseling, additional training and assistance for Traumatic Brain Injury victims, improvements and much-needed updates to the Dependency and Indemnification Compensation program, VA’s Work-Study program, and its On-the-Job Training program.
That bill was defeated, with 41 Republican Senators voting against, and only 2 voting for.
Also defeated, by Republicans, was the Veterans Jobs Corps Act. In 2010, they defeated Patty Murray (D-Wash.)’s Homeless Women Veterans and Homeless Veterans With Children Act. In 2014, Republicans defeated Murray’s Women Veterans and Families Health Services Act, because they couldn’t get the provision they wanted about Planned Parenthood not being involved. Senate Republicans also attempted to defeat a bill meant to give veterans benefits to the spouses of married same-sex couples. Ted Cruz and Lindsey Graham voted against a provision for the Veterans Health Administration in the Superstorm Sandy recovery bill.
Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush advocated for “leniency” on the Department of Education’s investigation of Corinthian Colleges, a for-profit college system which overstated it’s job placement statistics and illegally used the seals of our military branches in order to lure in veterans. Bobby Jindal is also a supporter of these institutions.
I could go on. And on. And on. Because for as much as they say they loooooooove the troops (whom they also loooooove referring to as “boots on the ground” as if there are no actual people filling those boots)–Republicans in office, for the most part, do not give one flying fuck about veterans. Meanwhile, the two biggest advocates for Veterans in the Senate are Democrats–Bernie Sanders and Patty Murray.
Conservatives love to talk that line about how hippies supposedly spat on veterans coming home from the Vietnam War–which was a myth created to discredit the anti-war movement, which by the way had problems with the people sending people off to war, not the people being forced to serve in it–but they are the ones who truly hocked a big ol’ loogie on our veterans in the end.
So no. If you vote Republican, if you vote for these people, you do not get to feign for even a second that you care about homeless veterans. Or veterans in general, or homeless people in general. In fact, just keep your awful mouth shut forever.