by Melanie Morgan
November 30, 2007
Imagine there's no countries; It isn't hard to do. Nothing to kill or
die for; And no religion too. Imagine all the people, living life in peace.
Those words are part of the late John Lennon's anti-war song from his
"Imagine" album, which Phil Spector produced and released in 1971,
during the heat of the Vietnam War. Lennon himself called the lyrics
the perfect communist manifesto. John "Lenin" was right. Phil Spector
seems to have a bit of a problem with that "living life in peace" part.
The words to that song shoot up my blood pressure higher than Nancy
Pelosi's eyebrows. We all want to live in peace, but no country? No religion?
Lennon and his hippie buddies were so stoned during the '60s they
didn't recognize the hate they inspired in the anti-war goons that
marched on Washington by the hundreds of thousands. These so-called
peaceniks spit on our soldiers and called them "baby killers" and
other hateful names.
The "chic" peace crowd left a far more disturbing legacy for future
generations. They hardened the hearts of two more generations against
military honor, service and sacrifice, while the likes of Tom Hayden
and others became appallingly rich and respectable with their
Leading the pack was John Kerry, who lied about the brave men who
fought alongside him in Vietnam. He claimed they killed and raped innocents.
The worst thing about these lies is that they still hurt thousands of
Vietnam veterans. Many of them (but not most) turned to alcoholism
and drug abuse not just because they fought in a brutal war, but
because the John Kerrys and Jane Fondas of the world denigrated their service.
America's mistreatment of our Vietnam veterans and our failure to
remember those who protected us during the Korean War are stains on
our nation. This is why I work so hard with my organization, Move
America Forward, to ensure it never happens again.
We just started a cross-country tour called "Honoring our Heroes for
the Holidays" that will take us to New York City at the World Trade
Center site. We are collecting more than 100,000 cards of love and
support that we did not show our veterans of more recent wars, which
I will take to our soldiers in Iraq.
Our first stop on Monday was in Santa Nella, Calif., at The
Remembrance Memorial for California Korean War Veterans. The names of
2,495 California veterans are engraved there. Our people were
overwhelmed with the service of these veterans who gave their lives for us.
We want to send a message to our veterans and the world: We will
NEVER forget you. We will never stand by and allow traitors such as
Jane Fonda to go unanswered. This is our mission, and we will not falter.
I cannot count the times Vietnam veterans have worked to protect our
current troops from the shame they felt when they came home from war.
Some couldn't wear uniforms because they might face retribution from
thankless Americans. Now these veterans show up on their Harleys,
protect families at funerals for fallen soldiers and pray for America.
Lt. Col. Buzz Patterson (retired) is vice chairman of Move America
Forward. The rabid behavior of Code Pink, Cindy Sheehan,
International A.N.S.W.E.R. and the rest of the leftist loons galls
him. When he speaks, he thanks all veterans.
"And to the Korean and Vietnam War veterans, welcome home," he says.
Those simple words that these veterans didn't hear from our country
bring tears to our retired warriors' eyes.
At my own Thanksgiving dinner this year, we had two Vietnam War era
veterans. My husband, Jack, and our friend "Chopper" Bob McDonald.
"Chopper" Bob flew hundreds of missions into the jungles of Vietnam,
risking his life over and over again for the troops on the ground,
and when he came home, he flew for over 20 years delivering
firefighters into hellish conditions to save the lives of others for
the U.S. Forest Service.
When I thanked my husband and our friend during our prayer of
Thanksgiving, I included a "welcome home" thought. Our big, tough
Army veteran looked stunned. Just guessing from his expression, he
had never heard those words.
The unwashed souls of the Vietnam era who sang John Lennon's tune and
chanted for a communist society caused this pain. They are the
ignorant who don't deserve to stand on American soil that our troops
have protected since the Revolutionary War.
But we live in a republic in which their rights to speak stupidly and
act with malice is still protected by the soldiers they disdain.
I have rewritten their anthem:
Imagine no hippies; it isn't hard to do. Nobody to slander our
troops, and no kook goons. Imagine all the people, living life in peace.
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Melanie Morgan is chairman of the conservative, pro-troop non-profit
organization Move America Forward and is co-host of the "Lee Rodgers
& Melanie Morgan Show" on KSFO 560 AM in San Francisco. Morgan is
co-author of "American Mourning," which tells the stories of American
heroism in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Her personal website is