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Thursday, March 02, 2006

Surprise, Surprise

Merrilee Carlson, A Gold Star Mother from Minnesota, along with other Gold star Families is intent on getting out the message that her son and other fallen soldiers did not die in vain. They have created "Families United For Our Troops and Their mission".

The message of this non-profit organization is in exact opposition to that woman's:
"Families United for Our Troops and Their Mission is a not-for-profit 501(c)(4) organization. We are a grassroots coalition of Gold Star families, veterans, families with loved ones in harm's way, and Americans who share a deep appreciation for our men and women in uniform and support them in their efforts to make America safer by winning the War On Terror.
Collectively we will ensure that the sacrifices our courageous warriors have made are not in vain, and that the heroic soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines who have been charged with such a vital mission will be given the support they need to complete their mission. The members of our organization know well why these brave individuals choose to serve. We know that these humble Americans leave their homes and loved ones with the knowledge that they are making the world a safer place. And we know that these dedicated service members are committed, first and foremost, to seeing their mission through to completion.
Families United for Our Troops and Their Mission provides a means for our Gold Star Families, who have lost loved ones in the defense of our nation, to find solace in each other’s company, and know that many others share their love, admiration and support for our armed forces. We want all the friends and families of our troops to know that we share their vision of finishing the incredibly vital task at hand and look forward to welcoming them home when the inevitable victory is achieved.
To our heroic military men and women, and their families, we offer a humble and especially sincere, "Thank You."

Carlson would like this message to be heard by the country in response to the overexposure by the media of that woman who claims to be speaking for all of us but certainly doesn't.

From Columnist Todd Manzi at

"In the last couple of weeks the organization that Carlson chairs, Minnesota Families United, has been in the center of a controversy that, by any objective reasoning, should have made national news.

Minnesota Families United teamed with Progress for America Voter Fund and produced two television spots. Minnesota was used as a test market for the spots and PFA made a rather large statewide television buy. The ABC affiliate in the Twin Cities market, KSTP, refused to air the spots.

The decision not to air the first MFU commercial was made by Rob Hubbard, General Manager. His objection was over two lines in the spot:

1) The media only reports the bad news, but American troops are making real progress

2) You would never know it from the news reports, but our enemy in Iraq is Al Qaeda.

Hubbard’s position was that those lines did not apply to his television station; therefore, he would not allow the spot to run. Hubbard says he would have run the spot if they edited it to make it clear they were talking about the media in general, but not KSTP specifically.

It is certainly understandable that Hubbard is worried his viewers might get the wrong impression. After all, the reason these spots were produced in the first place is that these families of our fallen heroes believe millions have gotten the wrong impression regarding the progress our soldiers have made in Iraq. Still, the question remains: Do these families deserve to have their voices heard, or should they be stifled?

This debate is not happening, because this story never made national news. To recap: In an election year, a group used Minnesota as a test market for a possible national buy and one of the prominent stations took the position that the spot should not air. Maybe this didn’t become news because of the hypocrisy of the industry. They often try their best to protect themselves from the type of stories they inflict on others.

The news hook gets better.
On Thursday, February 16th, the Chair of the
Democrat Party in Minnesota called on all TV stations to pull the ad. The top Democrats in Minnesota want to suppress the message of Carlson’s group.

Merrilee Carlson was born and raised a Democrat. She doesn’t like politics and she wants to make it clear that her group is non-political. So, the Democrats in Minnesota are trying to suppress the message from mainstream families who have suffered the loss of their children from the war in Iraq. Why is this not news?

That other mom was a full-time, anti-war protester for more than a year before she came up with the PR stunt to go to Crawford during the president’s vacation. The media accepted the stunt and gave her message enormous coverage. This prompted Carlson to take action for her message. Now Carlson is in the middle of legitimate news and the media is silent.

Have we come to the point where it takes a stunt to make news? Merrilee Carlson is thoughtful, sincere, professional and respectful of those who disagree with her. Not only does she have the exact opposite message from the spectacle in Crawford last summer, she has the exact opposite approach. Regarding the efforts of her group she said, "This isn’t about us. We are not looking to be that public figure; we have stepped out because of the need. This is not about us, it is about our children."

Obviously, the mainstream media is going to do everything they can to avoid Carlson. They are not interested in balancing her view against the anti-war view they have so heavily promoted. We already knew the media was liberally biased. Now it’s apparent they are also biased against ordinary people as well. The foaming-at-the-mouth fanatical fringe gets news coverage and the people who portray the best qualities of us are ignored. "

That woman is nothing but a tool of anti-American professional protesters (Code Pink, Veteran's for Peace, to name a couple. I'm not going to link to them; if you want to check them out, they are too easy to google.)

Smash has an excellent post about that woman coming up against a Blue Star Mother, Deborah Johns, at a rally at a local law school. I'm sure this part of the rally won't make it into the news ~ do we hear "Edit!!"
Thank you, Smash, for going into the fire and reporting to us what actually happened. And Thank you, Deborah, for not being quiet!

Those of us with our children in the Military can't take this lying down OR quietly, hoping this will go away. We need to get our message out ~ that we are proud of kids for stepping up to the plate and taking their duty seriously. Something that people like that woman will never understand. Her son was one who did, but she doesn't even seem to get what he was all about, or she wouldn't be using him as a tool to further her own political agenda.

Please go to United Families and show your support, or at least just check them out. And whenever you hear someone talking good about what that woman is doing and saying, and if you don't agree, say something in support of our troops, our kids. Don't be quiet and let these people think that they are speaking for those of us who heartily disagree with that woman.

Be polite though ~ we don't want to come off like them. You know, the "peace and tolerance" people. (warning - icky alert!)