Jason Gilson, a 23-year-old military veteran who served in Iraq was home for the Fourth of July and participated in a parade — carrying a sign which read “Veterans for Bush” — was booed and called names by people in the crowd. The Seattle Post Intelligencer has the full editorial in Veteran gets rude welcome on Bainbridge:
From the outside looking in, the fuel for this conflict seems obvious.
The left-leaning island hosted a group of people who support Bush’s controversial war. (On the same parade route, people bearing pro-Kerry signs were cheered and applauded for, among other things, tooling around in an environmentally responsible car.)
Against such a roiling backdrop, an unfortunate tone of voice or the wording on a sign can spark, well, something — something unconscionable it appears.
A bit hyperbolic perhaps, but this is just plain bad. Let’s cut through the bullshit in this story and divide those that booed into 3 groups:
- Those who hate Bush and were booing because of the sign he was carrying
- Those who hate Bush and are too stupid to realize that they should yell “Bush sucks” not “baby killer!”
- Those who like to jeer alongside, oblivious of what the target is
Now I’d venture to say that the first group is probably the largest, but stupid people make better news, right? So, the group that yelled “baby killer,” and “murderer” are going to get prime recognition. In that regard I completely agree with the author that this is reprehensible. Remember, there are stupid supporters on both sides and the Democrats are not immune. Who wants to bet that the Republican contingent managed to toss a few incendiary remarks and booes at Kerry supporters?
Veteran gets rude welcome on Bainbridge [Seattle Post Intelligencer]