Military Families Begin to Abandon Bush, the Iraq War, & the GOP
See the story in the Los Angeles Times here. See the full Bloomberg poll here. I suggest that this represents a new maturity in U.S. political discourse in some regards: Peace activists, including pacifists, have managed to separate out their opposition to a war or to militarism from the appearance of disrespect for military personnel, their families, and their sacrifices. One result is that war opposition is no longer immediately discounted as unpatriotic–a change from as recently as 2004. The poll shows that military families are no longer seeing Republicans as automatically more supportive of military personnel and families than Democrats, that the long barrier against former military personnel speaking out in opposition to sitting presidents, war policies, etc. has lifted, as has the barrier against military families speaking out against said policies. There is still a stigma attached to dissent from active duty personnel, but that is lessening.
We have a long way to go in promoting a culture of peacemaking and nonviolence, but these changes are to be welcomed.
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