Those Nattering Nabobs Dr. Michael L. Ford 30 October 2005 During the American Revolutionary War not everyone wanted to be free of England. As patriotic Englishmen some even joined English forces in resisting the colonists who desired freedom. There were some who desired freedom but did not believe revolution had any chance. Most of these tried to remain uninvolved. Then there were some people who joined the revolution, but were distinguished by their negativity. Every defeat and setback was greeted by handwringing right up till the victory was won. Then it was a case of me too. It seems that during all wars there have been some opposed to whatever war was taking place, and some have actually succeeded to doing harm to the war effort. None have ever been able to do more harm than those elected to public office and those who are part of news organizations. Some of these people have done evil out of good intentions and some have actually been guilty of ill will toward the United States. All too often these people have acted without penalty to themselves either privately or professionally. During the past few days I have been studying a book on the subject of combat in the Pacific Theater during World War II. My particular area of interest has been the long battle of Guadalcanal where one of my uncles was wounded three times. One of the things that appears in the text and footnotes is that news people hurt the effort back home, caused sorrow for family members of service people, and angered those in combat by false reporting of what was taking place on the island. Like reporters in Vietnam, some of the false reports were filed by people not even where the action was taking place. There has always been a certain amount of problems coming from honest ignorance, but with Vietnam the issue began to appear more and more a matter of either hatred for America or a work to oppose the political party in power. Both of these are shameful and those who take part in such things, whether they are politicians or reporters are traitors. It is not any longer a matter of honest men with opposing opinions or being misinformed. The nattering nabobs are working on an agenda called treason.
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