Being a Dem, a veteran & Josh Hawley, a 🪡🧵.

17 years ago today I was in my first serious combat.
I was 20.
All day I’ve been thinking about them walking into that ambush.
About laying in a ditch as tracers crisscrossed overhead until the tanks came.

7 years ago 👇
Then I saw this article about how Josh Hawley is a hypocritical fraud on Iraq, no surprise.

But that wasn’t the thing about it.…
In the article it quotes a young Joshua making fun of the movie Jarhead. Calling the Marine, the one who served and went to the war, a whiner. Mocking the dangers of war, and the authors experience.

And I remembered.
Months before Josh safely blogged his complaints I too wrote about Iraq...from the Sunni Triangle.
I wrote about watching people die & firefights & kids getting hurt. And as young Josh would say I “whine about the danger of combat...and then the boredom.”…
And that’s the thing, while I was still in Iraq I got comments and hate e-mails from patriotic chicken-hawks like Josh.
(read the column to see how insane that is)
They said I was weak. And shouldn’t be there. And was a disgrace. All written from the safety of home of course.
Guys like Josh Hawley are absolute frauds. They play tough, about war, about Antifa, or “cancel culture.” But they’ve never been in a real fight, a real struggle, in their lives.
They’ve never held an artery closed, or walked a picket line, or struggled to make ends meet.
Josh is the opposite of the Marines I saw walk into an ambush 17 years ago.
He’s the opposite of the freedom fighters who marched w/ MLK & continue to fight today.
The opposite of workers on picket lines who put their livelihood on the line to stand up to corporate power.
While the Hawleys mocked from the sideline I volunteered for a second tour in Iraq rather than let my Marines go back without me.
The Local 618 Teamsters on the picket line today are tired, but they’ll be back tmrw.

And that’s why we’re ultimately going to win & Josh will lose.
Because we’re tougher.
Because we fight for something.
Because we, at our core, believe in something.

Because we have witnessed courage & strength & sacrifice in a way he is incapable of seeing.

At that will make all of our struggles worth it. 🧵

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