I have several old friends who turned into rwnjs. One of them, who never had a political thought in his head, married into republican money and now he is one. He disowned me when he found out I wasn't, and we were once best friends (we hitchhiked across country together when we were teenagers). Another of them is a staunchly pro-military rw christian who served in the navy decades ago and still can't get the martial music out of her head. She hasn't disowned me but is mystified why I don't see everything in the same simplistic terms that she does. It's all very simple to her.
She has included me on her mailing list and is in the habit of blasting the list with rightwing spam. We have had issues with it over the years. I resent being sent such mindless crap and have explained that to her...to no avail. I still get blasted with it. I know, I should just not open the email...but I can't help myself. That she keeps sending me this stuff, knowing full well how I feel about it, pisses me off. We've been over all this quite a few times as I have tried valiantly to make her see that Jesus wouldn't approve of all the killing.
The latest blast was all about how our glorious troops are out there keeping us safe. It was a slide show of pictures of little babies sleeping on cammo uniforms, tearful children sending their parents off to war, stoic old men with chests full of medals, old glory, mom and american pie, and prayers, lots of prayers. It was all Jesus and soldiers. And in this fantasy, war was a good and noble thing. There were no bodies or explosions or limbless veterans...or homeless ones. There were no orphans.
The religious framing in the following is simply an attempt to get through to her, relate to her on her level, and point out the logical inconsistency of Christians supporting war.
Dear old friend,
I have asked you numerous times to not send me this right wing crap. It's upsetting to me and you have no right to force it on me. How hard is it to take me off your mailing list?
I don't want to get into a back and forth with you over this because we live on different planets. On my planet, glorifying war is a sin.
After firing off that email, I wrote the body of this diary, but never sent it to her. Instead, I wrote again and apologized, mentioning that I'd written a screed in reply but saw no point in sending it to her – being as how we live on different planets and all. She didn't contradict me, so I never did.
I offer it here as a heartfelt commentary on war.