Support our troops has always been politicised. You can hardly support the troops and not the mission when supporting the troops has come to mean supporting them in the mission. We should support the troops by bringing them home.
This pitiful patriotic mindless but emotionally compelling drivel about supporting the troops is imported from the USA together with the ribbon logo. The constant coverage of the cruel losses and heartbreak of families shown on TV reinforces the effects. So far we have not had the absolutely nauseating maudlin ads that are now being inflicted on the US public that are even more transparent in misusing people's natural feelings for purely propagandistic purposes.
Support our Troops slogan endorsed by National Citizens Coalition
Toronto's famous political billboard confirms politicization of the slogan.
TORONTO, August 29, 2007: A billboard at the intersection of Bay and Gerrard that is usually used as a political message board is currently rented to the right-wing National Citizens Coalition to promote the "Support Our Troops" slogan. Promoters of the slogan who stage "red rallies" and lobby to put bumper stickers on public vehicles usually maintain the slogan is not political and does not promote Canada's warlike mission in Afghanistan. This slogan's prominent endorsement by the organization of which Stephen Harper was President before returning to politics - Canada's leading right-wing lobby group - argues otherwise.