to the military...without all the ifs, ands, buts...and when he can actually admit his remarks were ill thought out, disrespectful and out of touch...then and only then, will I read another Stephen King book. I doubt very much, that my refusal to buy another one of his books will have an impact, but its my way of showing my disappointment with Stephen King. Up until those incredibly ignorant remarks of a few years back, I have bought everyone of his books published since 1990. Now, I don't own any...they all went into the recycle bin. Its my opinion and I respect if you disagree. BTW...proud wife of a husband in the Army National Guardsman (and S.U. grad).
wow...I have no idea what King said to upset the military folks so much but is it me or... is the military and it's families a little sensitive to every remark made by anyone? I mean, come on, who put the military and it's families on a pedestal above criticism? I'm a teacher and I constantly hear criticism about my peers and profession - and that's fine because you know what? People have these things called "opinions" and we are all free to express them. The military, whose job it is to secure our liberties, should be aware of that freedom more than most. Our US military does a great job (for the most part) and deserves to be commended but grow some thick skin, because criticizing the military is NOT unpatriotic or part of a socialist agenda. The military's job is to SERVE THE PUBLIC like the police, firemen and teachers. As such, they are subject to review and YES criticism for their actions, tactics, strategies and plain-old bone headed mistakes. jeez! sorry, but I feel better now...lol btw, does Steven King know that there are 49 other states in the Union besides Maine and a book can be set in any one of them?
"...who put the military and it's families on a pedestal above criticism?" We need to argue for our right to criticize 'families of the military' now? Classy.
"I'm a teacher and I constantly hear criticism about my peers and profession " By highly public figures like Stephen King? Not exactly the same as, I don't know, your Mom. Hey, you said families aren't above it... btw, is anyone sacrificing their life in your profession? Tough school.
Stephen King has an opinion, and so does she... read your post again before you claim to have "thick skin" or call anyone else "sensitive".
As far as I'm concerned, nothing King or anybody SAYS could ever be as "disrespectful" to the military as what our last idiot president did to them by sending them into a war of choice. 5,000 dead is the obscenity, not exercising our freedom of speech.
http://www.breitbart.tv/html/90023.html This is why I am exercising my choice to show my disagreement with King by not buying his books. Your absolutely correct about his right to express his opinion. Buy not giving him my dollar is how I express mine. I respect that some, many, disagree with my pov...but thats ok.
So, we aren't allowed to criticize the military without immediately apologizing? Wow... and here I thought we lived in a country where we could actually criticize things we don't agree with. It's nice to know that censorship of remarks is something that those perfect people in the military are fighting for!
As a military member, I believe King has nothing to apologize for. He is merely making the point that if you have no education in this country, your options are limited. In his day, you would be drafted into the Army and end up in Vietnam. Ironically, these days, those that can't read won't even be eligible to join the Army to go to Iraq. They will have even fewer options.
Well, I guess King won't be writing any stories with a good military character representation in them... he apparently has no idea what military people are like.
It's a shame that when he needed an example of "dumb people who can't read", the best military in the world was the first thing that came to mind. He was way off. He owes it to himself as an educated author to try and understand the military a little better. And once he does, he owes the military an apology. Plenty of his books get bought by people in the military, I guarantee!
I find it interesting that we have someone who states "So, we aren't allowed to criticize the military without immediately apologizing?". All Americans should be saying the same thing, not only about this postings subject but about our president and his staff being very critical of Fox news and their opinions. Should Fox news apologize for every critical remark they make about the president and his actions, certainly not, this is America, not CHINA.
Since this thread is about someone's opinion. I'll state mine. What King said was probably offensive to some in the Military. That's because the truth often hurts. He's right, what options do you have if you can't read but to be a pawn in the the big boy's game. None really. Are there intelligent men and women in the military, YES, of coarse but it's also an institution that will accept all levels of intelligence and education to fulfill it's ultimate goal. Those intelligent enough to have something to offer are in the service to fulfill there own goals, such as career and salary and retirement and such. Wake up idiots. I can't believe I wasted my time trying to reason to absolute bone heads. You sucked me into this thread with your sensitive, myopic lack of ability to grasp anything sensible in your little squirrel head.
You're saying "the truth hurts" but the problem is it's not true!
Demonstratively not true.
If someone drops out of school and can't even read, the military is not going to be an option for them. There are minimum academic standards even for the most basic soldier. This is why his comment is viewed as an insult - because it's not true. King, like Rayberry, made an honest mistake. A lot of people (John Kerry included!) have voiced the idea that if you're a school dropout, then the military is your only option, when in fact even the military won't take you.
Maybe the right thing to say is simply, "If you can't read, then your options are going to be extremely limited. If you think you'll just go join the army, think again. They don't take illiterate people either. Stay in school, kids!"
I agree to an extent. But Fox News frequently blurs the line between news and entertainment, peddling it's personalities statements as fact. Or if they don't state it as fact, they don't exactly bring up the idea that what has been said might be disputable (see just about everything Glen Beck says in his show).