Donna posed this question today:What is your answer to what "support the troops" meant before the expression was corrupted? What should it mean? See reader comments and add your opinion below.
I have read some things about the ways American life changed during WW2. Can someone who lived then tell me the TRUE meaning of "support the troops"? From what I've read, Americans during WW2 made real sacrifices in their personal lives, like working in factories, and giving up certain luxuries.
In contrast, "support the troops" nowadays seems to be just putting a sticker on your car, a flag on a fence, or a yellow ribbon on a tree. An empty gesture, as opposed to any real action. With the obvious exception of families whose loved ones are in the middle east right now, nobody's life has changed one whit, except they have to pay more for gasoline. People just go right on filling their gas-guzzling SUVs, while complaining about the high price of fuel. And somehow, putting a ribbon magnet on the back of said SUV makes them feel better about themselves. A little less guilty about their total self-absorption and conspicuous consumption.
Can someone who was there tell me what "support the troops" REALLY meant at one time? Or am I just totally jaded?