While the National Guard is typically used for that, guarding the nation, Bush has used them in the capacity of active duty soldiers. This is not to say that the NG cannot support the active duty troops, but repeated extensions, rapid turn-around time (six months in some cases) is destroying our capacity to defend the "homeland" (hate that fucking word, very Nazi-esque).
But the a-hole-in-chief and his "surge" have more costs that the $1 trillion dollar, more that 3,451 dead (almost 1000 since last Memorial Day), it has cost some "citizen soldiers" (I hate that fucking phrase in this context, makes it sound like they are "earning" their citizenship or something) their jobs when deployed, some within a week of deployment.
The Charlotte Observer has the an online article following three NG members and what happened to them. It's appalling, shameful and down right fucking disgraceful to treat our soldiers, marines, sailors and airmen as pawns.
As this is Memorial Day weekend, it is incumbent upon us voice our dissent to this abomination in our name.
My father and mother taught me to work hard and play by the rules and I could achive success and have the American dream. Not so anymore. We are close to the edge of oblivion, being dragged, pushed and yes, some of our citizens are being led there.
Happy Memorial Day. Remember. Vote. Voice your dissent!