Saturday, April 22, 2006
Operation Perish Hilton
This is not a question of Right v. Left, but Right v. Wrong
The Mission Statement on the Hilton Web site is:
To be the first choice of the world's travelers.
Our Mission Statement needs to be equally clear:
To show Hilton that bad choices have bad consequences.
For too long we have allowed those who profit from us to divide us. Our airwaves and public squares are filled with an incessant barrage of hateful, divisive, and misleading messages. They poison our minds and steal our souls. If they can't scare us into submission, they co-opt us with false promises. They turn us against ourselves. They want to reduce me to a number? Fine. My number is 720... what's your's brother?
Now is the time to take a stand. It's time to do something concrete. Time to regain what is rightfully ours-- our heritage and our nation. I cannot improve upon Lincoln's message from his first inaugural -- let it be your guide.
"We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature."
The example set by the owners and staff of Fran O'Brien's Steak House has moved everyone who hears of it. That is the establishment in Washington DC where every Friday Night soldiers and marines recuperating from serious wounds at Walter Reed and Bethesda Naval are treated to a free steak dinner with all the trimmings. If you want more information, go here after you finish reading the material below.
The reason you are here is you know these fine men and women, who have given so much to so many are being evicted by the landlord Hilton Hotel Corporation. People all across the political spectrum have embraced the cause of Marty O'Brien, Hal Koster, and the men and women who graciously donate their time to serve these fine young men and women.
We all support our troops because they are our brothers, our sisters, our sons, our daughters, our fathers, our brothers, our neighbors, and our friends. They do not belong to the government, to any political party, or to any class. They were not given away, they were provided on a temporary basis as a precious gift. Many have now been returned to us damaged and broken. Those who willingly took them are happy to abandon them, to return them to us so they will not be burdened in their pursuit of fresh fodder.
But the better angels of our nature, personified by the men and women at Fran O'brien's do not go quietly into the night. They stand and deliver. They open their hearts and their wallets to provide aid and comfort to those who have given so much for us. Now is the time to pick a side and stand on the side of the angels.
STEP ONE: Every journey begins with a single step. If you are from the left, go to the blogs on the right where they have embraced this cause and post your appreciation. If you are from the right, go to the blogs on the left and post your appreciation. Semper Fi does not mean "always faithful" to a party, a class or a clique. It is a pledge of fealty to one another and the Constitution which binds us. If we do not take the opportunity to reach out to those who share our values, the people (and corporations are people as far as the laws are concerned) who profit from dividing us will continue to rape us. The list is below. If I missed someone, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will include them.
STEP TWO: If you travel, pick up the stationary from their hotel room and write a letter to Hilton corporate headquarters, the local newspapers, TV and radio stations saying:
"I'm sending you this note from [non Hilton property] to let you know I think the way Hilton Hotel Corp. is treating the people and patrons at Fran O'Brien's Steak House in Washington DC is wrong. I chose to stay at [non Hilton property] because I support our troops. I simply can't get a good night's sleep at a Hilton property as long as they turn their back on severely wounded soldiers."
Mail it to:
Executive Vice President,
Hilton Hotel Corporation,
9336 Civic Center Drive
Beverly Hills, California 90210
SETP THREE: Show some initiative. What can you do to heal the wounds? I cannot improve upon Lincoln's words from the second inaugural, let them be your motivation:
"With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations."
Blogs supporting our troops and the good people of Fran O'Brien's:
Sign the Petition. If you haven't done it yet, now is the time.
Chris Dickson -- Tip o' the hat for the name: Operation Perish Hilton.
The Jawa Report
Proud Army Mom
A Soldier's Dad
Random Thoughts of Yet Another Military Member
The Daily Kos
Talking Points Memo Cafe
Please keep up the pressure on "Operation Perish Hilton." We only have a couple days left in order to have Hilton change their minds and show some integrity here!
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