Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Help Young Republicans Find Their Strength!

The Army is now targeting parents with an ad campaign, "Help Them Find Their Strength," a generational counterpart to, "Be A Man! Enlist!"

Key question: Will Chicago's Leo Burnett ad agency focus on upscale Republican parents? Will they broadcast the ad in Waco, Texas (convenient to the Bush Ranch in Crawford)?

Ask Army spokesman Paul Boyce whether Fox News and the Christian Broadcasting Network as well as the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy will run it for free - as a Public Service Announcement. [Given our federal budget deficit, it's the least they can do.] Can OYE ask for equal time to focus on the strongest supporters of U.S. military intervention? 703.697.2564 or

Ask Leo Burnett Account Executive Karlyn Nelson whether their focus groups included prominent supporters of the current Administration, such as rich people, gas-guzzling SUV owners and that guy in Crawford, Texas, who bulldozed the crosses representing Iraq combat deaths. 312.220.3921 or



At 17 August, 2005 20:44, Anonymous Anonymous said...

republicans are a bunch of shit eating pussies

At 17 August, 2005 21:11, Anonymous Anonymous said...

n0 such r0xx0r1n' luck!
A democrat president would never go to war on a false pretext and then refuse to leave...
n0 such r0xx0r1n' luck!
Lydon Johnson had nothing to do with Vietnam! I swear it started under Nixon and ended under Jimmy Carter!

At 17 August, 2005 21:18, Anonymous doe said...

The military wouldn't have this recruiting problem if frenchie would stop encouraging parents to forbid their kids' schools from providing recruiters with contact information, per NCLB! This is an edited version of an e-mail I sent about a month ago to approx. 200 officers/members of the National Federation of Republican Women. No replies...huh.

Greetings Republican Women,

I was heartened to learn of your efforts to support our troops in Iraq through your national web site. I'm sure the fine young men and women serving our country are grateful for all you do!

Are you aware that there are many in this country who are not as committed to our mission in Iraq? In fact, some actively undermine the war effort. For example, I recently learned of traitors who, in one fell swoop, reject "No Child Left Behind" and the "noble cause." Their aim is to encourage parents to opt out and forbid high schools from providing the information about their children that military recruiters so desperately need.

Military recruiters are being denied access to liberal children, but they must have full access to your children. All young Republicans must be encouraged to express the values that have been instilled in them and enlist.

I propose that you urge all your members to lead by example in this matter. The democrats and liberals who, among other things, opt out of supporting our troops by keeping their children at home are, as Karl Rove said, "putting our troops in greater danger." Encourage all Republican parents to opt IN and ensure that their children answer the call of duty upon high school graduation!

A couple of suggestions, off the top of my head, would be to organize grassroots efforts such as "OPT IN" bake sales and "Take My Child, Please" rallies. Of course, links to on your web sites wouldn't hurt.

I'm sure that with your experience, dedication, and skills as members of the National Federation of Republican Women, you'll generate many creative ideas to help get young Republicans into uniform and off to Iraq.

Good luck and God bless!

At 17 August, 2005 23:01, Anonymous Anonymous said...

it started under Nixon and ended under Jimmy Carter!

it did so shut the fuck up lbj just played along the republicans made him send more troops and micromanage the war against brown people

At 18 August, 2005 08:50, Anonymous salvage said...

A real OYE candidate can be found here:

Conservatives, on the other hand, truly love freedom - so much so that when necessary, they are willing to fight to preserve and protect it, as well as to export it around the world and extend it to other peoples less fortunate than we are.

At 18 August, 2005 09:52, Blogger Vaughn D. Taylor said...

Conservatives are willing to fight to preserve and protect freedom? Jesus. What a load of crap. Conservatives are willing to wage war in other countries that can help them financially, but if you don't have oil or minerals, you are shit out of luck. They are greedy cowards.

At 18 August, 2005 09:53, Blogger Vaughn D. Taylor said...

"They are greedy cowards."

Well, not all of them, but very definately the author of the piece in the Conservative Voice.

At 18 August, 2005 10:22, Blogger a. said...

It's not a "ranch". It's the Bush estate. Love your site.

At 18 August, 2005 11:47, Anonymous stevenyc said...

and now it's more like "Fortress Bush."

At 18 August, 2005 12:27, Blogger cornhuskerblogger said...

i have other commitments rather than enlisting -- like making a pile of cash using the GWB Baghdad Flim Flam...

At 18 August, 2005 13:15, Anonymous Anonymous said...

instead of crosses they should put up pitchforks to represent how the us imperial army is raping brown people in the ass with pitchforks

At 18 August, 2005 16:20, Blogger Mazzy said...

Cowboy ranchtooth (that's me) asks you not to talk about ranches round these parts.

At 19 August, 2005 13:12, Blogger markg8 said...

What is Paul Boyce's rank? I need to address a letter to him.

At 19 August, 2005 13:41, Blogger Blogenfreude said...

So "Salvage," have you signed up with your local recruiter to "export [freedom] around the world and extend it to other peoples less fortunate than we are"? Just curious ...

At 19 August, 2005 14:23, Blogger markg8 said...

Here's my email to Spokesman Boyce. Don;t know where "spokesman" puts him on the Army foodchain but it'll have to do.

Dear Spokesman Boyce,

I'm sorry for the awkward address but I find no other rank or prefix for you on the net.

I see where you've launched your new Army ad campaign: "Help Them Find Their Strength". I'd like to offer some worthwhile advice.

I'm not going to beat around the bush here. Targetting young black men and single mothers is a waste of our taxpayers' money. You're really swimming against the tide with them. African Americans overwhelmingly do not back the President and Hispanics aren't much more supportive. Single mothers are more protective and less willing to let their children enlist when they have no one to share the worry and recriminations with if the worst happens. You're wasting money running ads on Telemundo and BET that could be better spent elsewhere.

Why not target ads toward supporters of the President's policy in Iraq? CMT is a start but certainly you can get a list of all Humvee owners from GM and target their children. How about the Golf channel? FOX News and Rush Limbaugh's EIB Network have millions of ready made candidates. I'll bet Mr. Murdoch and Mr. Limbaugh would offer up free air time as public service announcements if asked.

While I understand you're not allowed to recruit by poltical affiliation the College Republican Nat'l Committee claims to have over 120,000 members. They have severed their ties to the national GOP so I don't believe you'd be breaking any rules by reaching out to them. They ought to at least be willing to put up a link on their website. There's no reason why they should have links to jobs and internships at the Heritage Institute and the AEI and not the US Army.

Maybe White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove could offer some of his marketing prowess to help you find the right kind of people. LOL, he sure proved he could do that last year! I never knew buying a carton of Marlboros at Walmart with my credit card would get me on a mailing list that would inundate with me GOP fundraising letters but it sure did. I was able to track it by a typo in my mailing address.

Seriously though I understand we have a very real recruiting crisis. Please stop wasting money trying to recruit square pegs for the big round hole in Iraq. There are plenty of strong young men and women in this country who don't need educational inducements or the promise of large bonuses to enlist if they're properly motivated. I know it seems counterintuitive but please target wealthier youngsters and their parents, those in the suburbs that voted overwhelmingly for the President. That's where you'll find your recruiting strength. If it means in a few months some of them will unfortunately be lying on the ground in some God forsaken desert hellhole trying to find their feet after an IED attack, well that is a lesson some kids who have plenty of money for college need to learn too.

I'll hope you'll use my suggestions and I anxiously await your reply.

Patriotically yours,

Mark Garrity

At 19 August, 2005 16:18, Blogger Karl said...


I didn't get a rank for Paul Boyce. It's probably "Mr." At least, he didn't sound active-duty to me.


At 20 August, 2005 11:51, Blogger markg8 said...

doe: nice letter! Let's keep it up folks. Anybody else have any letters to post?

At 20 August, 2005 18:18, Blogger OldVet said...

I just did my duty:

Dear Paul,

I’m a proud Army combat veteran of the Viet Nam time. I heard you have a Chicago ad agency working up the latest message to get more recruits. Here are my suggestion where to spread the good word:

The White House. You’ve got military age kids of committed supporters of the Iraq war patrolling the hallways in there, and young office workers who need to get off their asses and get a gun and ship out to Iraq. You can set up a video showing in the main lobby. The White House and the Bush Twins can hold a dedication ceremony to kick off the campaign. They can sign up themselves on the spot. What a boost to enlistment!!

The Congress. I hear there are Republican and Democratic leaders, some of whom are themselves young enough to fight. There are plenty of kids, like that guy Sensenbrenner who’s got about 20 kids or so. You can appeal to the patriotism of Congressmen and Senators. Don’t forget to call on Sen. Lieberman and other leading Democrats like Sen. Clinton, who have military age offspring. I heard many of the Senators and Congressmen even have grandchildren who could carry a rifle. You can use the theme:

“You supported it, now go get in it!” Show a pool with bikini chicks wearing half-burkhas or something.

At 21 August, 2005 16:13, Blogger doe said...

Thanks, Mark. I think war supporting, yellow-ribbon-magnet soccer moms represent a huge untapped resource for military recruiters and OYE.

We may also be neglecting another ripe target, alluded to by OldVet: Beltway Dems Regurgitate Right-Wing B.S. on Iraq; Grassroots Fights Back via Daily Kos: Armando


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