Obama—"We have failed to give them the support they need or pay them the respect they deserve."
Our President has a message for “We” the people on this Memorial Day weekend:
“We have a responsibility to serve all of them as well as they serve all of us,” Obama said. “And yet, all too often in recent years and decades, we, as a nation, have failed to live up to that responsibility. We have failed to give them the support they need or pay them the respect they deserve.
“That is a betrayal of the sacred trust that America has with all who wear and all who have worn the proud uniform of our country,” he said.
“We have failed to give them the support they need or pay them the respect they deserve.”
It is my opinion that you use the word “we” all too inclusively when addressing this nation. Let’s start with one particular “we”, our government’s responsibility. Yes, to a large extent, our government has failed to provide the basic needs of our veterans. Given your tendency to identify people as belonging to some minority, (that you seem to use as a tool to drive your socialist agenda of “spreading the wealth” or re-distribution), the veteran rates some where in the “minority” category that all too often gets shuffled into a file of “we’ll address this problem later”. While this is not exclusive to any party, I have rarely heard the statement above spoken earnestly by any Democratic leader. Only during the Walter Reed incident/travesty, (scandal), did the self-righteous liberal media bring attention to the needs of veterans. But the indignation was used as a tool to shame one party, while many in our current leadership still looks the other way. Where are the stories on the front pages of our newspapers of our “vets in need” since Walter Reed? The liberal biased media that elected you spent their every moment sensationalizing every alleged incident, that occurred to denigrate our veterans fighting and dyeing for our freedoms, while calling their endeavors and sacrifices “Bush’s War”. This tasteless tactic further divided this nation and its resolve to liberate two nations living in tyranny and devastation. The partisan atrocities of YOUR Democratic leadership, (fueled by a zealous media hell-bent on destroying one political party), will go down in history as one of the most egregious assaults on our military and our veterans. From Harry Ried’s “this war is lost” and John Murtha’s persecution of his own Marines, and even your own statements of “just air-raiding villages and killing civilians”, the Democrat Party has done everything possible to defame and desecrate our military/veterans for purely political gain. And you, Mr. President used these veterans’ sacrifices to further divide this nation for political gain in campaigning for the office that is dedicated to the principals of supporting our military/veterans as our Commander in Chief. Shame on you.
Further, in the current political climate, your third in command, (our Speaker of the House), has chosen to insult our CIA by falsely accusing them of lying to Congress, while YOU, yourself chose to release redacted portions of harsh interrogation memos that prevented American citizens from being murdered, yet still refuse to release the full report. Where’s the “WE” in this Mr. President?
Meanwhile, WE, a major portion of this nation’s citizens HAVE supported and respected our military and our veterans at every step of the way, praising their fortitude, devotion to country, and yes crying when they did not come home alive, or came home less than whole. Where are the stories from our pathetic media of the heroic battles and personal sacrifices our soldiers make every day? Where are the stories of those veterans who died in the past giving their all for our country? Why is it only on two single days of a year, (Veterans Day and Memorial Day), that we pay tribute to the fallen who dedicated their lives to keep this nation free when we provide an entire month to Black History, (a worthwhile cause), Clean Air Month, Lesbian & Gay History Month, and even a National Stuttering Awareness Week? Why does this nation shamelessly dedicate only two days of the calendar year to recognize our men and women in arms while you, Mr. President have the gall to say “We have failed to give them the respect they deserve.”? The “we” that you use so liberally is pejorative, condescending, and a contemptuous insult to the strongest and most patriotic institution ever devised by our forefathers, our military veterans. No, Mr. President, it is NOT “WE”—IT IS YOU, AND MANY OTHERS that have failed to live up to that responsibility.
( In honor of my father, that landed on the shores of Guadalcanal, and to every veteran who has dedicated their lives to this nation's continued freedom, I salute you on this Memorial Day Weekend. And to Dad, who's now in God's hands---Semper Fi! )
Cross-posted in the Green Room (Hot Air)