Politicians send troops abroad to die. Then they bestow fake honor on them at home. It's called Memorial Day.
Chances are EVERY member of Congress will be back in their district, pontificating and posing as a patriot, who values the sacrifice of the fallen. Yet...
Last week an amendment to end legalized kidnapping failed in the House, 182-238.
And so began a long, detail-pregnant e-mail about Downsize DC's Repeal Indefinite Detention campaign. I understand that it's an issue people have legitimate concerns about, but that's not the point of this diary.
The point is that you don't use deceased soldiers, some of whose bodies are still warm, to hustle your issue in a MEMORIAL DAY e-mail!
There are real families who have lost real loved ones and who are in real mourning this Memorial Day. Calling the Purple Hearts, Bronze Stars, and Medals of Honor "fake" is crass and gratuitous and spits in the face of each and every Gold Star Family.
May God protect each and every one of our troops as they "support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic." And may God grant comfort and the peace that surpasses all understanding to the widows, the mothers, the fathers, the brothers and sisters and the friends of our fallen heroes, especially on this weekend that we honor the brave men and women who "gave the last full measure of devotion" for their country.
And may we all take some time out of our busy weekends of barbecues, baseball, and fun-in-the-sun to thank a veteran and a military family and to remember that the freedom we enjoy comes with a great price.
Then, on Tuesday, we can get back to our Black Ops e-mail blasts about our pet bills.
Cross-posted at Bold Colors