President Barack Obama chose a man right after his own heart to reform the VA. He chose a man so much after his own heart that the first thing we hear about him is in the form of disingenuous autobiography. Well now VA Secretary Robert McDonald will now get to return the valor he stole from the Veterans his healthcare he has yet to successfully reform. He offered the following reasonably decent act of propitiation.*
“While I was in Los Angeles, engaging a homeless individual to determine his veteran status, I asked the man where he had served in the military. He responded that he had served in special forces. I incorrectly stated that I had been in special forces. That was inaccurate and I apologize to anyone that was offended by my misstatement.”
If this were just Good Old Fightin’ Bob McDonald The Gawdallmiddy Green Beret, it wouldn’t really matter enough to merit much further comment. However, it’s not the only time this sort of thing has happened with this administration. It has been an ongoing occurrence with Barack Obama since he was on the campaign trail. I blogged the following about Barack Obama, as I noted the behavior of his campaign at the time.
However, the Che Guevara flag, and the deliberate desecration of the police memorial, are what the American people can expect from a Barack Obama-led organization for two reasons. Obama gave the impression that symbols of The United States were not important to him personally. Also, he did nothing to discourage the deliberate disrespect for these symbols when his supporters engaged in it with the press cameras rolling. This has attracted a large number of people to Barak Obama’s campaign and political movement who genuinely dislike the United States of America, but who do not wish to give up any of the benefits that accrue to them from living here. The deliberate refusal to wear the flag pin, the Che Guevara flags and the Porta-Potties deliberately dropped on the memorial to fallen police officers are forms of symbolic speech. They offer Barak Obama and his supporters a symbolic way to say the following. “I love the nice toys and fancy lifestyle I get from being an American, instead of a Ugandan, but I profoundly disrespect all of the stupid yokels that I actually have to share these items with.”
Thus it comes as no surprise that Barack Obama is quite satisfied that MacDonald can remain in charge of the VA; even after he stole the valor of the people he was appointed to serve. This sort of behavior is pretty much the hallmark of his administration. I mean what difference does it make? Do we really have to ask a little kid to explain this to people? If so, RMJ is here to serve you!**
*-If you assume it was any more heartfelt than “If you like your Doctor, you can keep him.”
**- And I won’t even steal your valor as part of the bargain…