A shameful political event took place on Sunday, Oct. 13 in front of a Washington, DC memorial. Veterans were prevented from entering the memorial, it having been fenced off due to the government shutdown or more precisely, the GOP Government Shutdown.
And who would ironically, one might say dishonestly, show up to “commiserate” with the disheartened veterans? None other than the very ones primarily responsible for initiating the unnecessary and destructive action which they championed and cheered when they succeeded.
They were Ted Cruz, his echo Mike Lee and the ever-ready opportunist, half-governor Sarah Palin. They soulfully decried with repeated speeches the horrible injustice at hand, much to the cheers of the vets, while of course blaming it on President Obama. There was also the Freedom Watch’s Larry Klayman doing Trump’s ever-popular “Obama the Muslim” shtick, and all with the Confederate flag as well as the infamous Gadsden “Don’t Tread on Me” flag held proudly aloft.
I cringed hearing my fellow veterans being duped by these outright liars, who were taking advantage of their grief and making fools of them merely to further their very own political ambitions. Perhaps there are still enough of the old-guard Republicans left to be Tea-ed off at this cyst festering in their party and lance it once and for all before it infects the entire party. There is the old adage of the elephant being terrified by a mouse. Let us hope that it is merely an anecdote and that the true symbolic Republican figurehead displays greater courage.