Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day

It's Memorial Day, and for those of us involved in politics, that means our inboxes are filled with generic patriotic statements from every single political candidate who has managed to find our email address. OK, we get it, you support the troops, you love America, yadda yadda yadda. How about next time you disable the "Contribute to My Campaign" link when you're talking about those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our country?

Seriously though, it drives me absolutely bonkers that President Obama couldn't be bothered to attend the ceremonies at the Arlington National Cemetery today.  It's not like he had to travel very far...all he had to do was stay in town.  Pathetic.  Google Maps shows that it's only 2.2 miles from the White House to Arlington.  He could have walked.

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I don't have a problem with his desire to visit Chicago from time to time, but come on now, we've got just three days a year (Memorial Day, July 4th, Veteran's Day) designated to honor this wonderful country of ours, recognize the troops, and just enjoy all those endowed-by-our-Creator rights.  I don't think it's too much to ask that our President make an appearance.

Update: Apparently there a "torrential rainstorm" in Chicago forced the cancellation of Obama's speech there.  Wonder if the Big Guy Upstairs was trying to send a message?  Also, Vice President Joe Biden is getting a lot of well-deserved praise for the sincere and moving speech he gave at Arlington today.  I wish he could get his running mate to comprehend the importance of all this.

Back to the reason behind the holiday...I can't think of anyone who's said it better than Lee Greenwood, in his powerful and beautiful song, "God Bless the U.S.A."

God Bless America, God Bless Our Troops, and God Bless You and Your Family.

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