It seems some on the left, including the President of the United States, just can’t help themselves. They seem to feel it necessary to politicize everything, including Memorial Day. In his radio address Saturday, Obama took time off from saluting our servicemen and women to take a swipe at his predecessor:
Our fighting men and women – and the military families who love them – embody what is best in America. And we have a responsibility to serve all of them as well as they serve all of us.
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.
Even if his predecessor failed to show service members the respect they deserve (and there is no evidence he did), a Memorial Day message is not the place to make political statements. It is the time to honor the troops.
That’s what I, like so many columnists and bloggers (on both sides of the political aisle), did yesterday. In my post, I made no political statement, attacked no Democrat, praised no Republican (politician). I saluted only those who sacrificed, singling out the last surviving World War I veteran for praise. Yet, one of our perennial critics felt it incumbent upon himself to use the comment section to that post to snap at us and, like Obama, take a shot at the immediate past President of the United States.
With Obama, such cheap shots belie his rhetoric of being a post-partisan leader. With our critics, is is the mark of a strange obsession. Some feel they just have to attack us–and by extension all conservatives. Others feels compelled to badmouth Bush whenever they can, bringing up the former President in comment threads attached to posts where we don’t even mention the Republican’s name nor refer to him in any manner whatsoever.