By Michael J.W. Stickings
A group of mostly Tea Party protesters waving the Confederate flag, saying stupid bigoted things, and otherwise pushing their extremist right-wing agenda were in the nation's capital today, forcing open the World War II memorial and taking their loud-mouthed ignorance to the White House to blame President Obama, who also happens to be a black man, for the government shutdown, as if they have any fucking clue what's really going on.
Don't get me wrong, not everyone involved in this "Million Vet March" is a right-wing wacko. It's just that the whole thing was grossly misguided and then taken over by the same old Republican interests that so often hide behind patriotism and use veterans and active-duty personnel alike as pawns in their political game:
Members of the Million Vet March planned on gathering
at the World War II Memorial on Sunday despite the memorial being
closed due to the government shutdown.
According to a statement on the
group's website, they feel military personnel and veterans are "being
used a political pawns in the ongoing government shutdown and budget
crisis." Organizers say they are not a political leaning group, but call
the shutting down of memorials "a despicable act of cowardice."
However, conservative political
commentator Sarah Palin and Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) arrived and spoke to
the people gathered at the memorial.
"This is the people's memorial," Palin said. "Our veterans should be above politics."
Yeah, sure. When Palin and Cruz emerge as the leading voices of your protest, you know you're way out of touch with the rest of America and that you're no longer non-partisan. And if veterans should really be above politics, then Palin, one of the most shameless partisan self-promoters around, should just get the fuck out of the way.
Oh, and if these people are serious about protesting the shutdown, they should have taken their march over to Capitol Hill, where Tea Party-dominated Republicans who have taken the country hostage are the ones responsible for the whole damn mess.
Labels: Barack Obama, conservatives, government shutdown, Republicans, Sarah Palin, Tea Party, Ted Cruz, U.S. military, veterans