Like I’ve said, we should show all Gold Star families our respect for their sacrifices and their loss, regardless of if we agree with what they’re saying. If Gold Star families tells us not to use the caskets of their loved ones flying into Dover as a photo op, we’re going to respect their wishes. At least we should. Right?
You know who doesn’t agree? The Commander-in-Chief apparently…
When my son was killed, he was killed in the largest loss of life in the history of Naval Special Warfare, and we had 30 families at Dover Air Base waiting for our sons’ bodies to be returned from Afghanistan.
What we experienced there was … the families unanimously asked Barack Obama to not bring any media, to not make this a media event, that he was welcome to be with us but no media. And you know, he showed up with cameras, and the next day our pictures or his picture saluting the caskets of our boys was plastered over every outlet in America.
I guess I’m just saying if you’re going to just be outraged that one person says something that could be construed as a flippant remark without a lot of thought put behind it — you know, what about the outrage over things people do, the outrage over Hillary Clinton still to date insinuating those grieving parents who say she said one thing must be mistaken. You know, it’s just actions mean a lot more to me than words. That’s just kind of the angle I come from on it.
If we’re going to be outraged about an absolute lack of respect for Gold Star Families and the sacrifices their family made for our country and our freedom, this should go to the top of the list. Because equality, right? Because a Gold Star Family is a Gold Star Family, whatever their race, creed, or political persuasion…right?
Yet it certainly doesn’t seem to be the case here. No, I’m not excusing what Donald Trump has said about the Khans. Please remove Donald Trump from the equation here entirely. The issue here is one of respect. Either all Gold Star Families get respect from political leaders, or they don’t. Either their wishes are respected, or they’re not.
What Obama did to these families is cheap. “Cheap” is the most polite term I could drudge up on such a short notice. The families wanted to receive the remains of their love ones without clicking cameras. Doesn’t seem like that much to ask, considering they’d just lost their loved ones. Fair?
Yet Obama wanted some beneficial optics. Guess who won out? Guess which media personalities took to the airwaves to voice their outrage? Exactly. No one.
Which means if anyone out there is going to throw stones at politicians who hit Gold Star Families, they must throw stones at all the politicians who use Gold Star Families as political fodder. Either a family should receive all the respect in the world, or they don’t.
Have I crystalized this point well enough for you?