Million Vet March: Should Conservatives Capitalize on War Memorial Lockdown?

Million Vet March

Thousands of veterans have signed up to attend the Million Vet March in Washington DC.

The purpose of the march is to protest the President’s decision to close and subsequently guard the open-air memorials.

While I agree with the idea, I am troubled that this kind of event is not receiving bi-partisan support. Perhaps some supporters are at least Independents, but the list of sponsors appears to be largely Conservative/Republican groups.

I am troubled because it creates the appearance that one party is the party of the Veteran Vote.

I do not for one second believe that the Republican Party a party that can be counted on for supporting veterans at all costs. Likewise, I do not believe the Democrat Party is the party supporting veterans at all costs. We are expendable to either party when it is politically convenient, depending on the issue.

I guess that’s the problem with having two parties; we can count on no one as being the party for military and veteran support. It is all about political convenience when you peel back the layers of the onion.

So, we end up with this reality. When one does something stupid, like shutting down memorials or not paying death benefits to KIA servicemember families, only the opposing party can speak out.

Here, I feel the Democrats really screwed up with their initial closure and continued support of closure of these open-air memorials.

I hope in the future that Republican politicians, and any Independents, at this event will carefully guard more than the War Memorials – that they will also defend the benefits and health care veterans have come to count on.

Democrat, Republican or Independent, I hope those veterans and veteran supporters in the area do attend. I would love to hear back on how the event goes.

Here is the invitation:

I want you to circle the date of Sunday, October 13, 2013.

And then I want you to help “circle the wagons” on that day to help protect and defend our brave veterans who risked their lives for our freedom – and now are being barred from visiting the memorials erected to honor their deeds.

In a mean-spirited fit of selfish anger, Barack Obama has shut down our nation’s war memorials. And he has declared open war on our honored veterans!

The World War II memorial … the Vietnam Veterans Memorial … the Korean War Veterans Memorial – Obama has shut them all down to force his will on the House of Representatives and frankly, to get revenge on the American people who oppose Obamacare and his other naked power grabs.

Let’s put it plainly: Barack Obama is behaving like a vicious tyrant. And if he succeeds in this assault on the democratic system, the Republic we love is at mortal risk. It’s just that simple. That’s why I am asking you now to take two decisive moves to show Barack Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi – and all of their oppressive ilk in Washington – that “We the People” are still in charge. And we won’t rest until we take back our memorials and monuments! –

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Is this political hackery or are Conservatives making the most of a bad situation – i.e. politics as usual?

I do not believe the closure in the manner it was conducted is actually Constitutional. For that reason, I wish this invite would call a spade a spade. I could care less if someone is selfish or mean. If they violate the Constitution, I want them thrown out of office.

What do you think?

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  1. John boner and the likes are doing the same thing. The parties exist to keep us divisive. Too bad faux news and every other 24 hr news network had john smith drinking the koolaid. Not one politician has vested interests in anyone but themselves. That’s the sad part. The sadder part in all of this are our brothers and sisters in arms who ran for office utilizing combat at an electoral platform. Where are their voices? We hear them everyte billy O on faux needs and interview. We hear them everyone Andy C. Needs to and exclusive hour of power. Where are the Iraq and Enduring Freedom veterans turned politicians? Silenced by the same lobbyist who woke for john Boehner and barrack Obama.

    1. Ryan,

      I do not like Boehner, Cantor, O’Reilly, or Fox News. Rush is barely tolerable.

      Sorry to disappoint you.

      But overall, your premise about the main stream media spinning deception and propaganda for Obama and RINOS is spot on.

      The 24 hour media has failed their Fourth Estate duties to report objectively and to hold our government accountable for their actions.

      To quote Malcom X, “The media’s the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses.”

  2. Ben, as a veteran who votes conservative, I see this rally as about veterans, and not a political ploy. You have even mentioned in past commentary that veterans should mobilize as a voting bloc to ensure their interests are protected in Washington. So this Million Vet March is quite appropriate and hopefully a catalyst for further veteran empowerment.

    If we are going to actually do something about us veterans being used as political hostages to whatever manufactured crisis a politician decides to use to bend public opinion their way, we need to start right now organizing, protesting peacefully, informing others, and voting on the principle that veterans must always come first whenever there is a choice to be made about who should receive the most from the nation’s treasury.

    This latest demonstration by Obama, Reid, and the RINOS show that they will stop at nothing to exploit us. They can never be trusted. We must forever resist these snake-tongued salesmen that will ask you to sell your soul in exchange for a dystopian world where freedom and privacies are evils that we must never cherish, and where your hard-earned paycheck is the rightful gains of your able-bodied neighbors who refuse to work.

    So, if you want perpetual war, government surveillance, and brutal control of your healthcare, your livelihood, and those who you love the most, your family, then go right on ahead and keep supporting Obama, Reid, and RINOS.

    But do so at your own peril.

    ““Now I will tell you the answer to my question. It is this. The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently. We are different from the oligarchies of the past in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just around the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We are not like that. We know what no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now you begin to understand me.”
    ― George Orwell, 1984

    Orwell’s 1984 is now 2013.

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