Friday, November 11, 2005

Republicans support the troops?

This is too easy. I surf the net 25 hours a day looking for stories or headlines or blurbs that catch my eye. Sometimes it's just a headline that gives me an idea. Sometimes it's a quote that speaks for itself. Other times I can practically just reprint an article without comment to show how out of hand the people who run this country (right now the Republicans) really are. Yesterday was just such a day.

Keep in mind this is Veterans' Day, formerly known as Armistice Day in honor of WWI. It's a day to honor our veterans, their sacrifice and show gratitude for the freedoms they defended and secured. For most it's just a day off. So how did the mental pygmies in charge in D.C. spend the days before Veterans' Day? By taking some freedoms away from our vets.

On Tuesday — three days before Veterans Day — House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Steve Buyer (R-IN) announced that for the first time in at least 55 years, “veterans service organizations will no longer have the opportunity to present testimony before a joint hearing of the House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committees.”

The Disabled American Veterans (DAV), the “official voice of America’s service-connected disabled veterans,” just issued a scathing release calling the move “an insult to all who have fought, sacrificed and died to defend the Constitution.” The timing, they said, “could not have been worse,” said DAV National Commander Paul W. Jackson.

For several decades now, these joint hearings have been held each year to allow the elected leaders of veterans groups to discuss their organization's legislative agenda and foremost concerns with the lawmakers who have jurisdiction over federal veterans programs. Senators and Representatives who serve on those committees also get the rare opportunity to address the hundreds of constituent members from these organizations' who make the annual pilgrimage to Capitol Hill.

"The right to fully participate in the democratic process is a cornerstone of our nation," said Commander Jackson. "Eliminating these joint hearings is an insult to the men and women who have fought, sacrificed and died to protect our Constitutional rights, including the right to petition the government."

What was that slogan the Republicans like to say? We support the troops? With support like this...

No word on whether Republican Rep. Buyer actually slapped each veteran individually when he did so figuratively with his new proposal.


Blogger Intellectual Insurgent said...

Didn't the R's also cut their benefits and cut funding to the VA? In the new bankruptcy law, they rejected an amendment that would have exempted military folks from the insane new standards.

10:02 AM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

It's all for the best. It takes a great deal for the public to wake up from their drugged sleep and smell the evil.

The military have long supported the Bastard in Chief - maybe this will change things a bit.

10:11 AM  
Blogger Intellectual Insurgent said...

You are so right Captain. It's going to take things getting really bad before anyone snaps out of their stupor and starts fighting against it.

12:31 PM  
Blogger Crankyboy said...

Yes Intellectual Insurgent they did all that and more. Including getting rid of the pro-veteran chair of the VA Committee and installing a Delay lackey. It's worse than you and everyone else knows.

3:58 PM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? the Shadow do. . .

4:14 PM  
Blogger Intellectual Insurgent said...

And where the hell are the media? Out to lunch as usual.

4:17 PM  
Blogger phinky said...

Yet the military continues to drink the Kool-aid. Many vets do too. However, the military is waking up to reality. It's tough when AFN has about 65 hours of conservative programming like Rush Limbaugh, Focus on the Family and Dr Laura on. Hopefully Ed Shultz will get his five hours a week soon.

8:02 AM  

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