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As with his legislative agenda, this Memorial Day 2010 Barack Hussein Obama, the commander in chief, chooses to lead from the sidelines and abdicate his responsibility to honor America’s military with commemorative services at Arlington National Cemetery.
Instead, BHO has chosen to snub the national ceremonies — delegating the Arlington duty to Vice President Biden — for “a casual weekend with friends,” but returning to D.C. “in time to make a White House tribute to Paul McCartney on Wednesday evening.”
BHO will recognize the day many American’s consider to be the nation’s most important holiday at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, IL.
Elwood is a relatively unknown military cemetery, until now, located 50 miles south of Chicago and operated by the Department of Veterans Affairs. While hallowed ground, it does not rise in stature or symbolic meaning to the level of Arlington National Cemetery.
BHO’s pejorative view of the American military — whose recognition is the sole purpose of Memorial Day — is not a desirable trait and certainly not patriotic, especially when 74% of Americans have a favorable view of the US military, according to a recent Rasmussen Reports survey.
[Rasmussen finds that 50% of Americans view Memorial Day as one of the nation’s most important holidays; 3% say it’s one of the least important; and 47% rate it in between; while 40% say they have a relative or close friend who gave their life while serving in the military.]
As Obama is neither a businessman nor banker but seeks to dictate their business operations, BHO has no experience in or with the military and campaigned with a disdain for America’s armed services.
Indeed, “Obama has demonstrated time and time again an unwillingness to fully support our troops whether through resources or through rhetoric.”
- His 2008 Memorial Day address, themed ’serving your country,’ never mention serving in the military.
- His budgets propose to reduce defense spending (as a percentage of GDP) to pre-9/11 levels.
- His White House is uncomfortable using the term “war on terror.”
- His December 2009 West Point address — broadcast to all US bases overseas — attacked former President George W. Bush and the rationale for the Iraq War, and BHO never used the words “win” or “victory,” preferring the term “conclusions.”
Despite BHO’s arrogant disdain for the American military, they comprise a significant percentage of the American population and, therefore, the American culture. The number of Americans involved in wars from the American Revolution forward is staggering.
- Total persons in military service during all wars: 41,891,368
- Total living war veterans: 23,442,000
- Total battle deaths: 651,030
BHO obviously seeks to remake America to fit his socialized vision in which the differences in social and economic strata are leveled, the federal government dictates all policies, and our nation’s global importance and impact are diminished to reach a European level.