What’s The Last Straw?

Or are we long past the end of our ropes?  I have to say that November 5, 2008 was a very sad day for me, but I have to admit that I was willing to give him a shot.  Maybe all the hype was a bit over the top.  Maybe Hannity and friends were in fact conspiracy theorists.  Maybe he would actually stick to his campaign promises.  As much as I tried to talk myself into believing that all would be well in this great country for the next 4 or, God-forbid, 8 years, I always carried this nagging feeling around with me, one that felt ominous at its core.

Fast forward 18 months and here we are, Obamacare literally shoved down our throats (a most ineffective and destructive plan that is supposed to be the salvation for our healthcare system), Sestak practically bribed to step out of the PA race against Benedict Arnold (um, I mean Arnold Spector), our very own citizens called racists for simply attempting to do what Obama wouldn’t, securing our borders.  And now, our noble and fearless leader breaks an age old tradition of honoring the men and women who have fallen in order to protect the liberties we so often take for granted.  Sure, he’s going to take a break from his vacation to run over to Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery just south of Chicago, but he won’t be at Arlington National to lay a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier.

Before all of my typical naysayers start coming down on me for sounding petty.  Here’s the deal.  Obama decides to makes good on one of his “great” broken promises of his administration, to return home every 6 weeks or so, and he decides to do this on Memorial Day weekend?  First off, I can think of a myriad of other broken promises that would have carried more weight than a weekend visit to Chicago, which I’m sure costs the American people hundreds or thousands of dollars.  Second,  could he not have gone another weekend?  Does he have to break every American tradition?  Maybe he’s trying to set a record.

Memorial Day, Arlington National Cemetery, and the American President have been connected in one way or another since James Garfield presided over the Decoration Day (now known as Memorial Day) Ceremony in 1868.  This is not just some silly ceremony that is easily overlooked.  For nearly 150 years, Arlington has been a symbol of the sacrifices Americans have made for freedom.  I get that Obama isn’t really concerned with freedom, but at least he could pretend.  What about the families of fallen soldiers that congregate each year to be honored by their Commander in Chief.  In stead he sends Joe Biden?  Really?  Because he is such a great representative of the United States of America, a man who recently said that Brussels could arguably be the “capital of the free world.”

There really isn’t much more to say, is there?  I’m sure he’ll find a way to blame this one on Bush as well.


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