One of the president’s aims in his address last night was to clean up his image as the community-organizer-in-chief, the president who refuses to wear a flag pin on his lapel or put his hand over his heart for the national anthem. He attempted to boost his patriotism by rhetorically hitching himself to George W. Bush In his address last night, Barack Obama said:
This afternoon, I spoke to former President George W. Bush. It’s well known that he and I disagreed about the war from its outset. Yet no one can doubt President Bush’s support for our troops, or his love of country and commitment to our security. As I’ve said, there were patriots who supported this war, and patriots who opposed it. And all of us are united in appreciation for our servicemen and women, and our hopes for Iraqis’ future. (Emphasis in original.)
The emphasis was deliberate. Obama intended to put himself on the same level as President Bush, who regularly got misty in the presence of the military and sobbed openly with those who had lost family members. Obama’s speech made it sound as though Bush’s patriotism were being questioned.
Left-wingers display unmatched outrage when they believe anyone “questions” their patriotism. (They spend the rest of their time telling us how much America sucks.) If President Obama wants to enjoy the respect of patriotic Americans, he should do it the old fashioned way: he should earn it.
Even as this is being written, thousands of military men are threatened with being disenfranchised in the midterm elections. And the Obama administration seems to be going out of its way to make sure their votes do not count.
In 2008, more than 17,000 military men and women lost the ability to exercise the freedoms they were safeguarding. In most cases, absentee ballots were mailed too late for them to have their votes counted. Congress passed the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act in October 2009 to remedy this situation. It demands that states submit ballots to overseas military officers at least 45 days before an election. Congress found any less time “significantly” raised chances the military would be deprived of a vote.
Last week, the Obama administration found that four states — including toss-up states such as Colorado and Wisconsin — had not met the law’s standards. But officials signaled this winter that they would not file suit against those who deny soldiers the right to vote.
Sen. John Cornyn, R-TX, wrote a letter to Eric Holder late in July after hearing tales of the winter 2010 meeting of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS). An attendee described deputy chief of the Justice Department’s voting section, Rebecca Wertz, as “totally undermining” the law. The meeting’s minutes note she gave states broad leeway to ignore the statute, calling its provisions “fairly general” and “said that litigation is always the last resort.”
Cornyn wrote that her words “appear to ignore Congress’ clear legislative language and could facilitate the disenfranchisement of our men and women in uniform.”
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