I love writing this blog, but sometimes I feel like a tennis ball bouncing back and forth from one side of the net to the other. A few days ago I was labeled a Liberal by somebody who didn’t like my blog Can He Walk On Water Too, and in response to the blog post Undocumented = Illegal, another reader called me a bigot. Can’t anybody believe that I’m just an independent thinker who has varied opinions on many different topics? Is the world so black and white that it’s always us against them?
Well, here’s one that will get my name moved over to the Liberal side of the board again, at least until next time.
I received the same e-mail three times yesterday, claiming that after 42 years, “Obama has denied a military fly-over at the annual God and Country rally in Idaho.” According to the e-mail making the rounds, President Obama himself halted the flyover, which honors new recruits and active duty military. The e-mail claims that the fly-over has happened every year for 42 years, until the current President refused to allow it. The e-mail further claims that the reason the President did so was because of the events’ “Christian nature.”
Like most of the crapola that comes around from both the Right and the Left, in this case the spin doctors twisted facts to fit their personal agenda. Yes, there will not be a fly-over, but no, President Obama did not refuse to let it happen. There is no evidence that the President said one word about it, or was even aware of the decision not to to approve the flyover. The President probably has a lot more on his plate than to personally approve or disapprove every request that comes into every branch of the government.
Department of Defense (DoD) policy regarding community relations, adopted in 2001 (gee, who was President then?) states: “Community relations activities shall not support, or appear to support, any event that provides a selective benefit to any individual, group, or organization, including any religious or sectarian organization, ideological movement, political campaign or organization, or commercial enterprise, to include a shopping mall or motion picture promotion. When DoD support is provided to one non-Federal entity, the DoD Component commands or organizations providing such support must be able and willing to provide similar support to comparable events sponsored by similar non-Federal entities.”
In the God and Country rally case, according to a story in the Idaho Press-Tribune, military representatives said that the decision was based upon the way festival organizers worded their request this year. According to Marine Corps Colonel David Lapan, director of Defense press operations, in previous years the request for a fly-over focused on patriotic-type activities, but this year the request had more of a religious-type focus. Department of Defense officials say that if the request is properly worded next year, approval probably would not be denied.
Okay, so how does the Department of Defense complying with a directive put in place during the Bush administration come back to President Obama being the bad guy? And don’t start telling me that it is because he is a Muslim dedicatied to destroying this nation’s faith in God.
The hard corps Conservatives always tell me that they stand on the United States Constitution. As I read that document, separation of Church and State was a basic tenet of our government’s foundation.
So what if they bent the policy this year? How would some of you feel if the Muslim community in the United States then demanded a fly-over or some other military appearance at one of their events? Would that be okay too? What if it were neo-Nazis? A Gay Pride march? Remember, it’s your tax dollars paying for the fuel and the manpower that makes these types of military participation available, and according to the policy set during President Bush’s tenure, if they do it for one, they have to do it for all. Can I have a military parade for my next birthday?
Folks, as I’ve always said, you can’t be a little bit pregnant. Either we allow this sort of Department of Defense support for any group, or we adhere to the letter of the DOD policy and do not allow it at the God and Country Rally in Idaho this year. Which would you prefer?
I didn’t vote for President Obama. While I respect the office he holds, I don’t like or trust him any better than I did President Bush, or most of the others who have sat in the Oval Office in recent history. But the constant flow of propaganda coming out of the opposition crowd always brings the old William Shakespeare quote “She doth protest too much, methinks” to my mind.
If you don’t like the man or his party, tell me real facts, don’t twist and turn everything you have to say to try and make your case stronger. It just shows that you are not being realistic. Before you forward every e-mail that hits your computer, take a few minutes and do some research. It usually doesn’t take long to discover the other side of the story. And if, like a lot of people I know, you don’t even care to believe that the story has two sides, please don’t waste my time sending me junk, because I’ll just delete it, unread.
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