Monday, May 31, 2010

Schiff supporters disrespect Memorial Day ceremony

Okay, I understand that the tea baggers simply love to debate issues like the national debt with any congressman they can corner, but to do so at a ceremony observing Memorial Day is disrespectful to the memory of those brave military men and women who gave their lives to defend our nation.

From Capitol Watch Blog:
U.S. Rep. John Larson and some supporters of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Peter Schiff reportedly tangled at the Memorial Day commemoration in Newington yesterday.

Here's Larson spokesman Paul Mounds' assessment: "To summarize it- Congressman Larson, an invited attendee to Newington Memorial Day Parade, was aggressively approached by an individual who appeared to be associated with the Schiff Campaign,'' Mounds wrote in an email. "They had a spirited exchange, however it is unfortuate that these tea party tactics were being used at a time in which Congressman Larson, fellow parade participants and attendees were honoring and thanking our veterans."

And here's the take of a Schiff supporter who was there (via an email from Schiff campaign spokeswoman Jennifer Millikin):

"Schiff campaign staffer and volunteers get in heated debate with Congressman John Larson over responsibility for the national debt. During argument Larson claimed that the military was a social program which has increased the national debt.

"He then accused [a] staffer...of making the statement regarding the military. [The staffer] pointed out that the congressman was being untruthful as he made the statement. Larson went on to claim that he was not responsible for the deficit growth as he voted against entering Iraq and Afghanistan and that he was not responsible for our largest social program, the military."
Listen, it's rude enough for campaign employees to set up a table and collect signatures at a Memorial Day ceremony so your loser candidate can slither his way onto the Republican ballot come August, but to then lose control of yourself and "aggressively approach" a congressman in order to shout your stupid opinions into his face at a somber event like that is absolutely repulsive and disrespectful!

It's the one day during the year that extremist politics should be kept out of the discussion. Someone should teach those idiots some manners; their parents obviously failed miserably at it.


pharg said...

I watched Schiff people,
walking as part of the Meriden Memorial Day Parade,
leave the parade and attempt to get signatures from people watching the parade.

Greg Smith said...


You are absolutely right about the Schiff campaign using Memorial Day events for their own political purposes, but I think you are wrong to assume that many in the tea party movement would endorse them doing so.

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

CT Bob said...

Hence the poppies.

Greg, I know not all TPers are rude, ignorant, overly-partisan, racist cretins...

...but there's sure enough of 'em to make all the rest look pretty durned suspicious!

Anonymous said...

I am the daughter of a WWII Navy chief. I find it reprehensible for any party to use either Memorial Day or Veterans Day to further a political agenda. These days are for remembering and thanking our military, some of whom made the ultimate sacrifice. Is it asking too much to leave your politics home on these two very special days, and keep your eyes and thoughts on our veterans and currently serving military personnel?

Anonymous said...

Those elected to public office decide whether young men or women go into battle. They also decide funding for veteran benefits. This is a very important time for politicians to meet the public.

Anonymous said...

Meet the public, yes, as private citizens. They absolutely should not be using either day to further their own political agenda. They have 363 other days every year to beat their political drums.