Washington Post Suddenly Cares About Our War Dead

It’s always amusing as Memorial Day weekend rolls around and Liberals in the media suddenly become fans of the U.S. military. Until Tuesday. In this case, the Washington Post editorial board has a message

A Memorial Day message to the candidates

THE COUNTRY’S war dead are a kind of closed society, elevated above us by service and sacrifice — in Shakespeare’s words, “a royal fellowship of death.”

We can talk of their courage and sacrifice and make speeches praising their patriotism, but we really have only an inkling of how men (and an increasing number of women) have faced the horrors of combat — and what motivated or compelled them to fight and risk their lives. What we do know is that we have an obligation to honor selflessness and devotion to duty and to ensure that the memory of the dead will not expire with those who bore their loss.

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Does this include those Americans who took the side of the Confederacy? Because Leftists, including numerous people at the Washington Post, and the Editorial Board, have been attempting to not just take down and eliminate the Confederate Flag, but tearing down memorials to the Confederate dead, along with such things as removing names from buildings.

But, this isn’t really about our military dead, it’s about assailing politicians. Well, Donald Trump

In July, in the early stages of his improbable progress toward the Republican presidential nomination, Donald Trump was asked about his differences with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), whom he had described as a “loser.” The questioner asked if it was appropriate to use such language about “a war hero,” and Mr. Trump replied, “He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured.” The answer was childish and flippant, and wholly characteristic of the steady stream of puerile insults, half-truths, untruths and innuendo that make up much of Mr. Trump’s campaign. Like most of us, Mr. Trump has no experience of what people confront in war, though he has made it widely known that he went to a really tough military school for teenage boys.

They aren’t wrong in the least: it was a terrible, rude, obnoxious comment. But, McCain is not dead. The WPEB is simply using Memorial Day as a means to bash Trump…who deserves it over the comment, but, is now the time? No.

We haven’t heard much about such qualities in this campaign. Memorial Day would be a good time for candidates of every persuasion who are seeking high office in this country, and for the rest of us too, to start giving some thought and attention not to what we are owed that will enhance our own comfort and security but to what we owe those who went before — that fellowship of death. We could honor them at least in some small measure by standing for what is right and honest rather than what is politic.

So, then, according to the WPEB, Hillary Clinton should drop out. She is utterly dishonest, and likes to do the wrong thing. She left our people hanging in Benghazi and broke the law with her server. The point here, though, was to bash Trump.

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