‘worst. memorial day message. ever.’

Steve Benen: ….a Memorial Day message sent out by Kevin DeWine, the chairman of the Ohio Republican Party. It starts off with a sentiment that’s easy to agree with … but DeWine couldn’t leave well enough alone.

“Here in Ohio, we must continue to defend liberty in a very different kind of struggle. Ohioans have the opportunity to preserve their rights when it comes to choosing their own health care. Democracy affords us the choice of accepting or fighting back to prevent against a $1 trillion government takeover of our nation’s health care system.

“You can download the Health Care Freedom Amendment petition by clicking here. As you go to events this weekend in honor of our Armed Forces and the sacrifices made by generations of courageous Americans, I hope you will consider taking the petition with you and circulating it to your friends and family.”

Seriously? Are we really to believe that American veterans who paid with their lives did so to protect insurance companies’ ability to screw over consumers?

DeWine’s message is obviously dishonest … but what’s tasteless about the message is the timing. It’s ostensibly a Memorial Day message, honoring the fallen during a time of war, but the subject line reads, “Help Stop Obamacare.” ….Even by GOP standards, this is cheap….

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23 Responses to “‘worst. memorial day message. ever.’”

  1. 1 Anonymous
    May 30, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    I met a few returning vets at the airport last week. I congratted them on the Osama mission (they were appreciative. It was a fine moment). And then imagine my surprise when their next words were, “Down with Obamacare!”.

    • 2 UT Austin Liberal
      May 30, 2011 at 12:36 pm

      My goodness. I still thank them for their service, but seriously! “down with Obamacare!” They do realize that thanks to PBO they have great healthcare coverage by way of the VA. It annoys me that Congress has amazing healthcare paid for by taxpayers and all the Armed Forces have great healthcare paid for by the taxpayers, yet we aren’t supposed to benefit from great healthcare too?… What are we; chopped liver? 😡

    • 3 bjw2
      May 30, 2011 at 1:06 pm

      Wow, that was odd how did they get the talking points so soon?

      • 4 Walking_on_ Sunshine
        May 30, 2011 at 1:27 pm

        Fox news plays at overseas military bases too. And they have the internet.

    • 5 nathkatun7
      May 30, 2011 at 1:31 pm

      Anonymous, I am sorry but I simply don’t believe your story! It seems contrived to advance the teabag line. You don’t even identify which airport you met the returning vets.

      • 6 bjw2
        May 30, 2011 at 1:40 pm

        I’m with you natkatun7, that’s why I responded like I did.

        I was out to lunch Friday and there were servicemen at the restaurant and our party thanked them for their service and they responded with a gracious thank you.

      • 7 kelly
        May 30, 2011 at 2:16 pm

        This was my thought.

    • 8 Mae who love our CIC
      May 30, 2011 at 2:01 pm

      You are a liar. Partial truth in a part a lie in the other equals to a wash.

    • 9 kelly
      May 30, 2011 at 2:22 pm

      lol b.s but thanks for playing…tool.

  2. 10 Fred
    May 30, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    can the DNC be made aware of this;PLEASE

    • 11 HZ
      May 30, 2011 at 2:14 pm

      Good Morning Fred. Hope you are feeling fine this beautiful day. Fred, I was thinking about that also and even maybe contacting Sec. Shinseki. This would be a great infor. for his office. It is painful when you hear of these types of comments. I just wish that people would call it by its correct name: “The Patient Protection Affordable Care Act.”
      So many people use colloquial names so much in their “vocabulary diets” daily that it is enough to get medical help. But we will love them to the highest of our better angels within and thank them for their service. However, we also will continue to call the facts out and the spin to go take a walk…a long walk.

  3. 12 donna dem 4 obama
    May 30, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    Meta just posted on the OFA blg that at this moment, President Obama is at Section 60 at Arlington to pay tribute to fallen Americans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and to meet their families. The press pool is not permitted to cover this portion of his visit.

  4. May 30, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    the thing is…the VA is socialized medicine, and the Obama Administration has pushed through more money for it and sincere support for the VA.

    • 14 Dorothy Rissman
      May 30, 2011 at 2:09 pm

      Well, so many tell us that the poor and undereducated usually vote for those who least support them. Why they do not vote for dems, I will never figure out.

  5. 15 theo67
    May 30, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    There will always be ignorant people among us. The fact is, the President spoke about this kind of political nonsense back in 2004 when he said the following:

    “Now even as we speak, there are those who are preparing to divide us — the spin masters, the negative ad peddlers who embrace the politics of “anything goes.” Well, I say to them tonight, there is not a liberal America and a conservative America — there is the United States of America. There is not a Black America and a White America and Latino America and Asian America — there’s the United States of America.

    The pundits, the pundits like to slice-and-dice our country into Red States and Blue States; Red States for Republicans, Blue States for Democrats. But I’ve got news for them, too. We worship an “awesome God” in the Blue States, and we don’t like federal agents poking around in our libraries in the Red States. We coach Little League in the Blue States and yes, we’ve got some gay friends in the Red States. There are patriots who opposed the war in Iraq and there are patriots who supported the war in Iraq. We are one people, all of us pledging allegiance to the stars and stripes, all of us defending the United States of America”.

  6. 17 Dorothy Rissman
    May 30, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    Well, the sequencing certainly is questionable, but at the same time we know that there are certainly a lot of repuglican soldiers. They may indeed hate Obama. Yet, as Nathan stated, Of all the things they could have said?

    Actually, I cannot imagine going up to “some soldiers” and talking to them about bin Laden? It is suspicious.

  7. 18 kelly
    May 30, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    These GOP politicians really need to learn restraint. I know they have lulled themselves into non stop political mode but this rhetoric…..*sigh* my goodness, it seems he doesn’t realize what memorial day represents.

    RIP our brave soldiers that made the ultimate sacrifice.

  8. 19 HZ
    May 30, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    Theo67, thanks for reminding us of that part of that great speech from 2004. And Dorothy, I am with you on your comments. That is so true, but one thing for sure on this issue that we in this family know that when President Obama is trying to make things so much better for our military and their families, he does not think of them as R and D. That is just not who he is as their Commander-In-Chief. It really does give one time to pause. We know our hearts. My flag is flying, and my candles are lit in my home for ALL of the men and women who have given their lives for our country and those who are giving their lives at this very moment. Thanks for both of your comments. My spirit was painful when I read the comments about the airport encounter.

    • 20 Walking_on_ Sunshine
      May 30, 2011 at 2:54 pm

      My husband was in the military when I met him. We lived 5 years on military bases. Military communities are diverse and represent people from many backgrounds who have to put their differences aside and literally learn to trust their lives to each other. I’ve always taken the position that if someone is willing to put their life on the line I won’t question their politics.

  9. 21 gc
    May 30, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    Guys – Anonymous is me – gc. I don’t know why the post came out with that name. I was being sarcastic, for heaven’s sake. The LAST thing these service people would do is trash their CIC! It never occurred to me you’d take the comment literally.

    This is the second time a post of mine was misunderstood. I think I give up.

    Have a good holiday. Namaste.

    • 22 UT Austin Liberal
      May 30, 2011 at 8:58 pm

      Hey gc… don’t get too down. It’s very hard to be sarcastic over the internet or even when texting. That’s why you either have to write in a more obvious sarcastic manner or put an emoticon or disclaimer so that others don’t misunderstand you. Sorry if the comments made you feel as though everyone thought you were a teabagger. Hope you won’t disappear from the family. I guess it’s b/c we’re (including you) all fiercely protective of PBO that sometimes we might jump the gun without giving one the benefit of the doubt. I’m sorry that your name appeared as anonymous. If that happens again you might want to put a ps: this is gc. So we’ll know you’re not an outsider. Once again sorry that your joke was misunderstood. Have a great evening. 🙂

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