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To Comfort The Afflicted And Afflict The Comfortable

Friday, May 7, 2021

Observercast

Joining Forces For What?

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BY KAREN WEBB

“This initiative is aimed at getting the 99% of the U.S. population that are not a part of the military to offer their support to these military families that have sacrificed so much over the years, especially while they have been fighting two wars over the last 10 years.”

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ac/20110412/us_ac/8278695_the_joining_forces_initiative_the_right_direction_for_military_families_1

There was a big shindig at the White House introducing the Joining Forces initiative. It sounds really good, except their aim is missing a few words. It should read:

“This initiative is aimed at getting the 99% of the U.S. population that are not a part of the military to offer their support to these completely straight military families that have sacrificed so much over the years, especially while they have been fighting two wars over the last 10 years.”

“The White House guest list for the event includes a number of business leaders who do not appear to have a direct connection to the military. A White House official told Hotsheet that those individuals represent organizations that have made major commitments to the ‘Joining Forces’ initiative.”

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20053120-503544.html

Representatives from Service Members United who are in the business of aiding families of gay service members were told not to come. Would they have been allowed in if they had made major financial commitments to the initiative? I doubt it.

The White House had an explanation, sort of:

“The President has been crystal clear that the administration is moving forward with the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ quickly and efficiently,” she said. “However, it still remains the law. The White House, including the First Lady and Dr. Biden, look forward to working with the families of gay and lesbian service members after certification occurs and repeal goes into effect.”

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20053120-503544.html

So, family members of gay servicemen who are sacrificing, fighting and dying; if you are out of work, out of food, need college money or in need of a shoulder to cry on …

Don’t Ask Michelle Obama and Don’t Tell Jill Biden.

Because they are looking forward to helping you just as soon as their husbands decide what else to give up to the GOP so they can help you. Maybe the Koch Brothers need another tax cut or privatizing Medicare or maybe Rep. Paul Ryan wants to look at euthanizing anyone who has an AARP membership.

Now, you must be good little soldiers and not complain.

Karen Webb lives in Moore, OK and is a regular contributor to The Oklahoma Observer

 

Arnold Hamilton
Arnold Hamilton
Arnold Hamilton became editor of The Observer in September 2006. Previously, he served nearly two decades as the Dallas Morning News’ Oklahoma Bureau chief. He also covered government and politics for the San Jose Mercury News, the Dallas Times Herald, the Tulsa Tribune and the Oklahoma Journal.