The American Legion Blasts John Edwards!
“It’s as inappropriate as a political bumper sticker on an Arlington headstone.”
The National Commander of the American Legion is blasting democrat John Edwards for his outrageous plans for Memeorial Day Weekend:
Here is a surprise, I am not going to defend the Iraq war. I won’t even explain the importance of the war on terrorism. VA budget? Not today. That’s because this column is about Memorial Day, a hallowed day that should be about honoring the more than one million men and women who died in the service of this nation in wars and conflicts dating back to 1775. It should be above politics. Period.
Yet one presidential candidate has blatantly violated the sanctity of this most special day. I recently received an e-mail from a group called “Supportthetroopsendthewar.com.” It included a video of former Sen. John Edwards. He calls on Americans to use Memorial Day weekend as a time to “bring an end to this war.” Shockingly, the video is titled “A Memorial Day Message from John Edwards,” with the smoking gun note, “Paid for by John Edwards for President.” Moreover, the e-mail recommends that Americans bring signs with the message “Support the troops, End the War” to local Memorial Day parades. Revolting is a kind word for it. It’s as inappropriate as a political bumper sticker on an Arlington headstone.
Edwards is hardly the first politician from either political party to exploit this day, a holiday that was consecrated with the blood of American heroes. But the e-mail makes me sick nonetheless. It needs to stop. This isn’t about Edwards, it’s about everybody. As national commander of The American Legion, I implore all candidates to refrain from politicking on Memorial Day.
Here’s the video from John Edward’s new website. He plugged the antiwar website this past weekend during his commencement speech at New England College.
Edwards wants you to support the troops, surrender Iraq, bring them home:
John Edwards used his commencement address last weekend to call for an end to the war in Iraq. He challenged the graduates of New England College to support him.
** USA TODAY blog had to change its headline to be more Edward’s friendly and notes that Edwards is sticking with his shameful plans.
And… John Edwards adds these patriotic sounding words at The Huffington Post:
This Memorial Day Weekend, we should all take up Dr. King’s call to action. It is time to take back patriotism from a President who has misused it to justify policies that have exacted such terrible costs-from Guantanamo Bay to domestic spying to the War in Iraq itself. Let us reclaim patriotism for all of us who love our country, support our troops, and are ready to end the war-and to bring these brave servicemen and women home to the heroes’ welcome they deserve.