Wednesday, August 29, 2007

A nation for all?

On Tuesday, following an address to the American Legion's national convention in Reno, Bush met with northern Nevada family members of soldiers who have perished in combat. Roberta Stewart, whose husband, Sgt. Patrick Stewart was killed in combat in Afghanistan, was not invited, even though other relatives of Sgt. Stewart were. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Sgt. Stewart's parents and brother were invited to the brief, private meeting with the president. So was the widow of one of the other National Guardsmen killed with Sgt. Stewart when their Chinook helicopter was shot down.

Why wasn't the widow invited? Because she sued the VA on behalf of her dead husband - she wanted to have the Wiccan pentagram placed on his tombstone. But the Wiccan faith isn't recognized by "our" government... so she had to go to court to defend her (and our) supposed freedom of religion.

In addition to the obvious religious bias out government exudes, the above demonstrates the level of "love for the troops" our leader truly has.

As most people who read this blog already know -- GW is simply a political opportunist: and one of the worst-kind if you ask me. He uses the flag, faith and "family values" to mask him incompetence and greed (for both power and $$).

Self-deception is the start of all decline... It gives me no pleasure to note that the US is on the broad road to irrelevance. If GWs legacy is anything, its that he added a few lanes to that highway.

Update 30 Aug 2007
Today, Bush called Stewart and apologized for failing to invite her to the meeting with veterans’ families. He also said he does not believe the Wiccan faith should be discriminated against.


Better late than never...

6 comments:

Intellectual Insurgent said...

While I agree with you that GW "uses the flag, faith and "family values" to mask him incompetence and greed (for both power and $$)", I really don't understand why failing to invite this woman constitutes bias or discrimination. This wasn't a decision-making event from which she was excluded on the basis of her religion.

Reign of Reason said...

Well, his parents and family were invited -- but his non-Bush-supporting Wiccan wife wasn't.

The non-Bush-supporting part probably had more to do with it... but I'm guessing my Born-Again didn't want to be seen talking with a Wiccan either.

Capt. Fogg said...

This is the same Bush that brought Taliban leaders to Texas to talk with them about oil and natural gas. He will talk to the Devil if there is money involved.

Bush's attitude toward those who disagree is so well documented that I can have no doubt whatever that the slight was intentional.

Reign of Reason said...

That's the take by "American's United" (for the sep of church and state) ...

Knowing how self-righteous this president is, I have little doubt the slight was intentional -- despite the public apology.

Intellectual Insurgent said...

Yes, it was rude. Poor manners even. But let's not overstate cases of "bias" and "discrimination".

Reign of Reason said...

Point taken... I can't know what the ultimate reason for the slight was...