The “Million Vet March on the Memorials,” rally this weekend in Washington, DC was more protest than March and more Obama hate speak than rally cry. The protest focused on the national war memorials closures because of the government shutdown. Some well-known Tea Party speakers included former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. Cruz hijacked the occasion to politicize his Tea Party agenda by asking, “Let me ask a simple question. Why is the federal government spending money to erect barricades to keep veterans out of this memorial?”
Speaker Larry Klayman of the Freedom Watch conservative organization went even further. He said, “I call upon all of you to wage a second American nonviolent revolution, to use civil disobedience, and to demand that this president leave town, to get up, to put the Quran down, to get up off his knees, and to figuratively come out with his hands up,” said Klayman.
While we support the significance of free speech to balance the discussion of ideas in our democracy there are still times when we are shocked by who says what, when they say it and who stands with them when they speak. Some protesters at the march carried “Impeach Obama” signs and casual observer could catch a glimpse of the Confederate flag in the foreground of the war memorials.
Haven’t we learned intense and heated debate is one thing, spewing hate and prejudice is another. The march was a tribute to our war veterans we should expect civil behavior from the gentleman Senator from the Lone Star State.