CHICAGO, August 7, 2011- “On this darkest day of a dark conflict, our nation mourns the tragic loss of these courageous Americans, who gave their lives for the cause of freedom. We grieve with the families of all of the fallen, and pray they may find peace. And we honor their sacrifice, by rededicating ourselves to the task of securing the nation for which they and so many others have fought and died. God rest their souls.”
That statement was posted on Speaker of the House, John Boehner’s Facebook page. What followed was proof that rhetorical terrorists have no shame, no decency, no ethics, and no morals.
In the words of the infamous Jan Schakowsky, these people are disgusting, deplorable, detestable, and despicable. She was talking about her own constituents.
Speaker Boehner made a public statement of mourning over the loss of Navy Seals when their helicopter crashed in Afghanistan; possibly shot down by the enemy. This was not a political statement. It had nothing to do with the justification or length of the war. It had nothing to do with the debt ceiling debate, the economy, or jobs. It had nothing to do with the current open warfare between the GOP and the Democrats.
It was a statement of loss and grief by a national figure and political leader. If the president had made such a statement and was criticized so brutally the knives, guns, rocket launchers, and heavy artillery would have come out.
Cries of racism would have emanated from his cult like fan club.
No matter who it is. No matter what we think of them, their policies, or their politics. It is not appropriate, decent, civil, polite, or humane to dehumanize, debase, or denigrate any person for making an honorable and grateful public statement regarding the death of our military servicemen.
Somethings are beyond criticism. Some people are beyond humanity. The comments on Facebook were hateful, spiteful, mean spirited, vitriolic, and beyond the pale. These are evil people. They do not deserve to be called human.
I would condemn the detractors to hell. But, the devil never did anything to me so he shouldn’t be burdened with people who are even beneath his evil dignity. If there is a place worse than hell that is where these people belong.
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Peter Bella is a retired Chicago Police Officer, freelance writer, freelance photographer, and consultant. He likes to be the sharp stick that pokes and annoys.
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