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Mayor to Skip Veteran’s Day Parade to Protest With “Occupiers”

I suppose we shouldn’t be surprised that a far-left crank who’s mayor of a Bay Area town is showing disrespect to the military and our veterans. Still, it’s a sad indictment of the contempt the left has for our military and traditions. This woman is not only being disrespectful, but awfully childish and self-absorbed.

Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin will skip a Veterans Day memorial to attend an Occupy rally, a decision that is drawing criticism.

Chevron and the Richmond Museum Association are sponsoring a Veterans Day salute Friday featuring a re-enactment of the launch of a World War II-era ship at the Richmond shipyards.

McLaughlin noted that the city is not sponsoring the event, and said that the Occupy rally will honor Scott Olsen, the Iraq War veteran injured while protesting with Occupy Oakland.

“I choose to honor our veterans, not only on Veteran’s Day, but daily, by supporting an end to military warfare to prevent further fighting and dying in needless wars,” McLaughlin wrote in an email. “I am a strong supporter of Veterans for Peace and Iraq Vets Against the War.”

So she “honors” veterans by aligning herself with fringe groups that probably represent 0.000001% of vets who put country ahead of politics, sacrificing so idiots like her can behave as she does.

The Occupy rally, which organizers are calling a “speak out,” is scheduled for 11 a.m. That is the same time as the Veterans Day events, which are always held at the eleventh hour on the 11th day of November to commemorate the end of World War I.

Jeff Rubin, who organizes Pinole’s Veterans Day memorial, denounced McLaughlin’s choice and criticized an email blast she sent over the weekend urging residents to attend the rally with her.

“She has very little respect for the country and traditions,” Rubin said. “Everything with her is political. I think the day was picked on purpose.”

Obviously it was. The mindless disrespect she shows by not even devoting an hour to the real veterans says it all.

Michael Klasno, director of Gold Star Dads of America, said that McLaughlin’s actions are a “slap in the face” to veterans and to grieving parents like himself.

“You don’t blow off the veterans of the United States for anybody, and you certainly don’t blow if off for Occupy Wall Street,” he said. “As somebody who’s paid the ultimate sacrifice, that to me is beyond the pale.”

Since this woman is so into her protests, vets marching should show their displeasure with her. But then she’s probably whine about how unfair it was.

 

 

 

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