Saturday, July 23, 2005

Why Can't the Left Figure This Out?

The funeral of soldiers and marines killed in action is not the place for making political hay. The Museum of Left Wing Lunacy points out that the Lieutenant Governor of PA hasn't quite figured this out. Catherine Baker Knoll apparently thought the funeral of SSG Joe Goodrich, a marine killed in Iraq, was the perfect opportunity to show up uninvited and declare that, "I want you to know our government is against this war."

From the Post Gazette story:
In a phone interview, Goodrich said the funeral service was packed with people "who wanted to tell his family how Joe had impacted their lives."

Then, suddenly, "one uninvited guest made an appearance, Catherine Baker Knoll."

She sat down next to a Goodrich family member and, during the distribution of communion, said, "Who are you?" Then she handed the family member one of her business cards, which Goodrich said she still has.

"Knoll felt this was an appropriate time to campaign and impose her will on us," Goodrich said. "I am amazed and disgusted Knoll finds a Marine funeral a prime place to campaign."

Remember all the bitching and whining about Bush not attending funerals of the fallen? They simply aren't the time or the place. They are events for the family and those who have died on our behalf, not for political grandstanding. If political leaders wish to visit with soldiers or their families privately I think it's a fantastic thing for them to do so. Here is the account of CPT Charles Ziegenfuss on his Blog, From My Position... On The Way, of his meeting (more accurately his wife's account) with President Bush at Walter Reed.

One more note on Lieutenant Governor Knoll-- Governor Rendell should REALLY be reconsidering this option.

Blackfive, Smash, and Greyhawk are on the case.