Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The Dead Soldiers of Arlington Cemetery & Congressman Trent Franks

Congressman Trent Franks  (R-AZ) comments about the economy pissed me off tonight.  He said:
“There are people lying out in Arlington National Cemetery tonight and I wonder what their perspective would be If they could come back among us for just  few moments.  I would suggest to you they didn’t die so that we could spend our country into bankruptcy so that we could weaken our nation on all fronts simply because we weren’t fiscally responsible.  And they didn’t die so we could put ourselves so deeply in debt so that we sent tens of thousands for each little child born today so that they would have to carry that (debt) the rest of their lives.”
Congressman Franks, what the hell?  What does my dead son and more than 6100 other dead members of the military have to do with the economy?  Unless you are talking about the $3 trillion cost of the wars that you voted for and refused to pay for and has been a major cause of the current state of our economy. 

And really, why wonder what my son would think about the economy, when you voted to send him there.  Do you feel responsible for his death?  You should.

Congressman Franks, do not ever use the death of my son to justify your selfish and self-centered politics.  Do not ever imagine what my son would say about the economics of the day- do not go there.

Former President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and the rest of that administration lied to put the US into an illegal war.  Unfortunately, while you tout the sanctity of life on your website, “Trent has worked tirelessly in an effort to protect the innocent at every stage of life.” you forgot to protect the members of the military when you voted to send so many of them to their certain death.   Look to that administration for the reckless spending on the reckless wars and that is when “we sent tens of thousands for each little child born today so that they would have to carry that for the rest of their lives.”

So, Congressman Franks, leave my dead son to lie in peace at Arlington National Cemetery and I won’t wonder what your children, Joshua and Emily think about any given subject.


liberal army wife said...

Abso-freakin-lutely! The gratuitous use of the military, wounded warriors and fallen, has driven us all crazy. But yeah gods and little fishes, this one carries it to the max!


Stacey Hall said...

Thank you for your insight and I am so sorry for your loss.

Southern Beale said...

Congressman Franks, do not ever use the death of my son to justify your selfish and self-centered politics.

Ayyyy-men. THANK YOU for speaking out, this is an awesome rant and I'm telling all of my blog friends to read it. The way conservative Republicans have pimped out our troops -- and I'm sorry if that's offensive, but that's the best term for it -- is revolting.

They put their unfunded wars on the Chinese credit card and then don't want to pay for them? Of coruse not. We all know who really pays in this country these days: the little people. Thankfully there are people unafraid to speak out about this hypocrisy.

Jay Parks said...

Thank you for this post!

Anonymous said...

Hello. I'm one of Southern Beales (many) blog "friends" and she linked to your post. I just wanted to say how terribly sorry I am for the loss of your son, and how grateful I am that you can spare a little of your rightful grief and anger to write this open letter to Congressman Franks. You are fighting the good fight for all of us in not letting Congressman Franks get away with this shit. Many thanks,


LanceThruster said...


Thank you for your powerful rejection of such self-serving sophistry.

I am honored to have read your open letter, and share your sorrow over the loss of your son.

Gold Star Mom Speaks Out said...

Thank you everyone for your support and kind words.

Good to see you LAW- hope all is well.

I posted the letter on Trent Franks Facebook page. I'm sure one of his minions will see it- I hope Franks sees it.

Anonymous said...

Don't know if your are still posting. This clown Franks is a piece of work, one of the 'birthers' who was going to sue over Obama's citizenship. He does talk out of both sides of his mouth, which is explainable by his having a hair lip. Check out his education..