Editor: As a retired Army officer who served in Vietnam in 1970 reporting casualties to the Pentagon, I am appalled at the way we have come to celebrate Memorial Day.
Instead of honoring those who gave up their lives after taking an oath to support and defend the Constitution, many are thinking about cookouts, opening their vacation home or maybe taking part in the many Memorial Day sales (all advertised in red, white and blue). At the same time some government leaders are forgetting their oath to the Constitution.
We now have Republican senators and members of the House of Representatives who continue to support and defend the president, instead of to the Constitution. They are even afraid to criticize him.
To quote President Theodore Roosevelt, “To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we stand by the president, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, and is morally treasonable to the American people.”
They do not see any reason why we should not agree with Putin, as the president has, when he says he did not interfere in our elections, contrary to what our intelligence agencies told us. They do not see any reason to be concerned about attacks on the First Amendment. They do not see any reason to be concerned about the president’s attempts to undermine our international agreements and alliances, which Putin wants to happen, making us less secure. Russians interfered with our 2016 elections and are still trying to interfere with our systems as you read this. In so doing then these members of congress are denigrating the sacrifices made by over 500,000 members of the military who died fighting our country’s wars.
Demand that Congress act as the separate and equal branch of government that they are and should be to stop the attacks on our Constitution. The members of the military who gave their lives in support of our Constitution cry out from their graves for this action now.
Anthony V. Fasolo, Leesburg