Letter: Anthony V. Fasolo, Leesburg

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

8 thoughts on “Letter: Anthony V. Fasolo, Leesburg

  • 2019-05-20 at 8:51 am
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    An illogical leap. From vets and Memorial Day sales to Trump bashing. Those “members of the military who gave their lives in support of our Constitution” would have voted for Trump over Clinton or any Democrat if they were alive today

  • 2019-05-20 at 9:06 am
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    We now have democrat senators and house members who are afraid to directly confront blatant anti-Semites within their party, and democrats are totally fine with censorship of the people and the press as a whole.

    Yet again, the Russian boogeyman (a country behind Italy in GDP) is hiding under the beds and in backyard sheds in some folk’ minds, all while Communist China robs us blind, oppresses millions of religious minorities, and pushes for total world domination under their tyrannical regime.

    Disgraceful you’d invoke our honored war dead, to support any dysfunctional political party’s agenda Mr. Fasolo. I’d always thought better of you.

  • 2019-05-21 at 8:09 am
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    Anthony,
    I respect your service. My deceased brother, father, many uncles and grandfather all served America as military service members. My Dad and Mom are buried at Arlington National Cemetery so I don’t have to say how much I respect American military and pay homage daily as well as on holidays. What bothers me in the “appalling category” is the failure of journalists, TV Pundits and politicians to differentiate reasonable criticism of Pentagon, DOE and others who contribute to AWFUL military decisions and our soldiers who pay the price. Japan attacked the USA yet they are now our trusted ally and Russia was our ally yet now is our mistrusted enemy. Afghanistan has NOTHING to do with stopping terror training camps as there are plenty of other former CIS territories and other countries willing to help yet we feign belief this is a valid place to lose our precious soldiers. THAT is appalling. A Congress (both parties) that can’t reduce medical costs (increase supply of doctors, allow nurses to do more, stop AMA monopoly control of pricing, allow interstate insurance competition), can’t re-establish a central depository for extremely hazardous nuclear waste, can’t figure out how to stop yearly flooding of our major rivers, can’t make tax laws fair by eliminating trusts and foundations that allow the super wealthy to avoid taxation is all appalling. A Congress that can’t see that term limits is the only way to brunt their insatiable thirst for power and money is appalling. Yes – we agree the environment is appalling in Washington but once you realize it is a swamp there is enough dirt to cover both parties as they BOTH contribute to the mayhem and lack of productivity. I hope folks who agree with this will consider independent candidates in the next local election on November 5th.

  • 2019-05-23 at 8:19 pm
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    AF your service and the service of others and the US Constitution gives your the right to be a complete fool.

  • 2019-05-29 at 1:00 pm
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    I can’t know what Mr. F? What are you referring to? That democrats have an anti-Semite problem, or are totally fine with censorship? That some people see Russians everywhere? Or that the ChiComs are stealing us blind and oppressing millions of religious minorities? Which, is that I don’t know?

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