Thursday, May 01, 2003
A Marine Comes Home: The Wall Street Journal's Dorothy Rabinowitz has an excellent column today on why Michael Moore, Janeane Garafalo, Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon just don't matter.
On April 14 in Vermont, for example, mourners gathered for the funeral of 21-year-old Marine Cpl. Mark Evnin, killed in action on the drive to Baghdad. A thousand people attended the rites at Ohavi Zedek Synagogue in Burlington, at which the Marine's grandfather, a rabbi, presided. Reporters related how the Marine Corps League color guard and local firefighters flanked the walkway into the synagogue, where mourners included the Roman Catholic bishop and the governor.
Crowds lined the streets in salute--some with flags, some with signs--everywhere the funeral procession passed. But what struck the Burlington Free Press reporters most were all the strangers who had been impelled to come to the cemetery to honor the young Marine. One of them was a mother who had brought her two young children and stood holding two American flags. "Every single man and woman out there is my son and daughter," she told the journalists. "He could have done a lot with his life. But he gave it to the nation."
The Hollywood left proclaims (repeatedly) its support for the troops. They come out in droves at anti-war rallies. Have any of them come out to stand by the roadside as a funeral procession for a fallen soldier passes by? Have they done anything to honor the men and women who have died so that they could go on television and whine about how their freedom of speech is being muffled? (Which happens to be proof that it actually is not.)
Didn't think so.