November 11, 2009, - 11:31 am

On Veterans Day, a Sad Pall of Political Correctness

By Debbie Schlussel

As you know, today is Veterans Day, the day we honor those who served our country– both those who survived and those who gave their lives–so that we could be free. As longtime readers know, I have several veterans in my family, including my father–who was an Army doctor, my great-uncle–who became the highest-ranking U.S. Army medical officer over the South Pacific serving in World War II and beyond as a career military man, and my cousin who currently serves and did several tours in Iraq.

Even though we are extremely proud of our military veterans and the years of their lives they gave in service to our country and protecting its citizens, this Veterans Day has an especially sad pall over it, in light of the Islamic terrorist attack, last week, by a Muslim soldier who was endlessly promoted and helped by ceaseless political correctness. Sadly, I see no end in that, as our top military brass, over the weekend, continued to defend the efforts at “diversity,” which led to the murder of 13 soldiers and the wounding of 30 others. Those thirteen soldiers are now veterans up there in a different place.


Marine Staff Sgt. Mark Graunke, Jr., Iraq War Vet, Hugs Pearl Harbor Survivor/WWII Vet Houston James (Graunke Lost a Leg, Hand, and Eye Defusing a Bomb in Iraq)


Wounded American Marine Salutes President Reagan’s Casket

You’ve seen these photos on this site before, but above are my two favorite pictures that I think well document why Veteran’s Day deserves, at the very least, some pause and reflection on the invaluable contributions veterans have made to the establishment and continued existence of this great country.

On this Veterans Day, I salute reader and blogger, John Robert Mallernee, a highly-decorated career U.S. Army man and veteran who proudly served in Vietnam and Korea and came from a military family. He lives in the Armed Forces Retirement Home a/k/a “the old soldiers home,” and I very much recommend you watch this short video he made of a tour of his room there. It’s not just a “tour of a room,” but a story of a life in the military that isn’t always easy during or after.

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War movies on TV – pre-Obama and post-Obama. I always knew it was my birthday (Dec 7) because Pearl Harbor movies were on TV. Dec 2008 – nothing. On important dates from WW2 they’d show the corresponding movies ie D-Day is “The Longest Day”, “A Bridge Too Far”, etc. This year (for Veterans day & Memorial Day) they are barely showing anything. I think next year in Obamaland they will rarely play any of these movies and by 2012 they will be gone.

These movies show Hollywood supporting our troops and the war and fighting evil (and that evil existed). In today’s PC world evil doesn’t exist and supporting our troops is not something Hollywood is proud of.

sandy on November 11, 2009 at 12:09 pm


Sorry to be so picky, but you have the second picture labeled as “Wounded American Soldier Salutes President Reagan’s Casket”. This guy is actually a Corporal (E4) in the United States Marine Corps.

Sorry I didn’t comment on this site yesterday, but Happy Birthday and Semper Fi all of you Leathernecks.

J: Fixed. DS

Jarhead on November 11, 2009 at 12:30 pm

Miss Schlussel:

I feel very honored.

Thank you.

John Robert Mallernee on November 11, 2009 at 1:18 pm

I wish Americans (Liberals) would stop referring to each other as hyphenated Americans. That is our problem, the label of “diversity”. I don’t know about anybody else, but I am an American first. The Liberals wonder why we are not behind our “African-American” President! Probably because they always refer to him as our “African-American” President! I thought he was an American President! As for me, a retired Marine, I was taught to look at everyone as being green! I don’t care what religion you are, what skin color you are, what gender you are! I only care that you are an American who will defend America! So, let us stop referring to ourselves as hyphenated Americans, and just be Americans! Oh, and I wish the Federal Government would stop referring to me as “white”! American-with Marine heritage will do just fine! Semper Fi to all my fellow Marines and to all the Veterans-Thank you for your service and sacrifice for our America!

Scott Bargar on November 11, 2009 at 1:46 pm

It’s shamefully sad that the coutnry’s leaders, driven by the politically correct, appeasing extreme left ignores our veterans and the sacrifices made for everyone here. My husband spent 32 years in the military, served six combat tours of duty in 3 conflicts spanning Vietnam to pre-surge Iraq. His father served in the army from North Africa to Anzio and all the way to Trieste. His uncle died in a B17 over Berlin in the spring of 1944. His nephew died from mortar fire in Baghdad in 2004. Thank the Lord that we still have people who take that same torch and dedicate their lives and well being to the defense of our nation. I fear that with the present governance of our nation, their sacrifices are wasted and even disdained by said leadership.

At present,our military is comanded by a man who never had sand in his boots or suffered a blister on his foot- never spilled either blood or sweat to protect us. He never even legitimately registered for selective service, even goign to lengths of falsifying them by cronyism or intimidation when it was necessary years later to gain high office.

He speaks of Afghanistan being the “good war” yet, he vascillates on providing our forces in Afghanistan with what they need for backup to complete their mission- listening instead to his sycophants and not even the Generals HE appointed. Meanwhile casualties rise by the month, in appalling numbers.

The only acknowledgement he gives is in the form of a self serving photo op at what should have remained a very private and solemn event- the return of our honored dead to Dover’s mortuary. Hypocrisy, thy name is liberal. He can’t even seem to salute with the dignity that any raw boot would have after a single day in basic training or boot camp.

To all the men and women who have suffered, fought fear of the highest magnitude, and gave of themselves to the last measure to keep us free- please know that some of us do remember and are eternally grateful for your sacrifices.

Mistress_Dee on November 12, 2009 at 3:57 pm

There’s a new one!
“The one” was not saluting this year at WH celebration whilst everyone else was

DAN R on November 17, 2009 at 3:07 pm

Did you know that Veterans’ that served in Vietnam War era? Veterans’ That served like not in the war zone and like me who lived in New York now living in the Philippines. In New York I received medical care at the Albany VA. but because I now live in the Philippines I have been told that no medical care is available for me and probably others like me. Even though I served on a tanker which was just as dangerous as being in a war zone and a risk of life and limb and at risk of being killed as much as anyone whom served anywhere. What right does anyone have the GAUL to say that anyone who served anywhere in the world during any war not have the right to healthcare from any VA medical facility or get any help we all as Vets deserve care anywhere in the war as a VET I care and respect all my brothers and sisters who served our Country but our ADMINSTRATION OVER THE YEARS HAS IGNORED WHY ARE WE NOT COUNTED WE SERVED OUR COUNTRY TOO!

Jim Felter USN 1972- 1975 on November 13, 2014 at 7:28 am

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