When Bill Clinton was in the White House, both he and Hillary treated many members of the military as they were nothing but low-class servants. A former co-worker of mine had the misfortune to be on the White House detail for the Marines and he hated the Clintons. He said that Hillary especially, would yell orders at them, curse at them and worse. Neither Clinton took the time to know their military details by name or anything about them or their families.
When George W. Bush was president, it was totally different. He and Laura Bush took the time to know their military detail by name along with the names of their families and children. They treated them as equals and regularly thanked them for their service and the little things they did to help the Bushes.
Then Barack Obama and Michelle’s mom squatted in the White House and the treatment of the military details was pretty much the same as the way it was under Clinton. One Marine I knew said he would have gladly taken a bullet for George or Laura Bush, but not for Bill or Hillary Clinton and not for Barack or Michelle Obama.
I’m sure that things have changed again with Donald and Melania Trump, but since I have no contacts there, I cannot say for certain.
But what about the relationship between military personnel and members of Congress?
For the past 40 years, friends, family and former co-workers who were in the military pretty much all had the same opinion about members of Congress and it pretty much matched the way it was under the different presidents, despising Democrats because Democrats despised them and respecting Republicans because Republicans respect them.
Before Obama adulterated the military and turned it into a haven for LGBT individuals and military leaders who said they would fire on the American people if ordered to do so, many military personnel and veterans held respect for most Republicans and very few Democrats.
I knew some veterans who dropped their union membership when they learned that their union was donating their dues to the campaigns of Obama, Clinton and other American hating Democrats.
So, what about New York’s socialist darling, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez?
Recently, AOC was meeting with community leaders in the Bronx, her home district. During that meeting, one of the board members, who happened to be of Middle Eastern decent, mentioned the conflict in Yemen in a way that was disparaging to the United States.
Then, in her typical anti-American socialist way, AOC began to rant against America, against the American government and so on. As she droned on, two veterans, one sitting between AOC and a staffer, got up and walked out of the meeting.
One of the veterans, Silvio Mazzella, a Vietnam War vet who serves as treasurer of Community Board 11, stated:
“She knocks the country, she knocks the president. And that’s not what America is about.”
The other veteran who walked out on AOC was Anthony Vitaliano, an Army veteran and a 38-year veteran of the New York Police Department. He stated afterwards:
“I just couldn’t hear her BS anymore. I just got up, got my umbrella in my hand and walked right out.”
“Talking about America, that really turned me off completely.”
Another person attending the meeting, who didn’t want to be identified, stated that he was revolted by AOC’s comments.
A spokesperson for AOC tried to blow the whole thing off with a lie, saying that only one person left and that was to pick up his/her children.
When Vitaliano heard the official statement, he responded, saying:
“That’s bulls–t. Everybody that was there knows I walked out.”
America needs to pray that AOC is a one and done member of Congress, along with Reps, Omar and Tlaib. America has enough problems without having American hating socialists and Muslims in Congress helping to pave the way to our destruction.
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