Thursday, April 3, 2008

Gutter politics

The opposition bill to "respect" fallen soldiers by flying the flag at half mast is the worst kind of gutter politics imaginable. The Liberals clearly demonstrated their lack of respect for the armed services by successive budgets that decimated the Canadian army. For them now to pretend to care is the height of hypocrisy.

Raising and lowering the flag for every fallen soldier doesn't demonstrate respect. Rather it debases the symbol. The flag deserves to be lowered for Remembrance Day. The rest of the year we can either show our respect for our fighting men and women with money and commitment or else admit that we don't really respect the job they do. What the opposition proposes is not designed to respect our soldiers but rather to make them fodder for political gain. This is the worst form of gutter politics but I don't expect the public will be smart enough to realize it and punish the offenders.

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