156 years ago today, Republican President Abraham Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg Address, officially consecrating the ground of the military cemetery where so many Americans rest.
Today, Congressional Republicans will attack war hero and patriot Lt. Colonel Alexander Vindman in defense of Republican President Donald Trump, a man who never served in the military and who openly mocks heroes like the late Senator John McCain who did.
These Congressional Republicans, like Devin Nunes and Jim Jordan, will call Vindman a Russian spy, a traitor, and a member of the Deep State with a political agenda.
The closing paragraph of Lt. Colonel Vindman’s opening statement reads:
“Next month will mark 40 years since my family arrived in the United States as refugees. When my father was 47 years old he left behind his entire life and the only home he had ever known to start over in the United States so that his three sons could have better, safer lives. His courageous decision inspired a deep sense of gratitude in my brothers and myself and instilled in us a sense of duty and service. All three of us have served or are currently serving in the military. Our collective military service is a special part of our family’s story in America.
I also recognize that my simple act of appearing here today, just like the courage of my colleagues who have also truthfully testified before this Committee, would not be tolerated in many places around the world. In Russia, my act of expressing my concerns to the chain of command in an official and private channel would have severe personal and professional repercussions and offering public testimony involving the President would surely cost me my life. I am grateful for my father’s brave act of hope 40 years ago and for the privilege of being an American citizen and public servant, where I can live free of fear for mine and my family’s safety.
Dad, my sitting here today, in the US Capitol talking to our elected officials is proof that you made the right decision forty years ago to leave the Soviet Union and come here to United State of America in search of a better life for our family. Do not worry, I will be fine for telling the truth.”
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Lt. Colonel Vindman somehow managed to not have tears in his eyes by the time he finished his statement. Most of us watching were not so fortunate.
Today, Republicans will attack this immigrant, this war hero, this patriot, in defense of a coward and traitor.
When the next election comes around, make sure they pay for that.